If we don’t act now to safeguard our privacy, we could all become victims of identity theft – Bill Nelson
Society For Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) in collaboration with END NOW FOUNDATION conducted an awareness session on ‘Cyber Security Awareness’ for the faculty of The Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur and Warangal on 7th August, 2021.
The team of SCSC- Mr. Krishna Yedula, Mr. Abhishekh and Mr. Ajay Mali expounded about the SCSC which is a unique organization that acts as a bridge between the Cyberabad Police & Govt. on one side and the IT Industry on the other.
The prime focus of the organization is safety and security of Cyberabad IT industry, Women safety, Traffic safety, Cyber safety and Information security.
The organization has taken up a variety of activities and initiatives to ensure the safety of women working in IT corridors, facilitated free She Shuttles for working women. It also set up ‘Margadarshak’ and ‘Sangamitra’ to resolve issues among women who are in distress, facing work harassment, domestic violence, etc.
Privacy has become one of the biggest problems in this electronic age. Unauthorized access to our personal information on various social websites has increased instantaneously. It is high time people should realize that freedom comes with responsibility.
The Chairman, Mr. Anil Rachamalla, (END NOW FOUNDATION) explicated us about the cybercrime which is progressing at an incredibly fast pace in recent times. It has become evident that cyber criminals are exploiting new technologies to deceive people in various forms.
He acquainted us with formal knowledge on digital wellbeing, the capacity to look after personal health, safety, relationships, and work life balance in Digital Settings and empowered to be digitally fit and detox the smart phones to avoid and safeguard from cybercrimes like phishing, investment frauds, hacking, cyber stalking, identity theft, etc.
He also advised to take up ‘The Interaction Module’ for students and set up ‘Digital Well-Being Club’ in the schools and educate students about the risk children face by social media, online fraud, and cybercrimes and also conduct sessions on ‘Digital Parenting’ and give internet safety tips for parents.
Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Problem Solving Skill for Everyone
‘Change is the law of life …… and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John. Kennedy.
How people solve problems by systematic thinking with the help of technology is known as Computational Thinking.
The Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur, participated in a live session on ‘Computational Thinking for Teachers’ on 4th August, 2021. The organizers of this program were Eupheus Learning. Mrs. Gurpreet Kaur, the resource person is a passionate edupreneur- a Google Certified Innovator and a change maker with over 22 years of experience, whose mission is to empower educators and bring an AI revolution.
CT and computers are two different things. CT is a mandatory problem-solving skill, a scientific method- a very streamlined technique and a critical skill for better understanding of complex systems by netizens in the 21st Century.
For students, CT is a tool not only to solve a particular problem but a key skill, to prepare for exams, to develop models, to understand complex systems and also make sense of large amounts of data.
Computational Thinking is actually the way humans think and not the computers. It is a fundamental skill and not a rote skill. Above all it was an enriching and informative, session with a wonderful presentation.
WORKSHOP ON STORY TELLING
Storytelling is a universal and traditional art form that has featured strongly in Indian culture as an effective communication tool.
A workshop on the art of storytelling was organized for the teachers, students, parents by Ms. Priyanka Chatterjee (aka Golpodidi), of ‘Live Reading Club’ , on 31st July 2021. It was a valuable session. Teachers, children and parents listen to the stories engrossed – ‘Awangalima’, ‘The land of ten suns’, ‘The frog and the snake’. Facial expressions was emphasized on by the resource person . The appropriate use of voice modulation and body language infused passion, enhanced imagination ,expression and introduced children to new horizons of storytelling.
Personal Leadership & DNA of Happiness workshop
“The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind” – Eckhart Tolle
In his very first session, Prof. D V R Sheshadri (ISB) on the 11th of June 2021, expounded on the concept of LEADERSHIP and the various attributes of a leader. He reiterated on the importance of imbibing the Spiritual Quotient which aids in the practice of ‘Letting Go’, moulding us into enlightened souls.
