Pathways School Noida organized 3rd Invitational Inter School Swimming Competition: 19 Schools and 450 participants from Delhi/NCR.
We are extremely pleased to present the June Issue of Architect + Design magazine that covered Pathways School Gurgaon in their special issue on ‘Towards Sustainability’. The issue explored some design criteria that lead on a path that heads to sustainable development. The story explains the architecture and design of the school that particularly emphasised creating a Green Campus with Zero Discharge. Pathways School Gurgaon was covered under the ‘Layered spaces’ category.
Pathways School Gurgaon has also been recognised as the highest rated Green Building amongst all the educational institutions in the world. The school conferred the honour of being the First school serving all grades K-12 in the world to achieve LEED-EB Platinum Certification.
We are extremely delighted to share with you the images from the Cricket Tour of Pathways Students to England (Under 17). The students got an opportunity to have an Indoor Session with the God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar at Lord’s Cricket Ground, also known as the Mecca of Cricket. There cannot be any other valuable experience for these budding aspirants than this!
Pathways Schools along with Yuvraj Singh Centre of Excellence (YSCE) have organized a Cricket Tour to England for our students (Under 17). The 20 day tour involves 9 competitive matches with other schools and cricket clubs in England and specialized practice sessions. The students will also get an opportunity to have an Indoor Session at Lord’s Cricket Ground, also known as the Mecca of Cricket. The vision behind the tour is to give our budding aspirants an international exposure that will not only give them the valuable experience of travelling with a sporting team abroad, but also give them confidence to play and stay in a country with a different cricket culture. Apart from matches and practice sessions with some of the most respected names in cricket coaching in England, the tour will also involve some cultural sight seeing in London and Birmingham thus making it an interesting journey.
One of the key drivers in the paradigm shift in education over the past few years has been the role of ‘Technology’. In the article below, Mr Satish Papnoi, CTO, Pathways Schools shares his views on the constantly changing education environment and the use of Technology in Teaching and Learning at Pathways
Technology in Teaching and Learning at Pathways Schools
Today, technology is a defining force in our lives.
Time has gone for traditional ‘chalk and talk’ when students used only pen, pencil and notebooks in the classrooms. In this digital age, projectors, laptops, tablets, smart phones and e-books have complemented traditional learning tools, hence classrooms have become interesting, interactive and almost paperless. Technology is no more a separate subject instead simply a tool to aid education and learning.
The classrooms are student-centered and teachers are coaches and guides. ‘Flipped Classroom or Reversed Teaching’ is a trend now days, which is a result of technology advancement. Today, teaching is no longer limited to the physical classroom. Students also learn online, in the form of audio, video and textual information. As a result, classrooms are becoming discussion forums to make learning more interactive. Technology facilitates teachers and students to collaborate, create communities and exchange ideas outside the classroom.
We are living in a digital age and technology has resulted in a 360 degree transformation in classroom teaching and learning. Students tend to learn visually and socially and expect to try things rather than hear about them. Technology has a significant impact on students’ cognitive functions.
Technology is a great learning tool if it is used in constructive ways for the right reasons and vision. But, at the same time one should also decide the appropriate use of technology. Internet has become a first hand information resource these days; children take online resources for granted to access various communities. They are conditioned to ‘click first and think later’, which can often jeopardize their personal statements in the present and future. Like any space the digital world also has its dangers. Online safety, online behavior, online etiquette or Netiquette, are some terms that define digital citizenship. Basically a good digital citizen must have the same social etiquette as he is expected to display in his personal everyday social interaction. A good global citizen is a good net citizen.
We at Pathways Schools provide ‘Anytime – Anywhere’ technology access to students. All our campuses are Wi-Fi enabled since inception. Students use i-Pads and laptops inside and outside the classrooms. High-resolution projectors are fitted in our classrooms to encourage audio-visual learning. Students make good use of the library, online encyclopedia and e-books Anytime – Anywhere. Students are given individual IDs to access email, internal learning resources and online content through an Internet web filtered server. Our Internet server has the capability of controlling and logging the activity of Internet traffic to ensure that right content is getting delivered to students, thus ensuring information access on need to know basis. Students and teachers are facilitated to collaborate and exchange online resources on real time basis. We have motivated faculty members who keep upgrading their methods of instruction and interaction. In our Schools, technology has its place in every curricular subject. Students from Grade 6 onward carry laptops while primary school students are enabled to use technology responsibly, with Laptop Labs, iPad Labs and mobile carts. Our school buses and vehicles are fitted with GPS systems to track and know the exact position of our fleet to ensure student safety while travelling.
Parents of students are empowered to access life cycle records of their children through our online Campus Management Server. They can also monitor the child’s current schedule and track their ongoing progress. In each school we have IT Helpdesk to facilitate day-to-day technical support to students, faculty and staff to deliver smooth and seamless learning.
Chief Technology Officer
Pathways Group of Schools
Pathways School Noida hosted its Annual Science fair Jharokha 2015 on March 13, 2015. The theme of the Science challenge this year was ‘Cities of the Future’. Solutions to challenges were proposed by students from Grade 3 to Senior school. The challenge was to create a carbon neutral city incorporating both architectural and transport solutions.
“River Yamuna will never be the same… we have caused enough damage to it”, voiced a 10 year-old on the Yamuna Walk, this Wednesday.
This year’s Grade 5 students are inquiring into “problems arising due to irresponsible sharing of spaces” as a part of their PYP Exhibition. To become more aware of the issues – local with global impact and go deeper into the problems, we went for a ‘Yamuna Walk’ organized by an NGO called Swechha. It was a long bus ride till Wazirabad, (on the junction of Haryana and Delhi) where we halted at a village settled on the banks of river Yamuna. The water was clear; the river was flowing beautifully without much disturbance and one could spot some swans and egrets perching in the water. Students didn’t believe that just before entering the city, the river is so clean and serene.
Our next stoppage was at Najafgarh Barrage where a drain with jet black dirty water was merging into the river. There was white froth floating on the river indicating a dead river where there’s no oxygen left in the river. Students saw how human activities destroyed the source of water and a habitat to many living forms. Our final stoppage was at a Ghaat near Okhla which was extremely filthy and highly polluted. One could see algae and other weeds covering the river. Students were shocked to find out that people still take bath in that water and use it for various religious purposes. It was not just the river but the entire flood-plain which was full of muck and garbage- all created by irresponsible human activities.
The trip turned out to be an eye-opener for many of us who never realized the impact of human acts on water bodies and in turn other living beings. Students began wondering how can we be so irresponsible; who’s going to clean the river now; and who is going to teach the people about the importance of keeping it clean? The answer lies with us- the change has to begin from us!
Under the Korean Cultural Centre – Indian Student partnership Project the Korean artists of the traditional Masil Theatre group visited Pathways, Noida on 11th December 2014. Mr.Kim kum Pyoung, director Korean Cultural Centre joined in to grace the occasion. The troupe put up a spectacular musical play performance for the students followed by the workshop. The Masil troupe presented a play “Run, Run, Ruuuuun!!! RiddleJar Where the artists got the audiences to participate and turned it into an interestingly interactive and engaging event. The actors ran through the audiences and sat amongst them to become friends with children.