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World Paper Bag Day, July 12: Story Of The School Teacher Who Invented Paper Bags

Ideas co-exist with us in our daily lives, within our mundane activities. All we need is the right push to bring that change. The tale of paper bags is a reflection of this very thought.

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Paper Bags, in the past couple of decades, have become a vital part of our lives due to their increased environmental and economic significance. It has been a part of every industry directly or indirectly, from the grocery store in our neighbourhood to the fashion and gift packaging industry. The viability and durability have definitely made it a ‘go-to’ product in the market.  

Did you know World Paper Bag Day is celebrated every year on July 12? Interestingly, our easily available and accessible product has a long and unique trajectory of its own. It was a school teacher named Francie Wolle who invented the first paper bag machine in 1852, with the idea of producing a bag which could hold objects. He was a grocery clerk turned school teacher to a clergyman. This idea came to him while working at his father’s grocery store, where his observation skills became the source of his inspiration. The main idea behind this invention was to allow customers at the store to hold more purchased goods in a bag.  

His consumer-centred product gained prominence when he found an enterprise, Union Bag & Company. The plant brought benefits not only to the consumers, but also became a source of jobs for more than 500 workers, and eventually, an attraction for the tourists as well. His paper bag, which was shaped like a mailing envelope that we use today, could be used for multiple purposes from carrying groceries to documents. 

Later, his innovation was taken ahead by inventors like Margaret Knight and Charles Stilwell who designed the square-bottoms of the paper bags which made them easily foldable and usable.  

Paper bag is an innovation which has acted as a boon to mankind due to its environment-friendly nature. Learning of Wolle from his classroom role to distinct roles he opted for, he took each experience as a learning opportunity and went beyond to invent a change through his due motivation and inspiration. His discovery proves that the knowledge of teachers is not limited to a classroom. They very-well know that ideas and possibilities can be created in a 4×4 room and that’s exactly what they teach to their students as well – that opportunities exist all around us, all we need to do is reflect. 

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School Innovation Council

School Innovation Council (SIC), an initiative taken by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell (MIC) was launched on 1 July 2022 and has been introduced to all schools in all the states including Rajasthan.

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School Innovation Council (SIC), an initiative taken by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell (MIC) was launched on 1 July 2022 and has been introduced to all schools in all the states including Rajasthan. It is a council of teachers, students, and experts from industry and academia to conduct round-the-year activities for students and teachers on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, monitored through the SIC portal of the MIC, to record the influence at the ground level.

SIC will enable mindset change, awareness, and training on Ideation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, design thinking, Intellectual Property Rights, start-up finance, and HR among teachers and students. It will also enable the ranking system for schools on the level of innovation-oriented activities.

To implement the SIC council in all schools across the nation, the SIC portal has been developed where schools can register themselves. All registered schools are encouraged to perform innovation-related activities as per the SIC Calendar Activities that include Leadership talks, motivation sessions, webinars, sessions, awareness, boot camps inviting innovative ideas from the student, development of the prototype, and national level exhibition of the best prototypes, etc. (for complete info refer section XI in SIC document under download section, https://sic.mic.gov.in/).

NEP 2020 envisages the education system to include a ‘light but tight’ regulatory framework to ensure integrity, transparency, and resource efficiency of the educational system through audit and public disclosure while encouraging innovation and out-of-the-box ideas through autonomy, and good governance, and empowerment. Besides, NEP has a provision for School Complex Management Committees for more robust and improved governance, monitoring, oversight, innovations, and initiatives by local stakeholders.

In order to strengthen the mentoring capacity of teachers for cultivating and handholding innovative and ingenious ideas from students, the School Innovation Ambassador Training program (SIATP) was launched through an online Mode. Under SIATP, teachers undergo 72 hours of training and those who qualify for all the five modules i.e. 1. Design Thinking & Innovation;  2. Idea generation & Idea hand-holding; 3. Finance/Sales/HR; 4. Intellectual Property Rights(IPR); 5. Entrepreneurship and Prototype/ Product Development;  with a minimum of 50% passing marks are recognized as “Innovation Ambassadors” which makes them competent to nurture young school students in Ideation, IPR, product development, design thinking, problem-solving, critical thinking, and skills of entrepreneurship.

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The information was given by the Minister of State for Education, Smt. Annpurna Devi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on 1st August 2022.

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Korroboree uses D2L Brightspace to make learning authentic, measurable and seamless

Korroboree is using Brightspace to deliver transformational learning experiences for learners in their adventurous quest to attain their highest potential.

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D2L, a global learning technology leader, announced that Korroboree selected the Brightspace learning innovation platform in January 2022 through D2L’s partnership with Edutech. Korroboree is using Brightspace to deliver transformational learning experiences for learners in their adventurous quest to attain their highest potential.

