What child would like to sit and stare at a blackboard rather than play a game online or romp outdoors? None.

Children often prefer games to school. This is because games, both indoor and outdoor are interactive and engaging. Children always like to do something while all they do in a classroom is sit and listen.

Listening to long lectures from a teacher is too monotonous and children may get easily distracted.  Then how to ensure that children stay attentive in class? How do we make children absorb all the inputs of classroom learning? How to transform classroom teaching to an interactive one? The only answer is technology.

How can classrooms use technology?

Classrooms must use technology in order to grab the attention of the students and make them retain what is taught in class. Technology today is highly interactive through the use of visual and multimedia and makes academics engrossing.

Let us look at some of the options of how classrooms can use technology.

  1. Powerpoint Presentations for Lessons

Certain subjects like history or geography can be fact-oriented and hard to retain. Children find it difficult to remember dates, details of wars and battles, names of geographical locations etc. Similar is the case with Biology too. Learning about the botanical and zoological names of plants and animals, associating them with the right species, remembering their characteristics, understanding human anatomy – a child’s head would definitely spin!

How to make it easier then?  A smart teacher can present these lessons as Powerpoint slides. Pictorial descriptions of historical events, geographical locations or biological data are more easily engrained in children’s minds.

Powerpoint presentations are visually communicating and can incorporate pictures, charts and graphs. They can even be copied or transferred as files for students to review and revise later.The teacher can use a projector to zoom it on screen or display on the laptop or iPad itself.

Powerpoint presentations are excellent alternatives to oral lessons.

  1. Allocate Assignments as Tasks Involving Online Research.

Every child has a passion for exploring. Tap this instinct of the child to make him go on an online search or WebQuest.

For instance, if the English lesson is a poem by William Wordsworth, allot an assignment where they have to make a biography of the poet or list his other works. Give them a deadline and ask them to submit it online. Award them marks for originality. Plagiarism can be avoided this way and children will also learn the values of punctuality and authenticity.

  1. Conduct an Online Poll to Develop their Reasoning and Decision-Making Skills

An online poll requires the student to think or dwell on the topic, analyze, reason and decide. This is a good practice in decision making.

Deploy an online poll on a topic in the subject lessons. It could be in English like  Should poems rhyme? or in History-“Was India right in agreeing for partition?”. Insist that every student should participate in the poll and support their answer with a valid reason award marks for the most credible logic.

Online polls create a feeling of participation and excite students immensely.

  1. Create an Assignment Activity Involving Blogging

Children have to learn the act of expressing themselves right through digital media. Assign essay work as blogging topics and ask each student to create a blog. Award marks for content, images, creativity and research. Motivate the children by publishing or sharing the article on prominent websites.

  1. Use Multimedia Videos to Explain Concepts

Math and Science are the storms looming over any child’s academic schedule. Children find it hard to understand theorems or geometrical constructions unless they are illustrated stepwise. This is possible only through multimedia animated videos. Imagine watching the construction of a quadrilateral visually. It would definitely get registered better in the child’s mind.

Similar is the case for physical phenomena and chemical experiments. Watching dispersion of light through a prism or a neutralization reaction would definitely make the child recollect it better.

Videos help the child to visually see, understand and remember stepwise the concepts illustrated.

  1. Initiate Online Classroom Sessions

To break the monotony of being confined to a classroom within 4 walls, initiate online classroom sessions.

Having an online classroom session allows students to break free from the classroom mindset. They also learn how to use web tools in joining the discussion forums.

Classroom online helps the student to educate himself in an informal atmosphere which is sometimes conducive to learning.

  1. Offer Recap of Lessons via Podcasts

For students who missed your classes or who wish to have a recap of their lessons, this podcasting feature is particularly useful.

Teachers can create a video of their lessons and upload it as a blog.  They can give an individual id and password for students only through which this podcast can be accessed. Students who wish to have a view of the blog must be asked to register online and use the facility on specific days.

blog help the students to supplement their missed portions or have a recap of the attended ones.

Technology is a valuable tool in the hands of the teacher. If used wisely, it can make classroom learning – informative, interesting, interactive and highly resourceful!

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Today’s children are at the crossroads of life. Technological advancement and heavy educational input meet at this crucial intersection. On one hand, technology has opened up wide avenues of both learning and entertainment to children. On the other hand, academic study-loads are back-breaking for kids. Both parents and children are in a fix as to keep up with both technology and studies.

