Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Feb 2, 2018, announced that all blackboards in India will be replaced by e-learning platforms by 2020. (Source: Times of India)

Astounding, isn’t it? Yet it is official. As the nation marches towards its Digital India initiative, E-Learning has achieved prime focus in the Budgetary session of 2018.

This was our dream. The Dream of all-digital teaching and E-learning enthusiasts.

What is E-Learning?

E-Learning is the learning system that uses electronic resources to impart education. It has done away with blackboards, chalks and dusters and replaced them with computer screens, projectors, laptops or DVDs.

The IRJET – International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology – claims that the use of E-Learning can drastically cut time spent on classroom training by 52%. Similarly, costs of classroom resources and staff training are also considerably slashed with e-learning.
The best aspect of E-Learning is that it is

  • self-paced
  • open to inquiry
  • accessible always
  • ideal for practice

Lets Practise has been an early proponent of E-Learning.

Lets Practise aims at empowering educators and students to harness the potential of E-Learning effectively. Towards this, we have built a huge repository of over 4.5 Lakh Questions, that are mapped to the IGCSE, CBSE, ICSE and State Board formats.

Let’s look at what this means for all of us?

1. Schools will undergo a major transformation in the very methodology of teaching with the introduction of Operation Blackboard. Smart Classrooms and Virtual boards will revamp School Education by energizing to suit the needs of the next generation.

  • The launch of RISE-Revitalization of infrastructure and systems in education with estimated target spend of at Rs.1 lakh crore till 2022.
  • Operation Blackboard – Replacement of blackboards in all schools with e-learning platforms by 2020.

2. Fund allocation for schools has been increased and the quality of education is to be improved. This is to be achieved by treating education in a holistic and non-segmented manner from nursery to high school.

  • Budgetary allocation for literacy and education has gone up by 7.86%.
  • The Indian government aims at non-segmented education for pre-nursery to Class X. This will replace the SSA- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and RMSA-Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan which are the present initiatives of the government.

3. The Digital Learning Initiative will bring in fresh air into our education system with its modern methods. Online learning is going to be an integral part of the student’s academics and this will widen the horizons of the student’s knowledge.

  • Operation Blackboard could come as a blessing for our children as e-learning platforms are much more student-connected, user-friendly and informative.
  • The concept of non-segmented education too is a huge step in ensuring uniformity of education across the step. It is to be welcomed and encouraged as it will relieve students of the pressure of studies and competition.

Apart from this, Smart Classrooms are full of fun and great for team activities. They are the right way to save precious ecological resources like wood and paper and are also easy to maintain. With such enormous benefits, Smart Classrooms are the right tools to empower the Indian education system.

Lets Practise welcomes this initiative of the Government of India. We are confident that with the push from the highest levels and adequate budgeting, we can achieve the lofty aims of our forefathers and nation builders. Education for all.

Every parent’s aspiration is for their child to excel. At school, this excellence can be brought about only with the help of teachers. Teachers too aim at motivating their children to put in their best efforts. So for a child to excel at school, a joint effort is needed from both parents and teachers. This parent-teacher connectivity is the base for a student’s academic success.

We all know what parents expect of teachers when it comes to coaching their wards? but have you thought for a moment What teachers expect from parents to help their children perform better? If not, let’s do it now.

What do teachers expect from parents?

  1.     Explicit trust in the Teacher

The basic foundation of parent-teacher coordination is complete trust. Parents should fully believe that they have entrusted their child to the right hands. They should communicate this trust to the child. Only then will the child truly believe that the Teacher is right in what they say and guide.

It is normal for children who struggle in their studies to blame the teacher. Do not be mislead by their accusations. Instead meet the Teacher personally, express your anxieties and try to elicit their support.

  1.     Personal involvement

children who excel normally have parents who are totally involved in their studies. Take time to be personally involved and updated about the activities at school, syllabus, portions covered, your child’s performance etc.

Some parents act detached or disinterested as they think their jobs are done after dropping off the kid at school and paying their fees. Please remember that when you care, you share their burden and then their success too.

  1.    Share their burden

Many parents believe that academics are the sole responsibility of teachers at school. Unfortunately, this is not so. What your child does at home after school, becomes your responsibility. Monitoring his studies at home is your duty.

Share the burden of teachers and join hands with them to help your child succeed.

