GEC Co-ordinator at Gyan Mandir Public School
New Delhi, India
Better ideas and better creativity
“The children showed immense response to the collaborative elements of the challenge. They were very enthusiastic to learn the Office 365 tools and were among the first to share their ideas on Yammer and SharePoint. Even during their Christmas vacations they were seen interacting with their peers across the globe.”
At Gyan Mandir Public School (GMPS), technology helps to create a platform through which students can learn more and enhance their skills for the 21st century. Ranjeeta explains: “Using technology helps every student to learn more without any boredom creeping in. Both critical and creative thinking can be enhanced if the teaching is done with technology, and it creates a better relationship between a teacher and a student.”
Ranjeeta finds that the use of more interactive educational tools allows for a dynamic learning experience which is flexible and adaptable to differentiated learning. Students benefit not only from sharing their ideas but also from effective feedback: “Collaboration is the key word for the 21st century and technology provides opportunities for it, as well as for exploring the vast ocean of information that exists to be explored and utilised by the students.”
The children at GMPS share their ideas and interact with their peers in other countries and cities around the world through Yammer and SharePoint, developing their thinking and interaction skills, enhancing their ideas and creativity and boosting their enthusiasm as they learn more about each other.
Ranjeeta’s biggest hope for today’s students is that they have an untiring spirit of meeting challenges, with better thinking and creative skills, and better ideas so that they can develop, create and innovate: “They want to stand out as the best and make a difference to the world.”
GMPS and the Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC)
The challenge has developed students’ entrepreneurship skills, and they have become more innovative as well as learning how to co-operate with others and maintain business skills. Ranjeeta reports that they have been spending hard days, showing great effort but often enjoying themselves: “They became excited after every stage of the challenge. They never lost their hope and strived for the excellence of their team. They learned how to maintain their sales, prevent loss, make profit, design products, customise products according to the wishes of the customer, give discount, develop the status of the company, advertise the products and impress our customers – as well as how to work on Office 365, Yammer, SharePoint and other workspaces.”
Through the GEC Skype events, the GMPS students were able to interact and share their ideas face-to-face with students in other countries, understanding the competition and leading to better ideas and better creativity.
Their greatest difficulties were in customising products according to the wishes of customers and also planning their sales. But the children marketed their products very well, keeping their pricing at the minimum to maximise their sales. Finding time for the work was also difficult, especially when they had exams and other curricular and ex-curricular activities, but they worked in teams before and after school and loved the challenge. Every Monday brought opportunities and challenges for the next stage.
Learning through the Challenge
The children showed an immense response to the collaborative elements of the challenge. They were very enthusiastic to learn the Office 365 tools and were among the first to share their ideas on Yammer and SharePoint. Even during their Christmas vacations they were seen interacting with their peers across the globe.
They planned their phases of sales and how to run them; different teams had different ideas, and the result was very successful: “A grand sale was put up at the school’s annual fete, where the chief guest was the president of the Confederation of Indian Industries. The students continued their sales, going from one classroom to another and also displaying their products where they would be seen by potential customers.”
You can visit the children’s company website at www.careforspare.wordpress.com