Smart Classrooms are a big hit among students as they are interactive, informative, and innovative. These classrooms have a viewing screen connected to a projector. The teacher shows prepared multimedia presentations and projects them on to the screen using a laptop.

For pointing out the topics, the teacher may use a digital pen instead of chalk pieces or markers. The information displayed on the screen is stored online for repeated use. This sort of learning environment allows students and knowledge to thrive.

Here are some of the advantages that Smart Classrooms have over traditional ones.

  1. Interesting and Informative

Let’s face it. Most students nowadays find blackboard classes with monotonous lectures rather plain and boring. Smart Classes add flavour and zing. They are highly interactive with multi-media inputs.

The use of graphics, 3D animation and multimedia make it really interesting and appealing to students. The lessons are turned into interactive sessions and Smart Classrooms make learning fun.

  1. Increased Understanding and Retention

Since most lessons are depicted on screen visually, they become easily imprinted on the student’s brain. Chemical reactions are shown live and biological processes are depicted visually as well. A picture is  worth a thousand words after all.

This makes it easy for children to understand, retain, and recollect concepts. Since the sessions are enjoyable, there is also a higher chance that the student will stay alert and pay attention rather than dozing off or talking to friends.

  1. Anytime Access

The  key advantage of digital technology is anytime access. E-learning helps children explore topics online 24×7 to widen the horizons of their knowledge. Early in the morning or late at night. It doesn’t matter. Even during holidays or the weekend, the notes can be viewed.

With the lessons uploaded online, the student can pull up the information at any time and from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. With almost everyone having smartphones these days, this is huge.  

  1. Easy to Stay Updated

Since the lesson is stored online, it can be reloaded and repeated anytime. This is a unique advantage for students who were absent or late-learners who need a repeat session.

It also removes the need to repeating since students can catch up on the day’s work even if they were absent. Even those who join school a few days or a week late can just refer to the online notes. They can stay up to date.

The Smart Classroom can also have a list of homework, upcoming chapters, quizzes, tests, and exams can also be shared which allows students to stay prepared and on top of things. This is also of utmost benefit during class revisions and when preparing for examinations.

  1. Caters to all Students

A class is a healthy mix of students of varying backgrounds. Everyone is different. Some prefer audio while others like visual stimuli. Certain students learn best by writing down notes, or repetition. One batch of students can grasp information rather quickly but the other batch may require more time. This doesn’t mean that they are not intelligent.

Also, just because a student is strong in English doesn’t mean that they will perform great in mathematics or science, and vice versa. The Smart Classroom ensures that all students grasp the concepts irrespective of their IQs by employing audio-visual aids. Students are free to learn at their own pace and in the way they like best.  

  1. Excellent for Academics

Since concepts are lucid and easily understood, students score better through Smart Classrooms. The visual images and live videos make even tough concepts easy to understand and remember. The lessons can be reviewed again for practise and this helps in revision.

For slow learners, the Smart Classrooms are a boon as they don’t need to stop the lesson midway. They can learn a difficult area at their own pace. They can also catch up at home or in their free time. It is not difficult to see that all these attributes of the Smart Classroom pave the way for better scores.

Learn in a Smart Manner with LetsPractise

Those were the six advantages of Smart Classrooms over traditional ones. This isn’t to say that traditional learning doesn’t have its merits, though. At Lets Practise, we have seen the future. Smart Classrooms will revolutionize learning. They are a new breed of education. We know this and offer your child a way to stay ahead of the game.

Let’s Practise has practise papers, revision sheets, suggested questions, and mock exams for a variety of subjects, school boards, and standards. These will help keep your child sharp, improve weak subjects and boost their performance on strong or middle subjects. Your school may not have Smart Classrooms, but we can help your child become the smartest in the classroom.

Take a look at the plans we have, and be sure to contact us if interested.

2018 dawned with the hope of a new year with new beginnings and breakthroughs, of peace and harmony and of good health and prosperity. Yet challenges do loom ahead in 2018, especially for children. The increasing onslaught of video games and internet on the children’s mind, the excessive burden of academics, unhealthy competition…all these prove to be major deterrents to the personality development of the child. so yes, raising kids is a challenge for parents in 2018.

Challenges for parents to raise kids in 2018

  1. Limiting internet and social media usage

The internet has become an inevitable part of your kid’s life. Even for school projects, he has to source the internet. But the internet can be intrusive and hazardous through its spam emails, junk pop-ups and random feeds. Censoring social media and internet usage is a major challenge for parents in 2018.

In 2018, the “Blue Whale challenge” claimed lives of many innocent kids. Unknowingly children became hapless victims by downloading this online game. This shocking incident made parents realize how dangerous internet and social media could get.

So parents must learn to censor the children’s social media usage, limit internet usage, block unwanted sites and have access to their online accounts always.