  1.     Adherence to Teacher’s guidelines

Follow strictly what the teacher prescribes at school. The Teacher is thoroughly informed about the syllabus and current exam scenario. Moreover, it is the Teacher and not you who watches your child at school. The Teacher is the best judge of what is right for your kid.

Giving contradictory remarks or suggestions will only confuse your child and make take an easy way out to skip studies on account of this.

  1.     Regular interaction with Teacher

Meet the Teacher periodically – at least twice a month and discuss your child’s progress. Learn firsthand about his performance, strengths and weaknesses. Take the Teacher into confidence to work out what is best for your child.

  1.     Updating teacher personally

Keep the teacher updated on your child- his study patterns, behavioural changes, new interests etc. After all, the Teacher is the substitute parent at the school.

You must also update yourself regularly on the Teacher’s inputs for your child.

  1.    Leading by example

Practise what you preach. Always try to lead by example by refraining from bad behaviour and language, violence etc. If you don’t want your kid to waste time on TV, you switch off the TV first.

  1.     Focus and Priority

Focus on your child’s success and prioritize what is needed for that. Planning a jolly trip or watching a movie while your child has exams will only dilute his intensity of focus in studies. Give priority to his studies first.

  1.     Avoiding distractions

Avoid distractions like TV, films, games, parties and outings when your child has exams. Reducing distractions increases concentration and effort from your child.

  1.  Full support

Support your child fully by motivating, encouraging and nourishing him with healthy food. Support the Teacher too fully in implementing the action plan for your child’s success.

Remember teachers are the beacon lights who steer your child towards success. Gain their support by believing, trusting and co-operating with them to mould your children into noble citizens. Parent-teacher connectivity is like a railway track – both lines should go parallel and hand-in-hand for your child’s train to reach the destination of success. Reach out a helping hand to Teachers and watch them guide your child to the pinnacle of excellence.

LetsPractise offers an excellent product to keep teachers, parents and students connected on a single, easy-to-use platform. The teacher is able to assess and identify weak areas for every child and help him practise to overcome the same. for more information – go to school.letspractise.com

Chips, Noodles, Chocolates, Colas…these are a child’s La-La Land. Yes, give a child a bar of chocolate and you have won him forever.  But is winning your child’s heart more important than winning his health? Think.

Are Parents aware of the nutritious foods their kids must take? This is a million dollar question.

Healthy eating, nutritious food, balanced diet… these have become common clichés in both print and social media. Both kids and parents have become bored of listening to this that they hardly take notice. Yet when your neighbour’s kid is affected by some grave intestinal disorder, only then you sit up and start thinking.

Prevention is better than cure. So let’s get started in learning a few facts about the nutritious food kids must have from Let’s practise.

Need for Nutritious food for kids

In the Journal of School Health (2008), findings reveal that 41% of the Canadian students passed the literacy test due to the healthier diet. See, even school performance relies heavily on nutritious foods!

Nutritious foods Kids must have

1. Fruits and Vegetables

One-half of every child’s square meal must comprise of fruits and vegetables. In other words, your child must have at least 2 vegetables and one fruit a day. Include boiled vegetables like potatoes or beans in your child’s lunch. Add raw veggies like carrots and cucumber as salads.

Green vegetables and carrots must be a definite part of your kid’s meal every day as they are rich in antioxidants.

Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that boost immunity and antioxidants that prevent ageing. They improve digestion as they are fibre-filled and reduce obesity. They remove toxins from the body and improve nutritional intake.

2. Pulses

Pulses, lentils and beans are power-packed with proteins. Proteins are vital for body-building and repair of tissues.

Include a generous helping of peas, beans and lentils in your child’s breakfast every day. Beans can be added to soups and salads or even sandwiches to make them appetizing to eat.

3. Milk and Milk products

Every child must have 2-4 glasses of milk a day. Milk is a storehouse of calcium and protein. It also has vitamin B and  D supplements.

Other Milk products like yoghurt, cheese, and tofu are also equally nutritious.

Yogurt

Yogurt is probiotic and rich in calcium and protein. Yoghurt contains healthy bacteria that help in digestion.

Yoghurt is yummy and versatile. It can be topped with fruits and consumed as desserts or added to Indian curries and gravies.

Cheese

Most kids love cheese and this is a blessing really. Cheese is full of protein and calcium.

Even half an ounce of cheese a day would do your child a world of good.

4. Nuts and raisins

Nuts of any kind like peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios are the best boosters for your child’s health. Add dry fruits like dates or raisins and prunes and you are on the right track.

