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Modern language lab is known as the digital learning lab, multimedia lab, language lab, etc. These labs offer the following to students

  • Content, pictures, sound, and video can without much of a stretch be incorporated; instructors can adjust materials to fit their necessities
  • Students can record their particular voice and playback the chronicles. It serves as a platform for students to debate, discuss with peers and teachers.
  • Educators can intervene and track student’s performance time-to-time, monitor their learning and make learning more personalized.

The purpose of a language lab:

The goal of a language lab is to engage students to effectively take an interest in language learning practices and get more practice than generally plausible in a conventional classroom condition.

Why should you have a learning lab at school?

In a standard English- language class, all students combine, talk for just 23.5% of the class time (DESI 2006, pg. 48-49).

In a 45-minute long class, 23.5% equivalents roughly 10 ½ minutes. As this number is the talking time of all students set up together, the time every student gets the chance to practice speaking turns out to be less as the class measure is expanded.

Ten student class 30 student class
Traditional classroom ~1 minute ~21 seconds
Classroom with language lab ~11 minutes* ~11 minutes*

With a language lab, all students in the class can speak simultaneously without distracting each other regardless of the class size. Language lab gives an opportunity to work on individual needs, which at times is not addressed in a classroom setting. It helps strengthen the basics of the language, i.e. Grammar

Today’s language labs have come a long way from “listen and repeat ”system of the 1960s, and have grown ground zero for hyper-multimedia language education.

It used to be that vague audio channelled to language students wearing personal headsets. Today, your class can enjoy authentic videos, engaging apps, and innovative game formats—all at the click of a button.


Think about it this way: A language lab is a computer lab with a few tweaks to it. If a school already has a computer room, then it’s just a small step away from integrating the language lab. I  start the ball rolling with some material and build from there.)

For instance, to use Mindspark English an online platform where students learn languages with real-world examples—you only need access to a computer or tablet with the Internet. (iPhones and iPads work too, by the way!)


Mindspark strive to build the proficiency through continuous engagement and exposure to elements of the English language. However, while most programmes claim to teach you English, Mindspark requires you to have basics of English language. It’s more about being fluent in the language and not just learn it.  

Mindspark is divided into Five parts.  

Your students can listen to stories from an array of genres

or read an excerpt from Anne Frank’s diary.

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Be a Grammar Nazi before graduating

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and maybe write about your favourite movie.

You can do all this and more on Mindspark English. If you’re reading short stories today, you’ll be enjoying Shakespeare tomorrow. It makes language fun and more comfortable to grasp.

Mindspark helps teachers enhance student learning experience and cater to their individual need. It is a companion for every teacher and makes English more fun to learn. Break the barriers of a classroom and try Mindspark English for your students.

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Amidst the hustle bustle of the city, around hundreds of students came together under one roof to engage, explore and experience the best of themselves. Spread across the 650 acres, Manipal University hosted India’s only summer programme held for Gifted Students from across the country. The programme had instructors from the USA and across India, with resident coaches and students travelling hundreds of miles to be part of this self-discovery journey! And when we all came together, you could see the diverse culture that came with all of us. People with different languages, different dialects, different schools all woven in a thread called ASSET Summer programme. In the land of diversity, we “ASP-ians” had created our own small world. For the next 21 days, we were all going to be together, sharing our culture, our values, our knowledge to learn something we otherwise would never have. After all, it was fascinating to meet peers from different states and cities, learn about their schools, their cities and their lives! It’s fascinating. utterly! As students met each other, you could see them bonding, challenging and debating! They had so much to talk about, and the like-minded groups were being formed instantly. The rest of the day passed by and as the sun started fading, it was time for parents to leave. The smiling faces bid them goodbye, with a promise to make most of the 11 courses, 21 days and 110 hours of learning that awaited them! In the next post, we shall bring you the story of 11 students and 11 courses, their learning outcomes and key takeaways from this enriching Gifted Programme.

