Summer Camp@Your Home!

Yeah!!! It is summer time again, but a very hot summer, this time, the temperature is already hitting 38°C and above already, at least here at our place.

Summer vacations always bring a smile on my face with all memories of my childhood. It used to be a great time of visiting grandma’s house, swimming sessions, family trips, circus shows, magic shows, movies, cricket, house parties and what not!

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Yes, this is how a summer vacation looked back in the 90’s and I am sure, most of my generation folks will connect with this.

Time has evolved over past few years and so are the options to spend summer vacations. academic camps and sports preseasons have become more popular and efficient way of spending summers nowadays.

Academic camps are great, as they prepare a child for upcoming classes. But personally, we feel, we should let kids take a rest from academia, at least during summers. They too deserve a break after all!! Sports preseasons is undoubtedly a great way to spend time and remain physically & mentally fit, but it may become very straining in this scorching sunlight for our kids.

Ahhh! So what to do during this Summer?  

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We believe, a summer camp must develop all the skill sets that a student needs to excel in upcoming classes and stand out in his/her group. While being a part of sports is a good option, students can also spend time into adding new skills in their skill sets.

This very thought of helping students to learn new skills apart from academia and sports made us at Vedantu to innovate a set of creative courses, which a student can learn without going out in the hot sun. Yes, when you are indoors during this hot season,  get connected with experts right from your personal computer or mobile and add new skills to your  kitty.

What’s better than to Improvising your calculation speed by learning Vedic maths; tackle mathematical word problems easily by visualizing via Singapore model method; mastering chess skills; learning problem-solving and stimulating logical thinking by taking up a course on logical thinking and puzzles; building an Android App and learn a programming language. There is so much more to explore, choose one of your favorite course and start learning from the comfort of your home. We wish you loads of luck!

 

 

This post is contributed by Sridhar R

Sridhar R is DGM – Academic operations and takes care of day-to-day academic functionalities at Vedantu. He likes to travel, read fictions and watch documentaries on ancient history and alien theories. In his free time, he also loves to hangout with friends and go on long trekking expeditions.

P.S – image source: Pixabay.com


5 Things Not to Miss This Summer Vacation

Summers have arrived and the best part about it is – summer holidays. You must have got your summer holiday calendars already and started with building the plans to enjoy it.  We have listed 5 things you must do this summer to make it unforgettable.

1 – Enjoy Watersports

The water looks no sweeter in any other season than summers. Make sure you plan a pool party or visit the nearest water park. Splash some water and cool off the summer heat. In case you are planning a beach holiday, do include boating, canoeing, waterskiing, snorkeling or diving on your list or simply add swimming, water aerobics, aqua jogging to your fitness regime.

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2- Read your Favorite Book

Summer break is the time of the year that gives you plenty of ‘me time’ for yourself. Use it wisely to pick up a relaxing spot and read all that you couldn’t because of the hectic school-home-tuition-school routine. Start with books from your favorite authors or indulge in reading the newspaper every day to better your vocab and reading skills. Also, summer reading would give you the calmness you were missing during all those busy days.

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3- Make a Fitness Regime

You always blamed the hectic schedule for not working out, didn’t you? Now is the time to take out some time and dedicate it to your fitness. Join a Yoga class, do some meditation or simply go for a brisk walk/jog early in the morning. You can also indulge in dancing, synchronized swimming, aerobics or gymnastics to enjoy while you work out to keep yourself fit.

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4- Go Crafty

Summers bring along a lot of creativity with itself. Also, you have a lot of time to explore your creative side during this time. Do plan on creating or recreating something by putting your creative cap on. Try upcycling some old and discarded stuff to give them a new look and make them decorative!

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5 – Enrich Your Skills

Summer is a good time to learn something extra. Enroll yourself at a hobby center to learn a new skill or just hone your skills a bit more. We understand summer makes you lazy of going out of your home, why to worry in this era of WWW. Take up an online summer course that would not only help you learn something new but would be a good utilization of lazy summer days. Vedantu is offering some interesting online summer courses that you can enroll for and get course completion certificate. Hundreds of students have already enrolled for these courses and are reaping the benefits.