Nuts are rich in proteins, healthy fats and Vitamin E.

Go for unsalted nuts and give a handful to your child today. Add chopped nuts and raisins to breakfast cereal, porridge, pancakes or muffins and watch your kid gobble them with delight.

5. Water

Water is the elixir of life and your child’s best friend too. Let him take 8-10 glasses of water to prevent loss of minerals and dehydration.

Water flushes out toxins, controls body temperature and supplies your kid with minerals.

How to make your child eat nutritious foods?

Having learnt what are the nutritious foods your child must have, learn how to make your child eat them.

  1.     Healthy home-cooked food is best.

You might be an international chef, but as a parent, you are bound to cook homely and healthy food. Avoid eating at restaurants often and encourage eating at home. Home food is the best food as it is well-cooked with well-cleaned veggies.

  1.     Dress up your food

A food that looks yummy, tastes yummy. This is what your child thinks. So dress, decorate and garnish your food in different colours and shapes to make the food look enticing.

  1.     Keep changing your meal menu

Kids love surprises and this is no exception to their food too. Don’t have the same boring meal menu every week. Try something different instead.

A word of caution from Let’s practise

  • Everyone is aware that fast foods and junk foods are lethal for kids.
  • Bear in mind that too much sugar or salt is too dangerous.
  • Substitute salty chips for crunchy peanuts and sugary colas for fruit juices

A healthy kid is a happy kid. Make sure you that your kids grow into healthy and happy citizens by feeding them nutritious foods.

Exam time is stress time for most students. This is because they do not know how to get started with exam preparation. Starting the exam preparation early and being systematic about it relieves the student of exam stress. Let’s practise gives valuable tips in preparing notes and using practice worksheets for exam preparation.

Tips for successful Exam Preparation

  1. Collect Exam Details

Before the exam, amass all the relevant exam details. Is it a weekly, monthly or annual test? Is the question paper likely to be a common Board paper or a specific School-based one? What is the timetable for the exam? What are the portions for each subject? How many days do you have to prepare for each exam? What is the duration of the exam?

Gain information from your teachers about the nature of the questions for the exam and the marks allocation for each type. Will the questions be objective or subjective? Will there be essay questions or multiple-choice ones? Is there negative marking for wrong ones? Are diagrams, graphs, maps etc. included in the exam? Can you use Clark’s tables for logarithms?

Details like these do matter a lot as they bring clarity to your exam preparation.

  1. Check for the availability of notes for your exam portions.

The syllabus for the exam has been communicated to you. Check if you have all the relevant notes. Some notes might be missing, misplaced or simply not taken. Ascertain if you have all the notes including the last minute revisions or model question papers. See if you have to gather additional information and if so, do it now itself before the exam.

  1.  Outline your study schedule

Prepare your own study timetable allocating more time for tough subjects. If you have more lead time before easy subjects, use that for preparing the tough ones.

Let your timetable be precise with all details of even the number of hours for each subject duly filled in.

Fill in the timetable on a Calendar and pin it up at your desk or in a place like a fridge which you are bound to cross every day.

  1. Review your notes thoroughly

Go through your notes for each subject thoroughly. Have you marked all the answers? Are any worksheets incomplete? Are any lessons missing?

Double-check the completeness of your notes with your friends to ensure you are fully stocked with the study material to avoid last-minute stress.

  1. Mark and highlight important portions

While reviewing your notes, mark or highlight important portions by underlining them or by using fluorescent markers. This will help you in your revision at the eleventh hour.

  1. Allot a space for study

Choose and arrange a separate and silent place for your study. It could be your study desk, a corner of your bedroom or even the attic. but make sure you do not have any diversions there.

Keep all necessary items for study there including your seating arrangement, stationery, alarm clock, water bottle, reference books etc. Keep your study space free of clutter to help you gain concentration.

  1.  Organize your study routine

Your study routine must be clear and consistent to achieve success. Organize your study routine for each day like this-

  • informing the members of the family of your schedule
  • asking them not to disturb you in-between
  • requesting them to turn off music or TV volume when you study
  • handing over your mobile phones to them to avoid distraction
  • seeking their help to offer you hot beverages like tea or milk and snacks at the time when you need it or wake you up if, by any chance, you drop off to sleep.

When you do this, your resolve to study becomes stronger as you have reinforced the urge to study for yourself. It also brings in a commitment to adhere to your study schedule.

