After their mid-morning snack break, kindergartners from Oberoi International School settle down to practise shapes and alphabets. Clowns are drawn, misshapen houses emerge, letters are traced, and then the young artists clamor for Nalini Miss’s attention. “I made a rocket,” little Harini announces even as Neil finally masters the letter ‘B’ . It’s a scene out of any hyperactive KG art class, with one difference — the toddlers are all sketching on iPads.
The Mumbai school introduced tablets in their classrooms two years ago, starting at junior KG. Principal Vladimir Kuskovski says that with children becoming tech-savvy at an early age, integrating them into the learning process helps them engage better with the subject at hand. “iPads have audio features and interactivity, so kids can learn in every way possible ,” says Kuskovski.