A Parent Orientation was conducted by Suchi and Deblina at DLF. The purpose of this meeting is to share our learnings and patterns observed in student learning. Suchi shared some interesting misconceptions observed in the pretests conducted before the children started Mindspark and then showed a video to show how students had clarified their foundation principals with the help of Mindspark./
After the session, a parent of a student who had used MindSpark ( in the pilot course from Sep 2009) said
My Daughter’s interest in Maths had been flaggin but MindSpark has had a positive motivating effect on her. The first thing she says after coming back home is that she wants to do Mindspark.
The DLF teachers shared that a student of Class 8 in Mrs.Ralhan’s class has improved considerably in Maths. Her face lit up when her teacher asked her if Mindspark had helped her to improve and she said that it surely had. DLF is planning to take MindSpark for classes 5 and 6 currently.
Rupesh Vyas (Mindspark support team member) conducted a survey among the school children of Manovikas to understand the affects of MindSpark programme.
On being asked if they like to attend Mindspark session, the students replied saying that they like doing it and were very enthusiastic about attending lab sessions.Students felt that they were learning concepts through MindSpark .The concepts are clearer and even the weak students try to perform well. The questions are good and challenge them to think a lot before answering.
The students are asking for additional MindSpark sessions.
Few students also commented on the timely response to their comments on time.
Nandini and Brinda ( MindSpark Support ) conducted a ‘workshop-quiz’ with the teachers to make sure that teachers are able to understand how to use the teacher interface and draw conclusions from it. E.g. They asked the teachers to find a kid in their class (using the teacher interface) who is really struggling, a kid who is doing questions randomly, a kid who may have mastered the topic enough to be able to answer quickly, a kid who hasn’t logged in much, etc. This went very well as the teachers on completing this exercise saw value in doing it.
Teachers were very co-operative as they had taken all the suggestions provided by the MindSpark Team to them in the last meeting about activation-deactivation. Hence, the teachers are currently using right now the usage is happening in the right way from the teachers’ end.
When some of the teachers were asked whether they were feeling worried about completing the syllabus due to giving up 2 periods to MindSpark and they said that they looked at MindSpark as a helpful tool. And their policy is not to ‘complete the syllabus’ but to make kids learn, which MS is helping with.