TFI Fellow (Ishwarya) using SIAB today...

Today we visited a TFI classroom where SIAB was used to teach children English using the interactive Whiteboard App 'ScreenChomp' projecting from the iPad. It was very encouraging to witness the enthusiasm of the children interacting with Ishwarya teasing out the words and meanings...

There were some difficulties with the electrical supply to the classroom and this delayed the charging of the unit which had run down. This minor setback did highlight the need for solar power back up which SIAB can provide, more on this later...


A good word to end this post on... Ishwarya who I will talk with on Thursday about her experience using SIAB is very positive about the potential of SIAB bearing in mind she was only introduced to SIAB a few weeks ago...


Posted by Philip Penny

First visit to Teach For India (TFI) Classrooms in Chennai

Srini showing me around Chennai Primary School

Srini showing me around Chennai Primary School

 

First just to note images take a few hours to load from here which I just realised hence multiple posts of 'Arrived' etc. from yesterday... The following images are of SIAB in a Teach For India Class in a primary school in Chennai.

This morning I met with Srini Swaminathan director of Teach For India (TFI) in Chennai and we visited two schools which was a wonderful and enlightening experience. I also visited the offices of TFI and met some of the staff there. Srini explained... TFI is part of a global network working for fairness in education across the world. The 'Fellows' who work as full-time teachers are some of India's most promising graduates and they sign-up for two years to work with TFI. The TFI classrooms are geared to teach all subjects that are part of the national curriculum with a strong emphasis on English. TFI's main aim is to bridge a learning gap to help children who have fallen behind in general with their school work catch up with their peers - this gap can be as much as three years.

 
Some of the children on their lunch time break at Chennai Primary School

Some of the children on their lunch time break at Chennai Primary School


Posted by Philip Penny

Arrived in Chennai...

Arrived safe and sound... Weather 33 degrees celcius with a warm breeze.

Meeting Srini at 9.30 in the morning to visit schools.

View over part of Chennai from the rooftop of the hotel... this is a huge city with a population of over 5 million people. It is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu located off the Bay of Bengal.


Posted by Philip Penny

School in a Box is going to India

Philip Penny, our in house researcher, is departing for India in a couple of days time, to see School in a Box in action in a number of schools.  He will be updating this blog as often as his downtime and wifi connection allows, and will be uploading photos as he goes.  We very much look forward to reading and seeing his posts.

School in a Box solar hardware, projector and Apple TV

School in a Box solar hardware, projector and Apple TV