Let us not waste but use the time at home during this special period, interestingly and with fun as much as possible.

 

  • Example -1 Learning through Art and craft using materials from nature or recycling waste household items:

Making artifacts with available waste/ unnecessary materials, such as paper, bottles, cardboard boxes, pieces of cloth and materials from the nature such as, pebbles, stone chips, branches, leaves, hay, dry fruit shells, seeds, etc. Sample activities-

  • Shoebox Maze Idea

Use an old shoebox and some straws that’ll keep the kids playing for hours!

What waste you need: Old shoebox, Colored paper, Pencils, Glue, Straw, Paper and Marble

What to do out of these: 1. Take a shoe box lid and cover the inner part with a coloured paper. 2. Draw the maze with a pencil and paste straws on it. 3. Take another coloured paper and make 2 goals on both the ends. 4.Use a marble to play the game.

  • Cardboard Box Picture Play Idea

What waste you need: Cardboard box, Cardboard roll, Coloured paper, Colours , Scale, Scissors, Glue and Photos

What to do out of these: 1. Take a cardboard box and wrap it with paper. 2.Cut out a rectangle in front and a flap at the back. 3. Cut out 2 circles on each side of the size of the cardboard roll. 4. Paint the cardboard rolls and let it dry. 5. Fit in the cardboard rolls in the circles you had cut out. 6. Paste your pictures on the rolls, for the picture play.

Display your pictures in this innovative style

  • Sample artwork with pebbles, leaves, sticks, etc.

Learning Board

Pebble painting

Leaf art

  • Origami: Any kind of paper can be used and sticks or thin tree branches can be used to make puppets, animal figures etc.

  • Newspaper craft ideas: several kinds of craft can be made off using old newspapers. Here are some examples

Example 2: Encourage children to draw and write:

  • Children could be encouraged to draw pictures of the scenario during the lock down, school closure, their feelings, new experience, missing friend, missing playground, how they see Corona pandemic, showing gratitude to the doctors, nurses or the people at essential services, changed or new life style etc.

  • Making a simple map of their locality showing their homes, learning centres, schools, play-ground, water sources, markets, temple/mosque/church, common gathering places for casual chatting, etc. prominent places

  • Children can draw pictures of the changes that took place in the environment during this special situation.

  • Children say/write 5/10 words; write 5/10/15 sentences on how they feel about the lockdown, school closure, how they used to look like before lockdown etc or can explain their picture in writing.

  • Children can be encouraged to write small stories.

  • Children can be encouraged to paint their wall, floor with the designs they like.

  • Children can be encouraged to make posters, leaflets for creating awareness related to Corona virus pandemic, protection of environment etc.

  • Know your surroundings- children can collect information on flora and fauna, birds-animals, life-style, positive-negative matters, time-line, family history etc. and then to be encouraged to express their findings through painting or writing.

Samples

Wall art imparts coronavirus lessons

Student spreads awareness through cartoons and caricature

By Chandreyee Ghose in Calcutta

Published 5.05.20, 4:48 AM

Updated 5.05.20, 4:48 AM

A 22-year-old art student has used cartoons and caricature to spread awareness about Covid-19 in his village in Murshidabad district. Animesh Mondal, a final-year student of the College of Art and Design, University of Burdwan, returned to his village at the start of the lockdown to find none following any rules. “I hail from this small village, Bhajarampur Gram, of around 200 households. When I realised that my neighbours had little awareness about Covid-19 and its dangers, I thought of doing something,” said the art student who is specialising to become a sculptor. Animesh got together with a few childhood friends and got down to work. The idea was to spread awareness about Covid-19 and give lessons in personal hygiene. “I was carrying some paint. I bought some more and borrowed some from a friend who paints houses.

Together, we started creating interesting illustrations on walls to spread awareness about the virus," Animesh said. Animesh uses popular cartoon characters to teach neighbours social distancing The artist used Mickey Mouse and some of his own creations to tell people to stay indoors. “In my village, people were not even washing hands regularly. Only a few had sanitisers or wore masks. Social distancing was an unheard of concept to them. People were crowding shops and bazaars instead of maintaining social distance,”said Animesh, whose wall art and caricatures spoke about all that and more. “We also highlighted how children and senior citizens should be particularly careful as they are the most vulnerable," said the artist, who was helped by two friends. Animesh and his friends initially targetted walls in public places. “Villagers were not keen on letting us paint on the boundary walls of their houses. But after seeing some illustrations some of them invited me to draw on their walls too,” Animesh said. The visuals have prompted many to change habits. “They lacked the awareness but I was able to get them to be more cautious through art,” said the student.

