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Ekya / May 20, 2019 Posted by : administrator

The Work Exposure Program(WEP) 2019 has concluded successfully. There is a lot of learning that happened for our students interning in various companies and NGOs, during this summer vacation. The excitement cannot be confined, and they are happy to share snippets about their experience at WEP 2019. Here is an account of C A Rachana, Grade 11, CMRNPS, interning at Photo Mojo, a leading Photo, and Videography company that strives towards one underlying purpose – the art of visual storytelling.

First Thoughts.

When I was offered an internship by Photomojo, all I could think of was the fact that this would be a wonderful opportunity to get out into the real world and learn something. I knew it would be a chance to broaden my knowledge, meet new people and acquaintances. The experience was bound to put me out of my comfort zone, help me expand, learn the best possible way to communicate effectively. The internship would expose me to what the world wanted from a writer and a designer and how to put forward the most concise and eloquent content.

The Experience.

Despite all these expectations I had gathered, my experience at Photomojo was something I could have never imagined and in the best possible way. I never expected to walk out from the artistic office of Photo Mojo in Jayanagar with lifelong friendships, acquaintances, learnings and most importantly memories I would never forget.

The very first day I was captivated by the artistic office of Photo Mojo that calmed my nerves strangely. I met my fellow interns and we all bonded over our shared first-day nerves. I was the only intern there for blogging, but never felt left out. Mayur Sir is an amazing person and my mentor over the course of my internship. He was ever patient with all of us and explained in detail about photography. He was the one who gave me pointers on how to capture my reader’s attention and not lose them halfway through.

Two other people who were key to my learning experience were Srividya and Hitesh from the creative team. I spent quite a bit of my time with them and Srividya was my guide and mentor to the written word. She set me in the right direction with my articles, provided me with all the necessary sources and references that will help me with my work for years to come.

I learned a lot at WEP 2018 such as; how scripting works, what goes into designing a blog post and behind the scenes of a video shoot. Sitting through a business call and learning about all the adjustments and negotiations that go into a shoot, was an eye-opener.

What impacted me the most and will stay with me for the rest of my life will be something that may appear trivial, but is perhaps the backbone for every creative profession. Every artist should extend their own emotions and perspective towards their work and this is what makes the piece unique.  For someone who wants to pursue a career in architecture and design, this lesson taught by Mayur sir was truly impactful. Emotions are the true essence of human existence and everything we create should be an expression of the same. The importance of every moment, the significance it can hold for a person, truly is something that cannot be expressed with words. The entire session taught me to be more empathetic and observe the tiniest details in everything around me.

This experience left me much more aware and sensitive to the world around me. With this new way to see the world and experiencing beauty in the most unexpected places is something that will never lose its novelty. These four weeks made my summer of 2019 the most memorable one I have ever had, and I am truly grateful to all those who extended this opportunity towards me.

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Ekya / February 15, 2024

How to Instil Road Discipline in Your Children: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

We are always around kids during their childhood years, but as they grow, we allow them to play and roam with friends. Practising road safety is essential for the safety of both passengers and pedestrians. According to the research, road crash injuries are the leading cause of death aged 5 to 29. It is quite tough to be around the kids all the time, hence it becomes imperative that children be aware of road discipline. To ensure the safety of children, parents and teachers must know how to instil road safety discipline. But the question arises, what is involved in road safety? Here is the comprehensive guide for parents and teachers about how to teach road safety rules to children;

How to Ensure Road Safety for Children?

Teach them basic signals

First and foremost, teach the kids about the traffic signals and lights and what they mean;
  •     When the signal turns Green, that means ‘go’.
  •     When the signal turns red, that means ‘to stop’.
  •     When the signal turns yellow, that means ‘to slow down’.
  •     Only walk when the ‘Walk’ sign appears, but look right and left before crossing the road.
  •     Do not cross the road when the sign says ‘Don’t Walk’.

Cross the road at the Zebra crossings

Teach the children to cross the road only at Zebra crossings, and guide them that they are meant for the safety of pedestrians. Help them understand the speed of a vehicle and that they can only cross when it is at a safe distance

Equip the children to understand signboards

To understand signboards, give your kids a mini-guide or pamphlet in which sign boards are explained in a way they understand.

Avoid using mobile phones

In this era, even kids are using mobile phones. Teach the kids to strictly avoid mobile phones while on the road or roadside.

Ride Bi-cycles carefully

Guide the kids to wear proper gear while riding bicycles, whether with friends or going to school. Make them wear helmets, elbow and knee guards. If they are riding bicycles in the dark, make them wear bright-coloured shoes.

Do not jump traffic lights

In any situation, do not jump the traffic lights, teach the children to follow this rule as it poses a risk.

