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Lets talk about your joys by coding and building an app – โ€œTalk to Meโ€ led by QtPi Student Ambassador, Ms ๐€๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ง๐š ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ฃ, Grade 7, Shishya ๐๐„๐Œ๐‹ ๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ, ๐๐ž๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฎ

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Episode 3 Baaton ka Bharta โ€“ The Parenting Lessons that I have learnt | Santosh Avvannavar

Episode 3 โ€“ โ€œBaaton Ka Bhartaโ€ย ๐Ÿ˜Šย translate loosely as โ€œTalkerโ€ in English. The series aims on important parenting lessons one could have learnt from personal experiences or observations.

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Decoding: Parents Asks versus Product Offers in EdTech

I have more questions than answers in this article. How do you view money? Small or Big? I see money is often viewed as big and small rather than affordable and costly. Today I read a write-up from a parent on a platform about an education product. Initially I thought it was pros and cons of the product. Then I see several threads intertwined. I shall try to decode the same. 

Firstly the parent think – โ€œmy child didnโ€™t like the product and its lying on the table as it is since some days.โ€ The thread unfolds to help me to understand that it was a self-learning module. The question that continues to linger is – isnโ€™t it choice of a parent? Any good product developers would develop for a larger application. I felt the issue wasnโ€™t with the product but on the generalisation by the vendor and secondly the buyer on buying the idea that’s applicable for their child. Did the parent try a trail session? Or a smaller session? If the answer is yes, then the first and future points are more repentance of choice than the product itself. I believe that the parent has to understand that everyoneโ€™s (not just kids but adults as well) learning processes are different. Once the problem is understood fixation is required than asking the same offer to do wonders. It’s like asking Margherita Pizza to have all toppings! I am all in for deliberations to choose a product over ranting and raging. 

Secondly the parents talk about school work load, tuition work load, busy and occupied parents and so on. According to me the conclusions were drawn of the product mostly relying on these arguments. Unending questions were popping out – Is an ambitious and career orientated parent doesnโ€™t have time for their own child? Does the parent expect the self-learning module to do wonder by itself? Unlike in the past, today parents might have one or two children. Is parenting one child so difficult? Or priorities are misplaced? 

I smiled ear to ear on reading the closing remarks – โ€œlet your children naturally blossom.โ€ Perhaps this was only a point that resonated to me though with caution. I am not sure if the parent meant what Author Tim Harford shares about the slow-motion multitask in his TED Talk (click here) and Adam Grant shares about the habits on original thinkers in his TED Talk (click here) . Though, I doubt the parents meant the same! 

Parent rant and rage is understandable if the promises are broken from the vendor. I am not sure what the vendor promised. I can only assume from the bit and piece from the write-up. I think anyone must read articles & ads as : โ€œNothing said in general to be read for specific and nothing said in specific to be read for general. Both cases arenโ€™t wrong!โ€  I think it’s also a good case for the vendor to revisit such a request from parents and promises to offer in the future. How do parents see such ads? I have a piece to read – click here

Let us revisit on my first thought – How do you view money? Small or Big? I see money is often viewed as big and small rather than affordable and costly. Let’s assume as a parent you are with your child in a supermarket. I am sure a child wouldnโ€™t leave you till one favourite thing is bought. Let say you pick up a toy in order to give you peace of mind to shop for household needs. As you move with your child from one row to another row the child is occupied and busy with the toy. You have won and the child has won! Isnโ€™t it? As you move to the counter to pay and you notice the toy is broken into pieces. You still pay for it either being a happy parent of a child utilised the toy to the maximum or regret handling behaviour. Lets extend with another possibility, the toy is intact. You pay and walk out and the child hands it over to you at the exit door and says, “I donโ€™t want it”. Would you go back to return it? Would you blame the vendor? Would you blame the supermarket for stocking toys? Would you blame the child? Would you blame yourself? Would you pacify yourself with a pat thinking it was affordable? Would you go on a platform and rant about the toy?I warned you in the beginning I have more questions to seek answers over answers to them. 

However this could happen with any product or service. My original intention of the article is firstly, for individuals to revisit on understanding the way we see and think about money. As I think every coin or banknote has a face value (a true story – click here). Secondly, ways to see ads and have deliberations and take a test ride before buying. Thirdly, not all services and products appeal; it could be aesthetic, value, promises or so on. Fourthly, donโ€™t worry about failing an experiment and it’s going to help your child make an early better decision than repenting in mid-career. This would be very difficult to reverse.ย Several people would nod with the fourth point atleast if not all!

Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM, www.youtube.com/QtSTEAM


My world My everything

Santa Santosh Avvannavar in conversation with 14 year old Ela Chakravarthy who is multifaceted personality interested in umpteen activities like music, recitation of shlokas, quiz competition and helping the community. Ela formed a concept of โ€œSwasth Shaalaโ€ to help students during pandemic. This concept is through her Future Leaders Programme. She is a student of Daffodils Foundation for Learning, Bengaluru.

