“Digital natives” represents today’s students – the first generation of students that has grown up with technology (Prensky, 2001, p.1). Marc Prensky (2005) argues that today’s learners have changed radically and therefore need to be motivated in new ways. The current teacher centered pedagogy of educational system stimulate rote learning and memorization or learning that cannot be applied to new situations (Oblinger, 2004; Prensky, 2005).
The pedagogy needs to facilitate student-centered deep learning that enable today’s student to become critical thinker, creative problem solver, innovative and adaptable. One way of doing this is using a variety of technological tools, relating to real life, to support classroom instruction and to enhance learning.
eLEARN.PUNJAB is one such initiative taken by the Government of Punjab, to encourage the use of educational technologies by establishing a self-study platform for Pakistani Digital Natives.
To enhance the learning value of Pakistan National Curriculum text books and improve quality of education, the digitized book versions of Science (Grade 6-8), Mathematics (Grade 6-10) and Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Grade 9, 10 and O Level) has been made available free online. The contents can be accessed using any device such as desktop, tablets or smart phones. Watch this short video to learn about eLearn.Punjab platform.
Features of eLearn.Punjab
Online Rich Repository Of Interactive Resources
Using eLearn.Punjab, students can access the FREE digitized text books of Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The digitized content is augmented with the links to relevant supplementary resources such as videos, animations, online assessments, 3D models, games and simulations from various educational partners such as Khan Academy, Brain Genie and Brain Pop. The interactive resources help students grasp the concepts easily.
The opportunity to learn from a variety of relevant contents may also help students to cut back thousands of rupees paid to tuition centers by self-tutoring themselves. Also, it is beneficial for students appearing as private candidates in matriculation or Cambridge O Level examinations.
The platform also provides access to MCQ based quiz for every chapter, which help students to self assess and gauge their level of understanding.
Lesson Plan Support For Teachers
In order to facilitate the school teaching staff, teacher guides are accessible for English, Maths, Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, which provide supplementary information to help them prepare their lesson plans.
Urdu Story Books
The platform also offers some well written entertaining Urdu story books for kids. The story books can be downloaded for easy access.
A list of various resources for learning Quran recitation, Tajweed, Tafseer and Hadith e-books can also be found on eLearn.Punjab.
Peaceful Pakistan is a platform available through eLearn.Punjab website that aims to promote peace and harmony among the Pakistani nation. Any one from community can contribute by sending motivational articles, blogs, poems, music compositions or documentaries.
This platform can be utilized for sending student work related to the community theme such as work produced by students for 14th August or 23rd March in school activities.
Using the suggest content or contribute option, anyone can suggest a relevant animation, video or interactive resource for a particular topic.
Separate discussion forum for each subject provides an opportunity to connect with other students and educators. Students can collaborate with others, ask related questions to clarify any confusions or answer the queries posted by others.
eLearn.Punjab is an encouraging step towards realization of e-learning goals of the Punjab Government. The capabilities of the platform can be further enhanced by providing past papers and examiner reports for matriculation exams. Also, providing personalized experience to students where they can log in and get real time insight about their performance and comparison with others can help engage students with the course material.
Oblinger, D. G. (2004). The next generation of educational engagement. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2004(8). Retrieved from http://jime.open.ac.uk/jime/article/viewArticle/2004-8-oblinger/198
Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants part 1. On The Horizon, 9(5), 1-6. Retrieved from http://www.nnstoy.org/download/technology/Digital%20Natives%20-%20Digital%20Immigrants.pdf
Prensky, M. (2005). Computer games and learning: Digital game-based learning. Handbook of computer game studies, 18, 97-122. Retrieved from http://www.itu.dk/people/jrbe/DMOK/Artikler/Computer%20games%20and%20learning%202006.pdf
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