Mindspark, EI’s flagship offering, combines focused research and ground work on how children learn concepts in grades 1-10 to develop content which is both engaging and enabling.

EI has effectively used the data received from hundreds of questions, which have been answered by over fifty thousand students, to develop a list of the 200 of the most prominent misconceptions in Maths. We define a misconception as a strong incorrect idea a student possesses in a concept which affects his/her learning.

These misconceptions often occur because students already have preconceived notions about the concept, and tend to over-generalize their experiences. Misconceptions acquired in lower classes can continue in higher classes without any correction in the child’s learning. We believe it is crucial for us to remediate such misconceptions so that students can learn more effectively. Our goal is to make these videos available to teachers using Mindspark. We hope these videos help improve learning standards in the classroom.

In the following video- we consider a misconception from the topic Measurement of Time. Students believe that the hour hand of a clock points exactly to the hour at any given time. We explore the importance of the concept in which the misconception occurs and then establish the misconception using data from our offerings, Mindspark, ASSET and Detailed Assessment, or by using student interviews. We then investigate some of the possible reasons behind the misconception by understanding why students could possibly be thinking like this. Finally, we try and suggest possible remediation techniques. We hope that you like the video. Happy watching!

Involve your children in positive conversation.

Avoid using negative words, like no, not, don’t, etc. Simply changing a firm “no” to “I’m sorry, but now is not a good time. We can do it ___________.” Be sure that the language you use is uplifting and creates a pleasant environment.

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Notice what makes your child smile.

When you see that positive outward response to your words of praise, then take particular note of the time, the words you used, and as many of the circumstances surrounding the event as you can remember. And be sure to use them again. Repetition reinforces positive outcomes.

Salute your child’s achievements.

When your child brings home a great report card and you know she worked hard for that “A”, then take the moment to say how proud you are of her hard work! Celebrate milestones- they pass quickly!

Initiate genuine words. 

Praising your child for something about which you are not earnest will set the wrong pattern. Be sure the words you choose to use come from a genuine heart- kids can read pretense like no one.

 Reinforce positive behavior with rewards.

Set rules that give opportunity for success; success then has its rewards.

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Encourage your child with smiles, hugs and laughter.

When there are no words, either because you’re too tired to think of any, or the situation makes you feel like crying for whatever reason, the simple choice to smile and hug your child in the moment can make all the difference in the world.

We all know that good writing skills are an invaluable asset in all fields, be it the workplace or academia. A well-written essay can make all the difference between a good paper and a great one!

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Mindspark Essay Writer is a new tool from the makers of ASSET and Mindspark to help students develop their writing skills. It has been built to provide students with quality feedback on their writing, which many of us are unable to receive from teachers or peers in our immediate environment. Our team of expert evaluators gives detailed and productive feedback, on writing parameters ranging from basic syntax and grammar to the tone and style of writing. We update our site with new features for students regularly.

Students of all ages can use the Essay Writer. Improving your writing is a matter of consistent effort and hard work. What Mindspark Writer does is to provide you with specific, detailed and prompt feedback and guidelines that channelize your effort and help you become a great writer. Write essays regularly, try to incorporate the feedback from our experts – then watch your writing improve week after week!

If your objective is to gain academic excellence, or even simply to become a better writer, Mindspark Essay Writer is the place to start.

A well-written essay can make all the difference between a good write-up or academic paper and a great one! If you want to improve your writing skills, join Mindspark Essay Writer. Get detailed feedback on your essay submissions! Updates and features added regularly.

Register for free at – http://mindspark.in/essaywriting/regStu.php

Having strong math skills sets your child up for success throughout school. Your own attitude about math affects how your child thinks about the subject. You can help enhance his understanding of numbers with simple activities at home and around the community. Whether you’re a math whiz or find yourself reaching for the calculator for any math problem, you can encourage your child to improve his math skills.

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Homework Help
Lending a helping hand on your child’s math homework can help him improve his number skills. Each night, check with your child to determine whether he has math homework. When he works through the problems, you can help by making sure he fully understands the math concepts and the questions he’s working on. Review the concepts if he’s unsure of what he’s doing. Even if he doesn’t have homework, you can talk about what he did in math class that day.

Games
Games turn number concepts into an entertaining activity for kids of all ages. Many of the games you already own likely involve math skills, especially for younger kids. Counting spaces on a board is a basic number skill found in many games. Games that use play money give kids a chance to practice counting money and making change. You can also make up your own games involving numbers. For example, if your child is learning basic multiplication facts, have him roll two dice and multiply the two numbers that show up.

Real World Math
Have your child figure out real life math problems so he understands why he needs the concepts. You might not even realize how often you use math every day. Invite your child into the kitchen to practice his fractions. When you’re at the store, have him figure out the cost for buying a certain number of a particular food item. At the gas station, have him estimate how many gallons of gas you can purchase with a certain amount of money. His allowance is another way to practice math skills. He can count the money and set savings goals for a particular item he wants to purchase.

Support
As a parent, you provide a support network for your child. A positive attitude from you encourages him when it comes to number concepts. You may not feel excited about math, but avoid saying negative things about the subject. If he has difficulty in math, work with his teacher to help him improve. The teacher might offer supplementary activity ideas for home practice or provide extra support at school. Praising him when he shows effort, even if he doesn’t get all of the answers correct, encourages your child’s learning.

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We are freshening up the visual side of the Mindspark interface to make it more enjoyable experience for kids. We think it’s pleasing on the eye, more intuitive, and an overall improvement on what we had before. Pilot testing of the  2 new Mindspark interfaces has been done in 4 schools so far to get feedback of students.

Over all, most of the students liked the new interfaces. Students have given the highest rating for the “New Mindspark experience and overall look and feel”. The new interface will go live in schools very shortly.