May 2018 Goodies

 

May Goodies of
articles, tips and techniques.

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Handwriting Matters: The Importance of Good Handwriting
By Aonepape
Even in today’s era of keyboarding, good handwriting has its own charm. From boosting a child’s grades to getting a good job with a handwritten bio-data – handwriting can be the key to your success.
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5 Teaching Strategies to Increase Student Participation
By Janelle Cox
Participation is normally what we expect from students, but it is never that simple. To make classroom discussions more interesting, these strategies can be implemented.
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9 Ways to Use Visual Thinking via Mind Maps for Making Learning Fun for Kids
By Maneesh Dutt [Guest Author]
The visual thinking tool for students to get better results, improve their memory and make them more creative.
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Interesting Trivia
● Fiery Lava from Kilauea Volcano Erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island.
● TheWorld’s Rarest Ape is on The Brink of Extinction.
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9 Ways to Use Visual Thinking via Mind Maps

Observe closely a child engrossed in watching a TV show of his interest or playing a game on a tab. The focus & concentration displayed by the child is brilliant and effortless. Now switch to a scenario where a child is being taught by a teacher or a parent and, more often than not, the child faces difficulty in maintaining his focus. So whether the teachers & parents are aware or not but the hard fact is that they are competing with the tabs and other digital gadgets of our times! And hence the immediate task on hand of the teachers is to pump more creativity into their teaching methodologies using brain friendly methods and technology wherever possible.

One such technique is Mind Maps which helps learning become fun for both students as well as teachers. So what is a Mind Map? A Mind Map is a simple visual thinking tool which helps compress large amount of information on a single sheet and thus can be used for improving recall as well as creative thinking.

Simply put a Mind Map helps transform dull, boring, linear, textual information into a vibrant, colorful, interesting, imaginative, radiant layout. Let us look at possible avenues where Mind Maps can be used to help children learn better.

1) For Learning Chapters:

 A typical chapter from a middle school book runs between 5-12 pages. It can indeed otherwise be a little daunting or boring for the child to even look at the long chapter. On the other hand if the child with the help of the teacher/parent transforms the chapter into a one page Mind Map it would become much easier for the child to, first, understand the chapter and, subsequently, to memorize it by the repeated quick browsing of the chapter’s Mind Map.

2) For Creative Writing:

The basic ingredient for creative writing are your thoughts combined with a certain level of clarity to be able to capture them accurately on a piece of paper. But the challenge is, that the nature of our thoughts is radiant (moving in all directions from a centre) whereas the words that you put on a piece of paper are systematically arranged in a linear fashion. To fill this gap Visual thinking using Mind Maps is really helpful; which in a fun way allows the child to pen his thoughts in an unrestricted manner and afterwards stitching them nicely into an essay.

3) Managing Holiday Home Work Better:

For the child who gets overwhelmed even with the daily home-work, it can indeed be daunting to face its bigger avatar “Holiday Home work”. It can potentially evoke feelings of anxiety, fear, boredom, etc. not only in the child but also in the parents! Again using a Mind Map to, first, capture the complete Holiday home-work on a single sheet and then helping the child to use it as a progress tracking sheet keeps the child motivated, focused and gives him/her the confidence to complete the home-work in small bites every day.

4) Planning Better for Exams:

The process is quite similar to managing the holiday home-work capturing the exam syllabus on a single page Mind Map; preferably using A3 and colours in the Mind Map. Again get the child to showcase his progress on it and do not forget to celebrate each time the child completes part of the syllabus of a subject.

5) For Project Work:

Many projects that a child needs to complete, involve activities like researching for information, collecting pictures, making a collage etc. Researching for information can be a daunting task for a child. Using Mind Maps, however, it becomes easier to plan and break down the research into manageable tasks.

6) Hobby Classes:

Kids also enjoy several hobbies be it sports or arts. Again, keep your eyes open for potential areas where visual thinking can be applied to enhance their learning further on the subject of their interest.

7) Planning for a school event

can be fun and easy using a Mind Map.

8) Decision Making:

You can also introduce your child to the art of decision making using Mind Maps which helps the child look quickly and clearly at the various facets of a decisions.

9) Preparing for a school talk:

Similar to the process of creative writing , visual thinking using Mind Maps can help a child confidently design & deliver a talk or presentation.

Once the child understands the power of Mind Mapping it would be easy for him/her to discover newer avenues for applying them. Interested in learning more on this? You can check out the book

How to Help Your Child Focus and Concentrate available on all leading online stores including Amazon.

By: Maneesh Dutt

April 2018 Goodies

 

April Goodies of
articles, tips and techniques.
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5 Fun Things Parents can do to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss
By GWR YMCA
Summer is here! But what about learning? Plan out your calendar for the next three months with these simple tips.
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Help Your Child Learn Through Creativity
By Nicole Caccavo Kear from Parents Magazine
Time to embrace creativity as a part of learning that will enhance your children’s growth at every age.
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Interesting Trivia
● 7 Fascinating Facts About Stephen Hawking
● Most Distant Star Ever Detected Sits Halfway Across the Universe
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Vijay Joshi US head
Another professional added to the group. Vijay will be the face of LoveMySkool for US region. He will be the first point of contact for our growing user base in this region.
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LoveMySkool Partners with Mathsphy
LoveMySkool is delighted to announce that it has partnered with Mr. Abhishek Agarwal, founder of Mathsphy. With Mathsphy, one can learn mathematics in a more interactive manner. You can find the content on: https://mathsphy-store.lovemyskool.com/
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Chirag Doshi
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E: chirag@lovemyskool.com
M: +91 989.896.4477

Expectations for online education in 2018

Expectations for online education in 2018

Utilization of technology in the education sector is evolving. A few years ago, online education had a small role in the field of education but now it is considered as an emerging alternative. Students are looking for technological progression in addition to traditional classroom learning to convenient and flexible e-learning.

