• 10 Gifts For Your Child This Christmas (No.2 is our Favourite)

    4 days away from Christmas and still wondering what to buy for your child? 

    The Education Superheroes are here to help you out. You can make the choice between entertainment/educational or both. Be it instant gratification or a long term benefit, your kids will definitely appreciate you getting them these gifts. 


    These are OUR top 10 Gift Ideas for your kids  (in no particular order):

    1. Spotify Subscription 

    Music can play a big part in a child’s development and it can ignite their overall literacy. Music that is relaxing and soothing can relief anxiety and assist students to beat stress. Learning with music playing in background allows them to focus on a task. Upbeat music will be helpful to motivate and inspire them to complete a task. 

    Price Point: $7.99 - $12.99 a month

    www.spotify.com

    2. 3D Printer

    Get your kids to be prepared for the world of tomorrow, with 3D printing and modelling being part of that future. It is useful for kids to build mock ups and start on physical projects based on their design. Innovations in Healthcare, Fasion, inventions and even personal applications can be 3D printed. Challenge your child to think beyond the box.

    Price Point: $900.00

    http://www.ionic3dp.com/epsilon/

     

     

    3. Personalised Coaching

    Every child needs a mentor with them throughout their learning journey - Someone who will be able to guide the child in every aspect of life.The coach will be able to nurture the child in their overall development, getting the best out of them for the Academics, 21st Century Skills and Character Development. It will be hard for parents to play that role of a coach as it always results to a conflict, especially during dinner time conversations. 

    Allow the coach to help out using their experience of coaching kids over the years. Score Campus will be able to provide a complimentary diagnostic coaching session that allow you to understand your child further and recommend something that will help you.

    Price Point: Free Coaching Session

    Monthly Coaching: $400 - $600 monthly

    www.scorecampus.com

    www.facebook.com/scorecampus

    4. Scribo

    Scribo is an Artificial Intelligence software that focuses on a child’s writing skills. To transfer the independency of learning to a child, Scribo helps them to identify their vocabulary, grammar, spelling, sentence structuring, paragraphing and writing style. Most importantly, once this is done, the child can work on their creative writing. 

    Price Point: $20/year

    https://literatu.org/scribo/

    5. Cerebry

    Cerebry is an AI-Powered Practice Platform which adapts real-time to each student’s unique capability for Mathematics, generating practice assignments on the go. All your child needs to do is pick a topic and practice consistently through a unique learning path. Cerebry not only knows when a student gets a question wrong, but it also instantly identifies the exact sub-concept the student is struggling with. Cerebry goes the extra mile, so you don’t have to. You don’t need to deal with any complexity. Within seconds, our intuitive reports can guide you on the topics to focus on, making the best out of your time for maximum impact.

    Price Point: $20/year

    https://www.cerebry.co/

    6. Udemy Course

    Udemy has over 100,000 online courses with videos and assignments that is published monthly. From coding to machine learning, there are all types of courses that your child will be able to learn from. They can go at their own pace with a lifetime access to the courses. The kids will be able to build a library filled with various courses that they will be able to attend to anytime, helping them in their personal growth to be ready for the future. 

    Price Point: $16.49 per course

    https://www.udemy.com/

    7. Google Home/Echo Mini

    It's an exciting time to be a kid. From tablets to smartphones to your refrigerator, everything is getting smarter, with more fun features for kids to take advantage of. Games on the Google Home or Echo Mini allows them to have a clarity of speaking. It gets them updated with the latest technology as well. The sooner they are comfortable with voice assistance, the sooner they will understand the technology of the future. 

    Price Point: $55.00 - $169.00

    store.google.com/‎

    8. Boardgames 

    Family and friends spending time together without technology involved. Huge range of Boardgames are out there and some that we have never heard of. Board games fosters social interactions, which allows them to engage and communicate with each other. It develops the child's ability to focus and keep their attention span on the game. 

    The few favourite of ours is Taboo, Codenames and Boggle. All of which helps a child's English as well as Vocabulary.

