"Imagine a party of time travelers from an earlier century, among them one group of surgeons and another of school-teachers, each group eager to see how much things have changed in their profession a hundred or more years into the future. Imagine the bewilderment of the surgeons finding themselves in the operating room of a modern hospital. Although they would know that an operation of some sort was being performed, and might even be able to guess at the target organ, they would in almost all cases be unable to figure out what the surgeon was trying to accomplish or what was the purpose of the many strange devices he and the surgical staff were employing. The rituals of antisepsis and anesthesia, the beeping electronics, and even the bright lights, all so familiar to television audiences, would be utterly unfamiliar to them.
The time-traveling teachers would respond very differently to a modern elementary classroom. They might be puzzled by a few strange objects. They might notice that some standard techniques had changed -- and would likely disagree among themselves about whether the changes they saw were for the better or the worse -- but they would fully see the point of most of what was being attempted and could quite easily take over the class."
- Seymour Papert, The Children's Machine
The parable above describes for many schools the current scenario of technology in education. The plain and simple fact for many school districts is that they are not utilizing technology in the same quantity or manner that the rest of society is using the tools made available by the advent of computers and other technologies.
Systems & Technology play a very important part in the functioning and management at the Foundation and at all branches. Being environmentally conscious is a core value.
From the very first day of School all information to parents has been through SMS and emails thus eliminating the need for printed circulars. Parents are required to provide two mobile phone numbers and every message is sent to both numbers. Delivery reports are scanned for errors that are later set right so that no parent misses any communication.
Every student in A School is provided a unique email ID . Parents log into this account and may configure the system to have emails sent to their child’s account forwarded to one or more of their accounts. While all emails get forwarded, all communication from the parents to the school must be from the A School email account. This provides a high level of authentication of the email and allows only those who have access to the email account to make requests such as branch transfer, change in phone numbers, and change in session.
Class Level and Interests Level Online Groups are created for information to be exchanged and online discussions to be facilitated. Class Level Groups relate to the respective standard the child is in. Interest Level Groups are those for the Branch, for Transport, After School Programs, Summer Programs and other related areas.
Class Level postings are primarily related to Curriculum. It is natural for a parent to want to know what their child learns at school – the syllabus, scope and sequence relating to what will be taught and when. While it is common for the schedule to be prepared and circulated at the beginning of the year, it is also common for changes during the school year to alter the schedule. To accommodate a level of flexibility and creativity, the curriculum is designed to be dynamic, allowing for current interests to be included. For parents awareness, the curriculum for each month is posted online in the Group relating to which their child belongs. This is done prior to the beginning of each month. Parents get a copy of this posting by email and may visit their Group section to find out more about the postings during the year.
The website is designed to provide for a section that is exclusive to the branch. Happenings, children’s work, Teachers observations, Administrators blogs, Parents postings are all enabled in this section.
Our telephone systems are equipped such that parents from every school have simply one number to dial and their child’s roll number to remember. By entering the roll number, they are transferred directly to the Administrator at their Branch, and if in any situation the Administrator is unable to answer, the call is transferred to the Supervisor. This makes it possible for the parent to reach out to their child or the staff at school, without having to wait.