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Atul Temurnikar

Atul Temurnikar is co-founder of the Singapore based Global Indian International School (GIIS) and the non-profit Global Indian Foundation (GIF) which he established in Sept 2002. Mr Atul is also Trustee and Chairman for its worldwide operations.

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Countering Artificial Intelligence through Innovative Learning Techniques

Education in our country is increasingly losing its attention towards value-addition and this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

In an era where artificial intelligence is threatening human existence, it is important for us to enhance human IQ in early childhood to help the human race counter the sophistication of any artificial intelligence based innovations in future. In order to not be superseded by artificial intelligence, creation and innovation are two paramount components that should be inculcated in the education system today. The idea should be to apply innovative learning methods to develop creative thinking and value addition.

Considering the present scenario, one should emphasize on the value of project-based and activity-based learning for inculcating creative thinking in students at an early age. Multiperspectivity should be applied in teaching methodologies. Ensuring flexibility in curriculum would ensure great exposure for students by giving them freedom to pursue their own area of interest. Introducing unconventional learning material like real-life examples or projects that would allow a free flow of creativity would take students’ understanding to a whole new level. Additionally, Spatial learning by reinforcing color concepts and associations would also considerably increase the art of creative association for a long lasting memory.

One thing that would always give humans an edge over technology is their ability to think. Like the famous saying goes, ‘Imagination is the beginning of creation’, encouraging students to express themselves and participate in healthy and fruitful discussions in the classroom premises can also contribute towards high return over investment in the education system. Also, as it is said, ‘Experience is the teacher of all things’ and since we are blessed with the means to experience the beautiful world around us, experiential learning can also improve the learning experience of students. Practical learning instead of just the theoretic teaching of concepts can help students relate to real life problems and enhance their problem solving skills.

To make sure that the learning process is enriching for students at Global Indian International School (GIIS), diagnostic tools like detailed assessment from a third party assessor is used to measure student achievement and take remedial actions to plan future course of curriculum delivery. The school given its international experience is working to develop certain skills among kids to make them future ready and relevant in the age of disruptive technology.

The focus is not just on developing the mental prowess of the students, but also on nurturing their behavior to help them grow as efficient future leaders. Decision-making skills play an important role as a leader and GIIS tries to inculcate two major components of leadership i.e. critical problem solving and moderating ability. The biggest challenge is to assign individual attention to the students in school. Taking into consideration that every student might have a different way of learning and understanding things, GIIS tries to develop a system wherein it practices effective grouping and project-based learning.

Education in our country is increasingly losing its attention towards value-addition and this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Inculcating critical values in children is essential to make them sensible enough to be able to be a positive contributor in the society. The single most ability that artificial intelligence cannot attain is the feeling of empathy and therefore, enhanced human IQ in combination with the sensitivity to human emotions will help us to win the race against technology.

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