Timeless Lifeskills video in Hindi

कालातीत जीवन कौशल - Timeless Lifeskills video in Hindi: अhen I was interacting with the teachers in the schools in the Himalayas in Dec while conducting my workshops, I figured that the videos I have created on Timeless Lifeskills are relevant and useful for the teachers but because the videos are in English it becomes difficult for most teachers to understand these videos. Hence I have started rerecording these videos with narration in Hindi. Here…

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Self-Directed Learning workshop, at Pataudi, a small town in Haryana, India

The last workshop I conducted during the Dec 2013 trip to India was at Pataudi, a small town in the state of Haryana.9th class students, 15 from the local government school for girls and 15 from Pathfinder school attended the workshop. The workshop was held at the Pataudi Palace, courtesy of Mrs Sharmila Tagore.My focus was on self-directed learning and how ability to self-learn is becoming essential in the 21st century when knowledge is exploding.We…

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Timeless Lifeskills Workshop at Aarohi Bal Sansar, Satoli village (near Almora)

Around 30 kms from Almora is village Satoli, where Aarohi is located. Aarohi is a not-for-profit grassroots organization, with the mission of creating development opportunities for rural Himalayan communities through quality healthcare and education, enterprise promotion, sustainable natural resource use, and the revival of traditional culture.I spent three days at a school run by Aarohi called Aarohi Bal Sansar (ABS). Agenda was similar to Jeevanshala – teach the kids basics of movie making and animation…

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Timeless Lifeskills Workshop at Jeevanshala – a tiny school in the Himalayas

In Dec 2013 I was in Almora (a major city in the Himalayan state of Uttrakhand) for 10 days conducting workshops on 21st century life skills in small schools and organisations in and around Almora. My experience in one of the schools:50 km from Almora is village Maram. In Maram, Jeevanshala is a tiny school run by two passionate teachers – Shankar and Sandeep. Though well qualified for a government job, in 2001 they decided…

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Learning to Think – Part 2

This is the second part of the Learning to Think video. In this video we explore techniques that help overcome inherent assumptions and biases in our thinking. With the help of examples we learn how thinking skills form a spectrum - instinctive thinking, critical thinking, judicious decision making, creative thinking, problem solving, innovation and meta-cognition.

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Learning to Think – Introduction to Independent, Analytical & Creative Thinking (part-1)

This short video explores how the brain works, how our culture and life situations form our assumptions, beliefs and biases, how one system in our brain called the Lizard brain is responsible for survival instincts based 'fight or flight' decisions and the other called Neocortex is responsible for more deliberate thinking and how at times the lizard brain can misinterpret incoming sensory information and jump to wrong conclusions. Learning to think starts by understanding how…

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Timeless Lifeskills – The Second Strand of Education!

Education can be thought of as having a structure similar to the double-helix structure of the DNA. The first strand is formal education and Timeless Lifeskills form the second strand. This short video explains the building blocks of Timeless Lifeskills. Life skills that are essential for success and well-being in the 21st century, and beyond!

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MOOC – No Longer Moot

Today, if you wanted to learn computer programming what options would you consider? Would you join a private institution offering this course, or find a part-time course being offered by a prestigious university, or go online to self-study?If you go with the third option you would be spoilt for choice. As a beginner you could go to Khan Academy and take their introductory course on Computer Science, where you would learn JavaScript hands-on using their…

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Gamifying Learning

From time immemorial great ways of learning have been – experience, sharing stories of these experiences, introspection, playing, tinkering, observing, experimenting and trial and error. This is why human species has also been described as Homo fabers – those who love to create and Homo ludens – those who love to play.Imparting learning as disciplined, formal education is a fairly modern invention, only a few centuries old. While it may be efficient, it is often…

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Only the Curious Shall Thrive

This is a 5-minute animated overview of my new book, 'Only the Curious Shall Thrive - Strategies for Lifelong Learners to Formulate Insightful Questions'.The book explains why ability to formulate good questions is especially important in the 21st century and details questioning strategies that can be deployed to achieve learning goals like deeper understanding, mastery, creativity and wisdom.Kindle (USA) edition is available here:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007YH6JHUPaperback (USA) edition is available here: http://amzn.to/MAz7vLThe book is also available in these formats…

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The Way Homo Ludens Learn

What is it that makes games so addictive? Does game-design theory have any lessons for making learning activities more engaging? Can games be used as tools for learning skills, competencies and dispositions, especially those that are more relevant in the 21st century, like creative thinking, problem solving, decision making and empathetic collaboration? I have created a three-part presentation on how games, specifically electronic games, can be used to enrich the learning experience, be it memorization, knowledge…

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Learning (to the power of) Story-Telling

What is it that makes games so addictive? Does game-design theory have any lessons for making learning activities more engaging? Can games be used as tools for learning skills, competencies and dispositions, especially those that are more relevant in the 21st century, like creative thinking, problem solving, decision making and empathetic collaboration? I have created a three-part presentation on how games, specifically electronic games, can be used to enrich the learning experience, be it memorization, knowledge…

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Let the Learning Games Begin!

What is it that makes games so addictive? Does game-design theory have any lessons for making learning activities more engaging? Can games be used as tools for learning skills, competencies and dispositions, especially those that are more relevant in the 21st century, like creative thinking, problem solving, decision making and empathetic collaboration? I have created a three-part presentation on how games, specifically electronic games, can be used to enrich the learning experience, be it memorization, knowledge…

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Dispositions for Success in the 21st Century

What dispositions does a Next Generation Educated Person need for success in the 21st century? This video gives an overview of my Timeless Lifeskills learning module titled 'Next Generation Educated Person' available here - http://timelesslifeskills.co.uk/changing-context/4

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