We gave Bhavana, of Class 6, a camera-phone and asked her to record ‘A Day in the Life of a Girl Student’ for National Girl Child Day. Here are some of her best pictures…
Venkatesh, of Class 7, is a promising artist. Here, he shows off some of his recent work, including a portrait of Malala Yousafzai…
Livvy and Katherine, two English volunteers who are teaching at the school, asked Class 7 & 8 to design a poster for any country. This is some of the work they received:
You will find more of the students work here: Wall posters
On April 1st we went to Vijayawada radio station for the first time to perform and take part in a radio programme. Saikeerthi, Lakshmi Nancharama, Angel Vennela, Samvidha and Sandhayran sang three songs. We sang the folk songs:
- Ghalu, ghalu, ghalu, ghalu
- Thandhana thandhana
and the patriotic song:
- Chekkera calipina
A story was said by Samvidha and Sai Tejaswini.
The small children from Heal Paradise Village recited poems.
The traditional Indian number system (Place values of which there are 27) were spoken by Sandhya Rani and Lokesh.
This is the first time for Heal Paradise Village to perform at the radio station.
We all enjoyed it very much.
After a number of false starts Colin Charlton completed his first successful session with the students.
Using technology in rural India has its problems. First of all you can’t rely on the electrical supply. Soon HEAL will generate its own electricity from solar panels on the roof and that will be a problem of the past.
Surges in electrical supply play havoc with the kit. The server was taken out by one such spike. We have now had work done to protect against that.
We planned to use the Apple product FaceTime but when we connected the iPad to the projector we found that it only connected briefly before dropping the connection. After googling I found that this was a known problem. Apple had put a ‘fix’ in their latest version of the operating system to stop non Apple cables working with iPad. (Apple aren’t you making enough money from iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac sales. What if the projector people insisted on only using their cables with the projector!).
So while I’m waiting for an Apple cable to arrive we have turned to Skype. I don’t think the quality of the pictures is as good as FaceTime but at least it works.
So today we started their Science syllabus. We are following the CBSE syllabus. I have found lots of teaching resources on the Internet and I am writing lessons around these. I am sending the students some directed learning and then I’m following this up with question and answer sessions over the net.
I should get my first work back tomorrow.
I am planning once a month to take the kids on a virtual trip. As soon as I get the Apple cable and we can use FaceTime I will take them shopping around Macclesfield town centre (M&S and Pound Land). Next up will be a trip to the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone.
Today my grandson helped me with the lesson!
At HEAL children are using Tablets to improve their study skills. Initially children are trained in using tablets by Mr.Colin a volunteer from UK and those children taught the other children using tablets. Using tablets children are enable to improve their reading skills by reading stories, some children have improved drawing skills, maintaining communication through mails with their teacher Colin and able to do their tasks given by him. Children are using educational websites to improve English language skills and able to know daily news. Some children who have passion in bird view are able to study about birds. Now for them Tablet has become an interesting and important tool in learning
Our school is starting to receive teachers who are coming from abroad to teach. Recently one such teacher focussed on Communication methods. This was to enable us to be taught from other countries.
In one communication class we looked at Skype. A demonstration of Skype was given where our class was in video contact with one of the younger classes. It was good to see how we could be taught from abroad.
We are excited to be able to continue these classes even after the teacher has gone home. We liked learning about the sky especially how we could see what it looked like here at HEAL Paradise Village