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FB Live Coding Session

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Episode 2 Baaton ka Bharta – The Parenting Lessons that I have learnt | Santosh Avvannavar

Episode 2 – “Baaton Ka Bharta” ๐Ÿ˜Š translate loosely as “Talker” in English. The series aims on important parenting lessons one could have learnt from personal experiences or observations.

Media partner – Aliska-News and Supported by Amrita Foundation

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Rage & Rant on Kids Coding Adsย 

Let me begin on ways to read articles & ads: โ€œNothing said in general to be read for specific and nothing said in specific to be read for general. Both cases arenโ€™t wrong!โ€ 

Ads with facts in general or in specific talks about โ€œcallingโ€ mostly through a known person in an ad. That person calling may not have to do with anyone else or product itself. People resonate with them as economic growth keeps mankind together. This is true as oneโ€™s calling romanticise several others. This unrealistic love could take a hit on a good life. If this is to be true then, how should one see any ads? See them as they are! In other words, see them as a craft. Focus must be on learning or doing an activity not driving relationships to the person in the ad. This is highly true for kids! One doctor friend gave an interesting view on things to use on skin (to keep it healthy): Apply those are edible! The doctor did make sense; one thatโ€™s good for internal development of the body holds good for external too! Donโ€™t we miss the โ€œcallingโ€ of the external body?

There is nothing wrong with setting lofty goals but only on the condition that one maintain a distanced, level-headed relationship with goals. Even one has to argue on a handful of names that falls in the bracket of โ€œcallingโ€ & โ€œsuccessโ€. However, there is a larger pool of miserably failures. One needs to take calling with a pinch of salt because there are people such as terrorists, cheaters, criminals can also claim on their calling. 

Does this mean one should avoid the ads? Absolutely no! Ads help us know about a product or service for the community. There are two right outcomes: Learn and practice (with respect to ads of coding) or use and test (with respect to food). One could also avoid the ads. And remember its child who is participating, not you, parent! As much food is to the body, learning is to the mind. See it as one more activity for the development of mind. A development that’s going to gain experiences and skills. As one day, everyone might need to do a job to make bread for the day mostly through an ad. 

Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM, www.youtube.com/QtSTEAM


The Negative Part of Kids Coding

In one of my interactions with a pilot I asked a question, what runs in your mind while being in the cockpit of the plane? The pilot paused and said, โ€œI am not aiming to give a spectacular feeling to the passengers but to ensure a safe reach. I just hope not to crash.โ€ Today I could relate to this several aspects of parenting. I can always prevent my kids from learn coding because I think it isnโ€™t safe or save them from a possible crash. The items in โ€œIsnโ€™t safeโ€ are – exposure time to screen, impact to eyes, and wrong use of the internet. And the items in โ€œSaveโ€ are – not sure if today they learn would become redundant, young to code, time, and money.ย 

As a parent sometimes I see it like investing in the stock market. I often think investment to be โ€œupsideโ€ preferably, not โ€œdownsideโ€. This conservative move misses mistakes and in turn experiences. See its safe to avoid a bad experience! As a conservative parent I end up asking – what Coding isnโ€™t, rather than what Coding is. In other words what coding could guarantee? I often donโ€™t ask, by not doing what does it prevent? As a well-wisher of my child I often forget to ask myself the thinking I have through the knowledge is somewhat puny.ย 

As a parent it’s my duty to โ€œsaveโ€ children from alcoholism, drugs, dysfunctional marriage, debt, loneliness, self-comparisons with others, rage, envy and so on. I donโ€™t think anyone needs to educate me on this. As a parent I need to see how close โ€œcodingโ€ is to this save list. Is it bad like war, destroys house, disease, divorce and bankruptcy?ย 

This thinking has left me to revisit my โ€œupsideโ€ and โ€œdownsideโ€ plus to understand the difference between thinking and doing. As one of my professor rightly said, โ€œEngineering is an ideal degree if you want to become a engineering professor but not if you want to be an engineerโ€. This thought reminded me – one becomes an engineer by โ€œdoingโ€ or practice. This is true in every field! Nobel prizes are for โ€œdoingโ€ not for just โ€œthinkingโ€. Doing ( or Tinkering) can take anyone to anywhere. Here โ€œanywhereโ€ I refer to a position in a company or become a founder or a scientist.ย 

These thoughts have made me move from โ€œthinking shoeโ€ to โ€œdoing shoeโ€. Be the proverbial king who dressed as a beggar to mingle with his subjects to help understand thinking and doing.ย What would you do – thinking or doing?

Santosh Avvannavar, Education Journalist at QtSTEAM, www.youtube.com/QtSTEAM


Communication Experiment

Could you please spare 10 min for an experiment?

I am researching on Communication Skills and have a request to do an activity with the given link – https://youtu.be/AWuoT2QGtIo ; would appreciate your support and help!

Please do share with your friends to help me broaden the future findings.

Thank you once again