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Mindspark 2.0 is out, and it has everything you asked for! From a refreshing new interface to organised reports for teachers, it makes learning easier than before. This new version of Mindspark has feedback from teachers and students integrated to enhance the learning experience. While the new version will look different, the user experience has been made more intuitive and engaging. The new Mindspark is more concise and focused. It enriches the user experience with more personalisation and new practice goals. And, with all the insights from the data about topics, students’ usage and performance, it enables teachers to take timely action as needed. From our experience of piloting this version with some schools, we believe that students and teachers will like and find this version easy to use.

A Refreshing New Interface The re-imagined Mindspark interface is crafted to ensure better engagement. A polished, clean interface to allow students to focus on the most important thing, i.e. learning. The user and rewards profile on the home page aims at imparting a sense of personalisation and accomplishment.  Make Learning Stick The timing and the content of practice are personalised based on the learning history of the student. This ensures the learning is always updated and improve retention of what was learnt.

 Regular practice leads to Mastery In learning, regularity is an important habit to develop. Weekly targets help students to work towards a small but meaningful goal on a regular basis to develop the habit of doing Math.

 Building a Growth Mindset “Students tend to have more of a fixed view of maths skills than of other intellectual skills” – Carol Dweck Mindspark help students develop a growth mindset in maths. Showing a student’s working out is not an indication of lack of intelligence. Instead, Mindspark helps them see that it increases the chances of getting the answer correct.  Organized Reports for Teachers Reports re-thought from Teachers’ standpoint. Insights from data related to topics, students’ usage and performance to enable the teacher to take timely action.

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The much-awaited ASSET 2017 Winter round Toppers list is out. Congratulations to the students for making it to the Toppers’ List. From about two lakh students who took the test, 270 have made it to this prestigious list.

ASSET is not just another test; it’s a test of conceptual and skill-based understanding. Not a single question has been repeated in the ASSET test since the last 17 years, and that makes the test tougher to crack. And hence outshining in the ASSET Test is not a piece of cake.

The ASSET Test helps teachers and parents to get an idea of conceptual understanding of the students for the particular topic. It highlights the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and the entire class. This helps educators to know where their students stand. A Principal shares her feedback on how the ASSET Test has been a valuable resource for her students as well as teachers.

“ASSET is a valuable addition to students’ skills acquisition and validates the quality of the curriculum. Its data and student performance analysis helps identify students’ misconceptions” – Ms. Nargish Khambhatta, Principal, GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai.

So, once again, congratulations to the toppers for putting their best foot forward!

Here we have the nerds of Literature

Cheers to the Math Bugs!

Here we have the Scientists of the future!

Kudos to the shining stars of Social Studies

And the Hindi Scholars

We have Toppers from the ASSET Dynamic Test as well. Congratulations Guys!

Kudos to the Math Toppers of ASSET Dynamic

And here we have the Science Toppers from ASSET Dynamic

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The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

The prize continues to mark the importance of educators and celebrate their contribution, giving them the due credit they deserve. It recognises the difference the very best teacher makes not only on their students but the surrounding communities too.

You asked: Who is behind the “Nobel Prize of Teaching.”

The Global Teacher Prize is awarded by the Varkey Foundation under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Emir of Dubai.

The Birth of Global Teacher Prize

Half a decade back, in 2013, the Varkey Foundation commissioned Populus, the leading research and strategy consultancy, to survey 21 nations, investigating their approach towards teaching as a profession. The in-depth research covered areas such as teachers’ salaries, students’ attitudes towards educators and how participants rated their education systems.

The result was mind-boggling! For the first time, the ugly truth was on the plate, providing an accurate picture of how teachers were viewed across the world.

It was quite clear that in several countries the profession’s status had dropped at light speed. This was explicit terrible news to Sunny Varkey, the Varkey Foundation’s Chairman, who was shocked as both his parents had been teachers. And, as a befitting reply, he founded the Global Teacher Prize with the aim of raising the profession’s profile.

