Bawa says Google Meet helps her know how many students are present. Mehra is not happy about the students’ non-attendance and recommends they be given loans to buy laptops and data packs. The issue of poor connectivity bothers the faculty, as they also experience connectivity problems making it hard to take virtual classes. … [Read more...] about Teaching in the time of a pandemic
Conversation between teacher and student
In a recent radio interview, Sonam Wangchuk, engineer, innovator and education reformist, and founding-director of the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), spoke about how fortuitous it was that he grew up in a village with no school. For he was then able to learn about leaves and shoots and trees via actual leaves and shoots and trees. Lest we dismiss this as romantic pastoral longings and excuses for infrastructural lack, how about we use this tale as an entry point into asking about the profound alienation of education from the conditions of life? … [Read more...] about Learning in virtual space
If you thought only students miss going to school, you haven’t met these teachers then. From innocent conversations to moving around in the school building, these educators reveal why they ca n’t wait to return to school By Anushree Vijaya Harshan Anand Niketan Shilaj PAYAL OZA English and Social Studies educator WHAT I MISS: Moving around in the school complex Besides meeting students and colleagues in person, I miss changing classrooms after each period. I feel it kept me alert and on my toes, even healthy. Now, we are just sitting in one place working. I also miss the school infrastructure. Earlier, there was a designated person to handle everything, now we take on multiple roles — be it writing or the IT part. I was sceptical about online learning, but now we are used to it. It is not restricted to only teaching now, you need to check if everyone’s paying attention or not, etc. Shanti Asiatic School HAZEL BENIL GEORGE Science teacher and co-scholastic … [Read more...] about School kab chalein hum?
He is unsure of the demography of audience consuming stand-up on OTT platforms, but is sure of the effect the pandemic has had on them. “Thanks to the lockdown, people are consuming a lot more content on digital platforms. I am in Karaikudi currently shooting for a web series and I met someone who was asking about Comicstaan Tamil. This means that digital penetration has already started,” says Rajmohan over a Zoom call. Excerpts from the conversation: … [Read more...] about ‘Comicstaan Tamil’ will encourage more local comics: Rajmohan Arumugam
The photographs in KPC’s collection date back to the 19th Century — “We catalogue the images based on which family collection they come from. In the future, with the help of an institutional partner, we hope to develop a more robust metadata system,” Nathaniel explains. In one of the images from the Qadri family’s personal collection, political workers gather around veteran politician the late Peerzada Ghulam Jeelani, at Pampore in 1958. Another frame from the Amin family’s collection, dated 1983, shows a group of friends lounging about on Sonalanka, a small island near the Hazratbal shrine on Dal lake. … [Read more...] about Vignettes from the Valley: Documenting Kashmir through personal narratives