The 4 Common Characteristics of Personalised Learning | Radice-Edu Blog

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Over the last decade, technology has radically altered the way we live, work and communicate, yet many schools continue to follow the industrial age model of education established more than 100 years ago. Personalized learning presents the opportunity to shift education by tailoring the learning experience to an individual student’s needs and interests while helping them gain the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to succeed in college and career, according to a new report from iNACOL.

The report, What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities, aims to “inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning and empower them with ways to support the shift to student-centered learning.” To achieve this goal, the report details the characteristics of personalized learning, presents case studies of schools that have implemented this approach, and offers suggestions for building family and community support for the shift.

According to the report, there are many different approaches to personalized learning, but most of them share these common characteristics:

  • Student ownership of their learning process;
  • Focus on the learning process rather than “big end-of-year tests”;
  • Competency or mastery-based student progression; and
  • Anytime, anywhere learning.

Students in these classrooms have the opportunity to learn in a way that suits their individual needs and interests. While assessments are still critical, they serve more as tools to inform the learning process rather than a yardstick for measuring the results of that process. Students still have clear learning goals and objectives, but the assessments are integrated into the day and serve to determine when students are ready to move on to the next skill or concept. Personalized learning also involves opportunities to learn outside the classroom or school day, through real-world experiences in the community or digital learning opportunities.

However, schools that implement personalized learning sometimes encounter resistance from families or other members of the public who expect school to look the same as it did when they were students. The report offers suggestions for gaining the support of those individuals and groups by educating them about the benefits of personalized learning, being open about the changes happening in education and engaging them in the process of transformation.

The report also includes stories from individual students and teachers about their experiences with personalized learning, as well as links to supporting materials and suggestions for further reading.

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is a nonprofit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended and competency-based education and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models.

Source: The Journal



Smartphones take learning beyond classrooms and textbooks | Radice-Edu Blog


Several companies have successfully turned the near universal addiction of children to their mobile devices into a way to help them learn, though parents are still trying to accept the fact that learning can take place on screen.

Kaira has been glued to her phone for nearly an hour, and her mother Anju Taneja is losing patience. She finally bursts out: “Get off your phone and spend more time with your books, your exams are near”.

The teenager tries to explain that she is using an app to understand Physics. “A lot of my friends use mobile apps that can be downloaded for free. They go beyond our textbooks and make things easier by using tutorial videos and interactive tools,” she says.

Her mother, however, seems unsure: How can smartphones replace textbooks?

“We need to realise that the younger generation can grasp a concept better when it is presented on a screen. I have seen some of the content and it is quite fun. It cannot replace classroom teaching, but it is a useful aid,” says Madhuri Tandon, a parent and a special education teacher.

Innovative learning

Recognising the trend, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched a mobile application ‘E-CBSE’ in 2015. The app provides e-learning material as a supplement to the curriculum. It has been downloaded 5,000 times.

However, it is the private players that have truly taken the lead when it comes to innovative learning solutions.


Meritnation, a popular education app, provides conceptual videos and collaborative learning methods. It goes beyond the curriculum, which helps students enhance soft-skills and prepare for competitive exams.

From sample papers to interactive learning, there are hundreds of apps ready to offer an experience that goes beyond classroom learning.

Source: The Hindu


CBSE makes six subjects mandatory for Class X board exams | Radice-Edu Blog


Students appearing for Class X board exams from next year will have to study six subjects instead of five with the CBSE remodelling its assessment scheme.

Class X students have to presently study five subjects — two languages, social science, mathematics and science.
Students also have a choice of studying a vocational subject as an “additional” course.

However, from the 2017-18 academic year, it will be compulsory to study a vocational subject.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has remodelled its assessment scheme for Class X Board examination for schools offering vocational subject as compulsory subject under the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).

“If a candidate fails to pass in any one of the three elective subjects — science, social science, mathematics, then it will be replaced by the vocational subject (offered as sixth additional subject),” a CBSE circular said.

Students will have 13 options to choose from for the sixth subject — Dynamics of Retailing, Information Technology, Security, Automobile Technology, Introduction to Financial Market, Introduction to Tourism, Beauty and Wellness, Basic Agriculture, Food Production, Front Office Operations, Banking and Insurance, Marketing and Sales, and Health Care Services.

According to the circular, the maximum marks will be 100. Out of the total 100 marks, the board exam will be of 50 marks, and 50 marks are allocated to internal assessment/practical examination.

A candidate will have to score 33 per cent marks in both board exam and practical exam to pass the subject.

