Aug 27, 2021

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ActiLearn 1.O 

Why ActiLearn 1.O

  • National Educational Policy: Making and observation activities are included, in accordance with the New Education Policy, 2020.
  • Accessibility in Pandemic: The book will be especially helpful in the pandemic since it provides avenues for self-learning.
  • Engagement: The book will include approximately 45+ activities for an engagement period of 50+ hours.
  • NCERT Curriculum: The activities have been designed in accordance to the NCERT curriculum.
  • Self-Learning: which includes Do | Observe | Experiment | Explore | Question | Discover.
  • Interactive Format: QR codes for further exploration and deep dive into topics.
  • Templates: Contains learner-friendly templates for building models and learning by making.
  • Shift in Attitude: Students will gain confidence in their skills after learning and understanding all provided activities.

Implementation:

We have identified and distributed ActiLearn Aha Series book to 50+ students (studying in between 6-8th grade) from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, and Haryana, who are eager to learn, do and share the learnings with others and who don’t have/limited access to Agastya experiences either because of not having access to the device or internet connectivity.

Children explored, created and shared many activities with other children/siblings from the themes like Know Yourself, Light and Shadows, Garden Science, Force and Energy, and Changes around us.

 We have received very good feedback from the students on different activities, which have relevance in our daily life, engagement, and their learning levels. Even some of the children have started creating their own activities based on the learnings using household materials. Parents were also very happy knowing their child’ involvement in making and sharing the learnings with others.

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Aug 20, 2021

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Reading is a mind’s journey into a world of endless possibilities. But children settled in rural parts of India are far kept from the magic of books, due to lack of resources and opportunities. Through our Community Library Program, we aim at building local libraries that are overflowing with all genres of books, driving every child’s imagination to new horizons.

With your support, Agastya able to conducted virtual library activity. In Covid-19 pandemic situation we started Agastya Digital Summer Camp 2020. Conducted virtual sessions from April onwards. Daily 2 different activities posted into the what’s app and monitored by Agastya Staff and getting the reply from the students in the form of images, video, or audio.

Digital library contains Collection of e-content which comprises 1,800+ e-Books, and 1,500 + videos as on 30th June 2021.

Activities Conducted:

Building Vocabulary in their Mother Tongue and English, Sentence formation and story writing through “Pop-Up books” making, Comic story writing (recognize the difference between Original Text & Dialogue), Origami paper crafts (Different caps, figure puppets, gift box, and miniature book), Characterization, Dialogue narration & roll play through Mouth Puppet, Book Research through the activity “Pop-Up books and Book Club Activity.

During pandemic situation, reached more number of children by “MANA NESTHAM” (Our Friend). It’s a mobile Library concept. Reached 10 Schools, 802 children, and 20 teacher exposures.

During the last quarter, we reached 3,483 students’ exposures through Kuppam library. In Digital Library Activity, we reached 3,338 children exposures, 20 teachers exposure, and community library total 125 students exposures in the quarter Apr-June ’2021.

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Jul 13, 2021

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The MediaArts Lab is a natural extension of Agastya’s multisensory approach to learning. It supports teachers, training them to use technology to make teaching aids and conduct research. Students are taught to use digital cameras, video cameras, computers, sound recorders and more. They produce movies on social concerns, make pamphlets and posters to raise awareness, and learn tools for social activism at the local level. Overall, the Centre is a tool of empowerment, pushing children to make a positive difference in society.  

For April 2021 to June 2021, the MediaArts Lab children involved in various activities like capacity building, production, and syllabus formation through online sessions, building learning tools, and had training on these. Focusing on Phase – II production, Templates designing, and video shooting on this quarter.

Brief Overview of the activities: April 2021 to June 2021

April 2021

In this month Media Instructors worked with kids on phase-II production work. Given below is a school-wise list of activities:

  • APMS, Nadumur- kids recorded audio which they scripted.
  • GHS, Kuppam- kids involved in photo essays.
  • ATWS, Ramakuppam- Kids learned audio scriptwriting and poster designing.
  • APMS, Ramakuppam- Kids involved in a short-films.
  • APMS, Thumsi- Kids completed audio recordings.
  • ZPHS, Shanthipuram- Kids created storybooks and animation videos. 

Due to COVID 19 schools are closed, hence we engaged students in an online class.  Students created posters and videos related to covid awareness.  And finally collected outputs of Phase-II.

May 2021

  • We collected mobile number of students’ from schools and created students’ whats-app groups. Conducted online class by engaging students in creating posters, videos, animations related to COVID 19 awareness.
  • Students actively participated in creating videos and posters on various themes.
  • Team members participated in Posco and Posh workshop.
  • Conducted training for instructors to participate on ESIC workshop with the administrative team.
  • Instructor prepared lesson plans for online sessions.
  • Conducted “World No Tobacco Day” with kids through online class by creating posters on topic.
  • Our team participated in the Annual meet.

June 2021

  • Students involved in shooting and editing videos related activities.
  • Conducted “World Environmental Day” by using the concept of eyes on nature theme photo contest.
  • Conducted “World Music Day” by using a kitchen music theme.
  • Created template designs and new work on animations, videos, etc. to explore their creativity and knowledge with team members.
  • Conducted Yoga classes with kids every morning.

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