As you may already know we were in India last week. It was a wonderful experience and here is my conclusion of the trip from a teacher point of view.
Indian school system seems to be doing pretty well even though it is quite competitive and there is a lot of rote learning with standardised testing system. The discussion I had with the local teachers were fascinating and in my opinion we share the same mindset about learning and teaching. Teachers with whom I got the chance to have discussion with were really passionate about their job and education. I had discussions ranging from rote learning, assessment, curiosity, curriculum and creativity.
One thought that crossed my mind is that the standardised system forces the local teachers to do their jobs in a certain way, so that the students can do well in tests. Those tests have a lot of weight on student’s school career and also on their working career. Myself, I am not a fan of tests or standards. Assessment is a different thing and I’m lucky that I have the freedom to assess my students without standardised tests and in ways I think fits my students best.
In India we had two piloting sessions with LUPO: The Space Adventure. One pilot was with teachers and the other one was with students. Both went really well and I was especially impressed by the talented students that combined fact based knowledge and ridiculousness to their own creations within the game AND they had fun while doing that. Awesome job!
The session with teachers was really casual, warm and open. First we talked about the education system in Finland. Then we had a brief discussion about the use of games and gamification in classroom. The teachers seemed really open minded and positive about the ideas and concepts of games and gamification. After the discussion teacher got to play our game and how much fun did they have!
Hopefully both of these positive experiences (and the trip to India as a whole) can spark some future possibilities and co-operation opportunities. India you rule!
Until next time! Game on and level up!
Author: Tomi Tolonen