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So, don’t let this time slip from your hands, use it wisely to enrich yourself and beat the heat. Don’t forget to comment your summer plans.


Will Online Education change the face of India?

It was just another awesome day at Vedantu. We were working continuously for one vision of making Education Democratized and I was planning to take some carbohydrates and proteins which will ultimately give me energy and keep me healthy to contribute in this one and ultimate vision of all Vedans. I was about to leave my desk and suddenly I heard something very familiar… 

दिलों में तुम अपनी बेताबियाँ लेके चल रहे हो, तो ज़िंदा हो तुम…

नज़र में ख्वाबों की बिजलियाँ लेके चल रहे हो, तो ज़िंदा हो तुम…

Ohhh! Suddenly I realized that  it’s my ringtone. A call was coming from an unknown number.

I received the call and the conversation got started.

Me: Hello…Good Afternoon…Abhishek here.

Student:  Hello Sir, I am Vikas Dewangan. You remember ???

Me: Dear, I am really sorry…but can you tell me a little more about you?

Student: Sir, I am Vikas from Raipur (Raipur is the capital of Chhattisgarh). Actually, just few days back I took few sessions on Vedantu. You taught me Inorganic Chemistry and important problems in General Organic Chemistry…

Me: Ohhh…Okkk…So how’s your preparation going on? (I was not even aware about the date of JEE Examination. Can’t believe on my own stupidity)

Student: Sir, JEE mains are over. I just left the examination hall. I just want to say you Thank you Sir, Thanks a lot. I am very positive for JEE advance and sir, definitely those 6 hours will have some contribution in this.

Me: (I was very happy, It was probably one of the best moments in my life. Thanks to Vedantu for giving me such a beautiful opportunity) Hey….it’s too good to hear that. I’m very happy for you. All the very best !!

I wished him all the best for his dreams and moved on for lunch. During my lunch, I just kept thinking about how much powerful this idea can be! If we harness the true potential of online learning, we can bring a lot of change in our society.

Let’s accept this bitter truth that a very few people in our country want to become a teacher. In our society, it is neither a highly paid job nor it is considered to be a very respectful one. Isn’t it an irony that we all want an extremely qualified teacher for our kids but we don’t want our kids to be a teacher?

In urban areas,  the situation is a little better but in rural areas we are facing a huge shortage of quality teachers.  We all have a teacher inside us and online education platforms can be used to connect the rural India with plenty of these awesome teachers across the country. They may be working professional or government employees elsewhere, but they can use their free time for the benefit of the society by imparting quality education sitting at their homes.

Definitely there are few hurdles in the conceptualization of online education. The biggest hurdle is of the infrastructure that includes a Computer/Mobile, Internet access and Power supply. Let’s take them one by one –  If we talk about computer, it is not readily available for rural/urban students in our country. Mobile is a beautiful solution to this problem. 

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Also, mobile is cost effective and portable over a computer any day. Vedantu has worked relentlessly to bring the whole online education concept on mobile. Download the app and experience the comfort of learning on the go, specially enjoy one-of-its-kind whiteboard which is a shared interface between the student and the teacher. Now let s discuss about the internet access. As far as the internet accessibility is concerned, Internet users are growing day by day. If you see the data of last 3 years, it is indeed encouraging. In 2014, 18% of the total population was using internet which increased to 27 % in 2015 and in 2016, the penetration is near 35% of the total population. As the population is also increasing every year by 1.2-1.3 %, the growth is really humongous. In this image you may see a comparison in between rural and urban internet users:

Another big challenge is Electricity, but there is a good news too for all of us. In order to address the lack of adequate electricity availability in the country by the platinum jubilee (2022) year of India’s independence, Government of India has launched a scheme called ‘Power for All’. This scheme will ensure that there is 24/7 continuous electricity supply provided to all households, industries and commercial establishments by creating and improving necessary infrastructures. It’s a joint collaboration of center with states to share funding and create overall economic growth. Currently 18 states have joined this scheme.

