In my previous article (Textbooks – a key link in traditional teaching methodology), I shared my views on the critical role that Textbooks played in establishing connect among the Teachers, Students and Parents. The shift from "Textbook" teaching for academic education came with the introduction of Computers in schools. This led to the shift in the teaching methodology from Textbook/ Reference Books mode to Textbook ++ mode.
This period also coincided with the time when post liberalization the economy had opened, there was a new job market of computer graduates shaping up, Schools and Teachers getting exposed to the new teaching methodologies adopted globally/ international boards. Parents became demanding and there was competition among schools to devise/ adopt new teaching methodologies. There were concerted efforts put in by schools and teachers in particular to adopt new teaching methods that go beyond the textbooks.
Access to computers in schools provided teachers with a new channel to deliver content to students. However, the onus of developing the right content remained with the teacher who had to put in additional time to build their content repositories. Teachers made effective use of computer + printer infrastructure in school to prepare and share information on subjects and practice worksheets with the students. Remember, computers were still expensive not in everyone’s home then. So, the worksheets actually had to be printed by teachers and sent physically with the students to home.
This first phase of technology led transition from textbook to beyond textbook was useful for the students. They could now get additional resources prepared by their Teachers on topics of their interest and practice assignments to further improvise their understanding of the concepts.
Teachers were, however, the key driver of content delivery during this phase, as it was the teacher who had put in all the extra hours to develop, structure and share the right content with the students.
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