A better solution is to educate your child using educational apps. This is the optimum approach as you are harnessing technology in a positive fashion.

What are Educational Apps?

Educational Apps are software applications created solely for the purpose of education. They can be downloaded onto your desktop or even mobile and accessed on the go. Educational Apps are developed individually for various subjects like Mathematics, Science or even Languages.

With interactive learning, concepts are explained using visual and graphic inputs. At the end of the session, a quick revision helps in the recap. Exercises are provided for practice and tests are conducted online to assess the performance of the student.

Take look at the top 7 Educational apps for kids aged 6- 8:

  1. Marble Math Junior

Math is one subject kid have to be strong on at a really young age. Build a strong foundation for your kid in Math using Marble Math Junior.

A younger version of Marble Math, this App has a highly interactive game which teaches your kid the fundamentals of Maths. It has a marble maze through which the kid has to find his way by solving Maths problems.

With easy instructions and a clear voice-over, players can just touch the screen to hear and solve problems. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android, Marble Math is the best bet to keep your child engaged with schoolwork even on vacation or on the move. With exciting rewards that win the kid over, Marble Math is a bundle of Math Learning plus Fun.

  1. Geo Walk 3D World Fact Book

A mini-encyclopedia for kids is  Geo Walk 3D World Fact Book. Spin a globe and touch a spot to learn more about the city/country from A-Z. Geography is at the grasp of your kid when he plays Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book. Not stopping with Geography, it gives inputs on natural science, talking about animals and plants as well.

History is also dealt with by Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book in the form of historic events and personalities. Compatible with all Apple devices, Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book is a handy tool for your kid any day.

  1. Shake-a-Phrase

A fun and engaging App for your kid, Shake-a-Phrase has a collection of 1700 words and definitions. Watch your kid widen his vocabulary as he uses Shake-a-Phrase in 4 engaging colour schemes. Upper elementary schools can also use this App to improve their grammar and creative writing skills.

This Apple-device compatible App has a structured approach and works on 3 levels – Vocabulary, Imaginative skill and Grammar. Easy-to-use and hard-to-resist, shake-a-Phrase will surely shake your child out of boredom.

  1. Thinkrolls

Rated 2nd among US App Stores, Thinkrolls is a series of science and logic games with two modes – early for young kids and hard mode for kids from 5-8, Thinkrolls takes your kid through puzzles and mazes kindling his thinking ability.

Available in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai versions, Thinkrolls is an Apple compatible Educational App ideal for your kid.

  1. The Robot Factory

Kids love Robots and your kid is surely going to like this one. The Robot Factory helps your kid create machines, locomotors, G-Force mixers, Zephyr mechanisms, hydrostatic tentacles and even basic exoskeletons.

Available for all Apple devices and featuring in around 59 language versions, The Robot Factory will surely get your child engaged productively and learn the fundamentals of robotics.

  1. Duolingo

The best Learning App for learning foreign languages, Duolingo is easy, smart, interactive and well-structured. starting from basics, it teaches your child conversational language skills at the same time enforcing phonetics.

With tests and revisions at each level, Duolingo is vouched for by even adults as equal to a university degree. Offering Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Irish and Danish, Duolingo is free to download, highly effective and easy-to-use.

  1. Lets Practise

Lets Practise provides Practice material for CBSE, ICSE and SSC Boards from Standard 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. They have Question Papers, worksheets, Revision Sheets, Multiple Choice Online Assessments with detailed solutions prepared by qualified teachers and experts. There are over 4 Lakh questions in the database customized as per the curriculum followed by schools.  The purpose of this app is to inculcate the habit of everyday practice in children. This will help identify and remedy problem areas while the concept is freshly taught in school.

The above top 7 educational apps for kids have been chosen with great care to cover various subjects so that your child can perform best in all areas. Introduce these Apps to your kids and watch them make the best of both academics and technology for years to come.

You can download the Lets Practise app from the Google Play Store by clicking here. Be sure to contact us if you have any doubts or queries.

 

A child is the dream of every parent come true- the culmination of his/her desires, the materialization of his/her ambition and the torchbearer of his/her legacy. Every parent inevitably dreams for greatness to be bestowed upon his offspring. These dreams are usually woven around the child’s future- what the child will become, what he/she acquires and how he/she lives. Most often parents tend to perceive their unfulfilled desires as goals for the child.