In another major decision, the CBSE has decided to do away with seven Academic Electives and 34 vocational subjects for Class XII because of low enrolment numbers.

Source: Economic Times


CBSE prepares draft for revision of affiliation bylaw | Radice-Edu Blog

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The major proposals in the draft prepared by the CBSE for revision of the affiliation bylaw are ‘to publish the fee structure on school websites and not to make government NOC mandatory for affiliation.’
It has also been recommended that parents be given representation in the management committee to keep them posted about the proposed fee hikes.

The CBSE had set up a committee to review its affiliation bylaws, in an effort to end commercialisation of school education. The revised affiliation bylaw, which is currently in the draft form, is expected to be enforced soon.
Kerala CBSE School Managements Association  President T P M Ibrahim Khan said the Association had requested the CBSE to withdraw suggestions that involve revelation of confidential information about schools.

The Association has not objected to the suggestion to publish the fee structure on school websites. “The fee structure is available in the prospectus. Schools are at liberty to fix fees based on the amenities they provide. If the classroom is air conditioned, the fees will be higher,” he said. “The affiliation bylaw has not been consolidated yet. We have accepted all the suggestions, except the suggestion to reveal confidential information. Another suggestion is to revise up the age limit of principals to 60 years, with conditions. While the normal age limit is 58, the management could extend a person’s service period by two more years if he/she has an exceptional track record,” he said.

Source: New Indian Express


5 tips to tackle your board exams with ease |CBSE Boards Exams 2017 | Radice-Edu


Face your board exams cool and calm! Radice-Edu shares the mantra to ace the space in style. With not even a week to go for the examinations to start, recent surveys reveal that most students are under pressure and stress and as the date near, they find it extremely difficult to focus on their studies and spend plenty of time worrying. However, with a little bit of planning, students can combat this problem and put in an excellent performance during the tests. Here are a few tips from Radice-Edu for those feeling the heat:

Mantra 1: Maintain a TimeTable and Follow it!

Students find it difficult to follow the timetable they have themselves made. A possible reason for it could be that the timetables students are making are more ambitious than realistic. Make sure your timetable has achievable short term goals and you are good to go.

Mantra 2: Schedule your Revision

Some students complain that they do not get time to revise the syllabus before the exam, to tackle the problem, one can simply revise the entire syllabus by skip reading through the notes and just going through mock test questions and noting down the answers in points on the question paper itself. That would help the students save time, revise and also build confidence.

Get yourself prepared with our personalised practice tests at Radice-Edu.

Mantra 3: Outdoor Breaks

Most students skip taking outdoor breaks and that is problematic. It is important that one takes outdoor breaks and remain calm for the preparation. Studies reveal that stress can hamper memory and to ensure that you retain what you learn, make sure you take outdoor breaks.

Mantra 4: Proper support from Parents

Many students complain that they are under constant pressure from their parents. Now, this is for parents to understand it is a mental support that their children need and comparisons and unachievable goals will only affect their student’s performance.

Radice-Edu offers detailed skill-based feedback reports to parents which can be used to monitor student performance and give them the necessary support to take the CBSE Board exams with confidence.

Mantra 5: Abstinence from social media

Social media websites do provide instant gratification but it’s important to abstain from it and channelise your energy towards a relaxing activity that would also be helpful for your physical fitness. However, a judicious decision should be taken and going off social media completely is not really the answer. Plan your free time accordingly, take your time off social media and utilize it to enhance your skill set at e-learning platforms.



Tips to Repurpose E-Learning Content


Are you about to spend valuable time and resources developing new eLearning content? Before you do, take a moment to read these tips for re-purposing your existing eLearning materials from Radice-Edu, an online education website for CBSE 10th grade students.

Recycling may be good for the environment. But it’s also great for your bottom line. Not to mention, your schedule. Repurposing eLearning materials can help you maximize your eLearning resources and reduce development time. In this article, Radice-Edu presents some tips to repurpose the e-learning content that you already have on hand.

1. Gathering Existing eLearning Materials And Tools

Before you can repurpose your eLearning content, you have to take stock of your current eLearning assets. This includes eLearning materials, tools, and human resources. What eLearning content is available? And how can you use your current eLearning tools to transform it into something else? In addition, what skills and talents does your eLearning team possess? After all, they are the ones who take the eLearning materials and transform them into something new and modern.

