Thoughts shared at the 4th National Conference on School Education Leadership

Sharing my thoughts at the Brainfeed Magazine’s 4th National Conference on School Educational leadership at New Delhi on 4th Feb:
1: Learning is not a spectator sport; it is a participative one. We have to support ‘active’ learning and the teacher has to transform from the ‘sage on the stage’ and display attributes of a ‘coach’
2: India has a demographic dividend that has gone unnoticed: the retired and about to retire teachers, augmented by the new emerging technologies to create a global footprint.
3: An expert can demonstrate his or her expertise; but a teacher can make a expert out of an ignorant person; that is why they are so valuable in the future where the challenge is to very rapidly inform, educate and train very large numbers ( millions) in new emerging domains.
4: Eric Hanushek, Stanford Professor……
5: The Economist dated 14th January 2017 emphasises life-long learning for succeeding in the age of hyper-automation.
6: It draws attention to fact that the purpose of a school is to build a better learner, who is curious, enjoys learning, has developed the habit of learning and is ready to be a life-long learner.
7: My response is the trinity of : coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age; the TeacherPreneur and SmartParenting.
8: Elinor Ostrom’s work : learning communities can handle educational challenges better than either the Government or the large private corporations
9: Margaret Mead’s quote : never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed that is the way it has always been.
10: New emerging technologies affecting education : Big Data, Block Chain and Machine learning. Chatbots : Siri, Alexa..

About mmpant

Prof. M.M.Pant has a Ph.D in Computational Physics, along with a Professional Law Degree, and has been a practitioner in the fields of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation. Drawing upon his experience in world class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training, Prof. Pant is now exploring the nature of institutions which will be successors to the IITs, which represented the 1960s, IIMs, which represented the 1970 and Open Universities which were the rage of 1980s & 90s. He believes that the convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed toward actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives that transform education in the post Internet post WTO era.. Prof. Pant, has been a Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and has been on the faculty of IIT – Kanpur (the premier Engineering institution in India), MLNR Engineering College and Faculty & Visiting Professor - University of Western Ontario-Canada. He has been visiting scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 papers published. During his association of almost 15 years with the IGNOU, Prof. Pant has served as the Director Computing and has been the Member of All Bodies (i.e. School boards, Academic council, Planning board, Finance committee and the Board of management). With his interest in Law, backed with practice of Law in a High Court, and his basic training in Science and IT, Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & trade mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT” Prof. Pant is presently; • Advisor to Media Lab Asia - Chairman of working group on ICT for Education, chairman of PRSG handling projects on ICT for education. • Lead Consultant for an ADB funded project for ICT in Basic Education in Uzbekistan • Member of the drafting Group for India’s National Policy on ICT in education • Chairman of the group creating books for class 11 and 12 students on ‘Computers and Communication Technology’ appointed by the NCERT • Preparing a ‘Theme Paper” for the NCTE in the area of ICT and Teacher Training • Advisor and mentor to several leading Indian and Multi-national Companies in the area of education. Prof. Pant has in the recent past been ; • Member – Board of Management – I I T, Delhi for 6 years (two consecutive terms) • One-man committee to create the Project Report & Legislation for Delhi IT-enabled Open University • Advisor to the Delhi Government on Asian Network of Major Cities Project (ANMC-21) distance learning project in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Government. • Chairman Board of Studies, All India Management Association With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman, along with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from Education & Training, Operations, IT and Finance.
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