Innovations


The school believes that growth comes not only from doing different things, but also doing things differently. Experimentation and innovation are at the heart of all school functions, be it the research-based CBSE curriculum integrated with the right linkages, a broad spectrum of subject combinations, the new flipped and blended learning approach in classrooms, state-of-the-art technology, Skype classes with subject experts, use of Google Apps and social media for customised solutions, and a very unique assessment system that focuses on academic proficiency as much as it does on the joy of learning. Having been on top of the learning curve all through, we have reaped the first mover advantage, always.

Get a glimpse into the flipped model of learning

Flipped Learning


R.N. Podar School is the first school in the country to pilot and adopt different variants of the flipped method of learning for all its students. The Flipped Class is an attempt to break away from the passive, assembly-line form of teaching that limits our current educational system. It comes as an answer to the current problems of personalizing education site, transferring the responsibility of learning to the learners, and training the teachers to be the facilitators of learning.


The Flipped Classroom model of learning is becoming a worldwide phenomenon and gaining ground. Students have academic resources at their disposal that they can study and refer to at their own pace and time. With the ‘monologue’ section of lectures covered prior to lesson time, the classroom time is now open for discussion, analysis, learning activities, application of knowledge, creation of content, and peer-to-peer learning. The teacher is no longer hard-pressed for time, and can use lecture hours to provide individual, differentiated solutions to each learner. Flipped learning methodology has proved to be yet another step towards self-paced, learner-driven education.

This innovation has received extensive media coverage.

Drishtikon

Drishtikon


Drishtikon is our flagship initiative that takes the shape of ‘Special Assemblies’ aimed at building mature perspectives amongst students and creating a ‘soapbox’ for their voice.

The students are encouraged to inquire, introspect, and express, online and offline. Each class selects an issue that they wish to explore - personal, social, political, ethical or philosophical - and then sensitizes the entire batch to the same. Students present to parents and peers using music, theatre, dance, and multimedia tools in an enthralling, thought-provoking display of talent and perspectives. Guest speakers are invited to bring in further insight and real-life perspective.


Further, we are riding the social media wave by channelizing it towards constructive dialogue. Students, alumni, parents, and educators alike continue these varied discussions on the Drishtikon FB page created to provoke and challenge, and bring the student voice to the fore.

Join the conversation!

Watch the evolution and outcomes of this idea in its first year (2013-14)

Little Experiments of Change


LEoC is a unique Special Assembly format that takes Drishtikon one step forward from Words to Action. Each grade 11-12 class identifies an issue that it wants to challenge and resolve creatively. LeoC is an attempt on the students’ part to try and change something – within themselves, their families, the school, or the community at large. The change can be small but something significant and meaningful to them. The Special Assembly is a forum where they share and discuss the action taken and showcase the change while stimulating a discussion with the batch.


Students ask themselves three questions while formulating the action-response –
1. Is the solution Creative?
2. Is it Sustainable?
3. Is it Reflective?
The process is as enriching for the students as the outcome. Read student experiences here.

Get a glimpse into LearnShift India 2013

LearnShift India


LearnShift India is a one-day intensive engagement that brings together global and local innovators to generate ideas, build networks for action, and work together to ensure lasting educational change. The conference is a diverse gathering of high- level leaders, thinkers, and pioneers who seek to push beyond the current educational paradigm and harness new approaches that deliver better learning for all young people. The first such conclave took place in Dec 2012 in Delhi, the second in Nov 2013 in Mumbai. Students participated as equal partners in change.


Many collaborative initiatives have emerged out of LearnShift India, some of which have been implemented within the school like the partnership with B.Ed colleges, building on flipped learning, and continuing to nurture the school as a laboratory of experiments and innovation.

See the LearnShift India website for details. Watch more videos here.

Project-Back-to-School

Project Back to School


As a part of a policy-reform initiative to bridge skills gap and enhance pre-service teacher education, the school launched Project Back to School, a job-shadowing program for B.Ed students, in collaboration with teacher education colleges. The project presents a win-win for all stakeholders involved through a simple, powerful idea. The program combines practice-teaching/internship elements with a mentor-apprenticeship model to orient the teacher-trainees to ground realities. Additionally, the school teachers put together a skills and perspective-building workshop for these students.


The pilot has been showcased at multiple forums. A case-study on it was presented at LearnShift India 2013 in Mumbai to an audience of educators, innovators, edu-tech companies, and policy-makers. A white paper on the project was selected and presented in February 2014 at the FICCI and Planning Commission-organized QUPRAC 2014. At a school organized event in Mumbai, it was presented to the CBSE Chairman Mr. Vineet Joshi by Dr. Pavan Podar, Trustee, Anandilal and Ganesh Podar Society.

Collaborations & Partnerships


  • Google

    The school works closely with Google Education and is a Google Apps-certified school. The principal has taken capacity-building sessions for other school heads and staff on using Google Apps in Education.

  • Central Square Foundation

    Central Square Foundation, especially their Ed-Tech team, visits the school regularly to discuss projects, observe classes, and see how technology is integrated into the classroom.

  • Microsoft

    In 2015, our students participated in the collaborative project – The Microsoft Global Enterprise Challenge. This project enabled students to learn the skills of marketing and selling as part of the business plan. Two of our teams Rivals of Pollution & Bookmates were shortlisted from a total of 300 teams, worldwide. Team Bookmates won the first position and were invited to Seattle for the felicitation. The following year another two teams, team-Muffins and cookies and Finger Puppets also brought laurels by making it to the top 10 from among 3,100 teams.

  • GELP

    The school principal is a part of the India team of representatives to the Global Education Leaders Program (GELP).

  • Khan Academy

    The addition of Khan Academy classes to our academic curriculum has led to a creative twist to traditional learning. Its practice exercises with game elements, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard has empowered learners to enhance their learning curve. Its six week long learning challenge Learnstorm has highly motivated students to perform brilliantly enabling our school to lift the Learnstorm Grand Prize Trophy for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019. Keeping the mantra ‘Believe, Achieve, Repeat’ within sight, we aim to prepare for a hat trick this year.