ICT (Information and Communications Technology) tools are an important part of any mathematics and science focused school, such as PHA (Protea Heights Academy), however many other schools in South Africa, and in many other developing countries, are not as privileged, thus many scholars lack the necessary technological skills required for a rapidly developing global economy.
Therefore, we decided to make an introductory tutorial using a very simple coding program/s that is perfect for beginners and is also fun/entertaining or people of ALL ages, including scratch, minecraft:education edition and codecombat (a personal favourite)
We have also added a link of an extremely helpful and educational website that allows anyone to go through several courses of a variety of coding languages, in order to prepare you for application of that code, for free. Sololearn also includes challenges, chat groups, polls and ‘code playground’ to test your new coding skills.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It’s an acronym that was coined to address the current and future shortage of skilled workers in high-tech fields, and the inadequate education of students in these areas. It’s believed that, by teaching these subjects together, in an interdisciplinary cohesive approach, STEM education will be more relevant and fun (and thus attract more students), and will develop the sort of critical thinking skills needed in the high-tech workforce, both now and in the future.
What about women in STEM?
The shortage of skilled workers and students in STEM is only half of the story. More alarming is the shortage of female skilled workers and students in STEM. Stats vary by country and by discipline, but generally speaking, women make up only 15-25% of the current STEM workforce, and the gap is broadening.
Why does this matter?
Well, firstly there’s no evidence that girls are less capable in these fields, but rather that they often ‘feel’ less capable, partly due to stereotyping.
Then there’s the tendency for STEM jobs to be higher paid, meaning that the lack of women in these roles is contributing to gender salary gap.
A lack of women in these fields means fewer female role models, both for current female STEM employees, and for girls still forming career choices.
And what about the whole growth of STEM jobs in the future thing, which is expected to skyrocket…
There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes by policy makers and educators to remove barriers and encourage women to work and study in STEM fields – which is awesome, but we think it needs to start earlier than that. Much earlier than that.
Why is STEM for young girls important?
Did you know that research has shown that science achievement gaps emerge by kindergarten , and these gaps continue until at least the end of eighth grade?
So, if kids don’t get enough exposure to science concepts and informal learning opportunities in preschool or earlier, then they’ll be starting kindergarten with relatively less knowledge about the physical and natural sciences. And this gap will likely haunt them for the next nine years or more.
Now if we look at STEM for young girls in particular, what’s alarming is that even where there is no difference in STEM ability, a large divide in ‘perceived competence’ for girls can start as early as age five. (This article on the way society treats boys and girls differently, and how boys and girls view themselves even when STEM abilities are equal, is very interesting.)
If you add in the lack of female role-models in the STEM workforce (both in real life, and in the media), the distressing stereotyping and dumbing-down of many ‘girl’ toys, and the often subtle (and not so subtle) marketing of STEM concepts to boys…
See where we are going with this?
We all concurred with Tom MacInnes when he said“I am loathe to allow gender distinctions to limit intellectual and personal freedom. I want my daughters to grow up knowing that they have the right to chart their own course when it comes to pursuing their interests and dreams.”
We are not trying to dictate which career direction all females must end up taking. We just want them to follow their dreams and to know that they have the right to pursue ANY dream that they want
How to encourage girls in STEM
Ok, so hopefully we have got you a little ramped up about the importance of encouraging girls in STEM, from a young age.
You might be wondering – how exactly do I do that?
It will differ for each child and each situation, but here are some general tips:
Surround your kids with positive female role-models
The old adage is that you can’t become what you can’t see. Take your kids to female doctors and dentists. Find out if any of the mums at school work in STEM, and then point this out to your child. Seek out books and movies that feature strong female STEM characters. If you’re a mum or female teacher reading this, don’t forget that you can be a positive female role-model too. Next time you need to drill a hole in the wall, do it yourself, and let the kids catch you doing it.
2. Help them find the answers to their questions
Science is all around us, and preschoolers are great at asking science questions. Sometimes they can ask dozens! Try (your hardest) not to dismiss their questions, and instead help them to
3. Watch your words
Research shows that people tend to speak more often in terms of numbers, quantities and science attributes to boys than girls, from as young as babies and toddlers. So make a conscious effort not to dumb down your conversations with your daughters. Speak less of what girls look like, and speak more of what they are interested in.
