The conference was happening for three days. There were about 100 people from different states. We wrote a paper on how children can learn mathematics by building project using physical technology eg. building / construction. Virtual technology such as programming. Children can also learn conceptual ideas by programming a computer. It helps them to break down their ideas into smaller bites for a computer to follow. At the conference we met many people who are working on the Maths education. People who were attending the conference were school teachers, college professors and some research people.
They were many paper presentations happening and debate were happening about mathematics. Most of them talked about the Mathematics at college level. There was a technology session happened using with GeoGebra. Where they introduced how to use this software. They showed how to find the angles and how to draw a parallelogram. They introduced all the tools to us on how to use GeoGebra. To learn more about Technology session Click here
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As I went for Epistemy7 conference. From my conference experience going with Sanjeev to the Epistemy7 I had just followed everything what he had told in Epistemy7. I followed those things in MTA conference. I had a check list and also created a directory structure with everything that I am going to present. There were about 30 poster and we need to present in an hour. Most of the people visited our poster and I was happy that we were able present our poster to everyone. We also asked people to sign up their Email ID to send further information. Since I took initiative to present the paper I was well prepared for the presentation. I also met many people who had already came for the Epistemy7 last year.
In Thamarai Learning Centre STEM land team offered a basic scratch course in the evening for 5 days from 5.30 PM to 7 PM. The facilitator in that centre didn’t know about scratch so they also joined the course. There were about 15 children and 4 facilitators.
First day we introduced the different blocks and its function in scratch. Children started to explore and were excited in exploring the different options in Scratch. We have asked the children to create 10 question and answers. Then we introduced how to have a conversation between two people. Initially we showed them how to make a conversation with the 10 question. Slowly children started doing it on their own. They learnt to use ‘sensing’ and ‘=’ operators to ask 10 questions. When the wrong answer is typed, the same question should be asked again until the user gives the correct answer.
We introduced the pen function and motion function. Using these functions we showed them how to draw with and object and also to move a objects. Once when they were able to finish we had asked them to draw a triangle. They didn’t want to give up and after 15 minutes they figured it out. Then we asked them to draw a square, pentagon,hexagon, heptagon, octagon. Then they were able to draw different types of mandalas using ‘rotate’ block.
We had introduced children hoe to build a maze game. We showed how to move a object when a key is pressed. Children worked in pairs with each other to create a maze path in the backdrop image. They were able to use sensing function and also become familiar with motion function.
Everyday we asked children to sit in a circle at end of the session for 10 minutes. We asked them to share one thing that they learnt in the session. All the children share something that they learnt.
Most of the children loved and enjoyed building their own game. This created confidence in children that they can make many things using scratch.
Children of 5th grade from Isaiambalam school put up a photography exhibition last Saturday(16.11.2018). I went in as a visitor and was curious to know what those little hands could have captured using the big shot cameras.
The photographs were displayed in bamboo frames that the children themselves made and was hanging on the walls of the visitor center. The frames were beautifully made with bamboo sticks and printed cloths stuck to it. The photos were simple added with life and beauty. It had catchy cations under each photographs. They had the courage and creativity to do something different. Children presented their work and talked about their learning and reflections to all the people who were present. Initially I could feel their nervousness and fear talking in English in front of everybody but after a while they were flawless. I hope it inspired all their peers in the school and encouraged them to do something different in the future.
In STEM land children have their freedom to work on their own. End of the week children will share their projects to everyone. From this presentation I am able to see peer learning is happening in STEM land.
Every week children are having project presentation through this children confident level is increasing and it made a path to build 7th grade their project.
Baranidharan from 9th grade he made project on drums and piano by using makey makey kit. He just used the makey makey kit and few one rupees coins to play drums and piano. He did coding in scratch. Then he used makey makey and scratch program together.
It was very nice to see his project & 7th grade also excited about his projects and 7th children also got a chance to play piano and drums.
A few girls from 10th grade had build a physical game with a chart representing 3 venn diagrams (governed by 3 randomly selected rules by one team) and a set of 27 games pieces (3 shapes, 3 sizes and 3 colors). The other team players needs to place a piece on one of the areas and ask if it fits there. The goal is to figure out the original rules selected for each circle of the Venn Diagram and demonstrate the understanding of set theory. A few 9th grade children choose set language as their goal as they played with this game. The game helped them in understanding the intersection of two and three sets. Then to make the game more interesting they modified the rules to guess the right answer within few attempts.
A 9th grader took this to the next level and did not just wanted to play the game on the chart but wanted to create a Scratch game to do the same. Children who did not know, and had the set language as in their syllabus learnt the concept by playing his game.
1st grade children are studying about numbers 0-10 and addition of one digits number. They taught to use Cuisenaire rod for learning numbers (because children like color very much and they learned number easily using it). Then they are asked to find out what are possible ways of getting 10, 9, and 8 by adding two numbers.
It was interesting to see children figure out a pattern in adding number using Cuisenaire rods.
Children are teaching their friends about adding two numbers using Cuisenaire rods.
3rd grade children are studying about leaves and its uses. They collected different types of leaves and made different types of images like rat, butterfly, penguin, Ganesha and elephant.
It was interesting to see children come up with their own ideas. Children shared the leaves that they have collected among themselves. After completing it they wanted to fill the remaining space so they collected some flowers and decorated it and some of them drew grass around the paper.
At the end of the class they shared their work to their friends and displayed it in their classroom. 4th grade children also came and saw their work and the 3rd graders were proud of their work.
In grouping method the number of objects are grouped into different containers in equal portions
Example: I have 15 cakes and want to give it to 5 people equally.
In sharing method I know the number of people I want to give I need to find out how many to give to each person.
Example: I have 15 cakes if a person gets 3 cakes, to how many people can I give?
In Discrete method, the user has a specified quantity of chips only.
As seen here, the arrangement of chips are in a 8 cross 5 with a total of 40 chips.
Let us consider 4/5 + 5/8
Then he would flip the appropriate chips like the following:
Here the child sees that there are out of 5 chips in one row four are blue and there are eight rows which sums up to 32. On the other hand there are five blue chips for one row and there are five rows which gives 25 now if we add all the blue we get 57.
I taught pattern to 2nd grade children. I used material for that. Children understood the concept of the pattern and I showed them cloth pattern. I asked them to color the worksheet and they did it on their own. They explained the pattern with their friends. Children very excited to continue the pattern and I asked children to create your own pattern. They made color pattern and shape pattern. Children did very nicely. I was impressed. Children did that well.