Avoid playing on the road or roadside

Children are always excited and start running wherever they find the way. Tell them not to run and play on the road or roadside, it is always risky.

Stand out of blind spots

Teach the children to never cross a road from in between vehicles or any other object, that is always dangerous. Guide them to always cross the road when it is clear.

Follow bus safety tips

Guide the children about following the bus safety tips every time they travel on a bus.

How Can Adults be Role Models for Children?

By following these steps, adults can teach children about road safety rules and discipline;
  •     Teach the child to understand basic traffic signals and signs.
  •     By frequently checking whether the child stops, looks, listens, and thinks before crossing the road.
  •     Explaining road safety rules in simple language.
  •     Walking on the road and following the road safety rules together
  •     Do not use phones and other devices when walking on the road or around vehicles
  •     Always hold the child’s hand on the driveway or while crossing the road
It is not possible for parents and teachers to constantly supervise their children when they are out on the road. So children must be taught road safety standards from an early age. We at Ekya Schools believe in instructing children in these areas and by following the road safety etiquette, they feel responsible towards themselves and others. There are many ways we teach the students about road safety. We incorporate easy understanding for the children, like using age-appropriate behaviour, making the learning fun, using visual aids, appreciation to practise in real-life situations. We cover it all.

Ekya / February 15, 2024

How to Foster Active Listening Skills in Your Child: Tips and Strategies for Parents and Educators

Active listening is way more than just hearing. It is an intentional act to engage, understand, and reflect. Active listening plays an essential role in building a student’s communication and language skills. During the early education period most learning is done in the verbal format so, parents should pay more attention to developing active listening skills in their kids. In the longer run, it will be quite helpful for students as they can perform better in their academics and also do justice with their relationships. Being one of the  leading CBSE schools in Bangalore, we understand the importance of active learning and hence sharing a few tips on improving listening skills for children:
  • Always maintain eye contact while speaking: Parents and guardians should make eye contact with their kids. Making eye contact boosts their child's confidence and improves active listening skills which makes them more enthusiastic during conversation.
  • Repeating the key points: During the conversation, parents should pay attention to the things their children are more focussing on and if they want them to focus more on a particular point, it should be repeated again and again. This will feed it into their subconscious mind.
  • Ask multiple questions: Asking multiple questions during the conversation is a good way to develop listening skills among children as answering requires active listening. This is also a good way to develop inquisitiveness among them.

Here is the list of different types of listening:

  • Critical listening: It involves listening and analysing both the positive and negative aspects of any topic and synthesising the information to form a point of view.
  • Discriminative listening: In this type of listening interpretation is done by considering sound and body language rather than the words. 
  • Aesthetic listening: It involves enjoyment. Aesthetic listening is often used by parents or teachers to make the education fun and more engaging. 
  • Biased listening: It is also known as selective listening as the listener only focuses on a particular part of the communication. It leads to distorted information leading to communication.
  If you are a parent and wondering how to teach listening skills to your child, here is a list of a few exercises:
  • Take the help of audio resources: Children like to listen to audio clips as they find it more interesting and engaging. So parents should use audio resources for teaching different subjects. Nowadays audio resources are made using such special sounds that the brain finds more appealing. Such types of audio clips can be used to improve the active listening skills of children.
  • Conduct regular listening activities: It is one of the best parenting tips for listening. Listening activities can be made in the form of games to make it more engaging and fun. Once a week it can be done as a group activity in school. This way children can not just participate but also learn to reflect on certain topics.
  • Take regular feedback: Parents and teachers should be involved in taking regular feedback. This will make the students more responsive and attentive during teaching sessions as to provide any feedback it is essential to be attentive and actively listener.
  • Include short questions in between conversations: It is one of the best active listening strategies for teachers and parents. Short questions in between learning sessions encourage the students to be an active listener and more attentive. This also promotes an inquisitive nature among students.
  • Maintain a relaxing environment: It is one of the most essential points that parents and teachers should never miss out on. A relaxing environment promotes the holistic development of students. It enhances the confidence and promotes the participation of students in discussion sessions which further enhances the active listening skills. 
It is advisable to promote active listening skills among students as it not just be the building block of their communication skills but will also help them perform better in their academics. As per a study, there is a direct correlation between active listening and academics. Active learning skills boost student’s overall development which will help them in becoming a holistic individual.  If you are tired of searching the internet with terms like the best schools in Bangalore or the best CBSE schools in Bangalore, consider visiting Ekya Schools. With over 30 years of education legacy, it makes us one of the leaders in the education sector. All our 5 campuses across Bangalore follow the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework which is based on research pedagogy. Our teachers are well qualified and go through rigorous year-long teacher training programs. This makes them well-versed with modern education techniques over conventional rote learning methods. UbD framework focuses on special learning techniques that focus more on practical knowledge given through various activities to make the learning fun and more engaging which further enhances the active learning skills among students.

