WhatsApp Community of Practice (CoP) for teachers

Praveen Kumar Singh
This article is based on an initiative in Mysore district in Karnataka that is making use of a WhatsApp group linked to a science teachers community. Currently there are 87 teachers from around 70 schools involved in this project.

How Apps are changing education

Across the country, schools , educators and organizations are using technology to improve student learning and teacher development. Through computers, tablets, video conferencing and massive open online courses, education is now being made more accessible. The latest and most visible change is the use of mobile devices which are changing the way students learn. This article also looks at how schools are increasingly using technology to serve as a communication platform between schools, parents and children.

What can I learn via social media?

Ullas Ponnadi
How can social media be used effectively to enable teaching and learning? This article attempts to document feedback acquired directly from teachers , parents and students on their personal and positive use of social media. Read on and adopt some of the easier methods.

The great Indian jugaad

Here is a young man who managed to create miracles with the mundane. Meet Pranav Mistry and his wearable device called Sixth Sense. This is a device that lets us use hand gestures to interact with all the digital information around us. Read all about him in this article.

Ready, get set, animate

Sujata C
Do animated lessons make for deep learning? Research shows that children learn best when they are enjoying themselves and animation is one factor that aids comprehension and recall. Here are some simple animation tools that subject teachers can use to pep up their classes.

Creativity and intelligence in balance

Ramesh Vedavyasa
What is design thinking? Design and innovation thinking are closely aligned to the STEAM concept. This can be applied to any aspect of one’s life and helps in critical thinking and problem solving. A structured curriculum can equip students with basic design concepts, simple digital drawing and digital sketching .

Creativity and computation

Sonalee Mandke
How can one think creatively while using a computer? Creative coding is one instance that allows users to design expressive and creative experiences through a programming language. Digital artists and designers use code to produce creative and sensory experiences that are driven by computational logic. The possibilities are endless. Read up this article to know more.

Fundamentals of Robotics

Dipankar Pal
This article argues that robotics is here to stay and grow as a prime 21st century skill. With many schools now finding space for robotics in their core curriculum, a change in perception is needed at various levels to view robotics as a multi- disciplinary learning.

Let’s build a robot!

Sudipta Saha
Robotics provides an opportunity to learn a wide variety of STEM concepts that are required by curricula around the world. By using the robot as a tool in a specific lesson plan, educators are able to actively engage and motivate their students, giving tangible representations of the concepts they are teaching. In addition to its direct use in the curriculum, robotics has also found its place as an extracurricular activity in lunchtime or after-school clubs.

Decoding the digital

Chintan Girish Modi
What is hate speech? Who decides what is hate speech? Why is the digital space filled with vitriol directed at communities, individuals and groups? How can students navigate through this in a fearless way? The author comes up with some activities that teachers can take up in the classroom. Read about it in this article.