Korroboree is an online school where learners will have transformational learning experiences using digital tools and resources, and instructional design based on neuroscience, behavioural science, and future skills. The curriculum at Korroboree is designed to help children expand their thinking, question the status quo, and become the best version of themselves.

The name “Korroboree” is derived from the Australian word “Corroboree,” which means a sacred gathering of people. The school’s pedagogy is based on the three pillars: absorb, interact and create. Korroboree online school was born to bring revolution to today’s education system.

“The ‘why’ we educate has to change for the present learners because the world has changed exponentially in the last 15 years, but our schools have not. They are still educating children to comply, rather than a question, and consume knowledge rather than create it. It is about time that we change the definition of ‘why’ we educate children,” said Korroboree founders, Ms. Lina Ashar and Agnelorajesh Athaide.

As Korroboree focuses on delivering transformational learning experiences using digital tools, a learning management system (LMS) has become one of the essential tools they need to adopt in order to support the delivery of their school’s pedagogy. According to Korroboree founders, while other LMS providers only supported the first two pillars, D2L ticked off all the three. Brightspace allows learners to add a personal and authentic touch to their assignments. At the same time, the built-in course completion logic helps students access the right content based on their performance in quizzes and assignments, ensuring a personalised learning experience.

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“After a rigorous evaluation process, D2L Brightspace was selected as the learning platform of choice with a plethora of options to integrate other learning tools seamlessly,” says Mukesh Birwadkar, Learning Experience Architect, Korroboree. Ms. Lina Ashar, Co-Founder, Korroboree further added, “Educational institutions still follow a traditional approach to learning, preventing learners from unlocking their full potential. At Korroboree, we strive to redefine school learning by teaching life skills to children and making them future-ready. We are confident that our decision to use D2L Brightspace will further strengthen our vision and help us achieve this goal.”

Dr. Prem Das Maheshwari, Business Director for South Asia at D2L said, “The learning process is undergoing a massive overhaul across the globe. With the rapid evolution of tools and technologies, learning today has not only become accessible but also easier to absorb. At D2L, our goal is to support this revolution by becoming learning partners to our customers and equipping them with the right technology tools and solutions, and enabling them to deliver the best possible learning experiences. Our collaboration with Korroboree is in sync with this vision. We are thrilled about this partnership and look forward to transforming education together in the years to come.”

About Korroboree

Korroboree international online school is the answer to the 4th Industrial revolution. where learning is an adventurous quest. The curriculum at Korroboree is designed to help children expand their thinking, question the status quo, and help children become the best version of themselves. Korroboree international online School is powered by Dreamtime Digital learning system. This is a platform built keeping the learner in mind. At Korroboree international online school children will learn at their pace according to their learning style and reflect on their own progress to make sure they have understood the concept, rather than just score marks according to the standardised testing system. Learn more at www.Korroboree.com.

About D2L

D2L is transforming the way the world learns—helping learners of all ages achieve more than they dreamed possible. Working closely with clients all over the world, D2L is supporting millions of people learning online and in person. Our growing global workforce is dedicated to making the best learning products to leave the world better than they found it. Learn more at www.D2L.com.

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About Edutech India

Edutech is a leading provider of educational equipment, learning solutions, and services for academic institutions, companies, and governments. Edutech oversees the implementation of the progressive solutions in the region for D2L managing the administrative requirements and overseeing technology support for clients. Learn more at www.edutechindia.com.

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Are you engaging Students with digital credentials?

Digital credentials are a way to show what your students have learned and achieved and show what they can do and what interests them, thus making learning dynamic, personalized, and fun.

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Have you ever considered what makes the games kids play on phones or computers so interesting?

The answer to this is the new content that is added regularly! And it's not just limited to kids. The same is true for adult learners as well. If you're teaching someone something new that they can use right now and apply in real-time, they are much more likely to remember the information you've taught them and, in turn, fare better in a test or project assignment.

Engagement is an essential attribute of the learning process. The principal objective is to get students motivated to learn and retain what they learn. Did you know being engaged keeps students in school longer and lessens the probability of dropping out by about 50%? Students who are engaged in the learning process are more likely to be successful later in life because such students become more receptive and well-rounded as adults.

This knowledge logically leads us to explore digital credentials and badges. A digital credential is a certification of particular knowledge or skills, and a badge is a digital certificate or proof of earning a credential. These distinctions can be used to broaden student skills and boost their professional development, especially in today's modern learning environment. School systems around the world are progressively using meaningful credentials and badges to recognize students and educators alike. ValidateMe.Online is one such popular seamless and easy-to-use platform for issuing digital credentials.

Digital credentials and badges are a powerful way to engage students.

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Digital credentials are a way to show what your students have learned and achieved and show what they can do and what interests them, thus making learning dynamic, personalized, and fun. Digital Credentials are a means to instill positive reinforcement and instant gratification in the learning process. The fact that these digital credentials can be instantly shared on various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc acts as a motivator for students to perform well.