Pic: Animesh (right) and a friend spread awareness through Mickey Mouse. Telegraph pictures

NGO takes Covid-19 awareness to slums

The members of the NGO have started working in their neighbourhoods By Sudeshna Banerjee in Calcutta

Published 20.03.20, 2:18 AM

Updated 20.03.20, 2:18 AM

Prayasam, a CG Block-based NGO, has undertaken a novel coronavirus awareness programme, reaching out to those in the lowest financial and educational rung to whom information is least likely to percolate. From Sunday, the members of the NGO who live in various slums and colonies in and around Salt Lake, have started working in their respective neighbourhoods. “We have 20 area health minders, ranging in each group from six to 25 years, in each locality which we service. We also have community ambassadors in each locality, who are aged 13 to 25 years. They have been divided into two groups. Under the guidance of a resource person from Prayasam, they are spreading out into the community, drawing communicative graphiti on walls and in the post-lunch hours, gathering people of a street in groups of 25 or 30 and telling them about the importance of hand washing and the safe way to cough or sneeze,”

explained programme officer Manish Chowdhury. Prayasam regularly holds health and hygiene classes for women in 15 neighbourhoods. These are the women who are helping in gathering the neighbourhood folk for the awareness interactions. “We started with Mahishbathan on Sunday. The first day these ladies are getting trained in our weekly class. The next day we are going to the community with them,” said Monish. Dakshindari and Khashmahal have since been covered. “We are also doing video documentation of these classes so we can reach out to the younger generation which might not have been home during our campaign but are active on social media,” he added. In Dakshindari alone, Prayasam expects to reach 10,000 people in five areas — Nehru Colony, Rishi Aurobindo Colony, Saroj Mukherjee Colony, Sisikol and Sadhana. “Yesterday, our resource person Mili Roy was taking a health and hygiene class in Jyotinagar, near Kestopur. A woman told her that her family was protected against novel coronavirus as a goddess had appeared in her dream and asked her to drink the water used to wash her porch! But two other women agreed to take their husbands to a doctor on learning about the

Prayasam workers write messages on walls to protect against novel coronavirus in communities. Picture courtesy Prayasam.

virus’s symptoms of cough and fever,” said Amlan Ganguly, the founder-director. Classes in Prayasam’s own playschool Sahaj Path, for kids aged three to six years, have been discontinued. Attendance in English classes for those aged 14 to 25 years is being scattered across time slots to avoid larger gatherings. “We did not stop as we do not want them to go out of practice and drop out,” Ganguly said. The Prayasam team says it would be happy to hold such workshops in the locality on request.

Inspiring News article 3: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2020/may/11/a-timeline-how-kasaragod-became-covid-19-free-2141706.html

A timeline: How Kasaragod became COVID-19 free

The last of its 178 patients walked out of the Covid Care Centre (CCC) at Kasaragod Medical College building

Published: 11th May 2020 03:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2020 03:14 AM  |  

Children drawing graffiti to create awareness on COVID-19 in Kasaragod town by George Poikayil,Express News Service. Read more in the news site: https://www.newindianexpress.com/

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  • Example 3:‘Ajker khobor’- Every day children share about their experiences of that day or the previous day with others in a line or two or more as they wish to frame it. They can even be encouraged to draw picture or cartoon series about the same.

This simple picture has drawn by a child showing a village daily life is clearly tells us an incident of CHILD LABOUR. If we see similar like that, we should intervene immediately to prevent long term damage.

  • Example 4: Preparing diet chart: Children make a nutrition/balanced diet chart / pyramid with pictures of food items locally available and colour it if possible. Then they share verbally / write down the food items that they had the previous day along with the nutrients in each of them. Then they plot them in the nutrition chart or pyramid and find out what nutrients they missed and try to guess where they find that nutrient.

Sample balanced diet chart for the facilitators:

  • Special note: This activity also could be used as an important tool for situation analysis about daily dietary condition of the respective child or in the family or community. Respective NGO could then plan for immediate intervention.

  • Example 5: Interaction with children:

Few samples are as follows. These activities can be used as remedial learning activities as well by the projects where remedial education support is provided to the children.

