CSPathshala

CSpathshala Annual Report 2017-18

Although teaching computers has already been introduced in India, it focuses primarily on digital literacy and students are taught use of word processors and presentation applications. Many countries are moving away from a digital literacy to a Computational Thinking (CT) based curriculum. Introducing a computing curriculum for schools in India has several challenges over and above those faced by ...[Read More]

Teaching Computing in Schools

Why is the computing curriculum in schools so bad? The subject is not a recent addition. Computer Science has been a subject for class 10 and 12 in most boards for at least 15–20 years. From class 1–8, many schools have one or two periods set aside each week for ICT. One problem is the name: “computer science” is interpreted as the study of computers. The emphasis is on dis ...[Read More]

Computing Simplified, Through Art

Take a random set of adults, Give them a blank sheet of paper. Ask them to draw. ..and chances are that you will get stick figure drawings of a House, smiley or a tree…and a sheepish smile that says, ”Oh, I can never be an artist ! I stopped drawing after I left school”. Take a random set of Grade 1 or Grade 2  children. Give them a blank sheet of paper. Ask them to draw…and it’s defin ...[Read More]

CSpathshala Community of Teachers – a platform for collaborative learning

CSpathshala’s  primary goal is  to create a strong teachers community in India which with the necessary support from the academia, industry and government departments would help address the issues involved in creating, implementing and evaluating a CS curriculum for schools. The community would not only provide a platform for learning through experience sharing  but also get answers to their day t ...[Read More]

Learning through Doing – The Stepping Stone to activity based learning

The Stepping Stone School, Pune began their journey with the teachers attending the CSpathshala Awareness Workshop. The Principal, Ritu who took a special interest helped them blend the CSpathshala lessons with the existing curriculum.  Ritu shared her feedback on the CSpathshala approach and curriculum appreciating how the well-constructed activity-based learning experience offered opportunities ...[Read More]

Jaya Ramesh’s story – Journey as a Content Creator

Growing up I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. Life had other plans and I ended up working in the IT sector. When the opportunity came along to create content for CSPathshala, I was happy that I would be able to contribute to school going kids in a different way. Though I’ve never created content for anything before, I was quite confident and wondered how hard can it be to write a less ...[Read More]

“If you want to do something new, you have to STOP doing something OLD !”

Our journey with CS Pathshala. Peter Drucker, the great management expert and educator,once said “If you want to do something new, you have to STOP doing something OLD !” ..and that is just what we did at Global Public School, Kochi, Kerala this academic year 2017-18 . Global Public School, is a young twelve year old school, which constantly strives to implement learning to our student ...[Read More]

“Learn Computer Science without Computer”

It was at the beginning of the academic year 2015- 16 that we teachers at Vikhe Patil Memorial School were informed of a new initiative that was designed to make students think and learn Computer Science logically. Being extremely intrigued by it, a subsequent initiation session was conducted by Vipul Sir and his team in which they gave us more information about ACM and its mission and introduced ...[Read More]

Enriching CSpathshala Curriculum through valuable contribution from teachers

Paths to Creative and Adaptive Implementation of CSpathshala Curriculum Growing up we always enjoyed lessons taught by teachers who used various activities to explain concepts. Remember the Science teacher who taught us germination by planting those rajma and methi seeds in the paper glasses and we would water them daily waiting for them to sprout. The excitement amongst the students at every stag ...[Read More]

Giving back to the society, what I had achieved so far

My journey with CSpathshala began when my dear friend, Sharan, introduced me to the feeling of ‘giving back to the society, what I had achieved so far.’ Being a frequent visitor to Sharan’s house introduced me to her mom and one of the core members of CSpathshala – Sonia. As we spoke, I learnt more and more about the work that they were involved in and it was then that I re ...[Read More]

Experiences from the grassroots – Rural Schools, Sabarkantha, Gujarat

CSpathshala team visited schools from Idar, Prantij and Talod talukas of Sabarkantha which have the Computer labs and Digital Boards to enable implementation of the CSpathshala curriculum. The team conducted sessions for the students and teachers which included patterns, parity bit activity and solving 4×4 and 6×6 Sudoku using a systematic approach (algorithm) to solve one grid at a time ...[Read More]