Digital Credentials and badges give students the autonomy to choose their learning adventures.

Digital Credentials help students track their progress and learning curve. These credentials help students build a story out of their achievements and envision goals. ValidateMe.Online through its B2C platform, https://edulocker.com is building one such platform to help students assess their learning journey and plan.

Digital credentials and badges as a means of recognition of student success

Digital Credentials and badges are recognition of the skills and capabilities of the receiver. Students look for reassurance and recognition for every small feat that they achieve, either in the form of lauding from their teachers, parents, or peers. Offering such recognition in the form of digital credentials makes students more interested in achieving milestones.

Digital credentials and badging for building a culture of Micro-credentials

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Digital credentials and badges represent that you’ve achieved something, whether it’s finishing an online course or passing a test on the subject. As the name represents, micro-credentials tend to be narrower in range than the traditional benchmark of achievement. Why wait for an entire session to laud a kid? Instead, micro-achievements are set to motivate students to do better if they aren’t already instead of just focussing on longer-term performances. This also means allowing them to assess their performance now and then and strive for higher goals.

These are only some of the many powerful ways that digital badges can aid you in engaging your students.  Whether you use it regularly for curriculum or every once in a while, for events, digital credentials and badges can significantly change how students interact through the learning process. 

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Digital Education is changing the way we learn

With so many technological advancements now in place, it’s exciting to speculate about how digital learning could improve education in the future. 

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Over the last two decades, we've seen technology transform the education sphere. As technology has advanced, we have seen education delivered online, computer-based remote exams conducted, and students attending classes at foreign universities while living in other countries.

What is Digital Learning?

Digital learning refers to a learning method that uses new digital tools to enable learners to learn in new ways, such as face-to-face, distance learning, or blended learning. As a result, it is not simply a matter of digitising educational content, but of a set of educational methods.

To fully grasp how digital learning can transform education, it is necessary to be open to the idea that the traditional classroom can evolve, as most parents have witnessed over the last two years.

Why is Digital Learning Growing So Quickly?

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The evolution of technology has made digital learning a more successful option, especially for students who face challenges in learning. Technology has not only advanced but also has become more widely available. It is theorised that more people in the world now have smartphones than bank accounts. As the human race continues to innovate, evolve, and explore, the evolution of digital learning accelerates.

Easy Access to Expertise

Subject matter experts are talented professionals who have in-depth knowledge of a subject and fully comprehend the technicalities of the concepts. They are also enthusiastic teachers who specialise in ensuring accuracy in facts and technical details of the content.

People all over the world can now quickly and easily gain access to subject matter experts thanks to advances in digital technology. This also means that students can gain access to extremely specific educational materials without leaving their countries, cities, or even homes.

Learning Multiple Subjects

A wide selection of courses is available through online learning systems. Children who have studied a wide range of disciplines are more aware of their surroundings. Learning several courses in a variety of ways, both traditional and non-traditional, provides children with a comprehensive understanding, improves their cognitive skills, and empowers them to think and make decisions on their own. Students who learn a variety of courses are better able to make career decisions because of their increased knowledge.

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Studying At Your Own Pace

The ability to tailor a learning environment to each student's individual needs is one of the most exciting aspects of digital learning. It's also crucial to remember that some children are slower to pick up concepts or skills than others to get the most out of an educational framework. In the past, if a child didn't understand something within a curriculum's allocated time frame, the instructor had little choice except to move on and hope that there would be time later to catch up with that youngster.

Children can now approach learning at their own pace thanks to digital learning. Digital technology allows parents and educators to identify which strategies work best for which children, which allows them to provide the best opportunities for success. They are also given the ability to customize a learning environment that best suits the needs of their students.

Availability of E-Learning Material

The educational system has been revolutionized by the introduction of technology. Earlier, education meant hauling a large number of books to schools and education. This is no longer necessary in the current world.

Now, people can learn anything they want from a variety of sources, including e-books, pdfs, and video tutorials. The internet has made learning available to everyone, and most information is now available in digital format. A major advantage of this is the fact that the content is constantly updated and is therefore up to date.

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Reduced Education Costs

Digital resources are significantly less expensive, and digital platforms assist both students and institutions in saving money. This is regarded as a significant step forward in levelling the playing field for all students in the future.

Geographical Adaptability

Remote learning has been on the rise over the years. Students can learn from anywhere they have access to the internet at any time. Teachers and professors can teach from anywhere in the world, and students can attend classes from anywhere in the world as well. This opens up a whole new world of learning for students who might not otherwise have access to an in-person class.

Today, a school can take place from wherever the student is, and lessons can be accessed at any time.