Activity i) (Instruction for the Adults) -- Show the videos ‘Chhota Bheem’ https://youtu.be/PcH4YU8ivFQ and   ‘Meena and Mithu’ https://youtu.be/OUic7JVdq-I and ask short, simple and interesting questions afterwards.

  • A.1. Sample questions for Video 1:

    • How does the disease spread?

    • What are the measures that you can take to stop the spread?

    • If someone feels sick what should that person do?

  • A.2. Sample questions for Video 2:

    • Who was Meena’s friend?

    • Who was Meena’s brother?

    • Where did Meena go?

    • Where did Meena see the virus for the first time?

    • Why do you think that the virus was bad?

    • What are the two very important things required to fight against the Corona virus?

    • How did Meena come to know about that? 

    • Who was seen to use a handkerchief while sneezing?

    • Do you think spitting and blowing nose in public is a good habit? Why not?

    • What will you do to fight against the virus?

    • What will you tell your siblings / parents / friends about the video?

Activity ii)  time: 5 + 5= 10 min (For very small children over video call session)

  • Teacher (T) names a household thing (bed / wall / door / books— whatever T can see or is possible to be there in the room) and the Child (Ch) touches that. Can be done with 4 to 5 items.

  • T names a colour and the Ch brings any item of that color and shows it to the T. Can be done with 3 to 4 items

  • Activity iii)  time: 10 min

  • T: Look at your back / to your right / left— what can you see? Ch: wall, bed, pictures, books, water pot, window, door, sky, pond, trees, ….etc.

  • T: (for the children who haven’t learnt to write)-- Can you tell me i) the uses of those things? ii) What is the first sound of pond, window, bed, etc.? (one by one). iii) What is the first sound of pond, window, bed, etc.? iv) how many trees / cows / goats / chicks / dogs / birds / books can you see? Can you see thing that is made up of wood / iron / glass / plastic / cloth? v) can you recall a poem on trees / sky / birds / goats and cows vi) Draw any one of those items.

  • T: (for the children who have learnt to write- words / sentences)-- Can you tell me i) the uses of those things? ii) write the uses of those things? iii) Can you see anything that is made up of wood / iron / glass / plastic / cloth? Write the names. iv) Draw any one of those items.

Activity iv) time: 20 min;

  • T thinks of a word and writes it on a piece of paper but doesn’t show to the children. Ch (one by one): tries to guess the word and can ask questions to the T to which the answer can be either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. They get 5 / 8 / 10 chances.

Activity v) time: 20 min; (Can be done with Bengali as well as English words)

  • T says a word (e.g. tree)and one Ch says any word associated with the word that the T has said (e.g. fruit / wood / etc) the second Ch says another word associated with the second word (e.g. jelly / chair / etc.). This can go on until the children cannot say new words. 3 rounds can be done.

Activity vi) The child writes 10 words / sentences (as per the learning levels of the children) on any one of his / her family members. Then draws a picture of the person. The activity can be repeated next week with another member of the family.

Activity vii) The child takes an interview of any member of the family and writes a brief report on it. The facilitator helps the child to prepare 6 to 7 questions on the topic for the interview. The structure of the report can be shared by the facilitator.

Activity viii) Pairing activity (for children at pre learning level)

  1. With pictures- Take 3 / 5 pairs of pictures.

Take one of the pairs and scatter in front of the child. Take any one and put on left top corner of the mat. Take another and put below the first picture. Continue till all six pictures are placed on the mat, one below the other. Now take the other set of the pairs and scatter in front of the child. Take any one, compare with the pictures on the mat one by one with facial expression, find its pair and put the picture beside its pair. Continue till all the pictures have been paired and placed on the mat. While demonstarting the activity to the children, keep a watch so that they observe. Then children will do the activity with the guidance of the adult and then by him/herself.

With letters (that have been introduced and are in the process of learning)

Activity ix) Sorting activity:

With objects- (for children in pre level) Take two types of objects in a big bowl. Such as- grams and peanuts, buttons and marbles, soya beans and kidney beans, erasers and sharpeners, etc. and two smaller bowls

  • With words- (for children in letter level, learning words; after they have learnt the words)

With words learnt. Scatter the slips with words upside down in front of the children. Place the slips with the letters on the top. Pick up any word, read and place it under the letter with which it is spelled. Pick up any other word read and place under the appropriate letter.