The session also called to attention ‘Food, protein, pandemics, and the future of humanity’ as the immediate need of the hour that comprise the Ecological Quotient which must be accentuated in classroom transaction as well.
Lives of leaders who have become realised souls and paragons of virtue and spiritual awakening were illustrated to developing a wholesome personality.
In the second session conducted on the 12th June 2021, Professor Sheshadri reflected upon an individual’s DNA of Happiness highlighting the three golden keys of happiness – Freedom, Family, Friends, and their relationship with the aspect of monetary wealth. The way to find fulfilment in the professional and personal life comes with identifying oneself with the universal “I”.
In the third Session on the 2nd of July, 2021, Prof DVR. Sheshadri, engaged the gathering in understanding the importance of quietening the mind, in order to connect to their inner consciousness.
The breathing exercises included in the Mind Quietening Techniques eventually help connect to the Infinite, that has the transforming power to lead us on the path of true freedom and healing both the body and the mind.
Webinar on Instructional Tools in Teaching Science.
Resource Person -Baljinder Kaur.
REGIONAL SUMMIT OF SCHOOL PRINCIPALS
Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.
A Joint Initiative of ICTRC and The Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur under the Project Paradigm, was held on 26th June 2019 at The Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur. The resource person for this Summit was Dr.V.S. Ravindran, Director General, ICTRC.
ICTRC is the Institute of Counselor Training Research and Consultancy. For members of the teaching fraternity, ICTRC promulgates insights and practical solutions to nurture professional and personal growth. The subject of the Summit was ‘Aggression in Children.’
Aggression in School Children has been a concern as growing incidents of aggression pose a grave challenge to teachers and educational authorities. It is also an obstacle to student development and achievement.
The topics related to identification and management of anger and behaviour problems related to aggression were discussed. Moreover, preventive measures, remedies, and recommendations were also discussed in the workshop. Around 67 delegates, including Principals and responsible Faculty members from the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, attended the Summit.
The workshop was an enjoyable learning experie.
Individual Liberty and Interdependence are both essential for life in Society.
– Mahatma Gandhi
An orientation program for the Principals of CBSE affiliated schools under ‘Hubs of Learning’ in the state of Telangana was held on 30th July 2019 in The Hyderabad Public School Ramanthapur, Hyderabad.
The CBSE decided to form ‘Hubs of learning’ for self-improvement of schools. In this program, four to five schools come together, collaborating, and working towards quality enhancement. They work jointly as a shared entity to initiate leadership, best practices, research, support and training to achieve set goals collectively and pursue excellence.
Around 200 Principals from both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh attended the conference. The orientation program was conducted by Mr. M.V.V. Prasada Rao from the Center of Excellence (COE), in which Mr. Rao explained about the activities to be undertaken by the ‘Hubs of Learning’ and also about the necessity of such programs which provide shared facilities by faculty members from different disciplines.
Mr. Prasada Rao in his program also emphasized schools to promote a culture of collaboration and to respect and engage the expertise among the HUB members to create more efficient and effective tools of teaching and to move ahead to realize and reach the expected goals of ‘Hubs of Learning’ (MANDATED BY CBSE).
The schools in ‘Hubs of Learning’ are expected to adopt a collective approach towards growth and self-improvement; adapt initiatives of competence in areas of instruction, thereby providing quality education for the students.
Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes its perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back and do nothing
– Lori Deschene
Some experiences in life get etched in our mind forever, and the most memorable part of school life is the SCHOOL EXCURSION. The local excursion for the year 2019-2020 was scheduled for 14th December 2019.
Fresh air does wonders for children’s mental health. The students of classes 1 to 5 were taken to The Nehru Zoological Park. The tiny tots were excited to explore the unique elements of nature. They were filled with wonder and fascination at the sight of the various animals.
Fun and learn is what the students of classes 6 to 8 did. They visited the Birla Planetarium. With all their curiosity and undaunted passion for science, the students spent quality time on this educational trip.
