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The Xseed Conference Choose Success

The XSEED Conference, 'CHOOSE SUCCESS', an online event was held on 07.08.21(Saturday) to help parents, teachers and school management to make choices towards students' success.

The XSEED education system helps children improve thinking skills and problem solving skills thereby making them more confident and ready for the 21st century workplace.

Preparing children for success is one of the biggest responsibilities of parents and schools. Success comes not from overwhelming children with pressure of education resources, but instead from building the right foundation and a scientific and systematic manner in the elementary years. To do this, parents and school leaders must take the right choice. In the 21st century post Covid world, these choices become even more important.

The following were the highlights of the 3 hour webinar:

  • Recognising schools following the XSEED Curriculum for more than a decade, T.I. School is one among them.
  • XSEED Honour of Roll which highlighted and appreciated the students pursuing higher education in most of the reputed institutions of India.
  • Students' interaction on how XSEED had played a major role in becoming successful aspirants.
  • Brief updation on The XSEED Solution: The Latest Version of XSEED Products & Services by Nick Edwards, Senior Vice President XSEED Education
  • Sharing ofXSEED Universal Parent App by Anjan Tekkatte, the Vice President Technology XSEED Education.
  • Interaction with XSEED Coaches and Editor-In-Chief.
  • Sharing of success stories of Heads of Institutions across India following XSEED.
  • Keynote address by XSEED founder Ashish Rajpal
  • Q & A Session.

The webinar provided an insight into the future of our children and how to set a long term vision on making children successful.

The Xseed Conference Choose Success

Students 'At Risk' Webinar Report

A session with Dr. V S Ravindran on Students 'At-Risk' was held on August 10, 2021. It was organized by ICTRC and hosted virtually by Hopetown Girls' School Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Mrs. Cresentia Bartlett, Vice Principal and Mrs. Mary Bennette attended the session.

"Key Takeaways" from the Session

  • All children are At-Risk in today’s scenario. They have been locked up inside their houses for a very long with minimal interaction with their peers and others. The online interactions that students have is insufficient.
  • The term “Students At-Risk” no longer applies exclusively to the students who may be likely to experience academic failures or are likely to drop out of school. The term will now also include the students who are at the risk of developing mental health problems.
  • Once face-to-face classes start, tend to the mental health of the students and don’t be in a hurry to teach and finish the syllabus. Give at least 15 days for the students to acclimate. During this period, try to identify the students At-Risk.
  •  Primary contributing factors for mental health problems:
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Early childhood experiences
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Since the pandemic started, many children have lost people very close to them. This is one of the most severe traumatic experiences anyone can have.
  • Try to give disturbed students a listening session. Settle the students, once they are emotionally settled, they will study on their own volition.
  • One or two designated counsellors in the school will not be able to handle the flood of cases that a school may have in this situation; teachers need to be trained and prepared to supplement the work of the counsellor. A mere listening session can do wonders.
  • Communicate to parents not to pressurize children regarding studies at this time, the children are already very insecure, don't add to their misery.
  • Something positive that has come out of the present scenario is that children are now beginning to realize that their computer and the internet is not merely a means of entertainment.
  • In the new role of teachers, they need not know all the answers, they now need to facilitate the conversion of information to knowledge. Children must get something from the teacher's class that can never be available online.
  • In the new paradigm of schooling, the classroom, at least for the senior students, can be a place where they come prepared to discuss and debate. The teacher need not always teach and can take on the role of moderating these interactions.
  • Schools need to play a responsible to identify the students at-risk and teachers are best placed to do this as they have regular interactions with the students.
  • When a student comes to you with a problem, it is important to listen to him/her. Don't be in a hurry to give advice, just be available to the child.
  • To curb cheating during online examinations, both the children and parents need to be oriented about the purpose of the examination. Children need to be made to realize the sheer futility of cheating during an examination. The parents have to realize that they are responsible to prevent children from resorting to unfair means. It is in the best interest of the child for the school to know how much he/she knows, so that if required classroom teaching can be supplemented with extra individual attention.
  • Online examinations should be combined with Concept Interviews by subject teachers.
  • Communicate to children that a failure is not the end of the world, there is always an option B.

