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Monday, 24 June 2013

Our New Content!

As those of you who follow our blog may remember from our Sample Lesson  blog post, our old content framework and the content itself, was quite a bit different from what we plan to use in Phase 2.

Our aim has always been to promote teaching and learning with increased understanding. With the aim of constantly improving upon our programme, we created a new interactive content framework to be used in classrooms. The content is organized by lessons or topics within each chapter. The framework for each lesson is categorized into three sections – See, Think, and Do.

We also met with teachers to find out what could be better in our existent content. We also met with teachers in focus groups and individually, to find out what their needs were and how we could improve the content. Using their feedback and know-how well also created all new content.

To increase our effectiveness and reach we also designed this new content in both English and in Hindi.

Below is a brief snapshot of the types of contents we will be using under the new ‘See, Think,Do’ framework in Phase 2: 

(Also, sample content is available at the end of this post)

         1.   See


The see section includes audiovisual tools to explain curriculum-aligned concepts. This section includes the following elements:

a. Introduction Videos

  • Introduces new concepts through a situation in a family environment
  • Uses animated characters in a 3-generation family
  • Situations are contextual such that students can easily relate

b. Concept Videos and Slideshows

  • Videos include animation and images to explain the concepts in a lesson
  • slideshows use text and images to explain the concepts in a lesson
  • Focuses on conceptual understanding using practical examples and visual tools where relevant

c. Experiments

  • Real-life experiment videos are included for relevant science lessons.
  • Experiments allow for observation and notation by students.

          2.   Think


The Think Section includes content to promote application of concepts beyond the curriculum, with the goal of promoting critical thinking. In this section, types of content include:

a. Did You Know?

  • Slideshows to introduce new and fun facts on concepts taught in the lesson
  • Aims to highlight curriculum-aligned concepts in different contexts

b. Examples in Daily Life

  • Slideshows that apply classroom concepts to everyday life
  • Examples provided are relevant and contextual such that students can easily relate
  • Encourages students to reflect and ideate examples from their own experiences

c. Group Discussions

  • Includes topic ideas and guiding questions to spark in-class discussions
  • Example discussion points are provided to help teachers and students brainstorm

          3.   Do


The Do Section provides a resource bank for teachers including in-class activities, projects, and questions. These resources aim to encourage “learning by doing”. This section includes the following types of content:

a. Activity

  • Ideas for activities, experiments, and games
  • Slideshows provide details for the teacher to conduct the activity in the classroom including materials required, samples and demonstrative images
  • Each activity is closely related to the lesson concepts

b. Project

  • Ideas for projects that students can complete at home
  • Slideshows include details on materials required and instructions as well as samples of completed projects

c. Challenge Questions

  • Included at the end of certain math chapters
  • Contains a single or a few difficult questions which aim to promote critical thinking and creative application of concepts

d. Practice Questions

  • Provided in the Question-Answer format at the end of each lesson
  • This format can be used as a tool for in-class gaming and group competitions
  • Questions are application based and use visual tools where possible
  • Explanations to answers are provided where relevant

e.  Chapter Quiz

  • A set of questions and answers is provided at the end of each chapter
  • Questions are application based and use visual tools where possible
  • Explanations to answers are provided where relevant


Sample Content

Please view some of the videos and slideshows from our new content to get a sense of what our new content looks like. Slideshows can be viewed by clicking on the image.

Framework Section: See
Subject: Science - 6th Standard
Chapter:Body Movements
Lesson: Gait of Animals                                     
File: How do different animals move
video


Framework Section: See
Subject: Science - 6th Standard
Chapter: Components of Food
Lesson: Testing for Nutrients                               
File: Experiment - Test for Starch  
video 


Framework Section: Think
Subject: Mathematics - 6th Standard
Chapter: Fractions
Lesson: Introduction to Fractions                        
File: Examples in Daily Life
Content Slides


Framework Section: Do
Subject: Science - 6th Standard
Chapter: Motion and Measurement of Distance  
Lesson: Let's Measure Things!
File: Activity - Measuring Smiles
Content Slides


Framework Section: Do
Subject: Science - 6th Standard                           
Chapter:Whole Numbers 
Lesson: Number Laws 
File: Practice Questions
Content Slides