In this book, Shahneila Saeed offers a fun and enlightening way to raise a technology genius

UK-based educator Shahneila Saeed’s new guide ‘How To Raise a Tech Genius’ particulars the deeper technology we must always study and educate coming generations, and why we shouldn’t be intimidated

Machine structure, the fetch-execute cycle, binary conversions, error-checking in encryption: how do you educate these heavy subjects, sometimes featured in A-level or intermediate ranges of education, to an 11 or 12 year-old? How To Raise A Tech Genius: Develop Your Child’s Computing Skills Without Spending Any Money (Hachette India) by Shahneila Saeed breaks this down for folks, college students and academics alike.

There are a whole lot of books and movies out on the planet about how as we speak’s and the long run’s netizens ought to navigate social media. How To Raise A Tech Genius is about accountable slightly than protected use. Shahneila, an educator of computing science, says, over a video name, “It is also about being able to prevent negative things from happening as well as how to respond should they happen. The book looks at humanitarian learning and ethics and things such as copyright.”

Cover of ‘How To Raise A Tech Genius: Develop Your Child’s Computing Skills Without Spending Any Money’ (Hachette India)
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A skim by proves the guide is neither textbook nor a self-help information, however slightly one thing solely totally different. The London-based Shahneila, a mom of dual nine-year-old women and additionally the Head of Education and Programme Director of Digital Schoolhouse at Ukie Logo, says she hopes the guide bridges communication between father or mother and little one, and engenders a more healthy and extra knowledgeable relationship with the deeper facets of technology.

Progressive educating

Shahneila toyed with the concept of the guide years in the past as an IT instructor for a massive secondary and sixth type school. She admits that she was bored educating and knew that the younger individuals could be as bored of studying. “At that time, the curriculum for the younger children (11 to 13-year-olds) was centred around teaching them how to use Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel and how to navigate the Internet safely; those are useful skills but the problem was that was the ‘be all and end all’ of what we taught. I then started to explore what we were going to do: teach them animation, podcasting? Every time I took a meaty topic and delivered it to them in a digestible way with playful mechanics, they relished it. I realised we had to bring computing into the younger years and we needed to do it differently.”

Thus marked the revolution for Shahneila and the approaching generations of her college students. At the time programming was not in curriculum, so she tailored, utilizing video games design as an avenue, and the scholars cherished it. “We ended up embedding the computer science curriculum five years before the UK government made the announcement. Some of the work we were doing in the classroom formed some of the evidence for those conversations between the grass-root organisations and the government.”

The popularisation of gamified studying has seen prominence in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as e-learning will get extra interactive. Shahneila agrees, explaining previous training methods had a sturdy give attention to regurgitation of dates, areas, formulae and names. “In today’s world, most people have access to Google or similar search engines, so you have the world’s knowledge at your fingertips. There is no point having that in the palm of your hand if you don’t know what you are looking for. It is about asking the right questions, and knowing when to ask and how to force them. It is also about knowing what type of answer you are looking for, how you can sense-check and use it.” These abilities, and the numerous extra in a chunky chapter of the guide, embody computational considering, at which level Shahneila chuckles and states, “I could write a whole book on that actually.”

Merely a information

That stated, being a busy father or mother, Shahneila had to consciously divide the guide into digestible chunks. Time for How To Raise A Tech Genius had to be slotted into an already hectic schedule. “The idea is for the parent and child to go through this together.” Shahneila didn’t need the guide to be an tutorial information in black and white. “It should allow room for critical thinking and decision-making from the readers. Every parent knows their child best. I can give you an activity but I have deliberately not said ‘this is how you explain the topic for the child’. Sometimes children will learn a lot but they do not realise they are learning it. We need to ask the right questions to bring that knowledge to the fore.”

Shahneila Saeed, educator and author of ‘How To Raise A Tech Genius: Develop Your Child’s Computing Skills Without Spending Any Money’

Shahneila Saeed, educator and creator of ‘How To Raise A Tech Genius: Develop Your Child’s Computing Skills Without Spending Any Money’

Shahneila, who understands that jargon-heavy topics could also be intimidating for folks, advises, “Play a game. Take the first chapter of algorithmic thinking and pick an activity. By the end of it, you will be laughing and it will spark a discussion. Yes, parents, there is a lot on our plates and we aren’t going to be the next Bill Gates. This is about understanding the world better and opening up a dialogue. If you don’t know something, ask your child and they will explain it to you, which also helps them articulate a subject. As parents, we feel we need to be the fountain of all knowledge and teachers feel the same, we are setting ourselves an impossible expectation.”

Putting How To Raise A Tech Genius collectively has impacted Shahneila enormously. Her strategy to educating and communication has advanced with the rising curricula. Having skilled assist early on from her fellow educators whereas researching the guide, she is thrilled the guide has reached worldwide households and training methods within the present local weather of on-line lecture rooms.

‘How To Raise A Tech Genius: Develop Your Child’s Computing Skills Without Spending Any Money’ (Hachette India) by Shahneila Saeed is out there throughout main on-line and offline guide sellers for ₹604

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