Monthly Archives : May 2014

India has no strategy for technology in the classroom, but entrepreneurs and nonprofits are braving the odds in the sector.

In 2012, engineer Raghav Gajula moved to an east Delhi slum to work as a teacher at a private school for low-income families. Most of his students’ parents are labourers in local factories but have paid 300 Indian rupees a month, about £3, for their kids to attend a school with busy staff and no computer resources. Gajula, who found the teaching position through a Teach For India fellowship, spotted an opportunity. He lent the kids his laptop and started setting up mentoring sessions for them with his friends, via Skype.

  • Schools aren’t using equipment
  • Personalised educational content
  • A product for the low-income segment

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The handy infographic describing the details of some simple ideas to stimulate creativity


Repeat these every day!

  • Go for a walk
  • Move your eyes
  • Take breaks and enjoy yourself
  • Estimate time, distance, and currency exchanges
  • Take a route that is new to you
  • Look for images in mosaics, patterns, textures, and clouds
  • Try something you’ve never done before
  • Start a collection
  • Change the way you do “routine” tasks
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In recent years we have seen the gradual lifting of quotas for places and the introduction of adjustment

The options available to today’s school leavers are many and varied, which can only be a good thing for students now and in the years to come, says David Hawkins.

The beginning of May signalled Ucas decision day – the deadline by which most students should have replied to their university offers.

Normally this day passes uneventfully, but this year was different, as many students left it to the last moment to make their final choices.

British higher education is going through a period of rapid transition, seemingly passing by many of those not intimately connected to it.

In recent years we have seen the gradual lifting of quotas for places, the introduction of the option to ‘trade up’ on results day if a student achieves better than their predicted grades and, from 2015, the lifting of all controls over student numbers, creating a free market among British universities.

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Making the task of choosing an engineering college for admission easier this season, the Madras high court has asked Anna University to publish the pass percentage of every college affiliated to it and a list of colleges with identical names. They should be published on, it said. This would also help call the bluff of private engineering colleges that make false claims about their academic standards. 

Pass percentage and a college’s past academic performance could help engineering aspirants and their parents make an informed choice of colleges, uninfluenced by advertisements of under-performing colleges that make tall claims. Publication of the list of colleges bearing similar-sounding names, along with their counselling code, too would help students distinguish between genuine institutions and their namesakes. 

In a 33-page order on Wednesday, the first bench comprising acting Chief Justice Satish K Agnihotri and Justice M Sathyanarayanan said details pertaining to pass percentage, department-wise academic performance and similar-sounding college names along with their code numbers should be published in Anna University’s official website within two weeks, “on or before the start of counselling process,” whichever is earlier.

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Software has performed the first real-time translation of a dolphin whistle – and better data tools are giving fresh insights into primate communication too

IT was late August 2013 and Denise Herzing was swimming in the Caribbean. The dolphin pod she had been tracking for the past 25 years was playing around her boat. Suddenly, she heard one of them say, “Sargassum”.

“I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned,” says Herzing, who is the director of the Wild Dolphin Project. She was wearing a prototype dolphin translator called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT) and it had justtranslated a live dolphin whistle for the first time.

It detected a whistle for sargassum, or seaweed, which she and her team had invented to use when playing with the dolphin pod. They hoped the dolphins would adopt the whistles, which are easy to distinguish from their own natural whistles – and they were not disappointed. When the computer picked up the sargassum whistle, Herzing heard her own recorded voice saying the word into her ear.

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“I want to eat healthier, Miss,” my student said. “I eat too much fast food.”

“Go to the farmer’s market, or to the store. Don’t buy Pop Tarts.” Our farmer’s markets aren’t what they used to be. They used to be a few stalls with carrots and broccoli. Now, they’re everything from the basic organic foods to things that’d keep a foodie busy for a month.

“I don’t know what to buy.” She needed ideas.

“Asparagus is in season–”

“No! That’s gross. It’s slimy.”

“Only if it’s canned,” I told her. “Cooked it fresh with some garlic and…”

“No!” This was going to be a tough sell.

“How about some green beans with–”

“Eewww…I don’t eat green beans.” A crowd was gathering to see who would win The Battle of the Veggies. I’d need to think quick and come up with a good suggestion. I never lose.

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Business is booming in India. Sectors such as information technology, car manufacturing , entertainment and agriculture are becoming more closely integrated with the global economy and defining the country’s place within it. 

With these growing sectors come opportunities for anyone interested in gaining an international degree in business and commerce. As Indian firms in these and other sectors increase their exports in international markets , expand their presence outside India (often via acquisition) and attract foreign direct investment , more and more suitably qualified individuals are required to sustain this growth. 

Students choosing to study in this field, therefore , need to select a programme most likely to deliver the required knowledge and skill-set to succeed and there are plenty of them out there. 

Good business programmes will typically take a multi-disciplinary approach to business education and feature case studies, problem solving, modelling, quantitative skills and often an internship (whether paid or unpaid). Combining analytical and presentation skills with real-world experience, such an education could lead to skills such as drafting a coherent but ambitious business plan linked to expansion in new market, or planning and executing the logistics of getting a product across national borders. Such skills are essential for success in a whole range of areas such as foreign investment, business development, logistics and international marketing. These skills and knowledge can be useful to carve out a career not only in a large multinational company but also in nimble, small and medium businesses, as well as fast-paced start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures. 

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When students are excited about a subject, the sky’s the limit

Educators wear many hats, but their main job is to engage their students so that they become life-long learners. As a teacher, there is nothing worse than presenting a lesson only to find your entire class starring back at you with the “huh?” look in their eyes. Once students reach this point, it’s often hard to turn them on to the subject matter that they didn’t grasp the first time around. In order to effectively reach them, educators need to find innovative methods for teaching students. There are many ways to achieve this, as discussed below. 

Increase Student Involvement
One of the most effective ways to increase student engagement is to get them involved in the lesson. Once students are able to interact and experiment with a subject matter, they are more likely to grasp it.



Indians form second largest group of international students in US
Over three-fourths of Indian students are enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses.
According to the report released by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), India accounts for second largest number of international students in this country. China with 290,133 students is at the top in the report on international students. 
Over three-fourths of Indian students are enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. 
India, in fact, has the highest number of STEM students. As many as 78 per cent of the Indian students are enrolled in STEM categories, while the figure for China is 37 per cent, the report said, which is based on data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). 


Students with special needs have a lot of potential to excel, but as a teacher, you have to make greater effort in finding effective resources and strategies that will bring knowledge closer to them. The educational industry is constantly changing, and it is currently focused on helping students achieve better results through research-based strategies.

The contemporary educational studies prepare educators with new, more effective teaching methods. The advanced psychological research on certain health conditions (like autism for example) helps teachers find a way to approach students with special needs. The concepts of educational technology are constantly being advanced, which gives educators many alternatives that can make their teaching techniques more effective.

We will see the 8 useful resources one by one,

Advanced Classroom and Curriculum Techniques

Educators can find great resources on classroom and curriculum management techniques at Teacher Vision. This website provides free information that helps teachers find the right approach for teaching students with handicaps, giftedness, Asperger’s, autism, and ADHD. Teacher Vision provides advice on adapting and supplementing the classroom materials with adequate books, activities, materials, and

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