Software For Kids

Useful code (and games) for all …

Software… from the EDC (Bangalore)

Software, from the EDC by you.

Finally, managed to lay my hands on this software. It’s interesting, or so it struck me after I saw it being played with.

Victor Paul, Ph.D, Country Director of the Education Development Center (EDC) in Bangalore, India, wrote in to say: “It was a great pleasure to meet you and discuss briefly about EDC and our T4 project activities during the Quest symposium venue at Bangalore. EDC staff will give you some of our educational CDs (Group teaching & learning software) and another CD cum brochure containing all details about our products and programmes for your information. Please let me have your feedback on them.

Some details of their work from here:

The dot-EDU India Technology Tools for Teaching and Training (T4) project has over 558 technology products designed to enhance student learning in Grades 1-5, complemented by extensive teacher training and monitoring. Locally developed and in audio, video or software formats, these products bring innovative teaching and learning practices to nearly 22 million students in more than 251,673 schools.

Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) Radio has been a tremendous resource for promoting improved teaching and learning practices at the primary level in Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. Working closely with the State governments, EDC develops interactive radio programs in a variety of subjects based on the curriculum and targeting the needs defined by teachers themselves. EDC’s Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) lessons engage students through local stories, songs and physical activities, while supporting teachers in developing student-centered teaching skills.

IRI for English (Hindi, English): “Learning English is Fun” Tulsi, Siyan, Raju, Chanda and Mithu – the radio characters in the “Learning English is Fun” series – are helping over 14 million students and teachers in primary classes learn English. The two levels of this IRI series for English as a Second Language reach Grades 1-3 multi-grade students and teachers in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

Math, Science, Social Studies (Kannada): “Chukki Chinna” & “Chinnari Chukki” Akka, Sonu, Putti, Achu, Punchrangi and Manu (radio characters) are helping almost 6 million students and teachers in Grades 1-5 across Karnataka learn Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Kannada and English. Based on ‘hard spots’ identified by Karnataka teachers, trainers and the State Government, both of these IRI series help teachers to more effectively teach difficult content in the five subject areas.

Math, Science, Social Studies (Hindi): “Jhil Mil”

“Jhil Mil” is an adaptation of the “Chukki Chinna” IRI series from Kannada to Hindi. Expanding the reach to students in Hindi speaking states, Didi, Bablu, Raju, Munni, Udan Goda and Mattu (the radio characters) help nearly 2 million students and teachers in multi-grade 3rd to 5th classes learn Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Hindi, and English.

Educational Videos EDC’s educational video programs guide and model project-based learning approaches that support students and teachers in difficult-to-teach content areas in Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Students are encouraged to form opinions and test hypotheses by engaging in innovative and interactive group projects modeled through the video and facilitated by the classroom teacher using locally available resources. Over 960,000 4th and 5th multi-grade students are reached through 40 videos telecast on the Government of India’s EDUSAT satellite.

Group Teaching & Learning (GTL) Multimedia Software The GTL software brings teachers and students together to conduct interactive activities around a single computer. The software allows students to focus on difficult science concepts in greater depth by providing over 10 hours of games and group activities. Students explore various science topics through a rich combination of learning resources for use both on and off the computer – from songs, to IRI programs, lesson plans, videos and quizzes. Current GTL titles include: “Animal Discovery”, “Ecosystems and Habitats”, “Sanitation and Hygiene Learning Game”, & “What is Disease?”

Digital Library (DL) Hosted by the National Informatics Center (NIC) Karnataka, the DL is an on-line searchable catalog of learning materials in audio, video and print formats. The DL allows teachers to access all dot-EDU India T4 learning materials as well as those produced by government and private/public sector providers. Resources are available in English, Kannada, Tamil, Telegu and Oriya languages. The DL helps ensure that educational materials developed by international and national organizations and donors remain widely accessible.

Contacts for the EDC: #42, 39th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar.P.O, Bangalore-70, Karnataka, India. Ph.No. +918022449244 /45, Fax: +918022449247.
Website: http://ies.edc.org/T4India

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August 24, 2008 Posted by | Educational, Free-to-use, Games, Resources | 3 Comments

Educational resources… from azimpremjifoundation.org

Sukumar Anikar <anikar@azimpremjifoundation.org> [1] and Prasad <prasad@azimpremjifoundation.org> managed to get across to me a copy of a DVD … and what a DVD at that! It contained a whole lot of fascinating educational software for school children.