In this process, have you tried understanding your child’s aspirations?

Gone are the days when children used to blindly toe the line and obey their parents unquestioningly. With technology sweeping every aspect of our daily lives, children are exposed to new concepts, revolutionary ideas and radical thinking. Children have developed the art of questioning every act or event and tend to evolve a thought process of their own. In such a situation, thrusting our ideas on the child or forcing him to give up his aspirations would be the biggest folly a parent could commit.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR YOUR CHILD?

Every parent paints a vision of what he wants his child to be and this differs from individual to individual. But on the whole, on analyzing this data, we found the predominant parental aspirations to be:

  •        A happy child
  •        A healthy child
  •        An intelligent child
  •        An all-rounder
  •        A well-behaved child
  •        A top performer in academics

Above all this, some parents may aspire for the following from their children

  •        Affluence
  •        Social status
  •        A  touch of  the genius
  •        A prominent personality

Whatever the case may be, it is not wrong to aspire for your child but it is more important to put their aspirations first, ahead of yours.

You should not have too many though, so be careful not to choke on your aspirations, parents.

A simple assessment of the academic grades of  3500 middle school students was done along with their parents’ expectations in Bavaria. It was found that when the parents’ expectations are high but realistic, the children’s grades shot up. But the moment the parents started to over-expect from their child, the kid’s grades took a nosedive. This clearly shows that it is not wrong to expect but clearly wrong to over-expect from your child.

Why all this confusion? why not take the simple route of understanding your child’s aspirations? This is how you do it.

    1.Have a heart- to-heart chat with your child.

Sit with your child and open up a conversation on the topic of his interest. Slowly bring in the topic of his future, ambition, goal etc. It is important that you merely initiate the conversation. Then LISTEN.

  1. No negative responses.

Do NOT negate, criticize or ridicule the child for whatever he might express even if it might be a shocking revelation for you. For instance, you might have dreamt of your child becoming a scientist, he might want to become a painter.

  1. Accept his choice

Hear the child out fully. Then question him gently if you find his aspiration to be a very different one. You have every right to question but none to be judgemental. Merely accept his decision whatever it may be.

  1. No motivation?- ok- but no demotivation!

Sometimes parents are not able to digest the academic, career or life aspirations of the child. In such cases,  if you cannot motivate, be passive- do not demotivate them.

  1. Don’t over-react

In the process of encouraging your child, don’t exceed yourself in your enthusiasm. Adopt a balanced stance to allow the child to make a realistic judgement about his aspiration.

  1. Celebrate his strengths, identify his weaknesses

Now that you are at the crossroads of making important decisions regarding your child and his aspirations, it is imperative that you examine his strengths and weaknesses objectively. This will help you guide the child in the future in times of need. Most importantly, it will help you to stop him from taking wrong turns in life.

Your child may be a great guitarist but he might fail in algebra. Never mind, try motivating the child in the field of his passion and strength. Your support is the best foundation you can provide.

  1. Do not thrust your ambitions on your child.

You might have wanted to be a great ballerina, don’t nag your child to do a pirouette if she can’t. Allow the child to spread her wings and soar high to find her own destination.

  1. Be supportive always

Children often fail even after choosing their own path. Do not adopt the ” I -told-you-so” attitude. Be a support to fall back on at all times, especially when they fail.

Children are the footprints we leave for the future. Make sure they leave an indelible mark in the world by understanding their aspirations and supporting them always.

Let’s Practise can help your students excel. We are teachers and parents ourselves, so we have a lot of experience dealing with children. We offer worksheets and test prep material for Math, Science, English, Hindi, and more. You can give them some extra information with whatever they want to pursue or lend them a helping hand in the areas they are weak. Just contact us to begin!

It is very difficult to make today’s generation listen to you. It is essential for students to understand the concepts and not treat subjects as mere topics for passing the examination.  To make this happen teachers should make their class fun and exciting for students. Especially if it is a science class, then teachers can easily evoke the natural curiosity of children through lively classes and digital learning.

Experts at Lets Practise share five tips to make the science class interesting and make students love science.

 

  1. Get them engaged

Engaging students in some activities is a great way to get the science class started. This will refresh the young minds and keep them excited for the rest of the class. Students should be encouraged to prepare and stick colourful charts related to their lessons on the classroom walls.  The teacher can use them to demonstrate science concepts and also involve students in discussions. End each class with a great question that students can solve in the next class.  