  1. Vetoing violence

Violence has spread like wildfire in the world today. In the US, gunning incidents at schools have become common while back home in India, assaults on female kids are prevalent. Teaching children to steer clear of violence is challenging in 2018 but parents have to take a firm stand.

Children must be made to understand that “violence cannot appease any angry soul, only love can.”  Kids must be taught to handle their tempers better and anger-management sessions must be taken in class to combat stress.

  1. Saying no to suicide

Academic stress and competitive exams like NEET are demoralizing children to a great extent. Suicides of children failing to clear such entrance tests have become quite common. Counselling children against such suicidal thoughts is a major challenge for parents in 2018.

Children must be made to understand that academics alone is not life. And also that failing once in an exam does not make you a zero. They must be taught that suicide is cowardice and it is brave to face failure and try again. Parents must give moral support to such children and guide them carefully towards repeat attempts to gain success.

  1. Overburdening academics

When your child comes to high school, he becomes a book-bearer. It is pathetic to see children struggle with books, guides, worksheets and what not. Plodding through scholastic studies take a toll on children and is a major challenge.

Parents must seek alternate ways like practised learning to make studies easier. They must also help the child indulge in sports activities and hobbies to refresh his mind.

  1. Perfection is painful

These days, there is an over-emphasis on perfection. Parents want their kids to study like an IITian, play football like Ronaldo, sing like Shankar Mahadevan and in short be a perfect possession. This is not challenging but stressful for a child.

After all, a child is a child. Let him be. It is his failings and eccentricities that make him lovable. Do not turn him into a robot by aiming at perfection.

How can practised learning help combat these challenges of 2018?

  1. Practised learning helps children gain confidence in studies. This helps in the overall personality development of the child.
  2. Through practised learning, the child combats stress and depression and bans suicidal thoughts.
  3. Practise learning makes your kid engrossed in studies leaving him no time for idling on social media.
  4. Practised learning sharpens the focus of your child towards his career and life.

Life is full of challenges. Help your child surmount each and every challenge by guiding him rightly and supporting him every step of the way. Connect with Letspractise to gain more useful insights on child development and academic excellence.

Every morning, the moment we wake up, the first thing we do, even before brushing our teeth, reaches for our mobile phones. Every person in the household, young or old is armed with a smartphone and so engrossed in it that it takes an effort to disengage them.

Children are no exception to this and are in fact the easiest preys as they simply imitate elders. Gone are the days of routine, discipline and exercise. Now, these are the days of Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram!

So what should we do? Dump all technology as trash?

Obviously not. Using technology in moderation and in the right way is the key to improving our life. Raising children in a world of technology is a challenge as Technology is a double-edged sword which we cannot do away with or do without. Here are 10 important tips for raising children in a world of technology.

  1. Encouraging the use of technology in the right way

We are in a world of incessant technological innovations. Every minute, technology is getting upgraded and outdated. If our kids don’t catch up, they will feel left behind in this rat race. To survive in this world, children should have the latest know-how of tech trends.

Encourage children to learn the use of the right kind of tech devices which are essential for their life. Children should be familiar with the use of email, internet, operation of home security systems etc. In the case of an emergency, technology can be a powerful weapon to have on hand.

  1. Using technology in moderation and by example

Forget cigarettes and alcohol. Smartphones are what a majority of children are addicted to nowadays.

Children should be made to understand that technology is a bane if used in excess. Explain to them the health and lifestyle issues that a child may face by using technology 24×7 like sleeplessness, obesity, poor academics etc. Emphasize the importance of exercise, sports, academics and family time.

Lead by example and strictly practise what you preach. Do not sit up with your laptop or phone until late hours. Be the example for your child to emulate in using technology. Otherwise, their excuse will be “you do it, so why can’t I?”

Staring at computer, TV, and mobile screens for too long is unhealthy and often times the children get sucked into a fantasy world that isn’t real. Beware of this and use the net with caution.

  1. Use age restrictions for using social media

Social media channels like Facebook and Instagram earmark 13 years as the minimum age to use them. Others like Reddit, Tumblr, and Discord have content not suitable for children of all ages. Enforce the same at home. Strictly prohibit the use of social media below 15 and insist on total honesty and transparency in their usage. Do not entertain the use of social media through false accounts.

There are umpteen social sites out there such as Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, Pinterest, etc. Not all of them restrict content to filter it accordingly. It is up to you as the parent to analyze what your child is watching and take the appropriate actions.

  1. Have schedules and control over what your child does

Clearly, mark the hours of technology usage. For instance, allot a single hour of 5 – 6 PM every day for TV for the child. If there are two kids, insist on sharing or taking turns. Install parental control in your TV and limit the programmes children can watch. Insist on you having access to their emails and social media accounts so that you can watch their cyber footprints.

