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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Teaching Children the Value of Reading Infographic

Infographic providing simple tips to inculcate reading habit in your children.

Teaching Children the Value of Reading Infographic
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Maths – A Child’s Nightmare

Have you ever thought why most students find maths so scary?

Many a times, I have wondered what is so scary about this most ancient science, and I came to a conclusion that it may be the very nature of the subject itself. Maths means systematic steps, set of rules and abstract study. Even though maths is part of our daily life, the process of practicing or studying it is too cut off from reality. Students find it difficult to directly relate it to real life and most of the concepts are left to imagination. This very abstract and complex composition of maths as a subject makes it difficult. The difficulty level of the subject along with the compulsion to follow a systematic methodology makes maths a nightmare, especially for school kids.

Here, we also need to understand the basic psychology of kids. Kids are more spontaneous and less methodical, they are curious about things around them and they rely more on their cognitive skills. In general, children take more interest in tasks that they can comprehend or relate to and this is the area where maths fails. To be more precise, this is the area where the methods used to teach maths fail.

So, what could be the possible solution? Indeed, the answer is making the process of teaching maths more interesting.

Few tips that can be followed while teaching maths:
  • Explain mathematical concepts giving examples from a child’s day-to-day surrounding.
  • Before actually getting to numbers and equations, explain the importance of learning them and how that study is used in real life.
  • Use interactive classroom/online activities and games to generate interest in learning maths.
  • Use things easily available around you as teaching tools.
  • Encourage children to learn maths by recognizing their achievements even in simple tasks.
  • Use a simplified way of communicating difficult concepts by avoiding overuse of technical terms and difficult words.
  • Tell stories about mathematicians and mathematical discoveries or inventions to motivate children further.
You will find some useful online resources for maths education (games, interactive exercises, worksheets and teaching tools) on the following sites:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Is your child typing the whole day?

Few days ago, I was having a virtual communication with one of my school friend in the USA. During our conversation, she voiced out a concern about the modern education technique in her kids’ schools. She revealed her kids’ were asked to carry only IPad to the school. They never wrote but only browsed their lessons and typed their classwork and homework. All submissions were online; there was no use of paper and pen in the school. She feared her kids may not properly learn to write using pen and paper, and the whole day typing and use of IPad may also lead to related health issues. This conversation made me think and I decided to look at the issue wearing my E-learning Consultant hat.

The first thought that came to my mind was “blending traditional and digital learning” so that a child gets the best of both worlds.

Traditional schooling methodology too has some significant benefits, which are essential for building strong foundation for a child’s education. Basic skills, such as writing, reading, social behavior with peers and elders, integrity while working in groups and humanitarian values, can easily be inculcated in a child through conventional learning tools and conventional teacher-student and student-student interaction. But, a complete dependence on the conventional methods has some shortcomings too, which surface more glaringly in this IT savvy age where information gathering is just a click away. Additionally, the conventional tools and methods of interaction have limitations catering to various learner types having different learning styles.

By using online learning having digital media, such as good quality images, videos, 3D graphics, animations and so on, a topic can be explained in a better way as it aids in holding learner’s attention, generates interest and provides better perspective of the topic than the course book description or teacher’s explanation. But even though digitization of learning has certain benefits, complete dependence on it is again not advisable for two prime reasons:
  •  Hindrance in providing holistic education to a child
  • Adverse effect on child’s health due to over-exposure to the technology
This brings me to a query, “Should your child be typing the whole day?” And I would prefer to give a definite “No” as the answer. Just like it is essential for your child to cope with modern ways and technology, it is also essential that your child learns to write by hand, solve math without the use of calculator and use his/her reasoning and analytical skills rather than simply searching the internet. Another point every parent should think about is that if your child is overusing IPad, PC or laptop, he/she is getting exposed to the IT industry related occupational hazards in the tender age itself.

Hence, it is wise to choose an educational system for your child that ensures holistic education by blending the best methods from the traditional and digital learning process.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Online Education Revolution Infographic

Infographic says, "I can compress several pages in one and still you learn."

Have a look at the online education revolution infographic from!

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Here Are Some Free E-Learning Templates to Speed Up Your Course Design

Read the post from The Rapid E-learning Blog where Tom Kuhlmann provides information on getting free e-learning templates. 

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Free E-Learning Templates to Speed Up Your Course Design

Happy E-learning!