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Teachers have long dreamed of a world in which they can offer every student the personalized attention they deserve. Unfortunately, the traditional model of education has many obvious barriers for those who are disabled, come from low-income families, or otherwise find themselves at a disadvantage. One of the most promising movements in education today is the digitization of learning. Through easy-to-use software and online communities, teachers are now able to create a high level of convenience for their students, all while maintaining the same level of oversight that was previously possible only in person.

What are the Main Types of Digital Learning?

Any type of learning content delivered in a virtual environment is referred to as digital learning. They can be video-based, live or self-paced, and can take place one-on-one or in a group setting. There are three types of digital learning in general: e-learning through virtual reality, blended learning, and gamification.

E-learning through virtual reality

E-learning is commonly thought to be a completely digital approach. Students receive all of their instruction online, either through educational platforms or through meeting software such as Teams or Zoom.

Students also have access to the digital library, and they can usually access it whenever they want.  They may have set class times, but in many cases, they can study at their own pace but must meet assessment deadlines.

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Blended learning methods

Blended learning is a model that combines the very best of both worlds, by combining the classic method of classroom education with its e-learning counterparts. This model is the most common mainly in primary and secondary education.

Blended learning is the educational equivalent of working from home a few days per week.

Gamification

Gamification is a new concept in education, but it has been shown to be an effective way of increasing engagement and learning. This, in turn, has a positive impact on student outcomes. Gamification uses the elements of play that children enjoy in things like video games to accomplish an educational goal. Students enjoy the experience because they do not feel like they are learning.

What Impact Will Digital Learning Have on Education?

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With so many technological advancements now in place, it's exciting to speculate about how digital learning could improve education in the future. 

Access to a greater number of high-quality teachers

Research done by experts has proved that a teacher's quality is directly connected to a student's achievement. While it's difficult to admit because every teacher has worth, some are more skilled in the field than others.

It is remarkable that with the help of digital technology, more and more amazing teachers will have the ability to teach children all over the world. More and more teachers will have the ability to influence their careers and also have more employment options as well.

Technology Expanding Knowledge Further

The future is here and it holds the power to elevate the possibilities of what students can experience to a whole new level.

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Digital media, simulations, and artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to push the boundaries of what students can experience today and in the future. Children can even learn about flight simulators, explore planets, build energy generators, and more online. Now, imagine what children will be able to study in the future before they have even finished high school.

Reducing Geographical Barriers to Education

Not only does a person's school location play a direct role in their success later in life, but so does their country. In the past, students who lived in countries with poor education facilities had an unfair disadvantage compared to students who lived in countries with better education facilities. However, this is not the case anymore in the age of the internet. With digital learning, it is hoped that in the future, all students will have equal access to educational resources and opportunities, resulting in a more equal chance of

Accessibility of Education to Far More Children

For many parents, the dream is to provide their children with the best opportunities in life. This might mean sending them to a top university or providing them with the right career path. Unfortunately, within the constraints of a traditional learning system, this is not always possible. There are obvious barriers to education for those who are disabled or come from low-income families. Digital learning breaks down some of these barriers, allowing students to chart their own course to success.

Better Assistance For Children With Disabilities

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Disabled students can easily access all educational materials from the comfort of their own homes via online learning. e- learning platforms greatly reduce physical strain for mobile-impaired students while also making life easier for those who are visually or hearing-impaired. This gives students more freedom to explore the world, removing the barrier to learning and encouraging them to participate more actively instead.

Distance education, on the other hand, provides convenience to caregivers and families of disabled students. Families and caregivers, like students, may bid adieu to the everyday effort thanks to online learning.

About the author:

Shourie Chatterji is Chief Digital Officer, Schoolnet

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Cabinet approves extension of Atal Innovation Mission

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), till March 2023. The AIM shall work on its intended target of creating an innovation culture and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), till March 2023. The AIM shall work on its intended target of creating an innovation culture and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country. This will be done by AIM via its various programs.

The intended targets that will be achieved by AIM are:

  • Establishing 10000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs),
  • Establishing 101 Atal Incubation Centers (AICs),
  • Establishing 50 Atal Community Innovation Centers (ACICs) and
  • Supporting 200 startups via the Atal New India Challenges.

The total budgeted expenditure of  Rs.2000+ crore shall be incurred in the process of the establishment and supporting the beneficiaries.

The Mission has been set up under the NITI Aayog, in accordance with the Hon'ble Finance Minister's declaration in the 2015 Budget Speech. The objectives of the AIM are to create and promote an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship across the country via interventions at school, university, research institutions, MSME, and industry levels. The AIM has focused on both infrastructure creation and institution building. As evident from these examples, the AIM has worked on integrating the innovation ecosystem both nationally and globally:

  • The AIM has created bilateral relations with various international agencies for building synergistic collaboration on innovation and entrepreneurship such as the AIM – SIRIUS Student Innovation exchange program with Russia, AIM – ICDK (Innovation Centre Denmark) Water Challenge with Denmark, and IACE (India Australian Circular Economy Hackathon) with Australia.
  • The AIMs played a pivotal role in the success of InSpreneur, an Innovation Startup Summit hosted between India and Singapore.
  • The AIM partnered with the Ministry of Defence to set up the Defence Innovation Organization which is fostering innovation as well as procurement in the defense sector.

