Web 2.0 & School Curriculum mapping

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21st century approach for
curriculum management – Going Green

Surjeet Singh
Bangalore

Web 2.0 gives us the ability to sort data from multiple categories and have immediate access from anywhere. Teachers can effectively use templates for lesson plans, rubrics, assessments and others.

Surjeet Singh
Surjeet Singh

A good curriculum map should be a live document which contains the information collected horizontally across subjects and vertically across grades/stages, analyzed by a group of experts, organized digitally and linked to web. It is a challenge for teachers to find time for discussions among grade levels, department, and teams while working in the same building. The possibility for developing and upgrading the curriculum is increased when a map is entered on a computer and is available online. It is an easy to use system where teachers can login to site and can edit, review, validate, and develop their curriculum very easily. Web 2.0 gives us the ability to sort data from multiple categories and have immediate access from anywhere. Teachers can effectively use templates for lesson plans, rubrics, assessments and others. Technology in mapping provides a direct, honest, and accessible tool to all other stakeholders to contribute effectively in students learning process. Password protected and user level access can be given to all stakeholders and they will be able to access it anytime from anywhere. Teachers can plan collaboratively over the Internet to hyperlink resources and rubrics within curriculum maps.

Curriculum mapping…

Curriculum mapping amplifies the possibilities for long-range planning, short-term preparation, and clear communication. Our students want us to know their experiences over the course of time. They want us to know what we have to teach. They want their parents to know what they are learning. Technology gives scope for looking critically at all content areas and help identifying linkages among subject matter and possibilities for interdisciplinary units of study. Technology has made this possible that a teacher can go to curriculum site anytime and get the curriculum detail needed to assist in making classroom experiences work.

Technology can provide a hub that links all the components of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Storing curriculum maps—records of the taught curriculum anchored in a calendar—in digital form provide teachers with a flexible tool for entering revisions and adjustments as they occur in the classroom. Most importantly, mapping has always been a remarkable tool for communication among teachers as they peruse both vertical and horizontal perspectives on curriculum. Curriculum helps a lot to any new teacher arriving in a school who needs to see the archive of past curricular experience.

In this technology age, Curriculum maps should be soft documents available to all stakeholders like: administrative personnel, teachers, parents and students. Maps should contain more than just one-dimensional text, allowing users to “dig deeper.” Maps encourage interdisciplinary initiatives. It should be embedded with task specific clarification for the students. Technology made this possible to merge multiple curriculum maps into one document for better horizontal and vertical in-depth analysis.

Challenge…

Curriculum Mapping is a continuous process, not a one-time initiative. There are new strategies and teaching techniques regularly identified in scholarly research. So it is a challenge for teachers to keep themselves updated all the time and follow best teaching practices for the betterment of their students.

Surjeet Singh is an accomplished educator with demonstrated ability to teach, motivate, and direct students and teachers of differing cultural, linguistic and national backgrounds. He keeps an open attitude toward new ideas and accepting others whose experiences, opinions and beliefs may differ. He is a self-motivated individual with strong leadership, communication, planning, organizational and ICT skills.

Currently, he is holding a leadership position in one of the reputed International School of Bangalore. He relishes a range of challenges that are part of his job as writer and administrator. He holds Masters in Education, English, and Technology. He has eighteen years of teaching and administrative experience in reputed international and boarding schools of India and abroad. He is a motivational speaker and an author with reputed publications of the country for books on various domains.