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Education efforts

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[This is a quick overview of educational material/ knowledge compiled, and how to use them, and current state of the complete setup, and will evolve with them. Detailed documents on these materials and how to use them are still being worked on.] I will recommend that the reader start by asking himself or herself these questions: - Is the form of education we get in schools fun, interesting, effective, or even useful? - If not, how can it be made more so? This is my attempt to answer them. I have put together resources and approaches I found most effective, and now am putting together lesson plans, examples, and activities to use with them. The end product of this exercise will be modules that, perhaps with some bit of customization, can be used for education in most places. The individual module write ups are, at best, meant to be only a guide map to one possible way of teaching the subject using the resource. All the material is written assuming that the teacher understands the topic he or she is teaching fairly well -- if not, some background work maybe needed there.

The general objectives of these modules are: 1. Learning using more familiar analogies and examples, emphasizing similarities and differences 2. Involving students in dialogs, encouraging them to logically understand the concepts, instead of rote learning 3. Introducing students to fundamental basic concepts, and teaching them how to discover/ find out the details as and when needed 4. Focusing on exercises, activities, and practical work to enhance confidence 5. Demystifying the concepts, at least to the extent that they no longer seem mysterious devices, but tools which could be explained by common science and logic The general approach used through all this is: 1. Introduce a concept using a very close or similar real life equivalent and analogy 2. Discuss various issues and aspects of that similar system or concept 3. Map the discussion above to the concept to the be taught 4. Engage the students in some activity, demo, or experiments around the concept 5. Lab work or exercise for the students for hands on lesson learnt

how gas molecules are far off and constantly moving. Demos. They also have some sample concept booklets for a few topics serving as a guide on how to approach such teaching. addition. More on syringes. hitting the surroundings causing air pressure .Summary of resources used or being worked on Science experiment kit Science. heat. experiment kit developed by AID India with about 100 experiments described. with additional activities and lesson plans designed to supplement. but something that can be made fun. such as numbers. surface tension. Hindi. examples. moths and social science concepts to children. I am working on some lesson plans to cover other topics. it is a collection of resources. It focuses on teaching students about computers.How straws work.Explaining word processors by dialog about features in books and print media Azim Premji foundation multimedia CD kit Premji foundation has trilingual (English. especially Physics. It is targeted for younger age group. multiplication. place value.Quick demo of what happens when you blow air over a piece of paper held horizontally . with expressions in place of numbers) and games. I will use how one would explain air pressure using this material . and giving sneak preview at the latest in the area. catering to children from classes 6-8. balloons . and fraction. and motivates students to do sums. The goal is to introduce them to computers. using computers to supplement other aspects of learning.Envelopes inside each other activity to explain folders on windows . felt and understood. To quickly illustrate. but can be learnt logically.Discussion on how all objects are made of molecules. by putting them in puzzles (such as join the dots. Newton's third law. and demos to supplement learning. subtraction. using them. division. More than a kit. Topics . experiments. It attempts to give a picture of mathematics as not something drab or difficult. bring them comfortable enough so that they are no longer mysterious gadgets that are difficult to learn. It has some activity descriptions and material for explaining the basic concepts of mathematics. a Bangalore based NGO. developed by Suvidya.Activity on magnetization of iron to concept of binary digit. say class 1-5.Lead this air pressure concept to even seemingly complicated things as submarines Mathematics kit Math activity kit. just some snippets to give a sense of the kit . covering topics like air pressure. addition. Computer teaching kit This is still being developed. etc. games. and a regional language) multimedia CD kit for explaining various science. We use activities. bit . Once again.

and some vocabulary and grammar improving fun games. I haven't looked at them in detail yet.Science and Math -. Pune has developed some material . they did succeed in keeping children engrossed! English We just tried out a presentation made by AID India explaining various parts of school to children. Abacus . have already built a contact and have some sample content. introducing as much science and metrics as is needed for direct application o BVIEER (Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environmental education and research). try out.Homi Bhabha Centre's efforts in science and mathematics .com) to avail them! Structure this effort more. Finish off whatever remains of computer curriculum.Eklavya in MP developed some nice good resources . FutureKids. it’s been all over the place. but a couple of times I tried.Use same language subtitling to teach reading TODO Make topic/class wise lesson plans for science and math using the kits. Try all the resources already there. generalize.Many efforts Rishi valley school. Pratham. These are ideas to more lessons and activities. Talk to experts.Khoj. Mail those folks and find more. With many.Social science -. Sutradhar: . Contact me (arvindsaraf@gmail. Look at the resources and contacts mentioned above. through theatre. PlanetRead -. read more to do so. I have a sample script explaining air pressure through theatre. share learning. if so. ezvidya . Media lab (back at MIT) is supposedly doing some interesting education work – like software programming bricks. So far. even math and English.Initiatives by NIIT. etc.Rural technology -. Partially done for science.are explained through animations and followed by puzzles.Vigyam Ashram . Others There are bunch of other very good resources as well that we haven't explored or tried out.SeHAT and FRCH . give feedback. suggestions. 7 and 8 by a group in Uttaranchal called Uttaranchal Seva Nidhi. study. Many of these I first read about in a book on improving government school education by another Bangalore NGO. Package it all together. See if anything relevant. Work with Suvidya on math based computer games.Preschool education -. legos. etc. Sutradhar . touching everything. logo.History -.Environmental education o Textbooks developed by class 6. Calibrating these to different age groups is an issue as well. Plans should include how to explain a topic and logical connection between different activities.Computer education -. . There are more ideas on science. Emphasis is on learning hands on. but I haven't got around to these yet. involving the community. procure.Health care -.Bookbox. puzzles and programs Explore teaching through theatre.

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