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A one of its kind of events that provided platform to the High School students to explore their creative talent, blending within the theme of Passion + Language + Technology (PLT). PLT an idea conceived by the team Yesmindz’ aided students in creating their individual creative reading content that is appealing to the 21st century English language readers. The autonomy to self-reflect about how to integrate these elements together and create something interesting has given them freedom to showcase their talent. The outcome of it is highly appreciative and deserve kudos. The details of which are explained below.
The pathway that led to this milestone for Yesmindz-ians is something equally interesting to share. While brainstorming about the unique style of teaching in the online mode that would hold the attention of the students and also fulfil the language learning objectives, a comprehensive task was planned out to be taken up by the students as a home task at the high school level.
The home task given was to complete a short -term project on extra reading; the end result of it shall culminate into a creation of reading material that is both attractive, short and relevant to be used in the online mode. The ultimate result was the beautiful creative work of students in the form of short video, infographic, gif, cartoon, comics, poster, advertisement, package designing and so on. It made language learning enriching and concept oriented for all the Yesmindz-ians.
The always considered boring home task project turned out to be a colourful display of the student’s individual passion expressed in English language using digital apps. Students own work made them to involve in language learning more effectively. It not only made them confident; it also comforted them because learning language seemed more relevant to them in the context of 21st century.
The task involved students to reflect on the issue of the current changing reading habits of Zen Z and find techniques to resolve the issue rather complaining about it. This task made them feel more responsible in taking up the project more seriously. The skill to be critical thinkers while resolving a problem that is prevalent in the society made them feel socially responsible individuals.
IB Learner profile of being Thinkers, Communicators and Reflective individuals who think with an open mind menifested in the Yesmindz’ event Talk! Talk! Creative Creation Competition conducted in the form of an Exhibition, held on January 28th, 2023. The aim was to make students exhibit their creation that involved Passion+ Language + Technology (PLT), while talking (speaking skills) about their creation, woven around the theme of PLT.
Among such creative display of works, it was indeed a challenge to select the best two.
Although all the works were equally appreciative, the best two among them are selected to be first and second.
ROHIT R, from Chennai, India is declared First.
Krishna Nigam from Singapore declared second in the competition.
Also, noteworthy is the mention of mixed blend of choices of judges who are both IBDP experienced educators and fresh techies working globally, who justified their Indvidual task with dexterity and passion in their field of expertise.
Thanks to all the other backstage support team members for their dedicated support without whom it would have not been possible to have smooth journey for Yesmindz to conduct a dedicated online event where parents, students and judges were the participants. They coordinated it effectively.
Special shout out to the parents who spent their precious time for the event making it successful and encouraging the young budding minds to touch the sky of imagination.
Thank you one and all!
Profile of the Judges
Ms. Pratima Roy– M.Phil. English (Ph.D.)-Moderator.
Profession: IBDP English Language and Literature and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Educator. IBDP Examiner & Content Developer.
Ms. Rajendri Murali-M.Sc, B. ED – Judge 1.
Profession: IBDP Biology Educator & Examiner. A science teacher and national honour society sponsor at Albuquerque public school, USA.
Ms. Dhai Abinaya- B.A., (M.A.) Visual Arts- Judge 2.
Profession: IBDP Visual Arts Educator & Examiner. Craftpreneur@ mylittlesurprises. Experienced in teaching at international schools, Maldives & India.
Ms. Sarmistha Roy– MBA Marketing -Judge 3.
Profession: IT Project Consultant, Infosys.
Ms. Rutika Gawande – MBA Operations-Judge 4.
Profession: IT Project Consultant, Infosys.