Pick up any one of the objects and put in a smaller bowl. Pick up another- if it is of the same kind put in the same bowl, otherwise put in the second bowl.  Continue doing this till all the objects are sorted out. When done put them back in the bigger bowl. While demonstrating the activity to the children, keep a watch so that they observe. Then the children will do at first with the guidance of the adults then by themselves. Later / with older children, this activity can be done with smaller objects like grains— peas and peppercorn, rice and lentils, smaller buttons, etc.

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Activity x) Tables (for children who knows number concept, addition and subtraction of 1 digit)

Take a calendar and to start with, ask the children to put small pebbles on every 2nd number.  Then they can write the numbers in their note book and find the tables of 2. In the similar way they do with 3, 4, 5 etc.

Then children can make a board with 100 and work with bigger numbers. They can also explore and discover tables of 10, 11, 12 etc. on this board

Example 6: Fun activities

Draw own TimeLine:(Sample below)

Palm painting:

Palm painting:

Simple Brainteasers

Brain Gym:

An easy reckoner for the facilitators:

What are Brain Gym Exercises?

Just like any other exercise is done to strengthen muscles, brain exercises stimulate brain activity and involve basic tasks and actions that need to be performed. These exercises contain several movements which help with your child’s ears, eyes, head, limbs, and overall body coordination. They contain simple movements that help in several areas like,

  • Memory

  • Concentration

  • Coordination

  • Academics

  • Organisational skills

  • Attitude

  • Self-responsibility

  • Relationships

Effective & Simple Brain Gym Exercises:

1.Double Doodle: This is a bilateral drawing exercise where your child draws two images with both his/her hands. This helps improve several skills like learning spelling accuracy, writing and recognition of symbols, calculation, etc.

2.Cross Crawls: In this exercise, your child will move their left arm to their right leg slowly. The slow movement increases your child’s mental coordination and attention. It can help release their stress and concentrate better on their studies.

3. Lazy Eight’s: This exercise requires your child to draw the figure eight either on a sheet of paper or in the air using their hands. This loosens the muscles in his arms and wrists and activates the creative side of your child. It also improves eyesight with eye muscle coordination and peripheral vision.

4.The Elephant: Let your child stretch their hands and place it next to their ear on the same side. After this, let them draw the sign of infinity with their extended hand for at least 3 times and repeat with the other hand too. This improves your child’s mind and body balance and also helps listen to words correctly.

5.Active Arm: In this exercise, your child has to stretch one arm and hold the other arm at a right angle to hold the extended arm in position. This not only increases the strength of your child’s upper body but also improves the hand and eye coordination in your child.

6.The Owl: Let your child sit comfortably and bring one of his/her hands to the opposite shoulder. Let him/her hold the hand steady and slightly pinch the shoulder near the trapezius muscle and then turn the head slowly towards the shoulder and take a deep breath. This improves blood circulation and improves the memory and attention of your child.

7. Gravitational Glider: Make your little one sit straight on a chair and then ask him/her to stretch his/her legs. Let him/her cross the right leg over the left ankle. Then, ask him/her to take a deep breath and lean forward to reach the feet. This enhances the flow of blood and oxygen and also stretches your child’s hamstring.

8.The Thinking Cap: Your child is required to hold both their ears with the thumb and the index finger and then roll and unroll the outer portion of the ear. This improves your child’s short-term memory, hearing, and peripheral vision.

9.Earth Buttons: Let your child either stand or comfortably sit down and place their right hand on the lips and the palm of the left hand on the navel. After this, let your child rub both his hands in their respective regions in small circular motions. This improves your child’s mental alertness and enhances their whole-body orientation.

10.Hook Ups: For this exercise ask your baby to either stand up, sit down, or lie down . Let your child cross their left ankle above the right one and then place the hands with fingers intertwined on the chest and breathe deeply. This lets your child’s mind and body relax and reduce stress.

Example 7: Library corner:

Reading books always provide an immense joy. Remembering childhood days, we here have gathered some e-link and .pdf versions of famous story books for children. Beyond any age bar these stories can be enjoyed alone or together with parents, friends, care givers.

Facilitators can encourage children at their work area to read/listen stories. Afterwards there could be an open story reading/telling session by the child. They can read or tell their favorite story. The process will enhance their self-confidence for presenting something in front of others and learning capacity as well.