          Over the past years, the AIM has worked to provide an institutional mechanism to integrate innovation activities across the country. Through its programmes, it has brought innovation to lakhs of school children. The AIM-supported startups have raised 2000+ Crores from the government and private equity investors and have created several thousand jobs. The AIM has also executed several innovation challenges on topics of national interest. Together, the programmes of AIM cover 34 states and Union Territories with the goal of leveraging India's demographic dividend by inspiring greater participation in the innovation ecosystem.

With the cabinet’s approval to continue, AIM assumes an even greater responsibility to create an inclusive innovation ecosystem where engaging in innovation and entrepreneurship gets increasingly easier.

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India’s first 100% project-based learning school is making learning meaningful, enjoyable and relevant

The students here are presented with real-world problems and challenges and are given a chance to solve them on their own to make​ ​studying more fun and contextual as well. This method also helps them to prepare for future challenges.

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Providing first-of-its-kind project-based learning, tailored to suit the needs and skillsets of learners, Tapas―India's first  100% project-based learning school is making learning meaningful, enjoyable, and relevant for students. The students here are presented with real-world problems and challenges and are given a chance to solve them on their own to make​ ​studying more fun and contextual as well. This method also helps them to prepare for future challenges. At the heart of this project-based learning approach is the Cambridge Syllabus imparting STEAM education. The syllabus is customised by the educationists at Tapas to make it more interconnected and holistic.

"We intend to provide students an active form of learning where they can learn by doing activities which are enjoyable and engaging. We have kept the learning format dynamic so that students can acquire real-world knowledge through active exploration. Activity-based learning helps students to learn from the little things around them. These simple little experiences and the interactions between students, facilitators, and industry experts help to shape their personalities for the future. This will help them become global and digital citizens of tomorrow," ​​said Preethi Vickram – Founder – Tapas

The unique way of learning at Tapas helps students to move away from the traditional​ ​ 'textbook rote learning' and 'sage on a stage' methods of teaching and learning. It also introduces students to masterclasses on various topics throughout the academic year. These not only help students ​to ​understand difficult concepts but also​ help to​ pick up a lot of real-world skillsets​ ​

​Moreover, ​​putting the focus back on value-based learning, Tapas is also making efforts to encourage students to become contributing citizens and not just consumers. Learning about and practicing sustainability is at the core of value-based learning here. The school believes it will help them to develop skills and habits that are most important for success in life. Value-based learning coupled with inspiration from Indic wisdom offers students an understanding of life and the greater concepts at play. It provides answers on how to live a healthy life, how to be happy, and how to deal with difficult situations in life. This enables students to make better decisions in their lives when they are faced with difficult choices.

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Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog releases ‘Innovations For You’ & ‘The Ingenious Tinkerers’

‘The Ingenious Tinkerers’ leveraged the up-and-coming technologies available at ATLs to devise a solution. These young tinkerers took it upon themselves to identify their problem statements by interacting with the members of their community and designing a prototype in a manner that fits their needs

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Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog today released the second edition of – ‘Innovations for You’- a compendium of innovations focused on agriculture featuring 70 startups supported by Atal incubation Centers (AICs) of AIM and ‘The Ingenious Tinkerers’ – a compendium on the innovations on technology featuring 41 innovations from Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) of India.

As the nation rejoices the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav – 75th Year of Independence, both books are celebrations of the success stories of young innovators of India. The ‘Innovations For You’ is a compilation of successful innovations by the entrepreneurial minds of India solving problems of present for future, while ‘The Ingenious Tinkerers’ is a compilation of the top innovations created by young student innovators who participated in the ATL Marathon – which invites school students to address a problem that they see or face on a day-to-day basis.

‘The Ingenious Tinkerers’ leveraged the up-and-coming technologies available at ATLs to devise a solution. These young tinkerers took it upon themselves to identify their problem statements by interacting with the members of their community and designing a prototype in a manner that fits their needs and demands. Their determination to make a difference in their community has paved a way for their innovation to reach the top 41 innovations of India for the ATL Marathon 2019.

Meanwhile, the ‘Innovations For You’ in its second edition, focuses on the startups and innovations in the field of Agriculture and Allied services. The book is a compilation of 70 Ag-Tech startups, incubated at Atal Incubation Centres spread across the country. These startups are leveraging frontier technologies such as AI, IoT, ICT, and others to provide socially relevant solutions to problems of modern farming. The first edition of this book was focused on innovations in Health Care, which was launched in October, this year.