It was a walk down history lane for the students of classes 9 to 11 as they circled the majestic Golconda Fort, which is Hyderabad’s history and pride. With the sun beating down, the walk along the fortress walls seemed arduous, but the sight of the citadel at the end of the long walk felt like an accomplishment.
Even class 12 got an opportunity to break from the monotony of the classroom and spend the day with friends at Leonia Resort , making memories that will be cherished forever. The trip provided the much-sought relief from everyday routine. An excursion always refreshes our tired nerves and fills in us a new positivity and makes us happy souls.
The Institute of Counsellor Training Research and Consultancy Initiative under Project Paradigm conducted a workshop for teachers on 9th and 10 February 2021, on the topic “Transacting Transition – Mental Health Problems in School Children”.
The two-hour workshop lead by Dr.V.S Ravindran, Col Gopal Karunakaran , Mr. Sanjay Padode and the team involved understanding and recognising school children with mental health problems. Teachers were given an insight into what constitutes mental health including strategies and approaches to dealing with students with empathy and care during these post pandemic times.
The much need of the hour discussion was an eye opener and extremely valuable in helping teachers prepare to welcome back students in to the classrooms.
MANAGING MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE PANDEMIC
On 9th June’ 2021, we had an enriching workshop on ‘MANAGING MENTAL
HEALTH DURING THE PANDEMIC’. The Resource person Mrs. Sumbul Alladin, who is a therapist with over thirteen years of experience, is a committed and empathetic partner in the healing process of Psychotherapy. She emphasized being mindful and adopt a rigorous self-help methodology. Many stress coping techniques, meditation, and breathing exercises were suggested to reduce depression. The workshop made us aware of all the benefits of mindfulness and positive energy which indeed helps in overall well-being.
SOME INSIGHTS INTO TEACHING A REPORT
Dr. John Verghese, Principal of St. Stephens College, Delhi, conducted a session on “Some Insights into Teaching” on June 10th, 2021.
The workshop focussed on the fact that a teacher comes across several nuanced concepts while teaching, which need to be conveyed to each and every student in the class. A teacher must have vision for any venture he/she undertakes in the classroom session. A vision is essential for all learning-based activities.
The interesting point that was made in this workshop was that the teaching profession is a vocation rather than a job. It is an all-day responsibility in which "Truth and Values" should take precedence. Values must be instilled and chiselled into the students. However, due care must be taken to be rid of complacency.
The workshop stressed on the need for a ‘discipline’ based teaching pedagogy. The session was concluded with a series of questions designed to prompt educators to pause, reflect and introspect.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION ON DIGITAL PLATFORM
‘’ The way we communicate with others and ourselves ultimately determines our quality of life”.
A workshop on ‘ Effective Communication On Digital Platform’ was conducted on 10 th June 2021 by a renowned trainer Mr. Guru Nadkarni , Director at E -Plus Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd. Guru Nadkarni has 20 years of experience in pre adolescent psychology and is passionate about helping parents by sharing effective strategies on better parenting.
Mr Guru Nadkarni started the session with a beautiful poem on teachers and explained that effective teaching is a process of communication where objectives get achieved. He emphasized on the point that there is a 360 degree change in the teaching methodology in the present scenario. Accordingly he discussed about the challenges in online teaching, impacts of the challenges that we are facing , solutions to the challenges to combat the challenges and finally the results (enhancement in learning and satisfaction for the students and teachers). A series of polls were taken to discuss various aspects and the result of every poll was displayed . This polling tool engaged and involved the teachers to the maximum thus making the teachers aware of the poll tool to make our teaching more interactive. Finally it was explained that on the digital platform the learning should be inclusive by making everyone involve in the teaching learning process .
Effective communication boosts morale in the workplace and gets employees to be more productive. The proper tailoring of the language is the key to all engagement and collaboration in the workplace, helping even in situations of disagreement and stress.