4. Follow their interests
Kids can often become ultra-fascinated with a particular topic, and that’s really cool! Encourage them to go down that proverbial rabbit hole, and learn as much as they want to about the subject. Borrow books, consult subject matter experts, do fun activities at home. It doesn’t really matter what the actual topic is, it’s more about encouraging their desire to learn, and learn deep! (But at the same time, if kids decide they aren’t interested anymore, let them move on to the next topic. That’s cool too. Let their interests be the guide.)
5. Provide ‘some’ construction and science kits
It’s also handy for kids to learn how to follow instructions and build something really cool. That’s where kits come in handy. My only caveat is that this should be in addition to, instead of a replacement of, more open-ended construction play.
There are a few really awesome kits out there that are gender-neutral, or marketed towards girls, and we are a big fan of these companies! Unfortunately (and frustratingly) many of the cool kits are still heavily marketed towards boys – but don’t let this persuade you. At first, if your kids are sensitive to the marketing, you could rebox the kits into a plain cardboard box. After a while, as their confidence grows, you can start to present the kits in their original packaging, and talk about why companies might package toys in this way, and the effects this has on society etc. You might even fire up a new advocate for the gender-neutral marketing of toys movement!
6. Follow the Scientific Method and view failures as discoveries
In science, finding out that something doesn’t work is just as important as finding out that something does. Persist. Tweak your hypothesis, adjust your experiment, and see if you can come up with a way to make it work.
7. Encourage a growth mindset
We’re firm believers in our house that if you say you can’t do something, then you’re missing the word ‘yet’. If you want to be good at something, then you need to practice. At first practicing can be hard and frustrating, but if you keep trying, then you can develop the skills to be able to do it more easily, which in turn makes practice more fun. Praise effort over results, because yes, they may need to do some hard yards first.
8. Use big words in context
Kids are masters of decoding. If you regularly use big words correctly and in context, they’ll quickly work out what they mean and they’ll become part of their everyday vocabulary. If preschoolers can pronounce ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ then they can certainly pronounce ‘dehydrated’, ‘asteroid’ and ‘nocturnal’.
If we all work hard we can make STEM fields more available, not only to girls, but or any/all genders.
We decide to go ahead and address the school assembly. Here we appealed to the students to voluntarily donate their old books to the school. School shall recycle them and we get paper. which paper we shall use to sit for Exams next term.
we are trying to educate the students that we can use all that we feel we dont need to get what we feel is important to us. So far our project is almost finished. Thats the concept we want to send to all the schools in the region and later the Country.
This presentation from one of my groups was voted the best by the class. It involves challenging the problems facing global education and how to get everybody educated by 2030. This will involve everyone having access the internet.
Assigned with creating tutorials for their favourite ICTs, Simar Mohanty, a sixth grader from DPS, India made her teacher proud as she shared how she used Canva & Adobe Spark to create the beautiful graphics & videos used in various projects. What stands out in the Innovation Project is students being able to generate & redirect their own learning even though they are on vacations without the guidance of teachers.
Assigned with creating tutorials for their favourite ICTs, Simar Mohanty, a sixth grader from DPS, India made her teacher proud as she shared how she used Canva & Adobe Spark to create the beautiful graphics & videos used in various projects. What stands out in the Innovation Project is students being able to generate & redirect their own learning even though they are on vacations, connected to their teacher only virtually over the net.
<p>This week the students from DLDAV Model School Pitampura INDIA have created a tutorial on the use of software called 'FRITZING'.In this tutorial they are explaning all the steps about how to use this software.The word document prepared by them for this tutorial is uploaded along with the You tube link for the video.
TUTORIAL ON ICT TOOL ‘FRITZING'
We the students team from dldav model school pitampura india have made a tutorial to FRITZING in which we have shown how to use a software called FRITZING.Basically FRITZING is used to make virtual circuit or circuit diagram .We have also used a software called Plotagon to create a animation which will create our presentation more interesting and attractable . We are making a basic project led flasher or led chaser in which we have used 4 led , 5 transistors (BC547) , one capacitor , one condenser mic , a lot of resistors and a 9v battery . We have used a breadboard to assemble these parts. We arrange the parts according to the circuit diagram as shown
We have to first arrange transistors on breadboard according to the circuit diagram . Then we will join transistors first leg to the led negative leg and the second (middle) leg of the transistor to each other which are then connected to first transistors first leg. Then we will connect a capacitor first leg to the middle leg of the first transistors middle leg and the other leg of the capacitor to the positive leg of the condenser microphone, Then we will connect the resistors according to the circuit diagram i.e. one leg of resistor to the last leg of the transistors and the second leg of the resistor to each other which are then connected to a ground connection . Then we will connect a resistor to the first leg of the transistor (from which we have connected all transistors middle leg) which is then connected to the positive leg of the led which is also connected to the positive of the 9v battery. Then we will connect a resistor to the middle leg of the transistor (from which capacitor is connected) and the second leg of the resistor to the positive of the led . We will connect the negative leg if the condenser microphone to the transistors third leg or from where all the resistance are connected which is then connected to the ground . We can also add a switch where the condenser microphone and transistors third leg is connected to operate the circuit.