Ekya / February 15, 2024

How Ekya School's After-School Program is Nurturing the Next Generation of Leaders

Ekya Schools is a vibrant community of children, educators, and parents present in various parts of Bangalore City. The school believes in a holistic education that goes beyond textbooks and exams, focusing on the overall development of each child. Holistic development is crucial for students as it allows them to develop into a well-rounded person. Through exciting after-school activities like Robotics for kids, Visual arts programs, and sports in school, Ekya Schools offers a platform where young learners can explore their interests and reveal their talents.  As one of the best CBSE Schools in Bangalore, we will delve into how these programs are shaping the next generation of leaders. 

Design Thinking

The Design Thinking Challenge is held annually at Ekya Schools and is a fun opportunity for kids. They get to work on socially relevant problems like Environmental Awareness, Animal Welfare, or Bullying Prevention. They get to use their imaginations and team up with friends to come up with ideas that can make things better for everyone. It's not just about finding the right answers, but learning from mistakes and sharing thoughts.  With design thinking challenges, our goal is to create new leaders who are good at solving problems and making the world a better place.

Robotics

Co-curricular activities at Ekya schools, like Robotic Programs, play a crucial role in the holistic development of students. These programs give them valuable knowledge about robots, automation, and engineering. They get to use what they learn in physics and engineering by creating their own robots.  By doing this, they become better at thinking creatively, understanding science, and learning visually. At Ekya schools, we make sure these activities are fun and easy for students.

Quiz Programs

Quizzes can greatly enhance the learning and development process for students in several ways. They make kids remember and understand what they have learned before. It also teaches kids how to make good choices and think critically. When students work together in a team, it helps them cooperate and learn from each other.  At Ekya schools, we have a fun quiz called the Mock GK Quiz for kids in Grades 1 to 6. It has different types of questions and teams get points for answering correctly. This quiz is a great way for students to show off their knowledge and skills. 

Visual Arts Program

Visual Arts classes are a perfect way for students to express themselves creatively and develop skills that go beyond what they learn in the classroom.  At Ekya Schools, students who are interested in honing their skills in visual art can join our after-school activities for Visual Arts. These classes teach different techniques like abstract art, canvas painting, glass painting, Madhubani, and more. By exploring these techniques, students develop their creative skills and learn to communicate their ideas visually. 

Sport activities

Playing sports isn’t just about running around and getting exercise. It also teaches important skills like teamwork, staying determined, and keeping a positive attitude.  Ekya Schools offer a variety of sports coaching programs, including basketball, karate, gymnastics, skating, badminton, table tennis, and cricket, to help students develop these important skills. We also provide access to indoor games like chess and carrom, as well as yoga, to ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage in physical activity and develop healthy habits.

Music

At Ekya Schools, we think every kid is special and has things they're good at. That's why we offer Performing Arts classes. In these classes, students learn about Music and Dance or Performance Arts. It's a fun way for them to show what they can do and learn new stuff too.

Conclusion

In conclusion, schools aren’t just about math and science, they are about learning many things. At Ekya Schools, we are committed to offering our students an overall development learning experience through a wide range of extracurricular activities including music, sports, design thinking, and other engaging pursuits. For the best holistic education, consider Ekya Schools, one of the top IGCSE Schools in Bangalore.
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WEP 2019 – Experience/Learning – Kanishka Balaji & Elsa Jerry Grade 11, Ekya School ITPL