Webinar on Story Telling as a Pedagogy – 14 th June 2021
The teachers of The Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur attended an Online Training Programme on 14 th June,2021 on “Story Telling as a Pedagogy” . The webinar was conducted by CBSE as a skill development program. Deeptha Vivekanand was the resource person , a Story Telling Consultant at St Kabir School, Chandigarh and also is a founder of Ever After Learning. The webinar inspired the teachers to take up story telling consciously as a pedagogical tool in the teaching learning process. Being story-educators helps the teachers to move ahead with the curriculum in a more effective way . Also the various aspects of telling a story helped the teachers to gain skills required to design their own stories which in turn will help in engaging the very young learners. Integrating storytelling at all levels fuels the power of imagination and creativity in the young minds.
Awareness Program for school teachers on Innovation Ambassador training
Program, Hackathons ,Atal Academy and Student Induction Program
AICTE Innovation Cell conducted a Webinar for Teachers on the various initiatives of CBSE in collaboration with the Ministry of Education on 14 th June,2021 .
The workshop was initiated to motivate, train and engage School students and teachers in various program like Innovation Ambassador Training Program, Hackathons, ATAL Academy and Student Induction .The dignitaries who graced this prestigious event are Chairman, AICTE Prof. Anil D.Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman, CBSE Shri. Manoj Ahuja.Vice-chairman, AICTE , Mr.M.P Puniya, Member Secretary AICTE Shri. Rajiv Kumar, Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Abhay Jayre, Commissioner Ministry of Tribal Welfare Shri. Arshid Gopal, Director of Innovation cell Mr. Mohit Gambhir.
The workshop gave an insight to the teachers as to how to make their students be a lateral thinker. Also emphasis was on ethical hacking and encouraging the students to engage in research & development. Teachers have to become mentors and guide these young minds in their pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Covid – 19 and Children
A webinar on ‘Covid-19 and Children’ was conducted on 12th June ,2021.It is a joint initiative of
Hyderabad Sahodaya, Bangaluru Sahodaya, Indian Academy of Pediatrics and UNICEF. The
program was taken to reinforce the program on how to protect your child and family from Covid
19. Learn the complete step-by-step management of Covid 19 in children. Learn how to prevent
‘socializing’ with the virus during gatherings, outings and outdoors.This was specially conducted
for the parents and caregivers.
The panelists for the webinar were –
1) Dr. Vijayanand – Consultant Pediatrician, Rainbow Hospital & Member, IAP
2) Dr. Giridhar Babu – Epidemiologist from Public Health Foundation of India
3) Dr. Sanjiv Lewin – Professor of Pediatrics & Chief Medical Services, St. John Medical
4) Dr. Arjun – President, IAPTCB
The moderators were –
1) Dr. Salima Bhatia – Health Specialist, UNICEF Hyderabad Field Office
2) Dr. Srikrishna – RSV Health Consultant, UNICEF & Secretary General, IAPTCB
A poll of 6 questions related to Covid – 19 was taken, the solutions for the questions were
explained comprehensively by the panelists. Many areas were touched upon and valuable
suggestions were shared through this excellent platform. The doctors with their expertise
answered the participants’ queries. Overall, it was an important, informative and interactive
Understanding, Identifying and Managing Children with Learning Difficulties
Mrs. J .Madhavi , who works in the capacity of a Special Education Teacher in our school conducted an online workshop on 15 th of June. The workshop was on Understanding, Identifying and Managing Children with Learning Difficulties’. As a special education teacher she helped us be aware of the steps involved in the Learning process like sensation, attention, perception . The facilitator also described about the symptoms and types of ADHD, defined what Learning Disability is, how to identify a dyslexic student, the activities of the right and the left brain. She emphasized on the point that there is a lack of coordination between the right and left brain lobes in students with learning difficulties. To understand this better few slides with tricky words ,jumbled words in the sentences were presented to make the teachers empathise with the students having learning difficulties. Also the Myths associated with learning difficulty /learning disability like the students with these difficulties cannot be successful ,lack of parental involvement causes these difficulties were also discussed. Towards the end of the session a few Behavioural Strategies like rewarding appropriate behaviour , tips to handle dyslexic condition and usage of Graphic Organisers in the teaching learning process were explained.The session was very informative and useful for the teachers to identify students with learning difficulties in the early years of their schooling and make appropriate recommendations for the betterment of the students.