2. Create A Plan Of Action

Once you have all of your eLearning resources at-the-ready, it’s time to create your plan of action. This may be in the form of an eLearning storyboard, detailed outline, or even a mind map. The key is to map out every aspect of your eLearning course using the puzzle pieces you already have. This also allows you to determine which tools and resources you still require. Meet with your eLearning team to get their input and recommendations. They may even have additional resources or software that you can use in your eLearning strategy.

3. Use A Responsive Design eLearning Authoring Tool

The world of eLearning is moving toward mobile. People need constant access to information, and mobile devices make this possible. As such, you may want to consider a responsive design eLearning authoring tool sooner rather than later. This can save you time and money in the long run. Since you won’t have to worry about transferring all of your new eLearning content to a mobile-friendly platform in the future. Responsive design tools allow you to create a master layout of your eLearning course. The system automatically adjusts the images, text, and other elements based on the mobile device. This also applies to laptops and PCs.

4. Convert eLearning Content Into Simulations, Branching Scenarios And Podcasts

One of the best ways to repurpose your eLearning content is to modernize. Today, interactive eLearning content is a must-have for eLearning courses. Online learners are able to immerse themselves in real-world environments thanks to virtual simulations and branching scenarios. They can see the consequences of their decisions and then adjust their approach accordingly. Podcasts are another great learning tool. On-the-go online learners can listen to bite-size tutorials to get the information they require.

5. Tell A Story

Stats and facts are usually not the most exciting. Not to mention, online learners may find it difficult to remember the important information. Especially if there is a lot to absorb. Fortunately, you can turn your eLearning data into real-world examples, case studies, and stories. A collection of numbers and percentages becomes an emotionally-charged story with interesting eLearning characters and challenges. Just make sure that you outline your plot and figure out how the information fits into the overall arc. The facts should still be the star of the show. The story is nothing more than a compelling vehicle to facilitate immersion and captivate their imagination.

6. Create A Microlearning Online Library

Break larger eLearning courses into microlearning online resources, or add your existing bite-size activities to create a “moment of need” online repository. Create an organized list or database that features links and distinct categories. For example, a section that covers job-related skills, and other that involves compliance topics. The key is convenience. Online learners don’t have the time to sort through all of your eLearning materials to find the necessary information. A microlearning online library makes the process quick and stress-free.

7. Turn Recorded eLearning Events Into Online Tutorials

All of your webinars and live events can be repurposed as online tutorials. You can even integrate supplemental eLearning activities to make it more integrative. For instance, online group collaboration projects and online simulations. Create a detailed e-learning course map so that online learners can follow along. In addition, include time stamps to make it easy for them to skip ahead. As an example, they can jump to the 5-minute mark in order to explore a specific task.

8. Transform Data Into Infographics

Another way to repurpose facts and stats is to create an eLearning infographic. This combines data with visuals to improve knowledge retention. For example, pie charts and graphs to illustrate key data points. eLearning infographics are most commonly used to highlight trends. However, you can convert virtually any topic or idea into a visually engaging eLearning tool; from historical timelines to step-by-step walkthroughs.

These tips can be considered to repurpose your current e-learning content. Do check out our interactive e-learning platform for CBSE students, Radice-Edu.

Special Thanks to InfoProlearning.

Government-published textbooks made mandatory for all CBSE schools from 2017-2018 session | Radice-Edu News


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The decision was made to make the syllabus more uniform and avoid textbooks by private publishers like the one that suggested the cat-killing experiment.

Textbooks published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training have been made mandatory for schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education for the 2017-2018 session. The new session starts in April. The schools have been asked to place orders on the board website between February 15 and February 22, reported The Times of India.

“NCERT will be printing and supplying adequate quantity of NCERT textbooks for all classes from I to XII through its empaneled vendors and distributors,” said a circular issued by the board, according to dna.

The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday. The decision has been made to make the syllabus more uniform. This comes only days after it was reported that a textbook taught to Class 4 students in a Delhi school asked students to suffocate a cat to death in order to learn about the difference between living and non-living things. The book in question was published by a private publisher.

This also comes as a huge relief to parents who often complain that private publishers overcharge for textbooks. “Many schools have book kiosks on their premises. As well as selling exorbitantly priced textbooks from private publishers, these shops sell ‘bundle packs’ that include pencils, erasers, and other stationery, which would cost a lot less for parents in the open market.



CBSE Board Exams: Improve Concentration With Music | Radice-Edu News


Do you find it hard to concentrate? Has the impending Board Exam stole your sleep? Well, we have the solution for you. Music, period! You may think it an odd advice but various scientific studies have proved that music helps in improving concentration and helps cognitive function of brain. Music is already used for therapeutic purposes. Music therapy is already quite popular in many countries of the world and is slowly making its way in India. In this article we will guide you about how music can help you relax and improve brain function.