 

For reading click here

  • Professor Shonku By Satyajit Ray

For reading click here

  • Popular Bengali Magazine Sukhtara- Bengali Fairytale edition:

For reading click here

  • Chander Pahar By Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay

For reading click here

  • Upendrakishor Somogro

For reading click here

  • Tun Tunir Boi by Upendrakishor Roy Chowdhury

For reading click here

Example 8: Easy and indigenous ideas of indigenous games:

For Children, games are a source of moderate exercise, either physical or mental or even both and are essential for their health and development.

Games brings laughter and joy, that are most precious for their mental well-being at this special time period.

Below some popular idea of indigenous games of Bengal.

 

  • Antakshari- One child sings the first two lines of a song and the second child sings a song starting with the last letter or word

  • Dumb Charade- One child describes any animals, a tree or a natural phenomenon, any action like reading, watering plants, playing football, swinging, etc. with only gestures and being mute. Other children guess the right answer. Only ‘yes-no’ questions can be asked by the other children and the child describing can only use gestures to answer.

  • Name, Place, Animal, Things- (Can be done both in Bengali and English)- Four words have to be written as headings in four columns. Then words have to be written in the four columns with the same letter under the headings.

  • Raja-Mantri-Chor-Sipahi (King-Minister-Thief-Soldier): Chits are made for raja (1000 points), mantri (500 points), chor (0 points) and sipahi (100 points). These chits are then thrown in the middle and four players pick one each. The one who gets the chit with ‘raja’ written in it declares that he / she has become ‘raja’, the king, and then exclaims ‘Who is my mantri?’ The mantri, the minister, responds, and he/she is then asked by the raja to identify the chor, the thief, from the remaining two players. If the mantri guesses correctly, then he/she retains the points; else, the points are surrendered to the chor. Each round continues like this and a cumulative scorecard is maintained. The player with the highest points wins in the end.

  • Ghuti khela (playing with marbles, small balls or marble like seeds):Goli (marbles): This game is played with glass balls or marbles or similar seeds. Each player has to have a goli. On even ground, a little hole is dug with the heel of the foot. The players position themselves about two yards away from the hole. Then they kneel down and try to send the marble into the hole. The marble is held tightly against the forefinger of the left hand. The finger is stretched back like a bow-string by the pressure of the forefinger and thumb of the right hand. When the finger is released, the goli goes forward, often overshooting the hole. One has to strike out of the way the golis thrown by the other player or, with a gentle blow from one’s goli, push the other golis, so that they drift into the hole. Whoever is the first to get all the golis into the hole, is the winner of all the golis. The game can take several hours, and can be very intoxicating; children can spend hours over it.

  • Ekka-dokka (hopscotch): It is played with a round flat stone. A rectangle about three yards long and two yards wide is drawn. This rectangle is divided into six squares. The fourth and the sixth squares are each subdivided into two squares and these are crossed diagonally from side to side. The first player stands before the starting line and tosses her stone into the first square. Then s/he skips the first square, hopping to square number two and continues hopping up to square six. Then s/he turns around and hops back. S/he stops in square number two, picks up the stone, hops over square one and comes out. S/he continues playing by tossing the stone in square number two, and so on till the sixth square. All the hopping is done on one foot, except for those squares that are divided into two and drawn side by side. S/he puts both her feet down into the two squares with one foot in each of them. The player must hop over or skip the square where the stone has been placed. A player is declared ‘out’ if the stone fails to land in the appropriate (progressively higher) square, or the player steps on a line, or loses balance while bending to pick up the stone, or puts the other hand or foot down or steps into the square into which the stone has been tossed. It can be played at roof or verandah or courtyard.

  • Lukochuri (hide-and-seek): One player is to be given time to hide. Then it is the duty of the other to find out the hiding player.

  • Lattoo (top):A lattoo is a beautiful pear-shaped toy made of wood (plastic ones are also available), with a metal pin at the bottom. This is set into motion by aid of a string, turned around the round surface of the top, with a hard jerk and releasing onto a hard surface to spin. This is a game which can also be enjoyed alone for hours.

  • Rumal chor (hanky thief): This game can be played indoor as well as outdoor by maintaining proper physical distancing. One of the team players is decided to be the chor (thief). The rest sit facing one another in a circle keeping distance from each other with their eyes closed or open for some time. Within this period the chor runs behind the circle with the rumal (hanky) in his/her hand and suddenly leaves the rumal (hanky) behind one of the sitting players. On some signal from the chor everybody starts looking for the rumal behind them. The one who finds it at his/her back, takes it and runs after the chor to catch him/her. The chor runs around in circle and tries to save him/herself from being caught and takes the vacant seat of the person chasing him/her (with the rumal). If the chor is caught by the person with the rumal, s/he again becomes the chor or else the other person becomes the new chor. In this way the game continues.