You asked: Why Teachers.

It is glaring evidence, that lack of education is a driving force behind several social, political, economic and health issues faced by the world today. Education has the power to reduce poverty, prejudice and conflict.

Winners of Global Teacher Prize:  Nancie Atwell Hanan Al Hroub  Maggie MacDonnell

Andria Zafirakou Indians Educators who made it to the top 10 finalists for Global Teacher Prize Award Kiran Bir Sethi

In 2001, Kiran set up her own school in Ahmedabad, India. Central to Kiran’s teaching method is a simplified Design Thinking approach that leads students to understand empathetically rather than just intellectually and puts academic learning into a real-world context. 

Kiran Bir Sethi - Global Teacher Prize - Top 10 Finalist - YouTube

Robin Chaurasiya

Robin helped organise a successful campaign to change US armed forces policy after being forced to leave her position as an Air Force officer because of her sexuality. The experience inspired her to go into teaching and to found an NGO in India called Kranti.

Robin Chaurasiya - Global Teacher Prize 2016 - Top 10 Finalist - YouTube

Final takeaway:

Global Teacher Prize is making a real difference to the profession and having a very positive effect at both, the grassroots level and on the global stage.

We need more such initiatives, that identify and recognise some of the best teachers around the world.

Until then, nominate a teacher you think is doing groundbreaking work but is yet to be acknowledged.

Source: http://www.globalteacherprize.org/

 

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It’s indeed a sad Pi-incidence!

Today, being the Pi-day as well as Albert Einstein’ s birthday, this day now marks a dark day around the globe. Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76, fighting the monstrous motor neuron disease. While there have been many scientists out there, very few had managed to be the household name as Hawking.

It is interesting to note that Hawking was on born on Stephen Hawking was born January 8, 1942, on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death. He died today, March 14th, on the anniversary of Einstein’s birth,

Hawking had this amazing ability to simplify science to a layman. This is quite evident in his best-selling 1988 book “A Brief History of Time,” which sold millions of copies. Over the life, he has made some witty and bold statements about his perception on various subject ranging from science to philosophy.

Following are some of his best-known quotes:

School

Artificial Intelligence

Alien Life

IQ

Human Survival

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These days, technology is one of those things that can catch children’s attention. It does make sense to make the most out of technology by teaching in the most innovative ways. True, that most students hate math. But, you need to keep in mind that there is no such thing as a boring subject, but boring teachers – plenty of them.

There are plenty of ways on how to make math subject interesting. With the use of your creativity and tools to help you with, it is certain that math subject will never be the same. Here are some of the best online tools that you can use for free allowing you to create math fun activities.

Desmos

For a math teacher, this tool is a lifesaver. In case you never heard of it, you are probably one of a few who lives under the rock. In your case, this is the time to upgrade your math teaching level, and at the same time, it gives you the comfort to teach higher math classes such as trigonometry and calculus.

This is an online graphics calculator tool that can almost solve and do anything prior to mathematics. In fact, the Desmos Team brings algorithm to the next level of solving trigonometry and calculus problems. Moreover, you can find the best and comprehensive library for teaching students.

Mindspark

Is a ground-breaking teaching tool that fits the millennials and generation zs. This is a mobile app allowing teachers to share the lessons interactive to their students. The app has a multimedia presentation that avoids boredom to anyone and everyone who wants to learn the subject. It is specially designed for 1 to 1 class that includes fancy teaching presentation such as polls, questions, and other plenty of activities which is indeed conducive to learning.

Mindspark - Educational Initiatives - YouTube

If you are an aspiring math author, the platform is now looking for someone like you to team up with them. You can still do the things you loved to do when it comes to teaching while creating interactive math lessons and sell them to the cyber community.