    Price Point: $17 - $35

    9. Blazepods

    Reflex, Reaction and psychomotor skills are skill sets that kids need to develop as they grow. These devices constantly encourages a child to train their reflexes and eventually improve their central nervous system, with quick decisioning being an outcome of these trainings. 

    www.blazepod.com

    Price Point: $399.00

    10. Interactive TV

    Interactive TV - The integration between traditional television technology and touch enabled screens, even functioning as a computer as well. The interaction between a child and a touch screen tv will require a child to use 3 of their senses - sight, hearing & touch. It gives them a chance to move around and get active by writing on the board, which is a step away from traditional style of writing on a paper.

    Price Point: $1400 and above

    https://www.inknoe.com/

    There you go! Our top 10 gifts that your child will love for 2020. Would like to receive your feedback based on usage of the items stated above. 

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

    Score Campus is designed to focus on a child's overall development and personalised the way we coach according to the child's needs. We are involved in Education Technology to connect students around the world through learning. 

    Prices stated are taken when blog was written. Subjected to changes*

  • THERE IS A SUPERHERO IN YOU!

    From the Desk of Gabriel Suppiah


    Superman, Ironman, Thor, Wonderwoman, Batman, Scarlet Witch and many more superheroes are fictional characters by Marvel and DC. Their stories are featured on the television, magazines and the big screen. That is our reality. A superhero is fictitious!
    NO!


    There is a Superhero in you. Before you realise that, you got to say, “Enough is Enough”.
    Before you realise that, you need to get out of that slavery to education mindset.
    Before you realise that, you need to drop that “I can’t” attitude and start believing that you are important in this world.


    Before you realise that, you need to look at the people you love and respect and let them know that you are born for more.


    This is about you; the Superhero in you!
    For way too long, a child’s life is defined by grades and what they achieve in the various classes. Even if that is considered ok, the mental stress and anxiety a child goes through that goes unnoticed or neglected is an even bigger crime.


    There are crimes everywhere when it comes to children.
    1. We do not allow them to express
    2. We define what they can and cannot do
    3. We do not allow them to Metamorphosize
    4. We do not allow them to create
    5. We do not challenge them
    6. We do not allow them to get hurt
    7. We do not allow them to grow
    Of course the defensive parents and educators will be up in arms by now ready to stone me to death, but let me share something with you. I am a parent and I am making the same mistakes just like anyone else.


    I want to play a role of a good parent in this extremely stressful world of today. I don’t want to be an extended version of a teacher, tutor, coach, counsellor or anything overly structured. I just want to be a parent and inspire my kids with my love for them and the passion I have for why I do what I do! This means we need enablers! We need the Alfreds’ of the world, the Happys’ of the world and the Nick Furys’ of the world to help us out. This is where the educators RISE UP as enablers.

    It is time. Life is more than grades. Life is about values and these values are shaped by powerful experiences; teachable moments. Our kids look more depressed and defeated then ever before. We can end this. We will form our halls of justice and from the ashes of defeat will rise a new breed of Superheroes; Education Superheroes.


    They will conquer good over evil; the ultimate learners of what is needed to make this world a better place. They will smile and they will laugh, and we will, alongside them, proud that we have played our role as parents to the best of our ability.


    Everything important and necessary will sound impossible to achieve and the voices of uncertainty and defeat will creep into us too. This is where we dig into OUR inner superhero and make a decision to Change, EVERYTHING!


    Welcome to the new world of Education Superheroes!


    From the Desk of Gabriel Suppiah


    gabriel@scorecampus.com
    www.scorecampus.com

  • Who is an Education Superhero

    Being an education superhero starts with yourself. Taking the first step of being self-awareness and evaluating what you think you are worth. For a start, in this article I will speak about the 2 elements that needs to figured out by every individual. That is to define your success and happiness. I will elaborate on this later on.

    For adults, the common saying is you should not ‘live to work’ which has become a common thought amongst kids as well. Their thoughts about life is to, ‘live to study’. My take, is both age groups should be changing their mentality about work and study. Focus on yourself and inspire people, inspire the world, regardless of which stage you are in life. As adults, do not follow through life complaining and dreading things that you do not like to do. The kids of today, will listen to you and follow as well. That is how the habit starts. There are many things we can learn from kids. I will get to that in my future articles.

