Elevate Ep. 9 | Educators Highlight on Combining Critical and Design Thinking in Digital Teaching for Future-ready Education

October 23, 2023 | By: Extramarks

Teachers for the future

In the dynamic landscape of modern education, Extramark’s initiative takes center stage with its forward-thinking approach to teaching. The webinar, “Teaching for the Future: The Synergy of Critical and Design Thinking in Digital Pedagogy,” delves deep into innovative pedagogical strategies. It explores the seamless integration of critical and design thinking within the realm of digital education, showcasing the transformative power of these methodologies in shaping the future of teaching and learning. This event brings together educators, thought leaders and pioneers in the field to shed light on the transformative potential of critical and design thinking in the digital pedagogy landscape.

 The webinar brought together experts in the field of education, 

Teachers for the future

1. Maj Gen Kr V S Lalotra-  Former Principal Mayo College & Serving on Board of Governors of eminent Public Schools of India

2. Mrs. Debika Chatterji- Director Principal, Jbcn International School, Mumbai

3. Ms. Nisha Bhakar- CEO – Education, Vishwa Samudra Holdings

4. Poonam Singh Jamwal- Director, Extramarks Education, Noida

These experts also discussed about the digital age, these cutting-edge approaches open doors to creative problem-solving, nurturing inquisitive minds, and fostering adaptability. Also, shared insights on  this exploration of the future of education, where critical and design thinking unite to empower the next generation of learners and thinkers.”

Key Takeaways –

1: Transformation through Critical and Design Thinking: The webinar emphasized the transformative power of critical and design thinking in education. The experts stressed that these methodologies encourage curiosity and problem-solving. They also highlighted the crucial role of educational technology (Edtech) in this transformation, as it seamlessly blends user needs, technological possibilities, and outcomes to deepen knowledge, foster collaboration, and develop innovation capabilities in students. 

2: Fostering Creativity and Problem-Solving: The panelists also shared insights into transforming traditional teaching methods during the webinar. They discussed about the practical strategies implemented in their school, shifting from knowledge transfer to critical and design thinking. By involving students in problem-solving and design thinking, technology, particularly smart classes, played a significant role in this process. The result was a collaborative learning environment that emphasized real-world problem-solving, benefiting both students and teachers. 

3: Technology’s Role in Developing Skills: The webinar also addressed the role of technology in promoting critical and design thinking skills among students. The panelists highlighted the importance of leveraging technology to engage students in these innovative approaches, fostering the development of essential skills in the digital age.  

4: The Importance of Adaptability in Education: In addition to their insights on technology, the experts also provided valuable perspectives on adaptability in education. They emphasized the importance of adaptability and future readiness, underscoring that the education system must prepare students to face various challenges, both big and small, by developing problem-solving skills and a deep understanding of life’s value. These skills are at the core of critical thinking in education. 

5: Empathy and Collaboration in Problem-Solving: The panelists shared a profound message during the webinar that highlighted the essence of critical thinking, emphasizing that as educators and parents, our responsibility is to find solutions to problems, regardless of their scale. The webinar stressed that it all begins with a problem, rooted in the understanding that life is precious. Critical thinking, in the expert’s view, is fundamentally about approaching these problems with empathy and the belief that real solutions can be found. 

6: Encouraging Belief in Self-Worth: The webinar brought a human perspective to the discussions as experts stated that design thinking and critical thinking are not about complex concepts but are, in essence, about being empathetic toward real-world problems, collaborating to solve them, and thinking beyond the obvious. The panelists emphasized that whether in high-end schools or underprivileged ones, the core problem remains the same that is helping children believe in themselves and their worth, which, according to them, should be the primary goal of education. 

You can access the webinar recording here:  

https://youtu.be/vwhml8pS8Pc

In conclusion,  critical and design thinking in digital pedagogy has unveiled the transformative power of innovative teaching approaches, highlighting the pivotal role of technology, adaptability, empathy, and self-worth in shaping the future of education.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2024

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