Apne Haath Se eAkshar
Our group “Apne Haath Se” of Media Lab Asia is working on educational methods well suited for village environment. Commercialization and competitiveness are making middle-class children go for rote learning without understanding. Worse, the poor kids, specially from villages, drop out. We want to reverse the trend by inventing new experiment and activity based educational techniques. Computer is a powerful medium for learning. We work with children, teachers, and youth, and help them use computers as an educational tool.
made workshop modules human body containing digital tools (computer
animations and games), paper model and plastic models, and physical
games. So far we have covered human digestive, respiratory, and
circulatory systems. Work on skeleton and muscular system is going
made visual and model aids to explain day-night, seasons, and
designed workshops on three themes: a) Human digestive system, b)
Human respiratory and circulatory system c) Day-night, Seasons, and
Eclipses. Workshop module on Skeleton and Muscular system is being
many workshops in village schools for approximately thirty children.
The children made plastic models themselves using tubes, bottles
etc. They also played a computer game on assembling the digestive
system. (Workshops: 7 on theme a, 3 on theme c, 1 one theme b).
prepared a booklet on human digestive system in Hindi. We are making
4 books on four modules we are covering (both in Hindi and English).
These books are self-explanatory, and can be used by teachers to
conduct workshops themselves.
games on Indian Geography, and wave-motion using Java and OpenGL
have been prepared. We are preparing a general methodology to write
computer games using Java.
Software on three dimensional structure of a given molecule is ready.
In the summer we are planning to make a virtual tour guide of a city.
We are planning to hold a week long
workshop for teachers. Set of workshops for Chhatishgarh
schools are also planned for July.
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Project InvestigatorProf. M K Verma