Canva

Canva is your best option when you want to create cool design and presentation for your lesson. It is for the purpose of making the lesson of the day pretty much interesting with a lot of elements anyone would enjoy. The online tool is free to use that allows you to create and design.

This can take the math subject to the next level by presenting the lesson in the most spectacular ways. All you need to do is to select the  Canva’s lesson plans and have fun using the tool  You don’t need to be a graphic designer yourself when using this tool, as long as you know how to use the mouse, keyboard, and a few ideas and creativity, you’ll see how your students changed their perspective on the subject.

Formative

Formative is an online tool that basically helps teachers to gather data and information. A perfect tool to keep your lesson plans, records, and other activities for a year to year basis. It allows you to monitor their progress in real time and you can interact with them by giving them feedback about their performances.

Google Apps

Ideally, google apps are intended for business platforms, yet, teaching is another field of business, and therefore, these apps can help you to manage all the things you need when it comes to your teaching career. You can use Google Spreadsheet for records, Google Docs for Planning, Google Slides for presentation and many more. Also, you can easily share your files with others particularly during the grading period.

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On this women’s day, while we acknowledge all the powerful, influential and level-headed women around us, let’s not forget to recognize those who have contributed to Mathematics-  A Man’s land!!

History says mathematics as a field of science or philosophy was quite a close-knit-Men business as on before the twentieth century.

Eventually, women found their way in by the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century and contributed a lot to very few people’s knowledge!

Some of those Sheroes are:

Amalie Emmy Noether

So, next time you think that you have only “  father” of Algebra, remember Miss Noether is laughing at you from up above!!

Florence Nightingale:

It is indeed sad we know her as the lady with the lamp “ A compassionate Nurse” than a woman who contributed to Math, to improve health and sanitation! She wasn’t a mere nurse, but someone who made a comprehensive statistical study of sanitation in Indian rural life and was the leading figure in the introduction of improved medical care and public health service in India.

Dame Mary Lucy Cartwright

Now, I am not a huge fan of any of those fancy math term, but this sure hell sounds like something huge that we have missed out on for ages.

It is ironical that most of us have no clue of her existence, when she was the first woman to achieve a first class on the Oxford Finals, one of the first women to be elected to the Royal Society, the first woman to sit on its Council, and the first woman to receive its Sylvester Medal (1964)—for her “distinguished contributions to analysis and the theory of functions of a real and complex variable.”

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace is Genius AF!! I was so ashamed that I know Lord Byron but not her!! It took a while to sink in!

The Final Takeaway:

It’s awful that the most common factor that binds these women is their work that remained unrecognized for the most part of the world! I mean, why just Pythagoras theorem, why not Noether theorem! Women are making breakthroughs in all corners of the world, but Maths!! It’s time to look back at legacy these women have left for us, appreciate it and try to break the barrier of ” Women and Math, meh”!

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Steve Wozniak, managed to hurt Indian sentiments far and wide with its opinion on our Education System! 

To brief you a bit, Mr.Wozniak was asked about his views on India and if a global tech company can emerge from here?

 And not to our surprises he said “I am not an anthropologist and I don’t know the culture of India well enough. I don’t see those big advances in tech companies. What is the big tech company here, Infosys maybe?

I just don’t see that sort of thing coming out of Infosys, and I have done keynotes for them three times.”

 Woz further said that the culture in India is one based on academic excellence, studying, learning, practising and having a good job and a great life. Well,

 Now, let’s pause and think of the more critical picture!!

The Rote Loop

Rote Learning is a glaring evident that everybody has chosen to ignore. The widening learning gaps in classrooms and absolutely no feedback system, has turned schools into a one-way communication system! With teachers more focused on finishing syllabus, school more focus on the “best grades”, students are forced into quick-fix solutions!

We have been there, done that! At least I can vouch for it!

 Before every math exam, I would start memorising theorems, day and night! I never understood what it meant, but I had to pass to reach next grade!! That was the only way I could do so!