Prohibit children from taking phones to school. Insist on knowing their passwords and frequently use their phones to check on their social media presence. The internet is not all sunshine and rainbows, so you need to block access to certain sites for a good reason. You can read our post on Keeping Your Child Safe Online for more.

  1. Highlight the demerit of technology as a distraction

Continuous surfing on the internet, talking on the phone, or Whatsapp chats will only cause delay to the school or office, leave homework or office work unfinished and diminish your self-repute. Explain to children that technology can be a major distraction and hence must be restricted.

Children use it so much to the point where grades and real life friendships suffer. This is unacceptable and needs to be stopped.

  1. Life does not run on likes or shares

Children these days are desperate for Facebook or Instagram likes. It is an unhealthy and sometimes dangerous obsession.

Counsel them saying that flattery and praise are fickle and the true realization should be from within. Getting depressed over poor social media following has become a trend for teenagers today.

You are not your Facebook likes or Twitter followers. You are you, and social media should not define you. Teach your kids the same and ask them to like themselves for what they are and not for what others see in them.

  1. All that is on the internet is not true

Children often do research on the internet for their school projects. Teach them to differentiate credible information from false. There are lies, falsehoods, and half-truths.

Teach your children that just because they read something on the internet, it doesn’t make it true. There is a lot of fake news floating around on Facebook, WhatsApp, and the like. It is important to be cautious and perform research instead of  just sharing everything you see.

Most of the content is opinionated and only some are backed by statistics. Teach children to look out for credible information from scholars like whitepapers and use them.

  1. Technology cannot replace personal relations

A smartphone can help you converse for hours but it cannot become your family.  Teach kids the value of family ties and relations and the importance of personal relations.

The online world may seem like a fun and exciting place where you can be anything. However, no matter what, real life is real life. Kids tend to use the online realm as an escape from real life problems. Sit down and talk to your child. Have

  1. Make technology the problem solver

Encourage kids to use technology to seek and solve problems in academics and in daily lives. Ask them to question what purpose technology serves each time they use it. This will help them be the right judge in using them.

You can find answers to almost everything on Google. All you need to do is look.

  1. Use technology for education

Sure, you can find games and fun content on the web. The internet is also an ocean of information if you use it rightly. It has videos and tutorials on building robots, coding, innovation, and basically anything else you can think of.

Apart from gaming or entertainment sites, your children can use sites to learn new stuff. Just search for it on Google and you will probably find the answer. Even YouTube has a lot of instructional and informative videos.

There are also websites such as Let’s Practise that are really resourceful in helping kids with their academics through practiced learning. We offer practice sheets and mock exam papers as well.

Technology is tied to our lives today. Let us make children use it judiciously through awareness, counselling and example. Contact Let’s Practise for more information.

A classroom is an assorted assembly of children. Children of all kinds mingle in the classroom- Fast learners, slow learners, active kids, lazy ones and of course the kids with attention issues.

Who are the kids with attention issues?

Some kids are restless, easily distracted and inattentive in class. They seem more fidgety than usual. Focussing on the class is a major challenge for such children.

Teachers who observe children acutely in class are able to identify such kids with attention issues. Children may be affected by this types of attention issues

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common attention issue affecting children between ages 3-17. For these kids, the attention-controlling area of the brain takes time to develop. So they exhibit the following symptoms.

  • Inability to focus on small details in a big picture
  • Be attentive without getting distracted
  • Continue a thought process even after getting interrupted
  • Require instructions to be repeated several times
  • Concentrate on one task at a time
  • Follow spoken instructions and process them
  • Continue a conversation without changing the topic

What is self-awareness?

Self-awareness is a life skill that enables a child to understand his

  • Thoughts and emotions
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Outward impression on others

Self-awareness is crucial in helping a child to optimize his potential and direct it towards his self-improvement.

Why self-awareness is critical for children with attention issues?

  • A child with attention issues knows his weaknesses, but he can realize what his strengths  are only through self awareness.
  • Self-awareness makes an attention-deficit child realize that how he perceives himself is very different from how others perceive him.
  • Being self-aware helps children with attention issues mingle normally and relate to others.
  • Self-awareness is the key for attention-deficit kids to identify unique opportunities for self-growth.

Tips to improve self-awareness of kids with attention issues.

  1.     Help them to acknowledge their attention issues

Children may be too young to understand the full implication of ADHD. But still, you can try to clarify to them that they might find certain things difficult – like retaining what have learnt or writing down what they have read. If a child understands that he has these difficulties, he may cope with it and work harder.

  1.     Bring in the big picture

Make the child understand that attention issues are not going to be the deciding factor that would rule his life. Celebrate his other strengths and guide him towards opportunities where he can excel. Children with attention issues might excel in sports like swimming, karate etc.