The Digi-books were unveiled virtually today in the presence of Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member Agriculture, NITI Aayog, Mr. Abhishek Singh, CEO, MyGov and Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog.

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The Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog accoladed both the tinkerers and entrepreneurs by saying– “More than ever before, it’s today that we need more tinkerers and innovators, who can understand the problems and give a solution that is suited for Indian Society”

Adding to the Vice-Chairman, Member Agriculture Prof. Ramesh Chand congratulated the AIM team and appreciated the efforts done in the compilation of the books. Further, he said, “It is great to see that numerous startups in the Agri-tech domain are able to access emerging markets and attract institutional investments and other stakeholders besides the vision of supporting the society at large.”

Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, congratulated the entrepreneurs and the young tinkerers featured in both the books and said “I hope the stories and ideas behind every innovation inspire millions of other startups, innovators, and young tinkerers across the country to create new, promising, and sustainable solutions with a socio-economic impact not just for our country but the world.”

Adding to this, CEO, MyGov, Abhishek Singh said, "I am very pleased to see the grassroots innovations featured in the compendium and this is a snapshot of the way our young innovators think. I congratulate all the participants for conceiving such brilliant ideas and developing the innovations with so much creativity and enterprise.  I am sure these ideas are going to make a huge difference in the already evolving market of India and the world. The featured innovators are role models for all the budding innovators of India and will motivate them to develop their ideas to make a huge impact for India through science & technology.”

 The Digi-book series – Innovations for You by Atal Innovation Mission brings to you the best of innovations and entrepreneurs from startups supported by the Atal Incubation Centres. The subsequent editions of the series will focus on other emerging sectors like EduTech, Mobility, EV among others. ‘The Ingenious Tinkerers’ series captures the stories that showcase the growth and mindset of young innovators and is an attempt to celebrate and boost the students who produced exemplary solutions for problems put forth to them in Atal Tinkering Lab’s nation-wide innovation challenge called ATL Marathon.

CLICK HERE to access ‘Innovations for You’

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All India EdTech Challenge and Master Class Series 2021-2022 by AIM, AWS and UIncept

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the Global EdTech Accelerator – UIncept have joined hands to organise the ‘All India EdTech Challenge and Master Class Series’ for early and advanced stage EdTech founders.

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Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the Global EdTech Accelerator – UIncept have joined hands to organise the ‘All India EdTech Challenge and Master Class Series’ for early and advanced stage EdTech founders. This initiative is an extension to the Statement of Intent (SoI) signed between NITI Aayog and Amazon Internet Services Private Limited (AISPL)* in March 2021.

This initiative aims to nurture EdTech companies and startups who are in pre and post minimum viable product (MVP) stages by identifying potential industry gaps, exploring mergers and acquisitions, talent sourcing and pooling, and decoding venture capital and investor mindset while exploring the industry, academia, and government connections. The new initiative will support EdTEch start-ups with the best industry resources and expertise and funding. AIM, AWS EdStart & UIncept will together identify gaps in the EdTech sector, nurture EdTech startups through the expert Master Class series, and provide them exposure to business fundamentals with the aim of eventually getting them ready for pitching and fundraising.

The key mentors for the EdTech Challenge and Master Class series include professionals and industry leaders such as Parag Mankeekar (Neeti Solutions), Jason Leon (Mentor-NITI Aayog, Co-Founder- QtPi), Arijit Bhattacharya (World Leader Summit), among others.

The challenge will have two tracks: Pre MVP/EdTech Idea-Factory challenge for existing and aspiring EdTech entrepreneurs while Post MVP Scale Factory Challenge will be aimed to bring existing EdTech entrepreneurs closer to universities, schools, venture capital firms, and policymakers, and enable funding opportunities.

This six-month-long challenge and master class series will identify EdTech industry gaps and clearly define clear problem statements in the last mile; identify potential pre and post MVP startups to participate in the challenge; conduct focussed sessions on product-market fit, go-to-market strategy, legal, customer discovery, business fundamentals and more; conduct business meetings, expert hours, pitch sessions, demo and pitch days.

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Flagging off the challenge, Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director – Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog said “The EdTech Startup Challenge and Master Class Series 2021 will act as an ecosystem booster for early and advanced stage startups and entrepreneurs where they can showcase their products to India and beyond. The challenge will truly be one of its kind which will amalgamate experience and mentorship to help the future EdTech enablers.”

“The EdTech segment in India provides unique and challenging problem statements and offers a vast scope of innovation. Our collaboration with UIncept for the All India EdTech Challenge and Master Class Series is based on our commitment to support EdTech startups to develop innovative and scalable solutions using cloud computing technology. Over the years, AWS EdStart has helped create a community of like-minded people and companies who seek to solve complex education problems globally, and we will draw upon this rich experience and knowledge to enable EdTech entrepreneurs in India to build the next-generation of education solutions on the cloud, and provide them access to peer learning, customized training, mentoring and technical support to translate their innovative ideas into reality,” said Sunil PP, Lead – Education, Space and Non-Profits, India and South Asia, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited.