Our students were occupied with the Work Exposure Program(WEP) 2019 this summer. our students experienced new learnings while interning in various companies and NGOs, and each one has a story to share. Here is an account of Kanishka Balaji and Elsa Jerry, Grade 11 student of Ekya School ITPL who interned at Advance Education & Computer Services (AECS).
Kanishka Balaji's account on WEP 2019 experience:
First Thoughts. I joined as an intern at Advance Education & Computer Services (AECS), I couldn’t help but wonder what we will be learning and how this is going to help me in the future. I hoped that this would give me a taste of how the real world would be and how I have to work hard every day to accomplish something. The Experience. I chose AECS as I thought maybe this would be the exposure I will need to develop my skills and knowledge on designing and animation. When I first walked in, I did not know what to expect as it was all new and this was my first internship. I was hoping that this experience would tell me how the real world works and what was expected of me. At first, as it was all new, I found it a little hard but as the week progressed I gained more knowledge about the subject and the techniques and was so focused that I got all the work done properly and on time. I learned a lot in the internship, I learned to animate an entire scene where we had to actually make the background as well as the main character and we were given a concept which we had to develop. It was really interesting working on it. Another assignment was a car animation which was really fascinating as well. We used Adobe Animate to create everything. My mentor Mr. Basvaraj knew his subject really well and he taught us in a way that we grasped everything easily. He helped and guided me in every possible way. The most memorable thing about this entire experience would be the people I met there and the knowledge I gained. Our mentors were very encouraging and easy going. My overall experience at AECS was wonderful, I loved every single bit of it. The 6 weeks flew by very fast. If I had to describe my internship in one word, that word would be “FUN”, but I want to mention that this experience has brought about a lot of changes in me. I have now learned what it is like to be out there in the real world and how people should be treated at their workspace. I learned about teamwork and how we can embrace the talent that lies inside each and every one of us and use it in the best way possible. Even though I was there only for 6 weeks, I acquired a lot of knowledge that I could maybe use in the future. I would like to thank everyone at AECS especially my mentor as they were the ones who made my experience a pleasant one.
Elsa Jerry talk about her experience at AECS
Ever since my childhood, I was a vivid watcher of animated movies. I watched Shrek and Ice Age growing up. Even now I'm still obsessed over minions so I always wanted to know how to films were made and Animation Arena gave me the opportunity to learn more. But after applying to AECS, I was really nervous whether I will make the cut. Once the offer letter came, I was over the moon! I chose this company not because my major was headed towards that direction, I just wanted to explore graphic design and animation. Fast forward to the first day of the internship, I was genuinely curious about what was I going to do. I wasn't a declared expert at drawing and probably 60% nervous. The exposure that I had for 6 weeks was eye-opening and so informative because every day I was taught a new skill and when I went home, I could explore all I wanted with the skill. Not to mention I met new people and made some friends too!! I was put in 2d animation and vfx, we worked with adobe animate. At first, we learned the basic principles of animation and then we learned point perspective drawing and oh my, that was such an eye-opener. After that class, I visualized all of my surroundings in a paper and from a point perspective. I'm visualizing my surroundings too as I write this. After that, we moved on to working with the software, animate. Initially, we traced pictures of our favorite characters and added the color of our choice than from there it started to get complex, we made a butterfly, we drew every frame of a walking man and we animated it, we also made a car move! Speaking of the environment we worked in, it was absolutely artistic. In fact, the paintings on the wall were done by my mentor and all the pictures put up on every wall was done by a student. The staff was extremely friendly and the students who were like 5-8 years older to us were curious about how 16-17-year-olds were interning at the arena but all in all, everyone was willing to help and resources are vast. Every day, we had a class around 12 pm but we had to be there around 10 am., we worked on our homework until class started. Once class was started, we would show our mentor the completed work, he gave us tips on how we could improve our piece. Then after that, we learned a new skill, we would do a sample then create something from that skill and surprise our mentor the next with our work using our creative cells. After interning at the arena, I'm actually thinking of including graphic design in major, I wanted to add some life to my computer science major! I'm really glad that I got to experience the animation world!
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Topping Grade 12 CBSE Science – Isha Abhijit Joshi, Ekya School ITPL

Isha Abhijit Joshi is our science topper in Grade12 CBSE. She has a great interest in computer programming and enjoys singing. An amateur poet who believes that hard work is the secret to her success. Here is the success story of Isha; The Study Schedule and Exam Preparation I worked towards understanding each concept by going through the textbook thoroughly and solving some questions. Solving old question papers helped to a great extent. It is a very important part of preparing for board exams. Solving question papers will not only help you understand the difficulty level of questions but it also helps in time management. I would set aside 3 hours in the morning for solving question papers every day. I spent my evenings revising difficult topics. Coping with Exam Stress I ensured to set aside adequate time for a good night's sleep as well as for some exercise. Music was a great stress-buster during the exams. A 20-minute walk was also enough to help me rejuvenate. Gadgets helped me communicate with my peers in order to clear doubts or discuss topics. However, I ensured that my screen time was limited. Guidance & Support The Ekya teachers were very supportive. They helped me in every way they could and their guidance was invaluable. I worked very hard for the board exams and with the help of my teachers and the support of my family, I could achieve this success. To end my schooling on such a great note was gratifying and overwhelming. Word of Advice Study regularly and sincerely. Take care of your health and more importantly, believe in yourself. Moment of Joy I did not expect to top the school but only concentrated on working hard and giving my hundred percent towards my preparation. It feels immensely overwhelming. This only inspires me to work harder and put in my best efforts into everything I do. Memories These two years have been full of new experiences. I not only got the opportunity to take part in various campaigns and events, but I also had the opportunity to serve the school as the Head Girl. I am very thankful for these wondrous opportunities.
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