Students from DLDAV Model School Pitampura
In the recent decades, urbanization has increased tremendously. At the same phase there is an increase in waste production. Waste management has been a crucial issue to be considered. Foul smell from these rotten wastes that remain untreated for a long time, due to negligence of authorities and carelessness of public may lead to long term problems. Breeding of insects and mosquitoes can create nuisance around, promoting unclean environment. Also, the breeding of mosquitoes can cause various diseases like malaria, dengue, etc. . Some companies, moreover, to save the money spent in disposal, throw heavy and radioactive metals like Uranium, Radium, Thorium, anyway. These metals are to be disposed in correct and expensive manner which can cause all types of cancers, Non-malignant thyroid nodular disease, Parathyroid adenoma, Posterior subcapsular cataracts, etc.
He took help from the local civic body to get into depth of this problem and how to come up with the solution. Also I visited some of the slums nearby and had a talk with people residing to understand what kind of problem they are facing in day to day life due to this. we have seen dustbins overflowing in the slums and no one taking care of it. . Teachers help to develop the circuit involved in this project.
Infrared sensor is placed at the top of the dustbin. The threshold stature is set as 15cm. Once a person places its hand over the infrared sensor, the lid of the dustbin will open and garbage can be put in the dustbin, taking care of the hygiene of the person. Once, the garbage reaches the threshold level, another infrared sensor will glow a LED and trigger the GSM module which will alert the required authority until the garbage in the dustbin is squashed. To avoid mixing of heavy and radioactive metals with the normal waste, a metal detector is placed on the mouth of the dustbin, so that metals can be segregated in another bin attached to the first bin. Once the dustbin is squashed, people can reuse the dustbin. At regular intervals dustbin will be squashed. Once these smart bins are implemented on a large scale, by replacing our traditional bins present today, waste can be managed efficiently as it avoids unnecessary lumping of wastes on roadside.
The components Hehas used are cheap and easily available. The CD drives, relay switches, LED’s, wires are cheap and readily available, making it inexpensive. It can be powered by both 9V batteries and a 12V power supply, making it energy efficient. It is fully automated. It has been made such to take care of personal hygiene. Making use of GSM module to inform the civic authority makes it more innovative.
My students love working on different ICT tools.They have been using a wide variety of tools ranging from Powerpoint Presentations to Sway to present their ideas and innovative solutions to the problems.For week 3 they present the screencast of CANVA - A Powerful tool to make presentations and Posters .
Students of LJNDAV MODEL SCHOOL JALANDHAR made bags from old newspaper and they have sold them in the market and earned a handsome amount of money.so its benefial for the poor people because they can also made them easily and earn a money.so it is a source of income for the poor people in our society.
Children of Sat Paul Mittal School, love to work in PowerPoint as it is a wonderful applications to make presentaions, documentaries and even more. Commerce children, generally have to make Project studies. So thay have found a very usel Open Source :- https://www.presentationgo.com/.
It is a website which has ready made templates which can be used for making case studies, learning market place, project development nad many more.
Minecraft - Children at my school were using it as a game only and while playing they have realised that Minecraft is a great pool for enhancing critical thinking and logic building. They have themselves taken an inititiative to use it in their curriculum as well.
SATYAN~ NAMYA JOSHI is a wonder child of our School. She has completed 22 Google certifications at the age of 11 years. Here is one of her tutorial, explaining GOOGLE FORMS with such an ease. Hope you will like it.
Writing is actually one of SATYAN NAMYA's favorite hobby. So she recommends blogging to almost everyone. Here are some of the biggest reasons why I think YOU should should start blogging immediately. Here you go learning how to make a blog
With Google Calendar, you can quickly schedule meetings and events and get reminders about upcoming activities, so you always know what’s next. Calendar is designed for teams, so it’s easy to share your schedule with others and create multiple calendars that you and your team can use together.
It’s a city outfitted with high-tech communication capabilities. It uses digital technology to enhance performance and well being, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens.
