CUTTING EDGE TEACHnology
Technology is not just a subject at Universal – it is a way of learning & a way of life! At Universal, Technology is an integral part of bringing together the learners, teachers, parents & community & not just a parade of new gadgetry. Indeed, Universal & its staff have earned wide-spread acclaim for being the digital revolutionaries our aging education system needs so badly.
I-POD TOUCH HUB
The iPod Touch is a portable pocket computer made by Apple Inc. with a multi touch screen, an audio-video player & an internet browser. Every learner is handed out an individual iPod for a particular lesson or activity for a specified time interval in a scheduled manner as per the curricular programme for that particular group. The teacher then starts a particular ipod-aided activity or lesson plan aimed at accomplishing a particular learning objective.
Children learn a whole host of things – including alphabets, numbers, drawing, colouring, cursive writing, maths, flash cards & memory games – on the iPod. It is Interesting, Intuitive, Interactive and promotes Individual Learning.
Our research has proven a phenomenal jump in achievement of learning outcomes of young children when they use iPods
- Cognitive skills development: Concepts such as reading, writing, rhymes, stories, values, numbers, shapes, sizes, colours, etc. are simply better grasped & learnt on the iPod.
- Communication skills development
- Fine motor skills development
- Stimulated senses of touch, hearing and seeing.
- Enhanced ability to concentrate & communicate.
INDIA’S FIRST GOOGLE-POWERED SCHOOL NETWORK
Universal is the first school educational network in India to subscribe to the Google Apps suite for our schools. This allows all staff and learners to have their own personalised home page and email IDs on the school domain name. This also allows the school administration to blog/tweet/publish all circulars, schedules and news items on the school website. Parents can subscribe to email alerts, tweets, buzzes and feeds via the website to keep in touch with the latest happenings in the school.
EDUCATIONAL CABLE SYSTEM
Digital educational content and live presentation are telecasted in all class rooms.
Our computer laboratory is the right place for children to become technologically savy. We have made adequate provisions so that every child will always have a dedicated computer to work on. Children use it to complete their assignments, projects and learn new applications.
The pre-eminence of books as the source and repository of knowledge is increasingly being challenged by the Internet and eBooks. In our wi-fi facility students are exposed to a variety of eBooks in the eLibrary section of the school. Your child is allowed to surf the net under adult supervision and research for work related to his projects and subjects of study. To provide hassle free connectivity our premises is fully wi-fi enabled.
AUDIO VISUAL CLASSROOM SYSTEMS
We are the first group of educational institutions to employ Audio Visual Digital Classroom Systems in all our classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with plasma screens. On these screens animated illustrations and interpretations of the studied topics are shown to the children.
All class rooms and other learning spaces have a Plasma TV that is used by teachers for presentation of rich-media learning materials & real-time annotation.
ASIA’S FIRST VIRTUAL SPORTS AND MUSIC SCHOOL NETWORK
Universal is the first school in Asia to use Nintendo Wii for providing “Virtual PE” and “Virtual Music” lessons for its learners, in addition to real life sports and music training. The Nintendo Wii (pronounced “We”) is a video game console that allows users to control a game using physical gestures using motion sensing technology. In effect, players have to actually swing their arms to hit a ball while playing virtual Tennis or to bang a drum while playing virtual music.
Exposure to a plethora of co-curricular experiences in Fine arts, Visual arts, Performing arts, Physical education, Fitness and sports programmes, Information and Communication Technology integration make learning at Universal complete.
Our life skills curriculum offers sound values and skills to nurture the child to become an active global citizen committed to finding solutions to the challenges of life in the 21st century.
SELF DEFENCE AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
Our Self Defence and Disaster management programme deserves a special mention as it prepares our students to deal with unforeseen eventualities.
We believe that each child is unique with a different learning potential and is blessed with a distinct learning style. We, at Universal believe that assessment is a means to measure the learning outcome of each student and learning need analysis of the learning group.
Therefore, we provide a variety of learning experiences to tap the learners’ full potential and identify the learning needs of students.
At the Primary Grade Levels, we conduct periodic Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation through written and activity based assignments planned based on the various learning experiences enjoyed by the students during the teaching learning sessions.
At the Secondary Grade Levels, the students are being exposed and trained for the Summative Evaluation pattern. Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation is conducted periodically as well to check the effectiveness of the learning process.
The Dramatic Play area welcomes every child to interact with puppets, props and disguises that help to develop your child’s self-image as he adopts varied roles.
EXPERIMENT AND DISCOVER
The Experiment and Discover area is an amazing space that appeals to the child’s growing curiosity. Here the child learns basic scientific concepts through firsthand experience.
PUZZLES AND BLOCKS
The Puzzles and Blocks area is every child’s dream space! From jig-saws to construction kits, it brings out the engineer in every little one!
READING AND WRITING
The Reading and Writing area develops your child’s ability to recognize the alphabet, words and sentences through sight reading as well as phonic training. The attractive displays and comfortable seating also gently invite your child to explore writing.
To introduce our students to the world of performing arts we have regular workshops to involve and engage the children.
CHILDREN’S FILM CLUB
Your child is introduced to age appropriate world cinema. Films which increase your child’s sensitivity to human rights and bring a growth in his aesthetic sense, are screened periodically.
MUSIC AND DANCE LEARNING FACILITY
Equipped with a wide assortment of musical instruments, the music and dance learning facility provides an encouraging ambience to students. In short, a truly ‘note’ worthy place.
ARTS & CRAFTS AND WORK EXPERIENCE
In keeping with our policy of specialised education, arts & crafts as well as work experience are a part of our education programme.
SHIAMAK DAVAR’S DANCE EDUCATION (SDE)
Universal has introduced the SDE – a specially developed programme for school children and taught by highly qualified, skilled and trained SDIPA instructors. SDE’s objective is to offer learners an opportunity to learn dance with special focus on styles and techniques.
The programme draws from Jazz techniques, Ballet exercises, Indian dance forms, Yoga, Physical Training Disciplines, Dance Therapy activities and the Theatre Arts to offer students an outlet for personal growth and creative expression.
Dance is a therapeutic activity, since it enables a direct expression of emotions and thoughts that learners may not be able to otherwise express. Although the most important essence of dance is creative expression and fun, the dance class is structured to improve the following: Fitness levels, Confidence, Concentration, Discipline, Posture, Body Awareness, Attitude, Appetite, Memory, Will Power, Communication skills, Team-spirit, Creativity and thus, all round development.