  1. Practise Meditation and Breath Control

Before you start your exam preparation, take a deep breath and do some meditation. Pranayama or Breathing control exercises help you focus and gain concentration and remove stress, anxiety and exam fear. The Chopra Center teaches some easy ways for kids to learn meditation.

Having done all this, try to revise using past question papers or practice papers like the ones offered at Let’s practise to assimilate your exam concepts.

Now you are all set and ready to study.

Go ahead! Good luck!

Children are like flowers-soft and fragrant with petals of tender feelings. They need to be nurtured and cherished and handle delicately. They go about life with a  curiosity and excitement that is hard to find. Yet sometimes you find a morbid dread in the eyes of these children when you talk of ‘school’. Have you wondered why?

Most often, the reason is bullying and ragging in school. Yes, your child might not admit it first but after patient and careful questioning, the answer would be this- ‘There is this boy/ girl who frightens me every day.’

Why are Bullying and Ragging an integral part of most schools? How can your child deal with Bullying and Ragging in School? Let us see.

What is the meaning of Bullying and Ragging?

Bullying is trying to intimidate someone using their superior force or strength and forcing them to do things against their will.

Ragging is a vernacular term used for playing pranks on hapless children by others in school or college.

Bullying is prevalent in schools right from kindergarten. But Ragging seems to have become a customary practice in schools and colleges for several decades now. In the pretext of ‘breaking the ice’ between new students and old ones, new entrants are subjected to unwanted acts of demeaning nature in the name of ‘ragging’. Although a strict disciplinary action is accorded to the culprits, Bullying and Ragging do continue undercover in schools and colleges and are a part of academic life.

Statistics of Bullying and Ragging in Indian Schools

Nobullying.com reveals statistics and reasons for Bullying and Ragging in Indian Schools. As stated here, an IMRB survey has revealed that ‘ every third child in the school is bullied’.

A White Paper released by UGC on ‘Psychosocial study of Ragging in Select Educational Institutions in India’ reveals that from 2007-2013, nearly 717 cases of nation-wide ragging were reported in print media. Of these 71 had proved fatal.

Such is the gravity of the Bullying and Ragging prevalent in Indian institutions. It is wise to educate children on how to deal with it in a sensible manner.

Dealing with Bullying and Ragging

  1. First of all, understand the psychology of a bully. He is merely a person who has been abused or ill-treated earlier and is trying to vent it out no you. This could be the obvious reason for his threatening behaviour.  The other reason could be the fact that he is jealous of you or feels inferior to you. This is why he is trying to hit out on others to cover his weaknesses.
  2. Having understood the psyche of the bully, handle him/her gently. Treat them with care and disarm them with your smile.
  3. Be ‘as cool as a cucumber’. Let your cool composure leave the bully unnerved and set him thinking. He should be confused as to why you are not feeling threatened or disturbed by him.
  4. Do NOT show that you feel scared. You could be shivering inside, your hands are shaking or your knees trembling. But on the outside, you should appear ‘as brave as a lion’.
  5. The bullying is bound to increase if you show this kind of boldness. But do not feel scared. You are on the right track. Do not back down. Instead, increase your acts of kindness.
  6. Extend a helping hand to the bully. Greet him with a smile as if nothing ever happened.
  7. Do not ever agree to do acts that are demeaning, insulting or below your dignity. Politely yet firmly refuse. If the matter persists, take it up with your parents and inform school/college authorities.
  8. Always keep your parents informed about such Bullying and Ragging in school. Your parents are your best friends and well-wishers. They will be your pillar of support at all times and will guide you on what to do.
  9.  Form a circle of like-minded friends and keep them informed of the Bullying and Ragging you are subjected to. In case of an emergency in the school, these friends will help or inform the authorities.
  10.  Do NOT suffer violence. If you are being assaulted, inform your parents, authorities and if necessary, even the police.
  11.  If you are being threatened online, do not respond to such emails. Maintain records of these emails/phone messages, discuss with your parents and inform authorities accordingly
  12.  Do not ever retaliate with violence. This makes you no different from the bully.
  13.  Most important of all, do not feel self-pity. Feel courageous instead.

Like exams, treat Bullying and Ragging as a part of school life which must be faced as a form of challenge. Remember if you can face this Bullying and Ragging in school, you can face LIFE itself! Reach out to let’s practise to gain information on such school-relevant topics.