Growing up digital — navigating the world of ed-tech

At the International Village School in Chennai, students pick up agricultural skills from a tech-enabled aquaponic system. Founder Chairman Rajesh Shankar lists some of the technology that has the classroom hooked: sensors to monitor water levels and trigger motors, custom- programmed boards to sequentially water the plants, the list goes on. Meanwhile, Bengaluru-based Amar and Mrunal Deshpande, a husband-and-wife duo who have a story-based podcast for children, are relying on simpler, everyday technology to disseminate their audio stories in rural Indian villages. “We plan to do this via tools like WhatsApp —…

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Digital devices blamed for dry eye problem among children

There is an increase in dry eye symptoms among younger patients due to excessive use of digital devices, a study has said. Dr Amber Gaume Giannoni, a local optometry specialist with the College of Optometry at the University of Houston, on Wednesday said the more children stare at a screen, the less they tend to blink, which results in dry eye symptoms, because blinking helps stimulate the glands used to moisturise the eyes. The study also showed that children as young as eight can spend six hours a day in…

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Students get gift of 32 digital channels from HRD ministry, big help for those in remote areas

New Delhi President Pranab Mukherjee has launched two programmes, Swayam and Swayam Prabha, to take education to the remotest corners of the country with the help of technology. Swayam Prabha will tap the potential of Direct to Home Service allowing a person to install a dish antenna for about Rs 1,500 and have access to 32 digital educational channels run by the HRD Ministry. Mukherjee also launched a National Academic Depository where verified educational records will be digitally stored by universities or a board to counter forgery. He was speaking at…

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