According to a study published in ‘Neuron’, a journal, by Stanford University in August 2007, Music engages with those areas of the brain which are responsible for concentration, prediction, and updating events in the brain. The study was based on brain images of individuals who were made to listen short symphonies by an obscure 18th century composer. The study found that peak brain activity happened during short intervals between musical movements.

The Stanford study is not alone. Relating to Music and cognitive performance, there has been a popular theory ‘the Mozart Effect’ which emphasizes that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter.

While, there are still divided views if music can actually help you improve concentration, it can safely be assumed that slow and instrumental music can help you create an environment of peace which will eventually help you focus on studies.
At the stressful time of board exams, you can use music to help you cut off from the surrounding noisy environment and focus on studies in your own comfort zone. We suggest that instead of listening to popular tracks, stick to slow instrumental music preferably piano and guitar. You can also pick Indian instrumental tracks such as Sarod, Flute, or Indian harp.

Source: NDTV


Indian School in Oman to stop offering CBSE-i curriculum |Radice-Edu News

x601166-jpg-pagespeed-ic-aeywja9acrIndian schools in Oman have been told to stop offering the Central Board of Secondary Education-i (CBSE-international) curriculum during the 2017-18 school year, which begins in April.

A rough calculation reveals that there are more than 1,000 Indian students following the CBSE-i syllabus in Oman in two private schools and one other school, which is supervised by the Indian school board in Oman.

In a circular distributed by the CBSE in India, those CBSE-affiliated schools located outside India that were authorised to offer the CBSE-i curriculum have now been instructed to discontinue teaching it.

“Consequently, affected students of such schools, on their promotion to next class (after the end of the existing term), would be shifted to the CBSE main curriculum,” the circular said.

Recently, the Oman government also removed CBSE-i from the international syllabus followed in Oman.

This decision has forced two private schools in Oman to drop the syllabus, leaving children in the lurch.

A parent from one of the private schools told to stop following CBSE-i, said that they now face a dilemma.

“There are around 250 children in the school. Now, they are stranded.

“However, with the help of the Indian embassy, we may get admission for our children in one of the Indian schools in the city. They will follow the ordinary CBSE syllabus,” the parent added.

Meanwhile, a parent from another private school, which was also told to stop following CBSE-i, said there are some 600 children affected by this order.

“We are in constant touch with the Indian embassy and Indian school board. We may be able to admit them to one of the Indian schools,” the parent added.

Launched in 2010 as a pilot project, CBSE-i stems from the main CBSE, with an added focus on an “internationally benchmarked curriculum”.

It had espoused dedicated classrooms, syllabus and staff for teaching the course, which is based on the main CBSE curriculum.

Source : Times of Oman


CBSE to drop its international curriculum

cbse-x-exam_5ba5a3b0-e951-11e6-93cc-bb55973994dbThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will discontinue its international curriculum (CBSE-i) from 2017-18, the next academic session. A circular issued by the board on Thursday directed all schools offering the curriculum, initiated as a pilot project in 2010-11, to shift their students to the main curriculum when the current season ends.

This will impact around 50 schools in India and 26 schools in the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and other Gulf countries that are offering the curriculum. The course was a less expensive and quality-oriented alternative to programmes such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education.

CBSE-i was facing problems because of unavailability of quality reading material of global standards, reads a notification issued by MK Srivastava, joint-secretary, academic, research and training, in-charge.

“The matter of continuity of the curriculum was taken up for a detailed discussion in the meeting of the curriculum committee held in December, 2016…and the governing body,” it reads. “It was resolved to have a comprehensive review of the curriculum by a government consultancy organisation.”

According to the notification, CBSE-affiliated schools in India that have an approval for the CBSE-i curriculum and are offering it on campus are directed to discontinue with it from 2017-18. The students who take the course will be shifted to the main curriculum after being promoted to the next class,” it adds.

In Mumbai, the curriculum was offered by RN Podar School, Santacruz, for primary classes. Teachers said that they will move the children back to the main curriculum. “Luckily, we were offering it only in the primary section. So it will not be too hard for students to adjust to the main curriculum,” said Suman Samarth, the headmistress of the school.

Schools not affiliated to CBSE but offering CBSE-i have also been asked to drop it. They can also seek regular CBSE affiliation and offer the main curriculum.


Source: Hindustan Times