‘Tinkering’ your way into learning

Mayank Solanki
For a majority of children, there are gaps in their understanding of concepts, which leads to them byhearting. Here is a fun and interesting way for children to learn and understand–tinkering labs.

A paradigm shift in teaching pedagogy: the need of the hour

Rajesh Bhatia
Despite all the research, studies and experiences, even today a child’s success is measured in terms of his/her academic success. But there is more to life than academics and whether or not a child will succeed in life will depend on how well we are preparing him/her to face life. Here are a few things that schools can do to change the way they teach.

Reimagining New Year resolutions

Ananya Pathak
New Year resolutions are made, then broken and nobody thinks twice about it. How about making SMART New Year resolutions that we can stick to this year?

Getting smart about data

Usha Raman>
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. Therefore caution is the need of the hour – treat data as a friend and not as a foe but also ask important questions along the way.

Learning math through inquiry

Richa Pandey
How can teachers come up with a strategy to engage children in the learning process, specifically with math? Math teaching lends itself to an inquiry- based approach which involves investigating a problem, making conjectures and arriving at a solution. In this approach, learners ask questions, explore their own curiosity and are able to connect their learning to the real world. A teacher shares her experience.

Towards a data-rich school: thoughts and ideas

Amitava Nag
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 decision-making process to gathering information and resources for the benefit of everyone. A school like any other organization is an evolving workplace that needs review and policy changes from time to time. This is where data regarding academics, teacher training and parent participation can be useful.

Data privacy in schools

Neerja Singh
In an increasingly digital world, data is everywhere, and specifically among students, the digital footprint is everywhere. So, where do schools stand on this? How can schools protect their students’ data? And what is the concept of privacy? Data privacy is important because a breach could put all the students’ personal information at risk. Here are some tips on the measures that schools can adopt to ensure that their data is protected and secure.

The teacher as a data-driven decision maker

Indira Subramanian
Data literacy has never been as important as it is in today’s digital world. Even if data was accessible, teachers are not aware how they can use it in their day-to-day lesson planning and instructional methods. Now, however, making use of information from various sources and deploying them carefully in the classroom must be an essential toolkit of the teacher. Here is an overview of data-driven decision making and how it can be used for analysis.

Design thinking as a teaching framework

Rupangi Sharma
What is design thinking and how can it be relevant for teachers? Design thinking is all about defining and solving tough problems. It focuses on creating prototype solutions and learning from mistakes. It can be very empowering tool for teachers to create a lasting impact. This article breaks down the possibilities that design thinking offers.