TED-Ed Club aims to introduce a school-friendly framework that supports students in meeting regularly to discuss, pursue and present their big ideas in the form of short TED-style Talks

Interaction of 11 TEDEd Club Members with Students of Grade 11 of Hasbaya Public High School, Lebanon

May 29, 2020

The students of class 11 of the TEDEd club of the school attended an online interactive session with the students of Hasbaya Public High School,Nabatieh, Lebanon on May 29, 2020. The session was set in motion by the facilitators of both schools, Ms. Raminder Mac of Choithram School and Ms. Nadine Saassouh, who shared a sister like attachment despite the multitudinous distance between them. It was uplifting and moving to see the two share such a close bond. After a brief introduction of the schools, the students began to exchange views upon the current pandemic, and many opinions came forth. Students discussed how COVID-19 has impacted their life for the better and for the worse, how they were dealing with this emergency and their feelings throughout this period. Students were made aware about myths and facts, statistical analyses, and the global effect of COVID-19, however the discussion continued to be energizingly positive, with more and more students sharing the positive impact of the lockdown and sharing their methods of coping. It truly was eye opening, and made one realise that the whole world was in this together. The session ended with students of both schools hoping for each other’s safety, and both facilitators praising the positive outlook of the children.


Overcoming Challenges through Interaction, Tenderness and Sentiments

May 28, 2020

The students of class 10 of the TEDEd Club, attended an interactive session with students of Bridges , Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 28, 2020. The session commenced with the facilitator from Choithram School Ms. Raminder Mac welcoming everyone and introducing her school. Subsequently the facilitator of Bridges Institute Ms. Maria Herminia Cacheiro showcased a motivational video which encouraged students towards productivity during lockdown. From disastrous birthday celebrations to staying away from family and friends during lockdown, the students discussed it all; about how COVID-19 pandemic has affected their lifestyle and how their lives will change post lockdown. They talked about the importance of mental health and the healing effects on the environment during the pandemic. The students also shared some innovative tips regarding how to stay positive during such times. The session turned out to be an encouraging and learning tool for the students to help them stay positive and productive during the lockdown. The session ended with the facilitators praising the students and stressing on the fact how the pandemic has affected everyone universally and individually.

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Change Comes From Listening, Learning, Caring And Interaction

May 25, 2020

The students of TEDEd Club of class 12 of the school had an interactive session with the TEDEd club students of Protea Heights Academy, Cape Town, South Africa on Monday, May 25, 2020. The students of Protea Heights Academy, Cape Town, South Africa receive training TEDEd training through the Save Foundation. The session commenced with the TEDEd facilitators from both the schools – Ms. Raminder Mac from Choithram School, Ms. Claudette Arends from Save Foundation and Ms. Alida Cloete from Protea Heights Academy, Cape Town, South Africa introducing themselves with a brief explanation of their schools. The students discussed on how COVID-19 is impacting their lifestyle and what changes they have undergone during this lockdown period. The session witnessed attention-grabbing discussions about both positive and negative impacts of the pandemic. This platform turned out to be rejuvenating for students and boosted their enthusiasm in such trying times. The session ended with the teachers giving a positive feedback about the online session.

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Separated by a Thousand Miles But United by a Language – Discussion of Class 12 TEDEd Club Members with TEDEd Club Members of Bright Riders School, Abu Dhabi, UAE

May 22, 2020

The students of Class 12 of the school’s TedEd Club interacted with the students of the TEDEd Club of Bright Riders School, Abu Dhabi, UAE on May 22, 2020 in an online discussion on the topic ‘Impact of COVID-19 on the day-to-day lifestyle of students’. The students discussed about the effects of lockdown as well as the importance of physical and mental well-being during this period. The hilarious anecdotes, self-composed poems and the facts shared by the speakers made the session interesting. The session also witnessed constructive feedback from the students of both the schools followed by a Question – Answer round. The moderators thanked the teachers and students for being a part of the session and informed the fellow attendees about the basic hygiene norms that should be followed for flattening the curve. As the TEDed facilitators of both the schools (Ms. Raminder Mac from Choithram School and Mrs. Surekha Morankar from Bright Riders School, Abu Dhabi, UAE) closed the session, the students’ eyes radiated warmth and positivity hinting towards a bright future.

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Attending TEDx Asia Pacific Virtual Forum

May 2, 2020

Ms. Raminder Mac, Curator of TEDxChoithramSchoolIndore and teacher facilitator of TEDEd club of the school, Ms. Chitralekha Kulkarni, HOD English Department along with four students of the TEDEd club of class 12 – Dhruvi Nagpal, Nandini Bhachawat, Charvi Gangwani and Shreya Khiani attended TEDx Asia Pacific Virtual Forum on May 2, 2020. The forum; half a day event from 11 am to 4.30 pm IST, on the theme ‘Solicitude’ brought together 312 TEDx licensee holders, curators and volunteers from across the world. The theme ‘Solicitude’ represents humanity amongst everyone as people in the COVID-19 crisis are trying to care not about themselves, but also about each other and caring for others across the borders.