In line with the drive of nurturing the EdTech startups at an early stage, Mr. Manish Gupta, Founder & Chief Mentor, UIncept added, “The highest failure rates are seen within the idea stage of a startup before they are incorporated. Some of the leading reasons why Indian startups fail within the first five years are lack of innovation, sufficient skills, and a ready talent pool. Therefore, there’s a need to nurture these aspiring entrepreneurs early on their journey with the right ecosystem and provide resources so that they go on to launch successful startups, and we are glad to have the support of AWS through its AWS EdStart program. We have always been very clear about supporting the young entrepreneurs by creating a global ecosystem of stakeholders.”    

AWS EdStart, the AWS educational technology (EdTech) startup accelerator, is designed to help entrepreneurs build the next generation of online learning, analytics, and campus management solutions on the AWS Cloud. The AWS EdStart program, with its range of benefits, resolves many of the early-stage challenges for EdTech entrepreneurs via promotional credits, technical training, community, and marketing support, and mentorship. 

For more info please visit: https://www.uincept.com/upcomming-events

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The story of making of the 100 Episodes series – “I am passionate about Education…”

The teachers collaborate and work in groups to explore the 22 values and discover how the values help in an individual’s personal and social development. The values come alive at their school and enhance learning at the classroom level.

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A gift of the pandemic times, lockdown, and tranquillity offered the best soundbox experience and was perhaps the ideal time to speak and listen. We were pursuing the Joy Of Learning Professional Learning Program with educators from schools across the country, and this was how I discovered the gift of audio!

This is the story of making 100 Episodes "I am passionate about Education…"

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The teachers collaborate and work in groups to explore the 22 values and discover how the values help in an individual's personal and social development. The values come alive at their school and enhance learning at the classroom level. JOL is an extensive and profound learning experience that immerses members in inquiry and problem-based learning models. Staff members work collaboratively to gain knowledge to solve significant student learning problems in their schools. We seek to understand individual members' needs and then assist them in meeting objectives through a collaborative learning environment and with the support of experienced coaches. Zoom and other eLearning methods deliver the learning program, and the focus is on helping teachers find solutions to help the schools provide better.

As we zoomed in and listened to teachers' stories by choice and teachers by chance, I wondered why we were so mad about teaching and learning. Despite the thankless job, with little appreciation, our teachers are perhaps the real changemakers in the world. So this was the eureka moment; let us find out what makes them so mad about the profession,  the quest for meeting 100 educators began!

Does one have to be a teacher to be an educator? Hello, there is a teacher in each of us, and even beyond in the environment, nature, living and non-living. The whole world is my school, and everyone is my teacher.

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On my last visit to Finland to attend the Hundred Summit in 2019, I was fortunate to meet entrepreneurs, policymakers, youth leaders, investors, school heads, students, and people from all walks of life. People head to Helsinki for the Education Week in early November every year to share ideas and innovations and how every problem has a solution, waiting to be simply showcased. This made me reflect on my life and how in near 40 years of living with altruism, I had the good fortune to travel from Sydney to Los Angeles, Nepal to Sri Lanka, East to West, and even head an international youth program.

2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, my years of taking Learning Forward! Every winter, I travelled to the USA to attend the Learning Forward Annual Conference to meet thousands of teachers and passionate educators from across the world; this further increased with the expanse of my network.

My travels in India and the conferences attended in the past decade. Meeting school alumni, industry bodies, and the five different avatars of my life made it very difficult to make a list of 100 influencers in my life, particularly those who have made a difference to others.

My teachers, fellow travellers, friends, and colleagues, my list of passionate educators started evolving. The first one was a teacher of Sex Education. She shared how she was working to sensitize communities and look at life with a gender agnostic lens. Then I met teachers who have had a phenomenal impact on my life, simple real-life people who are real influencers and role models. Yes, we lack mentors and people who practise what they preach; the next part of my agenda is to list real stories.

You will love the stories shared by our happy teachers and passionate educators. They grow the capacity of your people to improve student achievement and transform your school into a culture of trust and collaboration in less time with fewer resources. Each person in your school contributes to the culture of your school. School culture is built on the actions and interactions of the people. You make your school stronger by adding value to others and making others feel valued. Thus, the show's spirit and the live content without any format made the show even better, from the heart and soul.

My life's focus is on school transformation with an emphasis on culture as a service. Over 30 years of experience has empowered thousands of teachers and touched the lives of near a million children. The Future Of Learning – Long-lasting success in professional learning needs a 'culture of learning .' I feel teachers need to take charge of their own learning. They can support teams to design the future of education and transform schools to deliver better learning outcomes.