  • Gulli danda (two sticks): It is played with a danda (stick) usually about 2 feet in length and a smaller piece of stick called gulli, which is about 4 inches. A groove is made in the ground in which the gulli is kept at an angle. Often a circle is made on the mud around where the gulli is kept. The gulli is hit with a stick and while it is in the air, the striker has to hit it with the danda. If the gulli is caught by the opponents in the air, then the player is out, otherwise the player and his team gets the points which is equal to the measurement of the distance traversed by the gulli as measured with the danda. While the gulli is in the air, the player can also attempt to toss it a few times with the danda before finally hitting it away. This is a great skill and enables the player to get the points as a multiple of the times s/he tosses the gulli.

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Example 10: Learning basic of Sign-language:

In our society, normally we never encourage our children to go and learn sign-language. We never consider its importance. We never thought about humanity. In this special period of school closure we, from the Covid-19 Resource -Network want that our child(ren) to be grown up as the best human being, exposed to a greater world of communication and friendship.

 

Here is an inspiring video to show why a child should learn sign-language.

With a positive hope towards our facilitators we are providing some links on basic sign-language:

Example 11: Science and Environment Experiments

 

Science and environment experiments are some easy activities through which children can learn and have fun at the same time. Some of the easy experiments which can be done individually or in small groups are as follows:

Example 12: Online Schooling during School closure

The stay at home policy due to Covid 19 spread has compelled Schools to keep closed along with other academic institutions. Children being more vulnerable to the infection are safer at homes. Many organizations along with the Government have come forward to help learning to continue so that Covid cannot affect the development and knowledge!

This is undoubtable that organising online-schooling by the Govt and private schools is an excellent initiative. But at the same time, it is creating various effects on psycho-social behavior of the children. It is evadable that child(ren) not having supporting gadgets, proper internet connection etc. remains unable to join regular classes, what beings’ tremendous mental pressure and depression.

Here we have tried to provide links of online classes, as well as .pdf files of books, so that a child never feels unsecured, depressed. Facilitators can conduct common classes (maintaining physical distancing norms) for those students who missed the regular classes following the given links.

 

Visit the following links to access the Govt. resources and lessons for the school children in different classes:

For example:

This is undoubtable that organising online-schooling by the Govt and private schools is an excellent initiative. But at the same time, it is creating various effects on psycho-social behavior of the children. It is evadable that child(ren) not having supporting gadgets, proper internet connection etc. remains unable to join regular classes, what brings’ tremendous mental pressure and depression. However, as the saying goes “where there is will, there is a way”, thus the below news article is an example of spreading knowledge in a unique way in absence of smart phones/gadgets.

Inspiring News article: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/loud-and-clear-learning-over-loudspeakers-amid-lockdown/articleshow/76608581.cms

Loud and clear: Learning over loudspeakers amid lockdown

Rajesh Kumar Pandey | TNN | Jun 25, 2020, 04:18 IST

DUMKA: A village school in Jharkhand's Dumka district has given distance learning in the time of lockdown a new spin by using strategically placed loudspeakers to reach out to students who don’t have smartphones for online classes. Shyam Kishore Gandhi, the principal of Bankathi Upgraded Middle School, came up with the idea of using a network of loudspeakers connected to a microphone for lessons after learning that 204 out of 246 students do not have access to a smartphone.

Also, protecting the children’s online privacy is particularly important while conducting the online classes through any App or other internet platform. A related article on the same is as follows:

Researcher Develops Tool To Protect Children’s Online Privacy
Tracking Instrument Nabs Apps That Violate Federal Law with 99% Accuracy By Kim Horner •June 23, 2020

A University of Texas at Dallas study of 100 mobile apps for kids found that 72 violated a federal law aimed at protecting children’s online privacy.

Dr. Kanad Basu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and lead author of the study, along with colleagues elsewhere, developed a tool that can determine whether an Android game or other mobile app complies with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The researchers introduced and tested their “COPPA Tracking by Checking Hardware-Level Activity,” or COPPTCHA, tool in a study published in the March edition of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. The tool was 99% accurate. Researchers continue to improve the technology, which they plan to make available for download at no cost.

Source: https://www.utdallas.edu/news/science-technology/children-online-privacy-tool-2020/

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