Science & Technology

EVS/Biology teaching deserves an evocative starting point to rally around. Say, a moving quote, a stirring speech or an impressionable photograph.. something that even a good quality textbook misses. Kalyan Varma's treasure trove of world class images which go by a Creative Commons licence.

One of the most insightful sentences I have come across for a (science) teacher is, "Take a thing you know and change one thing; its scale, its material and/or its context". Baahubali director S S Rajmouli had internalized that quote quite imaginatively. That was my first impression while watching the 2 parts. In many interviews he shared his childhood fascination for Amar Chitra Katha stories. He did change the scale of movie making, the material (story) was more or less oft-repeated.

There’s a concept that’s crucial to chemistry and physics. It helps explain why physical processes go one way and not the other: why ice melts, why cream spreads in coffee, why air leaks out of a punctured tire. It’s entropy, and it’s notoriously difficult to wrap our heads around. Jeff Phillips gives a crash course on entropy.

Vikas Arora shares this video from localfutures.org. You may use it in your social studies and economics class to trigger a discussion around fund allocation and resource distribution. Ask your learners to express and engage what happens in their family, at the local grocery shop and at a bigger super market. You may introduce them to the trend of 'artificial scarcity' and the price rise. Invite all ideas from them and also ask them to think of possible solutions. They may start with a mini project of budget allocation in their classroom project as a starter.

The assignment that you ask your learners to complete is not same as a practice worksheet.

A good assignment in any subject at any level should take into consideration the following points.

1. An assignment should have a well defined objective.

Today is Charlie Chaplin's birthday. He made you smile by being silent through out his illustrious career. But then, in 1940 he made 'The Great Dictator' where he spoke only once. Not a homily. But that which trancends region, religion, language, caste, creed & colour. A voice of conscience which was pained at the happenings of that era. We are including Melody Sheep version of the speech which remixed the images from the contemporary happenings. Relevant as ever.

There is more to the story that right part of the brain is responsible for all things artistic & left part for logic. Neuroscience has come a long way from this fixation. With the advent of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) & later fMRI (functional MRI), we could unravel some of the deepest mystries of the functioning of the brain. In this video clip, Minute Earth makes it school classroom friendly with his illustrated humour.

Instead of making a statement, Ask a question.

This balloon and straw model explains how our lungs function. Breathe fun into your biology class. This video is from the YouTube channel Semi/High Production.

To my mind, there are two compelling reasons for considering the environment in the context of children’s education. The first is that good education helps children construct knowledge and develop understanding through interaction with their immediate environment. The second is that we as a species need an education that will bring about a deeper relatedness to the environment. A relatedness that will prevent us from destroying the very basis of our lives.

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