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As an Author, Entrepreneur, Mountaineer, and above all, passionate about taking learning forward. Founder Learning Forward India, Ambassador Hundred.Org, Chairman Bhadrajun Artisans Trust, Owner of The English Book Depot, and former National Director of The Duke Of Edinburgh's International Award. The episodes perhaps help me reflect and recreate my life as I reconnect with people and, after decades to learn how we could touch each other's lives. Recording the shows was a kind of surreal as unknowingly we are doing similar type of work in our unique ways. As a journalist, an industry person, a member of a Royal Family, leaders, and simple folks all work to make the world a better place to live in.

In the series of 100 Episodes, I travel across the world to decode my passion for education. Meeting teachers, coaches, entrepreneurs and leaders; they share how, in their way, they go about with the singular focus to help schools deliver better, build trust and relationships to spread the joy of learning.

The 100 episodes will inspire you by listening to personal examples of teachers working to help children experience the values. This will also help people take stock of life and how they wish to lead their lives. Education without sharing values is never complete. This was another significant learning when producing the shows.

Episode #100, Releasing on Saturday the 23rd of October 2021, is a tribute to John Martyn, who inspired and enriched the lives of the children from the rural areas near Dehradun. In 1935, John Martyn accompanied Arthur Foot to India to establish the teaching staff of The Doon School, a newly opened boarding school for Indian boys. Martyn was at Doon for 31 years, thus becoming one of the longest-serving schoolmasters in the school's history. After he died in 1984, his wife Mady Martyn wrote a book about him entitled Martyn Sahib, the story of John Martyn of the Doon School.

In his honour, his wife and Martyn's friends set up John Martyn Memorial Trust in a village at the foothills of the Himalayas called Salagaon. The trust runs a school for underprivileged children and provides free education to over 150 children. The past 37 years have been an incredible journey as the school witnessed the lives of many disadvantaged children transforming because of quality primary education.

Yes, in this show, I meet the teachers of The Fabindia School, the parents, board members, and students to find out how one man's passion for bringing a piece of land to life helped build the changemaker school, where I have had the good fortune to spend near a decade. I would like to conclude with the good words of my real friend for life and colleague in the mission for quality in education "Sandeep is a passionate educator. He is one of those individuals who have dedicated his life to making the greatest impact on the greatest number of people." William Nanda Bissell, Chairman of the Board, Fabindia. This is perhaps what each of the 100 passionate educators has been doing all their lives, impacting the lives of one and all on their journey, building relationships and, of course, following their hearts.

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 Sandeep Dutt is a School Improvement Coach and a wannabe Radio Jockey!
 You can find about more about what he does for life on www.Sdutt.com

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Atal Innovation Mission reveals Top 300 Teams of the ATL Marathon 2020

After successful completion and record-breaking participation from young innovators across the country, the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog declared the results of its flagship national annual innovation challenge ‘ATL Marathon 2020’ yesterday.

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After successful completion and record-breaking participation from young innovators across the country, the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog declared the results of its flagship national annual innovation challenge ‘ATL Marathon 2020’ yesterday.

The Marathon witnessed over 1000 Atal Tinkering Labs participating from across the country from which 300 top innovators were selected and top 10 teams from each state that participated in the Marathon of ATL Marathon 2020 were also announced today. This year, AIM has received almost 5 times as many submissions as compared to the previous years. ATL Marathon 2020 witnessed over 7200 innovations from 32 states and 324 districts. This Marathon also had heartening participation of over 57% from girl students.

ATL Marathon is a flagship competition for AIM where Atal Innovation Mission brings in a new theme every year for innovators under which students with the help of their ATL in-charges and mentors carefully research, ideate, innovate and implement their innovations over a period of 6 months. The top students then get a chance to undergo the Student Internship Program (SIP) with AIM’s corporate partners and incubation centres to further enhance and hone their skills and prototypes.

With an ambitious resolve to “Research, Ideate, Innovate, implement – Mindful Innovation for the greater good”, this year’s Marathon theme was aligned with Atmanirbhar Bharat.

While announcing the winners virtually, Mission Director AIM, Dr. Chintan Vaishnav congratulated the winners and said that the most promising of these students will go on to attend the Student Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) which is an 11-month long Bootcamp to take their innovations to the market. We have had students going on to create start-ups and even making their products available on popular e-commerce sites.

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“Through this journey, I want to highlight an important fact – The young generation of our country is coming together to solve problems of their community. These are steps in the right direction to truly create an Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he added.

He said, “Marathon was unique for its idea of Atmanirbhar Bharat, for its execution and most importantly because the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to adapt and be flexible in our innovations. Though the circumstances were unfortunate I believe it taught all of us an important lesson – One must be agile and learn to adapt to ever-changing circumstances without losing your vision along the way.”

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