Webconference II

Saturday, 21 August 2010. 8:30-10:00 p.m. India Time.

Participants: Dr. Uma Garimella (Teachers’ Academy, Hyderabad), Dr. Naresh Sunkara (U C Berkeley), Dr. Santanu Banerjee (U Penn), Dr. Manoj Nair (Ohio State), Dr. Sriram Satagopan (Ohio State), Katyayni Vinnakota (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin).

Moderator: A n i l  K u m a r  C h a l l a

Meeting summary:

  1. The group is exploring ways in which it can improve the science education.   It is open to any sector, some feel K-12, others are more comfortable at undergraduate level.
  2. The group should gain deeper understanding of the current state of school education, initiatives in both private and public (Government) sectors.  Dr.Santanu Banerjee mentioned a report on Indian Science by the National Council of Applied Economic Research.
  3. Skills of group members and resources available should be listed so that we know what and how exactly they can contribute to the efforts in India.
  4. Dr. Uma Garimella suggested that the group adopt a few schools and work on their real issues, conduct some ‘popular’ science activities (like summer camps) which will interest both students and parents to pursue careers in science.
  5. Dr. Uma Garimella shared some of the resources in terms of her own experience and web resources, like yardstick.co.in and arvindguptatoys.  She can connect the group to the Yardstick team.
  6. Dr. Uma Garimella is working on a few ideas to infuse talent into the teaching profession and she will communicate those with the group.
  7. Since the group members outside of India cannot be physically present to do work on the ground, creative ways to to get involved have to be explored.  Web mentoring for students and teachers may be taken up as the first step.

Action items:

  1. Do a webconference to interact with a student group or classroom.
  2. Partner with a school and contribute according to the needs of the learning community.