The not-so-random story

Amit Dhakulkar and Ravi Sinha
Random numbers are necessary to explain several natural phenomena and fundamental to many theories in science, but they are often considered boring because of their abstract nature and the way they are taught. Try Turtle Blocks, a free and open source visual programming language, to make learning random numbers fun and engaging.

Learning online: a student’s perspective

R Aishwarya
A student writes about her learning challenges online after the initial excitement wears off. Here she enlists the challenges that she faced – lack of engagement in the classes, no active interaction or structured routine leading to less energy and no motivation.

From tech averse to tech savvy!

P Ajitha
In this article, a teacher talks about her tryst with virtual teaching without any scaffolding or training, at first a nightmare, but later something that turned out to be very rewarding. Read it for more insights.

In ‘Keep’ing with the times

Komal Mahajan
With the pandemic continuing to spread, albeit at a slower rate, online classes it seems will stay on for longer than we assumed. Here’s is one more tool to help ease a teacher’s online class session.

Simulating learning environments

Rohini Karandikar and Bhagyashree Chemate
Schools are closed but learning continues to happen with the help of technology. Math or science, technology comes to the rescue in the form of simulation platforms that offer a whole new learning experience. Abstract concepts can be better understood with a few of these models and simulations. This article provides an overview of a few simulation platforms that teachers and students can check out.

Programming in that role play

Shiny Jenifer L
Can an activity-based approach be employed for teaching and learning computer science? Learning by doing helps students to internalize concepts faster and even recall them later. Here’s how a teacher used role play as an exercise to teach basic programming at the primary level.

Simulating in-class experience when teaching remotely

Dhaval Shah
For a few months now, virtual classrooms have become a reality and it looks like they will continue to be so for a few more months moving forward. While educational transactions have continued without too much of an interruption thanks to applications like Zoom and Google Meet, the fact of the matter is that these applications were designed primarily for business use and do not completely cater to the requirements of a school. And this is why a set of parents, who are also tech experts, got together to design an application specifically for teachers to use.

What teachers need to know about conducting assessments online

Shantanu Rooj
Half the academic year has gone by and with little respite from COVID-19, it seems like it will be a while before schools can reopen. Under the regular academic schedule, this is assessment time. Schools would have been gearing up for half yearly exams. More and more it looks like, assessments too will have to be conducted online, at least for now. So what should teachers keep in mind while conducting online assessments? Read on.

Class beyond rooms: connecting is the new constructing

Chandani Goyal and Ashima Thirwani
2020 not only marked the onset of a new decade, but also refreshed the ways in which we teach and learn. Amidst all the changes, one thing is clear, it is necessary to refine our remote learning practices to engage the students, no matter the distance.

The principles of good programming skills

Smitha Prasad
Is coding easy? Can anyone become a good computer programmer? How can children learn what it takes to learn a computer language? Here are some excellent tips starting from being disciplined and learning the basics to paying attention to details.