 

  1. Evaluate student’s understanding

It is very important for teachers to know how deep students understand their lessons. Every student’s level of understanding is different. So you can evaluate your students by having surprise class tests, checking their lab reports or by asking one of them to conduct a small science experiment in the class and explain the results.

 

  1. Explain difficult concepts

Some students are hesitant to clarify their doubts in class for fear of being embarrassed. Teachers should welcome questions even illogical ones and then bifurcate them as easy and tough science concepts as perceived by students. Teachers should then elaborate on these topics and try to make them simple.

Example: They can explain the process of growth of plants by sowing seeds in their class windows, etc.

 

  1. Assign  science projects to groups

Projects are a great way to enrich the child’s experience. Teachers can divide students into groups and assign one project for each group. This way student will get time to explore science concepts and also learn together. Group projects will also encourage students to coordinate with each other. The teacher can also gift certificates and awards for the best team project. Teachers can suggest topics like the best use of renewable energy sources, solar energy projects, the life cycle of a butterfly, etc.

     

  1. Use technology

Teachers can use digital technologies to empower children.  It is proven that visuals are much powerful than words. Teachers can project complicated science concepts or chemistry experiments on a digital blackboard for ease of understanding. This can also be used to study the generation of electricity, rain cycle, etc which cannot be visualized in class otherwise.

 

Students will face many situations in life where they can apply different science concepts. Though some science concepts are boring, a teacher can make them fun and interesting for students. Those were five tips from our experts to make your class interesting. If you have any suggestions or personal experience that can help science students, please share them with us at  http://www.letspractise.com/contactUs                                                  

                                                            

 

Is it your child’s first field trip? If so, we understand how difficult it would be for you to leave your child alone especially if the trip demands an overnight stay. Learning from a child’s experience is as necessary as learning from his books. These kinds of excursions will help emotional and intellectual development in her.

So, if parents are hesitant to send their small ones on the trip, they can clarify all their doubts regarding the excursion with the teacher.  The following are some questions that you can ask her teacher or the in charge of the trip:

  •    What is the medium and route of travel?
  •    Who is responsible for the safety of the kids?
  •    What are the do’s and don’ts for the trip?

Experts at Lets Practise share five useful tips for parents to help the child prepare for a field trip:

  1. Plan ahead

To prevent your child from getting nervous at the last minute, parents should plan everything in advance. If it is a two or three-day trip, neatly iron and packs her clothes and other essentials for the trip. Also, let her know where you have placed them. Most of the schools ask their children to come in a particular colour for the trip. So check her school dairy if any such information. Keep her dress, shoes and socks, bags, et cetera ready the previous night itself.

  1. Talk to them

Parents should talk to their children about the field trip, especially if it is her first time. Ask her what she is expecting from the field trip. Explain to her everything that she may come across in the journey. Make her understand the way she should behave in the trip. Mentally prepared children are less likely to suffer homesickness. Keep some over the counter (a cough, cold, headache) medicine handy and inform the teacher about the same.

  1. Know how much cash is appropriate for the trip

We know that you take care of every need of your child. You would have a surely packed couple of snacks, clothes and other essentials, but there are times when your child wishes to buy something from the field trip. Giving too much money is not safe for the child at the same time a very little amount can also leave your child in an embarrassing situation. So, you can ask her teacher to suggest the amount that you can give her.

  1. Place contact details at right places

Though this point seems too much, you cannot ignore this while preparing for the trip. Every school makes sure that their children are safe but to be safer parents can keep the contact information in the child’s pockets, bag, water bottle, etc. this will help the child to get back to her group even if she gets away from them.

  1. Safety Precaution

This is the last but most important tip for parents to prepare their child for her field trip. When it comes to your child, her safety would always be your first priority.  To ensure that your child is safe even when she is away from you, you need to take the following actions:

  •    If your child needs personal attention at certain times, please inform her teacher or the trip in charge in advance.  Example: vomiting sensation during the bus journey.
  •    If your child is allergic to anything, it is very important to let her teacher know that.
  •   If your child is taking medicines for anything, you can give the medication for the appropriate number of days.

 

Try these tips in next first field trip and if she had already been on a trip then let us know about her experience. Was she able to relate it to her curriculum? If you have any valuable tips for other parents please share them with us here.