Out with the old school? The rise of ed tech in the classroom

There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means there’s a need to advance how education is delivered to young people. Schools now spend £900m on education technology every year, and it is estimated the global market will be worth £129bn by 2020. It’s making a difference – the 2017 consumer digital index [pdf] suggests that 97% of those aged 15–24 in the UK have basic digital skills – a 4% improvement on 2015. Among the emerging “edtech” ventures…

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A taste of Italy up in Shimla hills

The Himachal Pradesh capital is now offering a platter of authentic taste of Italy — an Italian thin crust, hand-rolled wood-fired pizzas laced with an assortment of organic herbs grown in its kitchen garden. The pizza will also have Italian tomatoes or pomodoros imported from Italy. Even the cheese is being imported from Italy. “We are different from others as our thin crust pizza base is one of its kind as it is smoked in the mango wood oven. Others have electrical ovens which don’t give it a smoky flavour,”…

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No oven? ‘Bake’ your cake in a pressure cooker

Electricity going off when your cake is sitting in the oven and is only half-way through can be one of the worst kitchen nightmares. I was in a similar situation last weekend and did panic initially. But I managed to avert a disaster with my good old pressure cooker coming to the rescue. It was, in fact, a pressure cooker in which cake was baked for the first time almost three decades ago in my humble small-town home with no electric oven. It had been a little burnt from the…

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Change in hostel curfew irks students in Delhi

Women students of a postgraduate hostel of Delhi University have expressed anger at new rules, which have reportedly brought forward the ‘curfew’ timing by an hour to 9 pm. The rules also state that hostel residents cannot interfere in the “management of the hostel”. But boarders said they cannot protest publicly since the hostel readmission process is on and they risk losing their place. The matter pertains to the Ambedkar Ganguly Students’ House for Women in Mukherjee Nagar. The hostel has 100 seats, of which 50 per cent are reserved…

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NCERT: No increase in price of books

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on Tuesday clarifies that it is not planning to increase the price of the books. “Certain speculative reports about price hike of NCERT books are likely to be exploited by some elements for hoarding and profiteering by creating an artificial shortage of books. No such increase an s likely,” NCERT Director Hrushikesh Senapati said in statement. The statement comes at a time when it was some media reports said that the council is planning to increase price of its books which…

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UP Board makes 75 per cent attendance mandatory for students appearing in board exams 2018

Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has made 75 per cent attendance mandatory for students appearing in class 10 and 12 examinations. All those students whose attendance is below 75 per cent will be debarred from sitting in the exams. As per a Dainik Jagran’s report, the government has taken this decision to improve education condition in the state. The UP Board has directed all the officials to inspect these schools regularly to check whether teachers and students are attending the class or not. The official has to submit a report…

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Parents, beware. 3 hours of TV daily may up risk of diabetes in your kids

Parents, take note! Being glued to television or video games for more than three hours a day may put your children at increased risk of developing diabetes, a study warns. Researchers found that both adiposity, which describes total body fat, and insulin resistance, which occurs when cells fail to respond to insulin, were affected by longer hours of watching television and using computers. “Our findings suggest that reducing screen time may be beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors, in both boys and girls, from an early age,” said…

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Ladies, having a baby in your 30s may ensure a long life for you

Looks like people, who are planning their family late, may breathe a sigh of relief. Earlier research said, conceiving after 30 may leave a first-time mother childless. But a new study, not only denies the fact, but also brings a good news for the older moms. The study, by scientists at Portugal’s Coimbra University, said that women who became mothers later in life were more likely to live longer than those who gave birth in their teens and 20s, reports the Independent. “The most relevant result shows that women tend…

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Jamia Hamdard starting MBA course in insurance

Jamia Hamdard University is starting a new management course in insurance from this academic session. The two-year MBA insurance programme, which will admit 40 students per year, will focus on both academic and field knowledge about insurance. The online application form is available on the university website. Applicants who have sat for competitive exams such as MAT, and CAT can apply to the course as the university does not conduct a separate exam for the course. “The applicant will have to through a group discussion and a personal interview after…

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Assam to appoint 877 teachers in colleges, schools in August

Assam government on Monday said it will appoint 877 teachers in schools and colleges across the state within next one week. “We are going to appoint the teachers by August 7. Out of them, 105 teachers of five new colleges will receive appointment letters from the Chief Minister on August 4,” Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said at a press conference in Guwahati. The new five government-run colleges has been set up in Behali, Dalgaon, Karimganj, Bongaigaon and Goalpara, he added. Assam currently had only four government colleges —…

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