February 10-17, 2021


Make learning more effective with the latest developments in cognitive research

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Research in cognitive science, neuroscience/biology and psychology has thrown new light on learning processes and the factors affecting it. The knowledge from scientific studies helps address the popular myths while giving deeper understanding of motivation and metacognition. The aim of the workshop is to bring the results of research into class room teaching.

A school teacher faces the challenge of preparing classes that engage a class with the same age children, but with differential learning curves topic-wise, dissimilar conceptual understanding, with gaps in skills and disparate external (non-school) factors influencing them. In addition, the child’s physical and emotional state affects the learning curve. Given the complexity, it is important for teachers to understand the brain from neurodevelopment aspect to design lessons appropriately and build an atmosphere of intellectual safety and trust to address the outliers (over-/under-performers) too.

The planned workshop is the first of its kind to address most if not all of the concerns of learning in an educational system as present in the Indian context. The topics to be covered are:

    Attention, memory, and Learning.
  • Creativity and Innovations -learning from children.
  • Reimagining Imagination: How do students learn scientific and mathematical concepts?
  • Learning by doing – Urban Farming
  • Language – English constructions
  • The concept of testing for Intelligence
  • Music and Brain – Implications for Learning
  • The effect of non-cognitive Skills on cognitive abilities in Children - the socio-economic angle.
  • The brain in problem -solving.
  • Brain-to-Brain Synchrony in the Teaching-learning process - focus on STEM

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 workshop has been postponed to 2021. But we are happy to be back with a new edition. A sincere thanks to the speakers, who have agreed to set aside a time for the talk and interactions. It has been a challenging year, with school education being mostly disrupted. But as resilient humans, have found a silver lining in these circumstances too – that of virtual conferences and workshops. While live-sessions are irreplaceable, especially in complex topics such as cognition and learning being discussed in this workshop, the positive is the ability to reach out to a wider audience and of course speakers. In the past 10 months, we have figured out how to set our camera angles, prepare our presentations and modulate our auditory system, while leaners have figured out a complete novel option of being ‘there’ but not be ‘there’ !. Hence, online learning pedagogy is an all domain of interest.

This year’s workshop will continue the deliberations of the last edition, with fresh and new insights. Our speakers will touch upon the neural/brain level understanding when engaged in science or math learning, how does comprehend language, new ways to teach the topics, activities wherein implicit learning is possible, socio-economic factors etc., The programme has been designed to expand our existing practices of teaching.

10 Speakers

Domain Experts

10-17 Feb



Teacher Resources

Message from prof Anil Kumar Gupta

Dear creative student,

Our learning from local knowledge systems often remains obscure, under-appreciated and unrecognised. This assignment is supposed to prepare us for an immersion in the real life and wisdom around us and help us in lateral learning, that is, from each other and trigger knowledge-based social and/or economic enterprises

a) you would have elders at home or extended home (grandparents/uncles/aunts or others) whose sermons you might not have liked at a younger age. But maybe with years on your side, you have begun to appreciate their wisdom. Can u talk to them as a student and try to seek stories/practices/anecdotes which might be useful to share with others. Do mention their name, age and gender and also attach a photo is possible. if the Honey Bee network decides to publish a few examples, it will do so with due credit to you, your institution and of course your elders. Some of these ideas could act as a spur for future innovations.

b) There are various service providers, farm workers, mechanics, artisans, maidservant, driver, guard, sanitation workers, washermen/women, Gardner etc., whose knowledge of solving day to day problem of frugal health, food, medicines etc., has seldom received much attention. Can you try to talk to them again as a student and see if you can document some of their insights from which we can benefit with due acknowledgement to them?

c) try to identify some of the unmet family, community, social and institutional needs (products or services) which need innovation in future. Notice the infirmities in the design of farm tools or elsewhere, the drudgery your mother or elders or family have to live with. Maybe, you can try to list the problems farmworkers, SHG members, your own mother face and experience yourself the design defects which they could not solve because of the lack of access to fab tools. Unmet Needs will trigger new innovations and these can be shared with other students as a basis of their projects

D) try to locate any innovation done by common people, professionals, or women members of the community, start-up, students or public service providers

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Sawaliram 2.0

Sawaliram 2.0 is an online repository of students' questions from different parts of India, their answers by experts, articles by teachers and resources on understanding, developing and nurturing curiosity among students.

Sawaliram provides a platform for teachers to submit questions and write articles, experts to answer questions and to translate the content into various languages. Users can view data analytics and do their own data visualisations on an external site.

The site is being developed in open source. Sawaliram 2.0 is an initiative of Eklavya, Bhopal, in cooperation with TIFR Hyderabad.

Contact: mail.sawaliram@gmail.com

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Workshop Schedule

Speaker 1

Prof Jayashree Ramadas - Keynote 1

Topic : Curiosity, learning and Sawaliram 2.0

Affiliations : TIFR

6:10pm 10 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Prof Anil Kumar Gupta - Keynote 2

Topic : Creativity, Innovations by children - learning from children

Affiliations : IIM A (retd)

7:10pm 10 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Prof Narayanan Srinivasan

Topic : Attention, Memory and Learning

Affiliations : IIM K, CBCS, University of Allahabad

6:00pm, 11 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Prof Raj Reddy - Special Address

Topic : ome Implications of Cognitive Science for K-12 Education

Affiliations : IIIT Hyderabad, CMU, Stanford

7:00pm, 11 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Dr Prajakt Pande

Topic : Reimagining Imagination: How do Students Learn Scientific and Mathematical Concepts?

Affiliations : Roskilde University, Denmark

6:00pm, 12 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Dr Deborah Dutta

Topic : Learning by doing - Digging deep: Understanding motivational triggers for pro-environmental actions through an urban farming project

Affiliations : TIFR HBCL

7:00pm, 12 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Dr Indrajit Bairagya

Topic : The effect of non-cognitive Skills on cognitive abilities in Children - the socio-economic angle

Affiliations : Institute for Social and Economic Change

6:00pm, 15 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Dr Meir Meshulam

Topic : Learning to think like an expert

Affiliations : Princeton University

7:00pm, 15 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Dr Kavita Vemuri

Topic : What Intelligence tests measure

Affiliations : IIIT Hyderabad

6:00pm, 16 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 1

Dr Ido Davidesco

Topic : Findings from study on Brain-to-brain synchrony between students and teachers predicts learning outcomes

Affiliations : University of Connecticut

7:00pm 16 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Dr Samar Hussain

Topic : Language leaning - English Constructions

Affiliations : IIT D

6:00pm, 17 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel
Speaker 2

Dr Vinoo Alluri

Topic : Music and Brain - implications to learning

Affiliations : IIIT Hyderabad

7:00pm, 17 Feb, 2021 Conference Channel