17 May 2015

‘Tech for Change’by Mehr Chawla Gr 8

Some people prefer to spend lives doing the same things and avoiding change.
Others, however, think that change is always a good thing. I relish the latter. Each individual gets a chance to bring a change in their own, or someone else’s life. Some, embrace it with a smile while some refute it and stick to their stereotype routines. And then there are those who want to make change. I believe I am one of them, the ones who want to bring about a change in the society and make the society a better place to live in. But, unfortunately the problem was “How do I bring out that change?” The solution to the problem came in the form of an e-mail.

Following my same old routine of a weekday, an e-mail popped up in my inbox from Ms. Aprajita stating that me and an acquaintance of mine had been given an
“opportunity to be a part of the Core Team and engage with students from other schools to brainstorm the programme, agenda, workshop themes, the 'Tech for Change’ Project.” To say the least, I was ecstatic.

The ‘Tech for Change’ Project is a project led by an organization called Learn Today which is an Education Technology Summit.
The theme for this subject is “I am the Change” which evolves around the belief that when we, the students, take it upon ourselves for our own learning we will be able to capture and concentrate on a given idea or concept that interests us. This allows us to have more depth on our understanding. Furthermore, it encourages us to be active learners, while have different perspectives on a particular concept and having access to an open-mind towards new ways of active learning. Moreover, the aim of this forum is when school heads, teachers, and students collaboratively recognise the potential in innovation and leadership and come out with effective and efficient technology solutions for a social change.

The Summit is being held at Vasant Valley School, Vasant Kunj. On 7th May – Thursday – My friend  Dhruv ,And I accompanied by Ms. Aprajita headed towards the school for the workshop that explained about the whole Summit and its process. When the session started, we were given a quick simulation of what would happen on the final day of the Summit.
We were informed that the Summit was being held on the 9th and 10th of October, when from each school two student representatives will showcase a problem and an efficient solution on the same. Moreover, it will involve schools all around India and will have around 100 schools. Then, after a quick break we were divided into four teams: “The Concept Note”, “The Programme”, “The Rubric” and “The Case Study”. Each group having its own set of functions that will contribute at the final day of The Summit. After the workshop we expressed our gratitude to the organizers and went back to our school (blooming with ideas).

I would like to conclude by saying the ‘Tech for Change’ Project is a great opportunity for schools all over India as it lets us identify a real-life problem and provide a solution for it, using sustainable and cost-effective technology. Additionally, I would like to thank Dr. Advani, Ms. Sunanda and Ms Aprajita for giving us an opportunity to be on such a great platform that gives us an opportunity to bring about a change in the society