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Deconstructing Learning Games: Good vs. Bad

Learning games have it rough. Non-learning games are designed around a single primary goal: player enjoyment. That can be challenging enough, but learning games have two primary goals: enjoyment plus learning. This can feel like a struggle. Often, it seems like learning and fun are diametrically opposed ideas, dooming learning…

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Why Creativity is Essential for Adults

There has always been a debate on who is more creative, children or adults. According to an expert in child brain development, the answer is what most of us expect – children are definitely more creative because they use about two-thirds of their brain in imaginative play. While we appreciate…

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Math Anxiety has Neurological Basis

Have you ever known someone who stresses and develops anxiety when they are asked to do math? While experts have recognized the behavioral aspects of math anxiety for over 50 years, research has been limited on the biological underpinnings of the stress. In a new study, Stanford University School of…

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Masha Nazeem: Young Serial Innovator and IGNITE Award Winner

She is a serial innovator and has developed eight very interesting projects including the Flameless Seal Maker, which won her an award in the IGNITE 2009 competition of National Innovation Foundation (NIF). Hailing from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, Masha is a very soft spoken girl and the favourite of her friends…

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Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms

“The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more. It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it…

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Connecting Classrooms: Exchange between Chennai (TN) and New Castle (UK)

British Council’s Connecting Classrooms Programme serves as an ideal platform for schools to make learning meaningful, engaging and enjoyable – a healthy sharing of ideas and information between schools and cultures that are inherently different yet bound by common goals. This programme has for it’s prime foci, interactive learning and teaching. It brings…

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8 Ways to Stimulate Creativity in Children

All that a child needs is fresh air and love and sunshine, they used to say. But these days, everybody knows that creativity is just about as essential. Some parents and teachers often make the mistake of assuming that some children are born creative. That’s not true because creativity is…

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Grit to Great

It was New Year around the corner and the air rang of ‘let-your-hair-down’ in the holiday season. It was at such a time that I got talking to a long-lost friend who had moved a couple of years ago. I remembered that she was particularly worried about her son who…