 Well, I passed back then, but, today if you write a theorem on board, neither I can identify it nor do I remember which grade I studied these theorems!

Source

Academic score over conceptual understanding 

So, I  totally second Mr.Wozniak when he says we are too focused on scores rather than a conceptual understanding!

For most of us, academic excellence is a scorecard that we are handed upon at the end of the examination! Ironically, neither the exam nor the scorecard assesses the student based on their level of understanding!

And, this is not even it!  We are talking about students, who in next four years, will be out there looking for employment!! It’s scary and crazy 

Final Takeaway

ASER 2017 indicates that a significant proportion of 14-18-year-olds can at least read simple texts. Their math levels are quite weak and do not show improvement with age. But the fact that policy-makers and administrators do not have data about learning outcomes is a relatively small problem.

The more significant problem may be that the youth cannot show what they really can or cannot do to a potential employer in the absence of a credible and transparent examination system.

 Just as there are standardised examinations such as TOEFL and GRE, independent exams that test the abilities of young people are the need of the hour. In fact, such certifications honoured by employers will help change the education scenario dramatically.

Today, yet another exam will “test” the student’s ability by their learning in class than understanding!

As George Eliot wisely puts it

 “We learn words by rote, but not their meaning; that must be paid for with our life-blood, and printed in the subtle fibres of our nerves.”

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The Internet is a place of extreme!! From Kardashian to Math trivia, anything and everything can break the internet.

One such instance has been a “simple” math problem!!

  • Mumsnet user Peerie Breeks shared a math riddle on a message board for parents.
  • The question asks how much money a man makes or loses after buying and selling horses.
  • It racked up almost 500 comments with different answers.
  • The correct answer is that he made $20.

While the answers ranged from $10, $20, &30, what seems to be throwing people off is the fact that the man sells the horse for $70 and then repurchases it for $80, making it look like he spent 10 more dollars.  

What seems to be throwing people off is the fact that the man sells the horse for $70 and then repurchases it for $80, making it look like he spent 10 more dollars. But the correct way to solve the problem is to think of the two transactions as separate: -60 + 70 = 10 and -80 + 90 = 10.

Dive deeper for the correct answer here

Now, this Chinese Math Question had me scratching my hair!! 

This isn’t the first time a math problem went viral! Sometime back, a Chinese math question took the internet by frenzy!

  • A Chinese math question for 5th graders asks “If a ship had 26 sheep and 10 goats onboard, how old is the ship’s captain?”
  • It’s going viral because no one can figure out how to solve it.
  • The solution may or may not have anything to do with math.

After the test question went viral, the Shunqing Education Department released a statement saying that the problem was meant to “examine… critical awareness and an ability to think independently,” according to a BBC translation. If so, whether or not the math problem is solvable isn’t relevant. The point is to encourage students to think creatively about possible ways to figure it out and come up with their own answers.

Oh, and do you remember this one

The question, posed by popular YouTube account MindYourDecisions, was initially posted on Aug. 31, 2016, but is making the rounds across the internet again. Why? People keep arriving at two different answers: 1 and 9.

To solve the problem, you need to remember PEMDAS, otherwise known as the order of operations. In case you forgot, PEMDAS standards for: parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. To solve a problem with PEMDAS, first, you solve anything dealing with parentheses and exponents and then move left to the right with the remaining operations. Try it for yourself below.

Can You Solve This Intelligence Test? Viral Facebook Puzzle - YouTube

According to the man behind this YouTube account, Presh Talwalkar, people get one as the answer due to an old way of interpreting the division sign. “Historically the symbol / was used to mean you should divide by the entire product on the right of the symbol,” he wrote in a blog post. So, if you got 1 as your answer, it’s not right, but not your fault either for learning this method.

Now that’s enough of math for a day!! You can come back for more, or maybe just let me know your fav viral Math Problem!!

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