Technology has become of paramount importance in today’s fast moving world. Parents have also come to understand that technology has become an integral part of their child’s education and it’s their responsibility to take a comprehensive approach to education by incorporating it seamlessly into the learning process of their child.
Learning methods have evolved considerably in the past decade. Now children have multitude of ways to enhance their learning experiences with the use of the internet or gadgets and have fun at the same time.
Children these days are usually exposed to electronics at younger and younger ages. By their teens, most kids have been fully engaged in the digital world for a long time. There is no clear rule on when a child is ready for his own laptop, cellphone, or tablet.
You could start by giving your child his own account on the shared family computer. They need to show you that they are responsible before you get them their own gadgets. You can install parenting control apps on the family computer or block certain websites.
It is important to explore your child’s curiosity and show them that technology can be used for practical learning. Here are some tips that will help them combine their digital skills and real-world learning:
- Make a set of rules that that he has to follow to keep him safe when he’s online. For e.g. he should only interact with people he knows.
- Involve your child in the shopping process when you think they are ready for their own PC or phone so they learn about the specifications of the device. Make sure they read all the reviews of the product and compare it to others.
- Don’t buy a very expensive phone or laptopimmediately. Start with a basic model and ask them to show you that they can take care of it.
- Encourage them to watch educational videosor read blogs about innovations in technology.
- Teach them how to take videos. They can record their friends or family members and edit the videos.
- Ask your child to create and print posters or greeting cards using design software.
- Photography is a fun hobby. Teach them how to use a DSLR.
- Ask your child to help you create a database for weekly household expenses or your recipes.
- Have them research online on a place to visit for the next family vacation.
- Find a fun, educational website that helpswith homework and lets your child play games.
- Download dictionary and vocabulary builder apps for your child.
- Learning a new language has become so much easier with websites providing audio and video content.
- Ask them to use online tools to make their projects more attractive.
- They can create art online and share it on websites like Pinterest.
- Making a new website has become so much easier now. Help them start one with their name which they can update it every week. They can upload all their work or add things they are interested in.
Raising tech-savvy kids is important if they want to keep up with the competition. Technology can be fun and a very useful tool to score better grades.
Children, now, have access to much more information than what their parents did when they were young. Let them explore the internet and you’ll be surprised at what they can achieve.
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“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.”
Examinations are an indicative tool of what a child learns, observes, understands and executes. The process of learning and memorising concepts, theories and other study material involves a series of steps wherein the child puts himself under a certain strenuous structure. The free-floating anxiety which precedes an exam is acceptable, whereas while undertaking one, it is unnecessary.
Most often it is the fear of failure or underperformance that drives the stress before an exam. But children cannot be held entirely responsible for their reluctance to face exams; there are many factors, which force them to form pre-conceived notions and fears. Expectations from parents, peers and society play a major role in the immediate atmosphere around a child.
Here are a few ways to help a child deal with exam related stress:
• Assist a child to plan and execute his/her preparation schedule, ensuring effective preparedness.
• Help them realize their strengths and weaknesses. Work with them and figure out a way to maximise their productivity.
• Make a child experience an exam as a challenge, a source of motivation and energy to do and get better.
• Ensure they take breaks, eat, sleep well. Promote a positive and constructive atmosphere and attitude.
• Make a child view a test as a comparative tool; this will provide a sense of expertise and personal contentment.
• Reward them for achieving personal targets whilst being fully aware of the actual, required level of input and hard work.
• Positive criticism can be used as a constructive tool to ensure growth.
The end of an exam should not be treated as the end of the learning process. Exams should ideally be a revelation as to whether the students are actively participating, absorbing, understanding and enjoying all that is being taught. If not, the people involved in the process should try re-working their approach and methodology rather than questioning or entirely blaming the child’s potential and talent. The aim should be to re-think, re-work and re-teach until they master the subject in question.
Every morning when a kid leaves for school his head is full of doubts, fears and inhibitions. Though his mind is inquisitive and brimming with energy, a heart full of questions and innocence. The early days of schooling can be hard on a kid as it is quite a task for them to get away from parents or family, meet new people, to listen to strangers and learn new things. Consider and compare this to grownups and you may realise the seriousness of the situation; as most adults would have problems coping with these circumstances at any point of time in their lives.
The point of discussion here is the role that homes and schools play in the moulding of a kid, strengthening and shaping him to face the complexities of the life ahead. It is the journey from home to school and vice versa which actually defines how the child imbibes from the atmosphere both these places offer, his surroundings, the events they witness and how they understand the process of learning. Enjoying learning or the keenness to question and show interest is half the job done, but what’s more important is to ensure that the students are kept engaged and eager to keep growing.
Many people simply blame the child for showing lack of interest in studies, low scores or even the inability to understand and analyse certain facts and figures. Some blame it on the atmosphere at home, lack of interest by parents or just declare the child an inept learner. Great teachers understand that it is the working of the learning done at home and also in the school which needs to be synced. If both function in tandem then the child becomes an ardent fan of learning new concepts, asking more questions and opening up to the aspect to inculcating what he/she sees, hears or feels. Bridging this gap between the two contrastingly different yet vividly similar abodes of learning is the most important part of educating a child.
Striking the right balance between values and virtues learnt at home and the academic or factual knowledge taught in schools ensures a sturdy base of learning and also the right approach to learning. What needs to be understood is, that for a child the symbolic differences that a school and their own home offer are relatively huge. But as parents or teachers one needs to be aware of the fact that even though the surroundings change, the process of learning continues without a break. A child needs to feel comfortable yet accepting of the fact that every aspect of his surroundings is an opportunity to grow and absorb from. A child flourishes in all aspects if the beam balance of learning is balanced using weight masses of good parenting and effective teaching.
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”