  1.     Make him feel comfortable with his shortcomings

Do not feel shy to discuss the weaknesses of the child. Rather make it seem as if they are minor issues. Relate his shortcomings to those close to him in a fun way- ” Look, I am good at Maths but I can’t swim like you even for a minute!”

  1.     Come up with smart solutions

Having explained his failings to the kid, now give him some smart solutions to overcome them. For instance, explain to the kid that “You might find it difficult to recall what you learnt at class. So try revising it 2-3 times instead”.

  1.     Motivate him to pursue his passion

Identify his passions and motivate the child to pursue them. “Your art teacher was pretty impressed with your work the other day. Why don’t you try a sketch right now?”

  1.     Explore new avenues

Induce your child to explore new avenues. Get him to overcome his fear of failing. Make him try his hand at boating, horse riding, art or music to build his self esteem.

 

Most children suffer attention issues in their growing years. But these attention issues can easily be surmounted by identification of alternate learning methods and with adequate practice. Practiced learning helps children with attention issues cope better with academics and excel in scholastics too.

 

It’s vacation time and parents are racking their brains to keep their kids occupied during these holidays. Kids want to have lots of fun while parents want them to enjoy too, but with some learning included.

Here are some ideas to give a judicious mix of both fun and learning as amazing vacation ideas for your kids. These are both fun and will enrich the mind/body.

1. Go Trekking

Get set to go a nature trail. Choose a safe location to go trekking this summer. Check out for some trek clubs near you and join one of their adventurous expeditions. Trekking is not only good exercise but it also builds team spirit and cooperation. It also instils the spirit of adventure and exploration along with a love of nature.

2. Pick up a New Hobby or Skill

Learn something new this summer that is both fun and fruitful. Opt for origami- the Japanese paper craft or our own Keralite mural painting or the famous Warli pot painting. If you care for the outdoors, learn horse-riding or boating. If you want something homebound, go for gardening or interior-decoration. Kids even pick up cooking, baking, pottery or sewing as hobbies. For those with a mechanical bent of mind, children can learn carpentry, vehicle servicing, basic electrification etc. with adequate adult supervision.

3. Learn a New Language

Why not try learning a foreign language- French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin etc? This is bound to be interesting and can come handy for your overseas education as well. Linguistic capability can open doors to a host of opportunities abroad.

4. Bond with Books

Those kids who did not have time to read storybooks during school days, can now really immerse themselves in books. Check out the latest best sellers and comics and have a go at them. Amar Chitra Katha and Panchatantra are fun and teach morals. You can also check out the ‘Feluda’ series by Satyajit Ray. Be sure to spend time reading books of authors like Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, Agatha Christie, and Enid Blyton. Fiction novels really help expand the child’s imagination and creativity. Raid the library for old classics and new hardbacks that you might have missed out on.

5. Sign Up for a Fitness Regimen

Go health-conscious this summer. Get into a fitness regimen eating the right diet, doing exercise, Yoga and meditation.  Gear up your body for the upcoming year of academics with fitness training, aerobic exercises or yogic asanas. Swimming is a great way to cool off in the summer heat and exercise at the same time. Other good options are cycling and badminton and they can be easily done.

6. Opt for Organic Farming

Learn the nuances of home gardening with organic fertilizers. Train yourself on vermicomposting,  manuring, weeding etc. Take a trip to a farm nearby and study their agriculture and way of life. See what practice can be adapted to do city-farming and try implementing them.

7. Go Tech-Savvy

Kids who are really into computers can enrol for a programming course or basic course on machine hardware. They can learn to use the computer for more than just games and entertainment. Robotics is also another area that is keeping kids really busy these days.

8. Join a Summer Camp

A summer camp could be the right place to give a mix of both learning and fun. Summer camps usually have sports like swimming, crafts like pottery-making and a bit of fun learning like arts and crafts. Lets Practise has organized such an innovative summer camp with a pack of productive activities that will keep them usefully engaged.

Points to remember while choosing vacation activities for kids

  1. Choose an activity that your kid has a genuine interest in. It is your child’s interest and not yours, and that is important. Choose something they want to do. Half-hearted involvement does not help.
  2. Ensure that the activity is suitable for your kid at his age. Small kids might not be able to undertake advanced software or digital courses or read complex novels.
  3. Make sure that the activity is safe for your child. For instance, swimming is not advised for kids with asthma.
  4. Let the activity centre be close to your home, always accessible, and in a hygienic environment.
  5. Do not choose rigorous activities that will stress your child out. Your kids need a break during the holidays. Let them enjoy their vacation.

Vacation time is a valuable time for both kids and parents.  Make the most of it by bonding with children and indulging them in fun activities that will revive them for the coming academic year.

Check out the innovative summer program from Lets Practise and feel the difference!