The idea of smart city came into formulation owing to the need to accommodate rapid urbanization of the age. Interest in smart cities continues to grow, driven by a range of socioeconomic and technological developments across the globe. It is due to the increasing number of smart cities that established suppliers from energy, transport, buildings, and government sectors are moving into the smart city market, while startups are addressing a range of emerging opportunities in the same field.
According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the global smart city technology market is expected to grow from $8.8 billion annually in 2014 to more than $27.5 billion by 2023. Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research said, “Cities are seeking partners and suppliers to collaborate on ambitious programs for sustainability, innovation in public services, and economic development that depends on significant technology investments. The leading players in this market not only have the capacity to provide leadership on large-scale projects spanning multiple city requirements, but also delivering smart infrastructure, IT, and communications solutions to cities, supporting cities across multiple operational and infrastructure issues, and have established a global presence.”
The report examines the strategy and execution of 16 leading smart city suppliers with the capacity to provide leadership on large-scale smart city projects spanning over multiple operational and service areas. These smart city suppliers are rated on 10 criteria: vision, go-to-market strategy, partners, product strategy, geographic reach, market share, sales and marketing, product performance and features, product integration, and staying power. IBM and Cisco are some of the top suppliers in the global smart city market. They are ranked the highest in terms of strategy and execution.
What is the Scope of Smart Cities or Innovation in India?
India is drawing on the development of smart cities at the global level. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision ‘Digital India’, has a plan to build 100 smart cities across the country. Modi in his speech said, “Cities in the past were built on riverbanks. They are now built along highways. But in the future, they will be built based on availability of optical fiber networks and next-generation infrastructure.”
Digital India envisages making India a leader in digitally delivering services in the health, education, banking sectors. Modi announced an investment of $1.2 billion in smart cities with more funding coming from private sectors and abroad.
In the third week each group sat together, which included her idea and created an explanation for the new invention. Each group wrote how much the device would cost, how it would be marketed, how it would be used for people and more.
Later we chose the best invention of the last three weeks for the Skype call in front of another school.
On week 3 we discussed the specific water scarcity in Israel and brainstormed possible solutions. We wanted to focus on solutions that could be implemented at our school. The best solution we came up with has to do with water waste at school. Our goal is to reuse unfinished water in water bottles by watering plants. We would also add a sticker to each students water bottle as a reminder to preserve and not waste. For our second SDG, we came up with a solution to incorporate a reward system for students who recycle. For example, if a student recycles, he/she will get time on the computer.
zero hunger is our goal! under this topic students of Wedad Naser Deen Secondary school started to make a difference in their community by helping people. They collected money and designed a logo .They will start their initiative soon by preparing boxes of food and needs for poor families.
The Innovation Project- Week 3- St. Augustine's, Clontuskert, Ireland
This week the students from St. Augustine's N.S, Clontuskert, Ireland, worked very hard on their final video for the Innovation project. We researched the meaning of ICT, examples of ICT, STEM and how STEM and girls are linked. We also included a tutorial on how we use our Surface RT in the classroom.
Students made prentation about different ICT tools that they have been using in the last year: Emaze and Prezi for presentation, Kahoot and QR code reader for quizzess and ScottieGo and MicroBit for coding. Also they made tutorial about using Sway
Week3. School of Solone №1.How we are using ICT tools in an innovative way.
We can't imagine our life without ICT tools. We use different platforms ror collaboration such as Google classroom in the program Know My Worlg (crosscultural digital exchange),ETwinning (digital collaboration between schools of Europe),SOS4LOVE project ,Innovation Project etc.WhatsApp, Viber,FB are the social media we use to be in contact with teachers, parents and children.Our classrooms are equipped with interactive boards, projectors, led pannels and computers they are used for presenting new information, training and doing tests.The children can also use their smartphones to get information or to do the tasks in Google classroom.We use Sway and PowerPoint for making presentations, Skype and GoogleHangouts for videsessions, Onedrive to organize the information we use everyday or to run projects. We also have our You Tube channel where we download films created by students.
I'm so proud of my students. I have truly NOT been confident since this project began on day 1 that I have been guiding them in the proper direction. Yet, they surely rose to the occasion. I think their ideas are phenomenal and oh so innocent. I hope you enjoy!
During this week student put on their thinking caps applying what they learned about climate change action in order to create a poster propaganda using a chosen application where they conceptualized an idiom about nature.
create a poster about promoting, contributing, and/or solving an environmental problem.
Focusing on Life Below Water, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Life on Land, and Clean Water and Sanitation, we came up with lots of designs for new machines to solve problems our world currently faces.