Prospect of a country lies in the advent of innovative education. A couple of decades ago education was confined to the four walls of the classroom, curriculum based printed text books, an authoritative teacher and exam oriented syllabus. Not anymore! Time has moved on. Technologies have gained upper hand and the old classroom scenario is being quickly replaced with interactive technology that opens a new understanding of the world.

Education or learning begins in the cradle with technologies gaining upper hand. Educational technology toys are a way to enhance learning. Light and sound toys, moving objects, all have found a remarkable place in holding infants’ interest at the cradle stage. As the baby grows, so also does the role of technology toys. Play computers, laptops, pretend cell phones, reactive toys, electronic kitchens and houses have all found their way to technological learning process. Video games, kid friendly cameras, battery operated musical instruments are widely popular with growing children.

Seeing and doing is believing. Children, even at the toddler stage are curious and this leads to experimenting. Use of experimental toys enhances knowledge and builds up creativity. Clay modeling, building blocks, puzzle arrangement etc enhances reasoning and develops motor skills too. Experimental toys have found an important place at homes, at pre schools and at early schools. Education at the experimental levels is action packed with children figuring out things for themselves under the able guidance of a teacher or parent. Self experimenting of mechanism based objects like toy cars etc are examples of experimental learning.

As the child grows educational methods move on to new heights and interactive learning gains importance. It complements real learning. Unlike passively and half heartedly listening to narrations and explanations, taking down lecture notes, curbing natural curiosity under the stigma of one sided teaching, interactive learning becomes interesting, innovative and an unforgettable experience. It motivates the students, helps independent thinking and participation. This method of education has gained wide momentum at all levels of learning. Group tasks and workshops are another ideal interactive learning method. However teachers or group leaders should make sure that every member of the group contributes to activities. Groups could also be arranged as per levels of interest, creativity etc so that no child misses out.

Science projects, field trips, experimenting, all spark children’s interest and this needs to be tapped. Learning and understanding concepts is best achieved when the principle or theory in action is witnessed. Science projects help kids to heighten their awareness of the world around them and to satisfy the strong instinct of curiosity, the real base of inventions, it helps children to ask questions, find or seek answers and look to potential problems all throughout their lives. Science projects at the primary level should focus on things that interest them most e.g.; insects, followers, animals, mud, puddles, bubbles etc. this can move on to sowing seeds in a pot, monitoring the metamorphosis of butterfly larvae etc at the primary level which ensures through understanding. At the middle and senior school level, science projects are not only fun but they help to explore the complex concepts of life science, neuro science, chemistry and bib logy.

Activity based learning is the key word of the day. Education is no more a world of mugging up or limited to text book. Sky is the limit – just go out and explore.