WORKSHOP ON ONLINE TEACHING TOOLS
Multiple workshops on ‘Helpful Online Teaching Tools’ were conducted from June 9 the to 18 th by Mrs. Sreelatha, Mrs. Geetanjali and Mr. Prabhat Kumar. Mrs. Sreelatha conducted a session on the usage of BOOK WIDGETS and KAHOOT to make the online classes more interactive. Mrs. Geetanjali walked the faculty through a brief introduction to MentiMeter which is an online teaching tool that can be used to conduct impromptu polls during classes. Mr. Prabhat conducted a workshop on Microsoft Live Worksheets and gave the faculty an overview about how this online tool can be used to augment teaching in a digital ecosystem. This training session was quite interesting as it echoed our belief in meaningful engagement in hybrid environments. These sessions not only equipped us with the skills to make our own quizzes/polls to engage everyone in the online class but to also make the online learning experience more fun. There were many queries from the teachers end which were answered very patiently. Overall, the session was useful for the teachers to get well equipped with the latest online teaching tools.
Creating the Perfect Potpourri of Career Guidance
On virtual platform a session on Career Guidance was conducted by our school Career Counsellor Ms Stuti Verma on 16 th June 2021. Career Guidance has become the talk of the town eversince CBSE emphasized on the necessity of giving career guidance to students in every school and institution. The session started with a poll conducted on the mentimeter app for the better understanding of the different aspects of career guidance
Career Guidance is a customized process which enables the students to pick the best career options based on their abilities. It was made clear from the session that career guidance should start early and it is not a short term process that gives instant results said Ms Stuti. The myths associated with career guidance were also explained and the most common myth was that career guidance is not for the intelligent students’. It was emphasized in the session that it is the duty of every teacher to transact the career information to the students by talking about jobs, giving real world examples and by relating the subject to the wider world of work. There was a presentation on the different careers and their prospects in Science, Mathematics and Humanities stream.
The importance of exposure to various activities like learning based activities, providing exposure, skill based activities and finally community service was very clearly explained by the facilitator. Decoding of extacurricular activities brings clarity of course and helps in the personality development of a student.
The session was quite interesting and useful which equipped the teachers with certain strategies to identify the abilities of the student in the formative years of their education and guide them accordingly to pursue the profession of their choice and interest .
BREATHE -TODAY’S BUZZ WORD
An online workshop was conducted by Ms.Jemy Easow ,our school Counseller on 15th June2021 on the topic `BREATHE’ .The agenda of the workshop emphasized on – The Importance of Breathing and Stress Management Plans. Improper breathing results in impaired focus, anxiety, poor judgement and poor decision making skills whereas proper breathing helps the brain to focus properly and to react faster said Ms. Jemy. It was also mentioned that Autonomous Nervous System plays a vital role in triggering as well as controlling the stress .
The Stress Management Plan was explained by the facilitator which included different signs of stress as to which part of the body is effected and how the mood and the behaviour swings, to identify the sources of stress, Managing Controllable Stress and let go of what you can’t control.
Various Breathing technique, Grounding Technique, Pomodoro Technique and Let go of what we can’t control were explained and demonstrated by the facilitator to manage stress. All these techniques help us to calm down, concentrate well, work efficiently , increase the productivity and the quality of our work. The session concluded with a small activity called Tree Branch Flower to understand the importance of visual and oral instructions and its impact on human brain. The session proved to be informative and a fruitful one.