A couple of nights ago, I ended up ‘playing’ some educational games with Aren, 5, and told him that my friends had sent the same across free. “Did you say ‘thank you’?” he asked me in turn. In fact, he kept ‘playing’ on these games, though it was almost midnight, and even though he’s too small to obviously understand many of the concepts being taught here (decimal fractions, and what not … but big enough to be interested in the wild animals of the jungle and to try and comprehend how fruits and a balanced diet gives us the energy we need to do work). The ‘games’ sent across in this DVD work excellently and without flaw (so far) on my Ubuntu laptop. They have been adjusted to work with the GNU/Linux operating system.

It drew my interest enough to dash across another email to Sukumar and Prasad, requesting more programmes.Given the medium of instructions being used (and subjects taught) in Goa, I am particularly interested in software dealing with:

  • English language
  • Hindi language
  • Maths
  • Environmental Science
  • General Science
  • Social Science
  • Co-curricular subjects

Check out the long list of what’s available. http://www.azimpremjifoundation.org/html/E_Learn_Mat_table1.htm

The Azim Premji Foundation is actually keen to work with educational institutions (rather than with individuals, if I understood right) for obvious reasons.

Said the APF in a mail to me: “We always support the state governments by providing them the Digital Learning Resource (DLR) for deployment in Government schools. Generally, the support is by providing the right to replicate our content to the state, without any costs. Our Digital Learning Resource is not provided if the intended use is for commercial purposes. We also share content with NGOs and other institutions who manage schools where there is no barrier on admissions and where no fee is being charged.

And Mr Anikar added, Almost all our titles or Digital Learning Resource are
trilingual i.e. in English, Hindi and in any one of the regional languages. While we have just 10 titles in Marathi the same is not available for immediate release as they have to be validated by a state government. However, we will share other titles that are in English and Hindi. Further, we are also in the process of making our content compatible with [GNU]Linux platform and hence for the present we will be sharing only such titles which are compatible with both windows and Linux and those that have been tested. The remaining titles would be shared on a future date and on completion of testing. We will be clustering our titles in a couple of DVD’s and send it across to you in the next week…. We also wish to state that there is a process that needs to be followed in implementing the Digital Learning Resource in schools which we will share the same with you once you confirm the receipt of Digital Learning Resource

And: “A note of caution — our Digital Learning Resource are not meant to help in computer literacy. The target group is children in the age group of 6-14 years and the Digital Learning Resource primarily presents concepts related to Maths, Science and Language related to the curriculum for classes Standard I to Standard VIII.”

By way of background, from their website:

Azim Premji Foundation has commenced the digital content creation effort in the year 2002. So far, Foundation has created over 100+ master CD titles for the classes 1 to 8 and the same have been translated into various regional languages in India including few tribal languages. The content is created with the pedagogical focus to enable the children to directly use and learn where the teacher will act as facilitator. The attributes of the content are; curriculum oriented, child-centered, self paced, interactive and multimedia based content.”

You probably know that Azim Premji is the Chairman and CEO of one of India’s largest software companies, Wipro. Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azim_Premji] says he was rated the richest man in India between 1999 to 2005 (and is probably among the top five now).

This impressed me:

Premji is known for his modesty and frugality in spite of his wealth. He drives a Toyota Corolla and flies economy class, prefers to stay in company guest houses rather than luxury hotels and even served food on paper plates at a lunch honouring his son’s wedding.”

Check it out. Really useful stuff. The educational content on the DVDs, I mean!

[1] Head – Technology for Education, Azim Premji

Foundation, #134, Doddakannelli, Next to Wipro Corporate Office,

Sarjapur Road, Bangalore – 560 035 Tel: 91-80-66144900/901/902

(Board) 91-80-66144922 (Direct) Fax: 91-80-66144903 Mobile:

09449820054 www.azimpremjifoundation.org

August 9, 2008 Posted by | Educational, Free-to-use, Indian software | 2 Comments