Data has always been a crucial component in the education space even before the advent of the Internet. But in recent times, with new tools emerging to collect data, there is a need to be aware of the possibilities and pitfalls of using data. Schools and educators of late are growing increasingly dependent on edtech firms which have access to important data that is linked to individual identities. Theref
In the age of digital revolution, data is growing at a pace faster than we can think of and we all are contributing to it. Using this data to better understand human behavior and patterns is a challenge. In the education space the need to maintain data and analyze trends in a way that is useful to all stakeholders is very much a necessity. It is time schools embrace data as a culture – right from the d
When children engage with the arts, they are able to express their thoughts and feelings in ways that help them understand their lives and worlds. This article is based on a project that draws upon the author’s work with children in collaborative creative practice using text, image and sound. The project, Hum Hindustani, includes creative workshops with children that are designed around the ideas of
How can a school library be more welcoming of its participants/readers? Is there a way that a school librarian/teacher can be more effective in her engagements with children? For instance, teaching-learning tools can make a big difference in library sessions. Using story-telling methods that resonate with children can bring about a deeper understanding of the books. A teacher-librarian reflects on h
Neha and R R Rashmi
The Earth’s temperature has risen by 1.1°C since pre-industrial times. While this rise may appear miniscule, the world is already feeling its effects. A solution to this problem requires cooperation and coordination between a variety of players both at the global and national level. How has the world responded to the climate challenge and what direction can we tak
We no longer need visiting relatives to bring us Washington apples or Californian almonds. Living in India, we can consume dates from Saudi Arabia and kiwis from New Zealand. We get canned pineapples and frozen peas throughout the year. But is this really progress? With our mindless consumption and growing needs, we are only burning a hole in the Earth’s atmosphere, maki
Climate change is very obvious to anyone that is willing to observe. We also know that unless we are willing to change the way we live, we are only heading towards annihilation. Changing human behaviour is easier at a young age and that is why we must introduce climate change in the classroom. A few suggestions on how teachers can introduce the topic to students.
Suhail Abdul Hameed
Libraries usually serve as a memorable space for avid book lovers who love to just browse and perhaps even read the books that they choose. Everyone has their own experience of engaging with libraries as a space. This article throws light on efforts to create such a space for students in a government primary school in Chhattisgarh.
A literary text can open up whole new vistas for children in a language classroom because it gives them a chance to engage with ideas of inequality, emotions, gender, justice, integrity or even friendship without any sense of discomfort. In this article, the author explains how one such literary text, Dear Mrs. Naidu, helped her students reflect on various dense s
Vignesh Krishnan, Ngawang Lhakey and Isha Thakur
The Annual State of Education Report (ASER) is a nationwide household survey conducted to assess the reading and arithmetic levels of children from over 15000 villages across the country. Started and led by Pratham, a non-governmental organisation over two decades ago, it is one of the most significant initiatives ever carried out to asse
The canopy is the least explored but most important structure of a forest. With tree heights, especially in tropical forests, averaging a 100 feet, canopies are difficult for human beings to reach, which is why they are not as well explored. Canopies are also the parts that host a rich biodiversity. A knowledge of the canopies is important in the sustainable management of fo
To be able to contribute to meaningful dialogue, what we need is not just knowledge of the topic in question but also the ability to listen to the other person and keep an open mind. Can schools and colleges create an atmosphere that fosters these skills in young people?
Once upon a time, it was the role of the home to nurture social and emotional skills in children. Today schools are offering curriculums to teach these skills. Are societies and homes no longer places to imbibe these qualities? Won’t adding these curriculums increase the school’s workload? We take a closer look at SEL, why we need it and how teachers can incorpor