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CREATING MINDS FOR 21st CENTURY EDUCATION

Preparing minds’ and lives’ for 21st century is really crucial, the main aim of education is to bridge the gap between how children learn and how they live. At i2Global, we lay the foundation of growth mind-set for the students to face the challenges of work and life in the 21st century.


THE CHILD MUST BE TAUGHT “HOW TO THINK” BUT NOT WHAT TO THINK
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Critical Thinking

“Critical Thinking has long been a valued skill in society. Today, every student - not just the academically advanced - needs it. While critical thinking and problem solving used to be the domain of gifted students, now it’s a critical domain for every student.”
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Communication

“Expressing thoughts clearly, crisply articulating opinions, communicating coherent instructions, motivating others through powerful speech - these skills have always been valued in the workplace and in public life. But in the 21st century, these skills have been transformed today.”
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Collaboration

“Collaboration is essential in our Classrooms because it is inherent in the nature of how work is accomplished in our civic and workforce lives. Fifty years ago, much work was accomplished by individuals working alone, but not today. Much of all significant work is accomplished in teams.”
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  • Tinkering

    Students realizing their own ideas and driving their own learning.
    Given the infusion of technology in almost every aspect of our lives, the education sector is struggling on how to integrate it into the classroom. We have seen the current trends and attempts for the use of educational technology with the Flipped classroom, Interactive whiteboards in every classroom, and lots of discussion about what are the 21st century skills and literacies. Most educators agree that the main purpose of education is to assist learners in gaining skills, attitudes and knowledge for having a better quality of life now and in their future. Qualitative evidence points to the ease by which kids pick up their computer devices and use them as if they were brain-weird to do so. Even though some parents and educators express unease about students' digital diets, they are intensifying efforts to use technology in the classroom and seeing it as a way to connect with students to give them essential skills. Across the county, school are equipped themselves with computers, Internet access and mobile devices so they can teach on the students’ technological territory. So in the big picture, Are we pushing our students for Academic Success or find and pursue their passions? I2Global does understand that many educators would argue for both. The current educational climate is so centred on academic achievement and standards-based curriculum but in i2Global, we make proactive and concentrated attempts to get the pendulum to swing towards semi-structured, open-ended, process-oriented and student-driven learning environments. If we want more young people to choose a profession in one of the groups of crucial fields known as STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math - We ought to start cultivating these interests and skills early. In order for technological imagination to develop, tinkering needs to be encouraged within educational settings. Students explore questions that interest them, taking things apart and then building something new, in a process that involves planning, designing, creating and failing.

  • Maker Space

    Maker Space provides a hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering.
    Maker Space takes collaborative elements from a science lab, crafts corner, computer lab or an art room to create something of an impact. On line of the modern approach to learning, Maker spaces encourage students to consume and not just create, promoting learning through experimentation and creativity. Maker spaces are cross disciplinary and truly combine all the skill sets and knowledge students learn in other classes. Many adults have fond memories of tinkering with random items and making something from them. Perhaps you remember making a ramp for your toy cars, or building a playhouse out of a cardboard box or building a fort with old blankets and sticks. Often times these projects would take days to build as you encountered problems with the design and had to start over, or perhaps you needed to gather more materials as your idea emerged. A Buzzword is going around the early childhood education community that is fashioned out of similar experiences for young children, the Maker space.

  • Adaptive Learning and blended learning

    Adaptive learning has the potential to solve a crucial challenge in classroom learning and how to engage learners of different abilities in the same classroom!
    Adaptive learning systems use machine learning to help personalize the presentation of learning material based on their learning speed, interest and problem areas. In the hands of teachers, this can become an important tool to ensure more uniform learning. Blended Learning is a term increasingly used to describe the way e-learning is being combined with traditional classroom methods and independent study to create a new, hybrid teaching methodology. It represents a much greater change in basic technique than simply adding computers to classrooms; it represents, in many cases, a fundamental change in the way teachers and students approach the learning experience

  • Trans-disciplinary education practices

    An approach to curriculum integration which dissolves the boundaries between the conventional disciplines and organizes teaching and learning (around the construction of meaning in the context of real-world problems or themes).
    Transdisciplinary learning allows students to authentically make connections so that they can construct their own meaning and transfer learning to practices.
    This helps achieving better integration of services and collaboration between professionals. Transdisciplinary practice is different from ‘multidisciplinary’ and ‘interdisciplinary’ practice, because it features a greater degree of collaboration. Transdisciplinary practice is also significant because it involves the ‘client’ (the child and their family) as a member of the transdisciplinary community.

  • Emotional Intelligence

    Emotional Intelligence is a set of skills associated with monitoring one's own and other’s emotions, and the ability to use emotions to guide one’s thinking and actions. Emotions impact our attention, memory and learning; our ability to build relationships with others; and our physical and mental health. Developing emotional intelligence enables us to manage emotions effectively and avoid being derailed, for example, by a flash of anger. Emotional Intelligence is related to many important outcomes for children and adults. Children with higher emotional intelligence are able to pay better attention and are more empathetic. They also regulate their behaviours better and earn higher grades. For adults, higher emotional intelligence is linked to better relationships, more positive feelings about work, and, for teachers in particular, lower job-related stress and burnout. Five skills that can be taught to increase emotional intelligence:

    • 1.Recognizing emotions in oneself and others
    • 2.Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions
    • 3.Labelling emotions accurately
    • 4.Expressing emotions in ways that are appropriate for the time, place and culture
    • 5.Regulating emotions

  • Multiple Intelligence

    Ever wondered why some people seem to thrive in certain tasks and others seem to struggle? It’s also common to see totally different results when the same group is given a new task that requires a new set of skills. What this means, is that people are very different in the way they understand things. The Multiple Intelligence Theory is a psychological theory about the human mind. It is against the notion that intelligence is a single trait that we are born with and can’t change. It states that there are at least nine different human intelligences that all human beings possess. This theory came about after conducting research on the way people understand things. Howard Gardner believes that it documents the extent to which one children will have different kinds of minds which make her understand, perform, remember and learn in a unique way. The difference between you and me will be in the strength of these intelligences. These different modalities should be put into consideration when designing an educational system. The system should provide learners with different ways of understanding concepts. This is because when presented with the same learning materials, learners don’t all learn in the same way.
    According to Gardener, there are 9 multiple intelligences, by analyzing his intelligence we can help children to stretch his or her areas of strength.

    • 1.Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart)
    • 2.Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Number/Reasoning Smart)
    • 3.Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart)
    • 4.Bodily-Kinaesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart)
    • 5.Musical Intelligence (Music Smart)
    • 6.Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart)
    • 7.Intrapersonal Intelligence (Self-Smart)
    • 8.Naturalist Intelligence (Nature Smart)
    • 9.Existentialist Intelligence

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