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Sea change in Maths learning in rural India

November 24th, 2014 | Posted By:Raxa Mehta| 0 Comments
Internet access, like access to a good education, is not just a way of life, but a basic human right. This is the conclusion we have come to at the end of a two-week pilot test of Chilipopcorn, a new online Maths education programme, in partnership with Indiability Foundation and a select group of children from SKSN, a special school for children with physical disabilities, mostly due to polio. The aims of the pilot were three-fold:
  • To test how the software runs and iron out bugs
  • To assess how children take to the programme
  • To assess the efficiency of the programme in improving Maths skills
Trial and tribulations of modern technology Each day, ten students from SKSN were transported from their school in rural Rajastha...

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Perfect Timing

November 7th, 2014 | Posted By:Anand Mehta| 0 Comments
"The base number twelve was an integral part of the Egyptian mathematical system at the time, as they counted by using the thumb to count each joint on the other four fingers." No matter how hard we try, there is always one thing that we seem to never have enough of: time.  Sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour, twenty-four hours in a day, three hundred sixty-five days in a year.  Sometimes it goes by too quickly and sometimes too slowly, but everyone, at some point, has been left wanting more. And ever since we recognized the fact that we are unable to stop, manipulate, or cheat time, we have accepted our system as the “way it is”. But have you ever taken a step back and wondered why there are sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an h...

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Maths and financial literacy

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted By:Raxa Mehta| 0 Comments
Financial literacy is highest in those countries where performance in maths is the highest. According to a recent OECD report published on 9 July 2014, Shanghai China scores the highest in Financial Literacy while Colombia the lowest. These figures correlate with the overall mathematics performance, with China being the highest.
Mathematics performance is the single most important factor that explains the financial literacy of each country in the study.
The Chinese method of teaching maths is similar to that used here at Chilipopcorn, where the emphasis is on fully grasping mathematical concepts, number patterns and numerical skills in the early years, while the application of the concepts is developed at a later stage. ...

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