    Now, you have chosen that you want to become an education superhero. What do you start with? Start with your own definition of happiness and success.

    Define what makes your happy first. Whether it is your work, something fun that you do, friends, family or anything that directs to you being happy. Different people will various means to find happiness. It is all about feeling self-worth and knowing that you are waking up every day to be on a mission to do something. I can confidently say that when everyone gets to focus on their happiness, they world will be a better place.

    Success–What does it actually mean? That is the second step of being an education superhero after defining one’s happiness. Success is an outcome of the amount effort you put in towards something. As said in happiness, defining your success is determined by yourself on not by others. If you live your life according other people’s dreams and vision, you will continue to live a highly disappointing life. You need to set goals by having a date on when you want to accomplish them and make sure you are doing it for yourself and not for someone else. Quantify your success and you will feel good about yourself.

    My Why of being an Education Superhero

    Every experience I have gone through in life is a lesson that I have learnt from. Whether it is a failure or a positive experience, there is a story to tell. Learning is a change of behaviour as a result of an experience.

    I want to become an education superhero because I have decided to embark on this journey of happiness and success. There is so much that I need to do that will allow the space for me to grow. With my experiences, I want to be an enabler for others to join me on this journey of self-analysis through my coaching.

    My confidence and strength has increased and I will keep fighting to always be the best version of myself. I will continue to live up to my personal values and principles. 

    I am Coach Rahul Dave, and I am an Education Superhero.

     

  • WE AS EDUCATORS HAVE FAILED

    I have said this to my son many times. If he is an unhappy child, I have failed as a father and folks, I take this very personally. I have come back to Chennai for my usual traveling educators series and learned about Anita and also the blue whale challenge.

    I feel insulted as an educator. I feel our intelligence and passion are insulted. Time and again, we lose out to negativity and the spreading of it. Let's just spend a minute thinking about why this is happening folks? It is happening because education is associated with negativity. We talk about stressed out students dealing with anxiety and emotional breakdowns and all this for a simple grade.

    Let me ask you something. Is there a law that we are supposed to scare our kids with exams and grades? Is there proof that hours and hours of tuition and coaching classes are the only reasons why students do so well. As educators, is it not a massive slap on the face that our students have to go to other people's classes so that they can do well in exams? Does this not bother us at all?

    You know what folks? I am not saying this to insult our profession and trust me when I say this because, I am one of you. We need to make education lovable and addictive and more importantly, make it a level playing field. It is the difference in standards that led to the death of one of our most intelligent minds. Anita represented hope. Anita represented the true passion behind learning and what it can lead to. We lost an angel and if that does not upset you, most probably nothing will.

    No, this is not about pedagogy or latest methods of learning. It is about love and how it can make learning a level playing field. We are supposed to be the inspiration and I am sure some of us are, but this group needs to get bigger. As I was recovering from the news that we had lost Anita, I heard about the Blue Whale Challenge and how this mad man has got students and adults thinking about torture and even death. Seriously? We are losing out to this idiot? Excuse my language but I am beyond angry right now. We need the confidence and the spirit to rise up to the challenge of making learning lovable again and it starts right now. We have a million tasks to make this world a better place to live in and instead of that, we listen to this clown hiding behind a mask?

    Let us begin a revolution folks and it is a quiet but fun one. Post a video per day on positive learning and make it funny.

    Make sure 10 people smile and share this with all on social media. Tell your students to hug you before class and say "good day" to every one they see. Ask them say thank you to the janitors and security guards of the school and get to know 5 things about them.

    No, learning is not just about subjects; it is beyond walls. Character is the foundation of learning and it brings magic to learning. Let us unleash this character in our students and the grades will automatically go up. It is time for renewal and revival. I can only hope and pray that you are with me on this. Looking forward and welcome to the classroom without walls.