The event which included a mixture of short sharings, workshops, fireside chats, break out sessions, performances and activities from various presenters and organizers took place in three sessions viz. Session 1: Caring for Ourselves, Session 2: Caring for Each Other and Session 3: Caring Across Borders. The event explored the following important questions:
What we have learnt and want to do differently?
How can we help businesses to thrive?
How can we contribute to better public health system?
How can we keep our mother nature to restore?
How can we focus on well-being for the people?
How can TEDx organizers work together?

Session 1 witnessed performance by MCKY (Australia), opening address by the organizers, ‘sharing of a word’ by all participants that came to their mind when they thought of COVID-19, talk by Kotchakorn Voraakhom, TED Speaker (Thailand) on ‘New Normal of Living’, discussion of how can we make this new normal a new normal in the break out rooms, interactive activity titled ‘Poem We All Wrote’, sharing of failures and learning of a virtual TEDx event by the organizers of TEDxBangkok event, video titled ‘See you Soon Vietnam’ and discussion on ‘How to translate TED(x) talks by Dr. Ajahn Nisara, TED Translator Community (Thailand).

Session 2 saw performance by Elizaveta Khripounova (Japan/Russia), sharing of ‘Importance of Social Harmony’ by Nazhath Faheema (Singapore) and ‘What do you do when you cannot afford social distancing?’ by Anshu Gupta (India), Fireside chat on ‘The role of independent media and journalism in tackling fake news’ by Marites Vitug, Rappler (Philippines) & Endy Bayuni, The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) and interactive activity on ‘Physical Exercise’ by Annie Yim (Singapore/Taiwan/Australia/Malaysia). Discussions in break out rooms took place on ‘Post Covid-19 City and Transport System’ by Vincent Ng, TEDxWanchai (Hong Kong), ‘Responses to Covid-19 in Taiwan & South Korea’ by Jason Hsu (Taiwan) & Ruby Kwak (South Korea), Art, digital experience, and creativity in a post-pandemic world by Andrea Baldini (Italy/China), ‘How to futurecast’ by Hugh Choi, TEDxSamsung (South Korea)

Session 3 encompassed sharing on Covid-19 and Climate Change by Dr. Suchana Chavanich (Thailand), performance by Klee Saw (Thailand), sessions in break out rooms on ‘TEDx remote productions’ by Will Davis, TEDx Development, ‘How to host TED Circles’ by Alyssa Hampton, TED Circles, ‘How to prepare your speakers’ by Jon Yeo, TEDxMelbourne and ‘Exploring the original TED’ by Dave Lim, TEDxSingapore. Fireside chat revolved around ‘The changing future’ by De Kai, Artificial Intelligence Professor (Hong Kong/US), Nadia Naviwala, The Citizens Foundation (Pakistan). Participants wrote on ‘When this is over I will….’ during the interactive activity followed by performances and silent disco by participants with a stuffed toy in one’s hand and swaying to music.

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LUMOS – Inter School Talk Show

January 22, 2020

Choithram Educational Club of Choithram School hosted Inter School Talk Show ‘LUMOS’ on January 22, 2020 which witnessed participation of various schools of the city as well as Arjun English Boarding High School, Nepal. Lumos was a platform for students of classes VIII to X to deliver talks on the topics chosen by them with the aim of the event being to ‘Illuminate Thoughts’. Teachers of Arjun English Boarding High School, Gulmi, Nepal – Mr. Sudeep K. C. and Mrs. Srijana Subedi graced the occasion. The programme commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the guests. Two students from each school vociferously expressed their views on something they were passionate about or an innovative idea which could bring about a change in the world or a scientific idea devised by themselves. Certificates of participation and books were awarded to all participants. Scintillating dance performance along with reverberating musical performances added flavour to the event. The entire event was independently organized by class IX students of the Choithram Educational Club.

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Deep Dive Into Exploration: What Makes a Great Idea…Great?

September 26, 2019

As a group activity, students of class 11 of the TED-Ed Club brainstormed and came up with ‘qualities of a great idea’, presenting innovative and creative answers in front of other group members. The club members came up with their club’s qualities of a great idea by compiling the ideas all the groups.

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Final TED-Ed Event

March 8, 2019

TED-Ed Club of the school hosted its first TED-Ed event with 20 students of class 8 deliberating on a wide range of topics in the form of short TED-style talks on March 8, 2019. After being exposed to TED-Ed’s curriculum comprising of explorations, videos and brainstorming sessions during the session with the help of a teacher facilitator, the students identified and researched ideas that mattered to them the most and practiced their big ideas in the form of a talk.

Anaa Pathak presented curiosity as a fine solution to the world’s endless problems in her talk titled ‘Curiosity: A Solution to Every Problem’

Somya Paliwal in her talk ‘Periods is the time to feel proud’ spoke about the practice of untouchability and treatment of females as impure during menstruation.

Moli Vacchani deliberated about taking one’s own decisions while speaking on the topic ‘You Are Your Own Boss’

Shrishti Jaisinghani who while talking on ‘Don’t be Afraid of Committing Mistakes’ spoke about having imperfections which can be our strengths.