Now here are a few more facts to justify why online education can go a long way to educate not only rural India but it can change the face of whole education:

  1. Literacy rate in India – Approx 75% (Still we are far behind the world’s average that is 84%)
  1. 79.39% of the population access mobile in our country (although not all of them are using a smartphone but the way technology is evolving and smartphones are getting cheaper, in near future a substantive population will be using a smartphone)
  1. Unavailability of good teachers in rural areas: As I mentioned earlier, we all have a wonderful teacher inside us. We all were good in at least one subject during our school or college time. We can teach those subjects. Also, we have world’s largest youth population, and we can harness this underlying potential for educating all. Through an active participation from all the sections of the society and with the help of online education, we can create a revolution in the field of education. Let’s spread the idea  ‘Each one teach one’ which is a very famous phrase originated in the United States where African slaves were denied education. In the first half of the 20th century. Dr. Frank Laubach utilized the same concept to help address poverty and illiteracy in the Philippines.

According to me the whole purpose of education is to uplift the society. Education (Includes moral education too) is a powerful  blow on awful, cheap and atrocious cruelties present  in our society. Through online education and the inherent teacher within us, We can teach from anywhere to anyone sitting in any part of the country – All we’ll have to do is, believe in ourselves and have that confidence to change the world.

Ohhh! Why only India and  not Pakistan or any other country? Why not, online education can really go beyond geographical boundaries and that is one of the most beautiful aspect of this concept. I am pretty sure, soon we’ll hear some heartwarming stories of Indian teachers imparting the elixir of knowledge to millions of kids deprived of education due to poverty or terrorism worldwide. I believe the scope is infinite. You may call me ‘too optimistic,’ but you’ll agree, harnessing the true potential of online education can bring a substantial change in our societal conditions.

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I want to conclude my thoughts on high hopes by  quoting a few lines written by Harivansh Rai Bachhan.

“लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती,

कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

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कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती,

कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।”

Let’s DEMOCRATIZE EDUCATION together.

 
This post is contributed by Abhishek Kumar. Abhishek Kumar is a dreamer, a poet, an avid music listener and a Chemistry enthusiast. He works with Vedantu as Manager-Academic Research and makes students fall in love with Chemistry.

 


Poor Man’s Stylus

Touchscreens have become ubiquitous interfaces. There are absolutely no barriers for using touch gestures to get things done on smartphones, tablets or any other smart devices. Even toddlers seem to quickly grasp the concepts of ‘swipe’, ‘drag’ and ‘pinch zoom’ with minimal instructions. In fact, I  have seen most of the toddlers trying ‘swipe’ on everything they interact with these days.

As with any technology, the ubiquity of use doesn’t necessarily mean the ubiquity of knowledge on how the technology works. Though people use smartphones and interact with the touchscreens many times a day, the know-how of what happens underneath our fingers still remains a mystery to many.

Here at Vedantu, when we ventured into building the entire experience of teaching and learning on a smartphone, we realized how amazing the technology is. The sheer amount of possibilities the smartphones open up for innovation blew our minds. After months of fun-filled experimentation, we have fully-functional whiteboard on smartphones and tablets running on Android. Students can continue their learning on devices which they grew up having fun with.

One of the biggest challenges we encountered while building whiteboard technology was to differentiate between the touch of a finger and that of the palm resting on the touchscreen. The challenge was more pertinent in case of tablets where the sensitive touchscreen is larger or when users prefer to use a stylus to write on the touchscreen.

We thought of researching on understanding the user experience around using stylus on Vedantu whiteboard on tablets. While we were doing so, on a weekend, I didn’t have a stylus to work with and started researching how exactly a stylus work with a touchscreen. I realized, almost every smartphone in present day’s market sports some form of capacitive touchscreen, which has an electrostatic grid above the display screen. When the user taps on this screen, charge from this grid is discharged through the skin of the finger. And that’s the simple yet powerful mechanism that detects touch on the device – Making the world go round on the fingertips!

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Now, after knowing the fact, I couldn’t stop my curious mind from digging deeper into details and researching about materials that can discharge the static charge from the touchscreen to simulate a finger touch. The easiest find was a piece of an aluminum foil used to wrap food in order to retain heat. I folded a small piece of foil and wrapped it around the pen and started using it, just like one would use a pen – My test stylus was ready!

