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Learn Shift India 2013 – Preeti Singh

Preeti Singh, ipreetis currently an editor of two magazines– BBC Knowledge and Home & Design TRENDS Worldwide Media. With experience of over 15 years in media industry, Preeti has worn many hats during her career.

Preeti is a double graduate in English literature (DU) and the Korean language (JNU). She has a Masters in Philosophy (LSR, DU) and has studied photography from School of Visual Arts, New York.

She started her career in New Delhi as a writer for a city-centric lifestyle magazine. She has been the Director and Managing Editor of Wcities.com, a travel content portal. Managing Editor and Consulting Editor for an American venture called vault.com and Paprika Media respectively, before partnering with the reputed Times Group.

Preeti provided intriguing insight into educational enablers in India during this year’s LearnShift Conference.

When asked whether most Indian schools are prepared for 21st century learning, Preeti said, “I don’t think most of the Indian schools are prepared or equipped.” She elaborated, explaining that many teachers are not equipped and trained themselves to enable children to learn, considering the kind of information heavy and complex world we live in.

She does however believe that technology is making information far more accessible to the masses, which is slowly but surely closing the gap at the base of the pyramid.

“With information more easily accessible, students will have greater access to factual information on their own, and will not be dependent that much on teachers for it”

– Preeti Singh

Furthermore, this shift in learning will encourage teachers to better address student needs through meaningful curriculum development. Instead of depending too heavily on traditional teaching methods, such as rote learning, students will be encouraged to work on their problem solving skills.

In order to address these shortfalls, schools nationwide need to focus on developing basic teaching methods and resources, Preeti reckons. She believes improving teacher to student ratios, developing tailored curriculums, as well as considering holistic solutions to students’ mental development will allow great changes to occur.

Whilst evidence suggests that traditional methods are not providing results in this modern age, Preeti still believes some of these modes of learning are necessary, particularly in maths and science.

“There is something to be said about the calibre of the IIMs, the IITs, and pure sciences research institutes”

– Preeti Singh
. And in addition we need those that can bridge the gap between strong research and industry application.

Preeti believes some ed-tech solutions are doing a great job of amending lapses in professional competencies of emerging graduates. She explained that the Flipped model of learning is a “promising way forward”. Great challenges merely prompt great solutions!

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