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Getting the maths right through online education

Getting the maths right through online education

Jun 25, 2020,

 Getting the maths right through online education

Baldev Pari in one of his videos

Getting the maths right through online education
Getting the maths right through online education
Vadodara: When the lockdown began, Baldev Pari’s channel on a video hosting and sharing site had only around 4,000 followers. Today the channel has over 21,200 followers and Pari is no entertainer, but a maths teacher, that too from a panchayat school.
Pari was always keen on adopting new teaching tools and reaching out to as many students as possible. The lockdown and the consequent stress on online meetings, work and even studies was the right opportunity for him to expand what he had started.
He is not alone, even others like the state-run Navanadisar Primary School in Panchmahal used online teaching tools much ahead of the state government insisting on the same from June 1.
Pari, who teaches at the Barwala Secondary School in the Bhesan taluka of Junagadh district, said that he has put videos on the entire maths syllabi from standard six to standard 10 online on his website and his channel on YouTube. “I worked for 15 to 18 hours a day to finish videos. I made over 400 videos during the lockdown. My son edited them and made them viral on social media. Some schools are even using these for online teaching,” said Pari.
Not all have mobile phones, tablets or computers in remote rural areas, but that is hardly a deterrent for online teaching at the Navanadisar Primary School that is an example on many fronts when it comes to teaching methods and tools. The school has ensured that all students have access to lessons if they want to and can attend online classes in groups.
The school started online interactions since March itself. “We wanted learning to continue even if it was not from the syllabus. Current students, alumni and teachers used to come together on a video conferencing application. We continued communicating and learning different things. A quiz was also started to keep students hooked on through the vacation,” said Gopal Patel, an assistant teacher at the school. The quiz included one on Covid-19, too, to increase awareness.
Patel said that the end result was that when classes went online from June 1, students were already used to the system. Children can use the application used for conducting classes. The morning session is common for all students where they discuss their difficulties and teachers clear them or make a note of them so that they can clear them during home visits.
“Through the day, teachers visit their homes and clear their doubts. The module prepared by the Gujarat Council for Education Research ant Training (GCERT) is also activity based. There are WhatsApp number, too, on which the children can post work after finishing it,” said Patel.
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