I tapped on the phone and voila, it worked! The touchscreen was tricked to process it as a touch event!

Though I could navigate, writing on whiteboard was not satisfying.  So, the curious mind got to the work again – The hunt for best materials to be used for refining the writing experience while tricking the touchscreen.  I tried tin used for soldering, copper wires, capacitors from my college lab kit, metal enclosure of dead mobile batteries and whatnot! Finally found a material that was deceptively simple and ubiquitously used in packaging – Anti-static plastic! (Yeah, I actually spent quite some time before discovering something as abundantly available as this) This is the same plastic used for wrapping most of your gadgets and appliances, especially hard disks, motherboards, etc. Yes, there is a reason behind using it, this plastic discharges static current created in such gadgets/parts through friction.

The excited me, couldn’t control myself from quickly building up a prototype. I ran around the office showing off my poor man’s stylus to my fellow Vedans (yeah, that kinda gave me a high and I was enjoying my very own Eureka moment). Later sometime, while surfing the Internet, I realized that I was not the only one hacking up styli from such mundane materials. This boosted my ‘hacking spirit’ a few counts high and I couldn’t stop myself from sharing the excitement with you all through this wonderful medium provided by Vedantu – Awesome place for innovations!

I am sure a lot of you might be having your own hacking stories, do share them in the comments below, I, errr…we would love to read them 😛
About the Author

Supreeth.K.S

Supreeth works with Vedantu as an Android Engineer and enjoy watching world cinema apart from diving deep in such crazy hacking!


Taking Sessions on Mobile Made Amazing!

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As a part of our resolution 2016, to bring in the Best Experience in Live Online Teaching-Learning for our students, we have completely re-thought the session space on Vedantu app. Here’s what our new app update brings to you:

A completely new mobile session experience

A bigger whiteboarding space, concise and intuitive chat and audio calling and improved aesthetics will surely make you enjoy taking sessions on your Android devices.

Pinch to zoom in and out

Zoom in and Zoom out at your will. This new feature will make sure you never miss on the nitty-gritties of the concept while your teacher explains them on the whiteboard. Also, you can write while on zoomed-in mode and then zoom-out to see the coherent pic of the entire whiteboard.

Draw & move shapes on whiteboard

With this newly added feature, you can explain your doubts better to your teacher while taking the session. You can choose from various geometric shapes available on your toolbar to explain your doubts or even create a flowchart!

Use ‘Try Whiteboard‘ feature to get yourself accustomed to the new whiteboard before you actually get into a LIVE session with your teacher on your Android device.
One more thing, If you use have used Facebook or Google to signup on Vedantu, you can now directly login to Vedantu App by clicking Facebook and Google buttons. This would ensure you don’t have to remember all those login details.
We’d like all of you to use these features rigorously and share your honest feedback with us at Vedantu. We’ll surely work upon them to make these features more robust. Don’t hesitate to share your feedback at mobile-support@vedantu.com

Tapp – Our Teacher’s App is Live!

The world is going mobile, then why should our teachers stay behind??? We realized the need of the hour and came up with this all new Android app for our teachers – Tapp! The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store on your Android device and it runs to perfection!

With this new app, your life as a teacher, is made more sorted and you can connect with your students in no time. The app empowers you with right tools to see the entire list of your students, interact and share files with them.

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You can login to your teacher account on Vedantu from the app.

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See the entire list of students you have taught at one place, you can see who all are online and chat instantly with them. Else, you can also send messages for the offline students.

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The app will allow you to chat instantly, share informative links and solve student queries in a jiffy.

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You will also be able to set your status as Online/Offline via this app and from the Vedantu website as well. Now being online to chat or changing your status to receive offline messages from students is made easier.

Our RDX (Research, Develop and Explore) team is constantly working on the app’s beta version to make it more feature enriched and useful for you all awesome teachers.

Download the app and experience the instant connectivity!

Shoot us an email at – atom@vedantu.com for any concerns, ideas and suggestions.