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Webinar by Karadi Path

Every 'c' in Pacific Ocean is pronounced differently – Excite the reader in you!

The webinar was hosted by Karadi Path to launch a new venture in reading named ZOOMER-hybrid acceleration reading programme. Mrs. Meera Bai Gopi, Mrs. Priyalatha and Mrs. Smitha KP were part of the webinar on 30th of October 2020 at 5:00 PM. Preethika Venkatakrishnan – Vice President of Karadi Path Education Company hosted the show and invited Owen Henkel – Dept. of Education, University of Oxford to officially launch the space themed ZOOMER e - reading app. This app mainly is to accelerate the reading in children.

Owen Henkel summed up three predominant factors to look for in reading

The invigorating panel discussion on READING AS THEATRE OF THE MIND was with Mukta Chatterjee (Executive Director, Centre Point Group of Schools) as the moderator who brainstormed the similarity of theatre of the mind to a live theatre show. The panelists were Anushka Ravishankar (Children's writer), Chitra Soundar (Children's writer), CP Vishwantah (CEO and Founder Karadi Path) and Owen Henkel.

Can reading aloud hamper learning efficacy? How reading impacts one's consciousness? The popular kill joys in reading in children.

The above points were briefly discussed by the panelists. The importance of reading aloud, silent reading by children and model reading by a proficient reader was discussed too. Debate on reading stories and understanding mathematics and science concepts and how illustration and picture book help in reading were debated too. One doesn't need to read books to become successful was the final debate in line where Chitra Sounder pointed out that reading and comprehending plays a major role in day to day life. Mr. Vishwanath expressed that teaching grammar and then reading the language may not be a successful strategy in accelerating the interest to read. Encouraging children to listen and read can help in making them get a hold on the language.

  • Reading is a complex process that involves mapping between written language and spoken language.
  • Encouragement and engagement to read.
  • Immediate feedback to readers to help them in proper pronunciation.
Webinar by Karadi Path Webinar by Karadi Path
Webinar by Karadi Path Webinar by Karadi Path

Vision Ambassador Training Program

Mrs. Ambili Unnikrishnan, PG Asst English, participated in the virtual 'Vision Ambassador Training Program for School Teachers' conducted by Dr. Anuradha Narayanan, Principal– Elite School of Optometry- Sankara Nethralaya, on October 5, 2020.

Every child must have an eye examination at least once before he/she enters school. Early detection and management of eye problems is crucial in the young children. "According to the WHO, the 5-11age-group is considered vital for early diagnosis of eye problems. Refractive error remains the second leading cause of avoidable blindness and uncorrected refractive errors among school children can adversely affect their academic performance. The vision screening will help in the early diagnosis and treatment of refractive errors and other eye ailments among the school-going children," There are many initiatives to screen for eye problems in children both from the Government and Non-Governmental Organizations. Vision Ambassador Training is one such initiative from Elite School of Optometry, {a college run by Sankara Nethralaya in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) where in volunteers will be trained by eye care professionals to d o a Basic Vision Screening.

The following were highlighted during the session:

1.What is basic vision screening?

Basic vision screening aims to identify

  • Children with vision impairment and
  • Other visible eye problems like squint, ptosis etc

2.How to prevent eye strain?

  • Many of us spend a good deal of our time staring at screens from laptops, computers, smartphones, gaming systems and television. This can put a lot of strain on our eyes and cause eye fatigue. When using your screens give your eyes a break. Use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.
  • Use bigger screens instead of mobile phones
  • Blink eyes when experiencing fatigue
  • Take enough rest

3.How to identify a child in need?

The following may be indicative of a child experiencing a vision problem:

  • Eyes turning inward or outward
  • Squinting
  • Headaches
  • Worsening academic performance
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Losing place while reading
  • Avoiding close work
  • Holding reading material closer than normal
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Eyes tiring while reading or doing other schoolwork
  • Turning or tilting head to use one eye only
  • Making frequent reversals when reading or writing
  • Using finger to maintain place while reading
  • Consistently performing below potential

4.How can vision screening be done by teachers?

The training focused on two areas: how to conduct visual acuity screening, and how to teach others to conduct visual acuity screening. Using the screening 'kit', teachers can note down the names of the students who have difficulty in reading and send them for expert guidance.