On the whole, the session was an eye opener and a guide to plan for our face to face classes.

Mary Bennette

How to use the XSEED Super Teacher App

Technical expert and academician Ms. Megha Rawat from the XSEED Team conducted a webinar on 17/4/2021 @10.00am -11.00am on the use of Super Teacher App []. Teachers handling XSEED curriculum from KG to Grade 8 were part of this webinar. A video was showcased to elucidate the function of the Super Teacher App. Step by step instructions to download and install the app was oriented to the team. After installation the important steps to have the app fully functional using the unique license code was explained by the facilitator. The Teacher's view and the Student's view of the app was guided through the session and the teachers were given assisted directions to map the lesson plans and the 5A's in teaching learning. A demonstration on a Kindergarten session on science time invited active participation of teacher participants while they typed the answers on chat during the riddle time.

Teacher's View:-

  • Teacher summary which include a gist of aim, action, analysis, application and assessment.
  • Aim includes resources needed for the day, keywords (feature includes a voice over to pronounce the word and the meaning).
  • Action includes a video (if any), and the activities to be done in pairs.
  • Analysis includes activity discussion, activity explanation, generalized discussion, generalized explanation, Higher Order Thinking questions and HOTS explanation with a PDF of the content reader, and a teacher tip to make the class more interactive and exciting.
  • Application includes notebook time, PDF of the worksheet in the workbook, teacher tip and teacher differentiation tips during physical classroom, homework time and the various assessment questions to probed.
  • Assessment includes the three rubrics to gauge students on Approaching, Meeting and Exceeding.
  • Teacher reference with links related to the topic dealt.
  • My notes feature – to add on ideas or reminders.
  • Q & A section is a unique feature in every lesson plan of a topic to encourage teacher ask burning questions (if any) which will be directed to the XSEED academic team and a response from the team will be directed immediately.
  • After the completion/ execution of every class, teacher to rate the stars on the lesson plan and swipe right.

Student's View:-

  • The student view can be showcased during physical class using a projector or during online class using the cast projector button found at the top right hand side of the app.
  • Facilitator suggested no further preparation of PPT required.
  • The app then changes to landscape and be screen shared.
  • Play video option can be screen shared.
  • Click on thumbnail to open the resource in full screen.
  • The app is currently not operational on laptop (the teacher asked the same in the Q&A session in the webinar and XSEED technical team replied it will be available shortly until then screen mirroring on to laptop is the only option)

A video on how the app can be screen mirrored on to laptop was explained.

Laptop - google chrome browser - let's download - run - click the consecutive four next - click install - finish.

Mobile - play store - let's view app download - accept permission - detect computer and mobile on same network - share mobile screen on laptop.

XSEED knowledge base has all the videos to install the app, step by step guided instructions to do lesson plans and assist students through the joy and journey of learning.

XSEED Super Teacher App

Report on Faculty Development Programme

Smart Manufacturing with Robotics and Automation webinar

Department of Electronics(Robotics) - Murugappa Polytechnic College, Chennai conducted a webinar on Smart Manufacturing with Robotics and Automation on 18th and19th May 2021. Ms. Uma. M, Ms. Durgadevi N and Ms. Sivasankari U from the Computer Science department attended the webinar through Microsoft Teams.

Session details

It was a 2 days program organized into 4 sessions. It startedwith a Welcome Speech by Mr.T. Karthikeyan- ,Dept of electronics, Murugappa Polytechnic, followed by a session on IoT(Internet of Things), Automation, data exchange, basic components of robot and programming 6 axis industrial robot, miniature robot, pick and place application in miniature robots and role of IoT in Smart Factory Automation. The Resource persons were Mr. Kalidas and Mr. Muruganandam the Faculty Training Officers, AGIIT Private Limited who have hosted 120 seminars and have completed 150 real time projects in robotics industry.

E certificates were issued to teachers who participated in the programme

Learning outcome

The session provided an opportunity that helped us to gain knowledge on 6 Axis Industrial robot, programming in industrial robot, miniature robot in Smart Factory Automation.

The programme gave an insight to Industrial robots and served as a motivation to extend this programme learning to help students who are interested to benefit by it.

Report on Faculty Development Programme