Anamayo Awasthi strongly believed that video games are not a waste of time while delivering his talk titled ‘Video Games Hold Secrets To Living Life!’

Hardik Bansal spoke about ‘Trying my Modification in 4g Two Wheeler Vehicles’

Yagya Asrani delivered her talk on ‘Comparisons – The Stumbling Blocks’ where she spoke about competing with oneself and not with others.

Hiteshi Chugh explored the dull, disadvantageous and miserable side of social networking sites while deliberating on ‘Suicide is Never an Option’

Chhavi Gupta in her talk titled ‘If Women Can Wear Trousers, Why Can’t Men Wear Skirts?’ raised an important issue of gender equality.

Mahi Agrawal’s talk on ‘Poetry: Flowing Emotions of The Soul’ focused on that when we write poetry all the thoughts come from our heart, from our inner soul.

Aastha Patodi in her talk titled ‘Colourism..a Prejudice’ contemplated how colourism as a prejudice is deeply ingrained in the Indian society.

Deval Maheshwari in his intriguing talk titled ‘Exploring the House of Greed’ explored how greed can be good contrary to what everyone thinks.

Swasti Ajmera in her talk titled ‘Regional Languages as a Medium of Instruction in Indian Schools’ tried to find a solution to the problem of diminishing Indian regional languages.

Believing that small changes can make a big difference, Ishan Singi in his talk titled ‘An Alternative of Plastic Pens: Eco Pens’ suggested ways to combat the growing problem of plastic in the modern era.

Khushi Nanwani suggested an effective remedy for curbing anger in her talk titled ‘How to Curb Anger’

Samyak Ajmera in his talk titled ‘From Waste to Wire’ suggested how electricity can be generated from sewage water in a cost effective manner.

Shravan Deshpande in his talk ‘Follow Your Heart’ proposed students to follow their passion in making the right career choices.

Jayad Chhabra in his talk titled ‘Marks Should Not be a Parameter for Judging Students’ spoke about how important it is for children to learn and apply their knowledge in real life.

Kruti Aswani while speaking on ‘Conserving Water by Not Watering Plants’ talked of a chemical solution containing all the nutrients needed by the plants which will help in conservation of water.

Mantra Mehta believed that we should never hesitate in asking questions in his talk titled ‘Big Questions Lead to Big Answers’ School

Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi lauded the efforts of the students for speaking with poise, sophistication and conviction.

Watch the awe-inspiring TEDEd talks delivered by our young rhetoricians of class 8

Anaa Pathak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OJE2REYQQA
Somya Paliwal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XBmHH1ss9M
Moli Vacchani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVWsEMhpSx0
Shrishti Jaisinghani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCVhAkJ5-XY
Anamayo Awasthi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2jD4sKFQcU
Hardik Bansal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_cUnJj-aFA
Yagya Asrani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiwm23gbT0Y
Hiteshi Chugh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWqwu1YsRKc
Chhavi Gupta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we3pPnuP6fs
Mahi Agrawal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZv1zlPZCEk
Aastha Patodi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH_KzTtbvfs
Deval Maheshwari https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkxmri9dg8Y
Swasti Ajmera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNMfvz36WKU
Ishan Singi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZV7DFVWV78
Khushi Nanwani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfkAtjUCI9M
Samyak Ajmera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOCO_KXfQ_I
Shravan Deshpande https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJxcUe9y5P4
Jayad Chhabra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwDs-Kuo4eg
Kruti Aswani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u3aijt0yNg
Mantra Mehta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-C3HkJQv6g

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Deep Dive Into Exploration 2: What Makes a Great Idea…Great?

October 12, 2018

The club members watched Anika Paulson’s TED-Ed talk – ‘How I Found Myself Through Music’. As a group activity they brainstormed and came up with ‘qualities of a great idea’, presenting innovative and creative answers in front of other group members. Ms. Raminder Mac, the facilitator of the programme encouraged the students to put on their thinking caps and think beyond the four walls of the classroom. The club members came up with their club’s qualities of a great idea by compiling the ideas all the groups. The students also discussed these questions:

• Where do good ideas come from? Where can you look to find them?
• What can keep ideas from spreading?
• Are ideas created by individuals or groups?
• Are great ideas natural or can you train yourself to develop good ideas through practice?

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Deep Dive Into Exploration 1: What Makes Your Heart Beat Faster?

October 12, 2018

In this opening session, the club members of class VIII got to know their fellow club members through various activities. They first introduced themselves (in a serious manner and in a hilarious manner) and thereafter teamed up in a pair, found out details about their partners and introduced each other. They also spoke about three things that they were passionate about. They watched TED-Ed videos, Ashton Cofer–‘A plan to recycle the unrecyclable’ and their first TED-Ed Club Lesson. As a group task they answered the question ‘What do you hope you and your Club Members will get out of your TED-Ed Club experience? Ms. Raminder Mac, the facilitator of the programme motivated the students to speak freely and with passion.

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