Among modern-day advancements ‘Technology’ emerges as the largest theme to impact the education area in the past few years. This forecasts a great time for the present-day learner, schools, educators, parents, and all those connected with the teaching-learning process. We have identified three expectations for online education in 2018 that will shape e-learning.

  • Augmented Reality: We foresee Augmented Reality or AR to be introduced to online education. AR is an emerging technology which can change the aspects of a viewer’s surroundings without moving the physical reality. Enhanced visual experiences can help students imagine and understand their subjects. AR can be an ideal solution for remote students.
  • Gamification: Gamification is trending and it is being used by several schools and colleges. Some institutes providing free online education offer tutorials in mathematics through gamification. Successful students are given experience points and badges as they complete their projects or assignments. The in-game successes simulate the stories of popular video games. Game-like simulation has shown an increase in engagement among students and improves results.
  • Personalized Lessons: Compared to the costs and accessibility of AR and Gamification, the simplest and greatest advantage of online education is personalization and customization. This is possible due to the availability of rich data online where instructors can find and customize the trends and patterns of learning that suit needs of students.

2018 promises to be an interesting year for education, and the trend of obtaining education online will progress. With technology upsetting traditional arrangements, conventional tutoring, and typical mindsets, a seamless integration as a top online solution for schools with classroom practices will be crucial to the success of online education.

March 2018 Goodies

 

March Goodies of
articles, tips and techniques.

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Top 10 Ways To Improve Reading Skills
By FamilyEducation
Creative tips for parents to inculcate reading skills. Such activities can produce significant gains in reading comprehension.
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15 Fun Educational Activities For Kids
By Corinne Schmitt
A perfect blend of fun and learning helps kids immerse themselves in science and leaves a deep learning impact.
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10 Study Tips to Ace Your Exam
By ILSC Education Group
Different year, same time. When exams are around the corner, there is always a bit of nervousness. Not to worry; with these exam tips, you are sorted.
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Interesting Trivia
● 1.5 Million Adelie Penguins Discovered on Remote Antarctic Islands.
● What Were George Washington’s Teeth Made of?
● A stunning discovery about the start of the universe.
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5 benefits of using an LMS

5 benefits of using an LMS

With the availability of latest and high-end technology in the field of education, classroom-based learning is losing effectiveness over the past few years. Although no technology can match the strength of a real classroom, the trend of e-learning is setting in.

This can include the use of websites, programs, teaching tools, and technologies such as a software that can be used anytime, anywhere. To make learning engaging and fun-filled schools and colleges are gradually adopting an LMS – a Learning Management Systems which allows schools, teachers, students, and parents to realize standardized pedagogical models, impart personalized learning, engage, and create a constant connect with students and parents.

*According to an independent study, 1 out of 5 implementations of a learning management system materializes in the education sector. Let’s explore 5 benefits of an LMS.

  • Centralized learning: Among many features of an LMS, the most important one is centralized learning. Content is stored on a server. A cloud-based learning management solution is even better. This makes all tests, assignments, projects, and lessons accessible at any time, anywhere, and on any device, while maintaining consistency.
  • No limitations: Schools and colleges have time-bound activities and they will close after fixed hours but with an LMS the content, assignments, lessons, projects are always available online hence there are no chances of missing lessons.
  • Ease of tracking and reporting: A Learning Management System assists in enhancing the performance of students through tracking and reporting tools. The progress can be tracked and assignments or projects can be reviewed. Teachers can access the analytics of and work on techniques to improve learning of students.
  • Seamless evaluation: An LMS allows teachers to evaluate students before, during, and at the end of the course without disturbing the learning process. The system also allows students to review their personal performance on assignments and projects.
  • Easy to update and upgrade: Since an LMS is a centralized platform, it is easy to update and upgrade. It is easy to carry out changes to the content, assignments, lessons, and lesson plans for teachers, project descriptions, or user specifications. All users receive the same updated or upgraded data at the same time.

*According to an independent study…
Source: https://www.capterra.com/learning-management-system-software/user-research

February 2018 Goodies

Here we are again for this month’s mix of
articles, tips, techniques.

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Ice Cube Tray Math Practice
By Allison McDonald
Whenever a student thinks of maths, he/she thinks of running away. But not anymore! With this exciting activity involving just an ice cube tray.
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Find & Rhyme – Gross Motor Rhyming Game
By No time for flash cards
Time to hear the same sounds! Get your kids ready for an amazing activity with a hunt & rhyming experience.
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15 Innovative Number Games and Activities for Kindergarten Kids
By Sagari Gongola
Before you know they are already into geometry and algebra. Make math an exciting experience for them.
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Interesting Trivia

● There could be entire stars and planets made out of dark matter.

● Laser mapping uncovers dozens of ancient Mayan cities.

We would love to hear back from you and also receive suggestions on topics to be included. Feel free to write to us at info@lovemyskool.com.

Happy Reading,
Chirag Doshi
Co-founder, LoveMySkool
E: chirag@lovemyskool.com
M: +91 989.896.4477