    From the Desk of Gabriel Suppiah

  • Have we lost control of our kids? Is there such a thing?

    I am writing this sitting on a plane with my kids traveling to India for a once in a life time experience. Yes, a traditional Indian wedding is what we are flying to India for. But this is not about that experience but the one we are having on the plane as I write this.

    Well at this stage, I have to introduce myself a little so that the story makes a little more sense to you as we progress. My name is Gabriel Suppiah, and I am a Peak Performance Coach and an educator working out of Singapore. I am known for strict discipline and am recognised striking fear with people I work with, clients, students, parents, my own family and the list goes on (something I am not proud of, but it happens.) So, you have an idea now.

    Now back to the story at hand. My kids and I were seated next to a Mother traveling alone with her two boys. As the plane was about to take off, the boys were really misbehaving. The boys were maybe 3 and 6 in ages. The Mother had lost control and kept threatening the kids using the flight attendant. Her famous ineffective statement of the evening was "you boys better behave and fasten the seat belts before I call the flight attendant". The flight attendant came, tried, and got frustrated not with the kids but with the Mother for having absolutely no control.

    The plane was on the runway getting ready for take off and the boys were still standing on their seats. Even the other passengers were getting worried for the boys . I did not want to be the scary man but this moment really needed Coach Gabe. I turned to my right and in a stern yet gentle voice (not too sure what that really means, but you get the point), I said to the boys, "I need you to sit down right this moment and fasten your seat belts". The boys did exactly that and there was calm  on the plane.

    This entire time, my kids were paying attention to what was happening as well. They were proud that their dad had control of the situation but I saw another expression on their faces. The expression that spoke volumes saying "my dad is a scary man". Do I want this branding? This made me further think about basic manners and discipline. How do we as parents deal with our kids who are ill mannered? Leave it or deal with it. If my observations are right, more people have lost control of their kids or have no relationship with them. Do you see yourself in this situation as well?

    If yes, let's RISE UP. We are awesome parents and as Long as we show balance in the way we raise our kids, we will never lose our kids to bad behaviour and the "new discipline" of this millennium could be a good one. How do we achieve this? There is no fix formula for this folks but let's share some ideas shall we? I hope some of you parents can share some ideas too.

    1. Have regular conversations with kids that are not directly connected to school work. Talk about your good  experiences in life. Talk about great leaders, strength, perseverance and success. Follow a role model as a family. Try your level best to not make this academic.

    2. Regular outings and activities that you pick up as a family and learn. Some examples could be Canoeing, golfing, Bowling, etc. Get competitive when you need to, and share experiences and stories of sportsmanship. Activities are a winner when it comes to raising kids with great values. Let me stress this. Don't just send your kids for course, learn with them.

    3. Pick a good book with great values. Everyone reads a different kind of book and on a designated book club evening, share your learnings and understanding of your findings. Simple exercise that brings a family together.

    There are plenty more folks. We got to take charge in this matter. Remember the day they were born, when we held their little bodies in our hands. Remember the words we said and the promises we made? Let's renew them and start over. Let's form a community of great parents.

    From the Desk of Gabriel Suppiah

  • It is Sad

    It is sad to see what society has become.

    It is sad to see parents chasing after their children exams after exams, grades after grades.

    It is sad to see the conversations at family gatherings become yet another place for added pressure on upcoming exams or discussion on results.

    It is sad to see that children are afraid to face exams, instead of taking them on. It is sad to see that children stop going to parents for exciting conversations, but rather conversations on homework and tuition.

    It is sad to see that children stop being curious and start hating to learn.

    It’s time. It’s time to reflect upon ourselves, as a parent, as a relative, as a parent-friend, as an educator, as a community. Your children start going to school and all the fears and anxiety begin in all of us parents. The sad part is that the kids feel the anxiety and stress too. It starts here and we can make a choice to do things differently right now.

    Parents, we cannot do the same things the same way a thousand times and expect a different result. It’s time to do things differently. Educators, the world is changing rapidly. It's time for us to change too, to prepare our children of today for the world of tomorrow.

    Written by: Sheralin See