Reading to Learn
19 June 2021
Dr KP Mohanan, co-founder, ThinQ
Dr Tara Mohanan, co-founder, ThinQ
Pallavi Naik, Principal, Dr. Kalmadi Shamarao High School, Pune
We have all learned to read. But do we read to learn?
In the era of fake news, how do we sift through what we read to get credible news and reliable knowledge?
What Should I Learn?
1 May 2021
Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, former Vice-Chairman of the UGC
Dr Lakshmi V, Vice President, Tiger Analytics LLP
Dr KP Mohanan, co-founder, ThinQ
How should I choose what to learn? How should I equip myself with the abilities I would need to learn whatever I want to?
Whether you are a high school student contemplating your college options, a person who wants to continue learning at your job, a parent wishing to figure out how to best raise your child, you must have asked yourself these questions at some point!
Join Lakshmi and Mohanan in conversation with our special guest, Bhushan Patwardhan to discuss these questions and more.
Tongue Twisters and Brain
25 April 2021
Dr KP Mohanan
There's so much we don't know about the way in which our minds, brains, and bodies work. In this webinar, we will see what it means to inquire into a question.
17 April 2021
R Ramanujam, Professor, IMSc Chennai
KP Mohanan, Co-founder, ThinQ
Madhav Kaushish, Co-founder, ThinQ
People often say things like, ‘I’m not a mathematics person. I can’t do mathematics’. That is probably true if you think of mathematics as number crunching or following algorithms. However, that is a very narrow way of thinking about the discipline. Mathematics, by its very nature, is one of the most creative of disciplines. We are not constrained by the empirical world while doing mathematics - only by the limitations of our minds.
In this chat, we will explore a few questions including:
What is mathematics?
Why do we need to learn mathematics - what should be the goals of mathematics education?
How can we become better mathematicians and help others do the same?
If you enjoy mathematics, you will have fun talking about it. If you think you do not, our hidden agenda is to convert you to someone who loves mathematics!
Learning to Learn
10 April 2021
Dr KP Mohanan
Dr Tara Mohanan
What does it mean to be a good learner? Can we actually learn how to become one?
Critical Thinking: From NEP to Student Learning - Part 2
25 August 2020
In our next webinar, we bring the discussion about critical thinking into the classroom.
We discuss the goals and challenges of critical thinking with school administrators and expert teachers!
Critical Thinking: From NEP to Student Learning - Part 1
22 August 2020
Tara Mohanan (co-founder, ThinQ)
KP Mohanan (co-founder, ThinQ)
Subir Shukla (Principal Coordinator, IgnusERG)
Sriram N (Moderator)
NEP 2020 says helping learners acquire critical thinking abilities is a high priority for Indian education.
How do we achieve this goal?
What stands in the way?
How do we overcome the obstacles?
Join these experienced educators for a conversation on the future of Indian education!
Inquiry Webinar 6 - Designing Experiments
20 July 2020
Zoya and Aryan each bought a jasmine plant of the same variety. When the plants bloomed, Zoya's flowers were fragrant, but Aryan's flowers were not.
What caused this to happen?
Let's talk about why we do experiments, and how we can use experiments to figure out answers to many such questions!
Inquiry Webinar 5 - What is a Scientific Theory
14 July 2020
All of us have heard the word 'theory' used in contexts like 'Theory of Relativity' or 'Theory of Mind'. You may have even heard people say that 'gravity' is 'just a theory'.
So, what is a theory? More specifically, what is a 'scientific theory'?
Join us in exploring these questions, as we show you how to construct your own rudimentary scientific theories.
FACE - ThinQ - TNTEU Webinar on Enhancing Classroom Effectiveness by Facilitating Thinking
26 May 2020
This webinar was an invitation to go beyond the present mainstream educational culture of employability, degrees and certificates, where students are trained to get high scores in exams and tests, and teachers are focused on covering the portions.
During the session, we went through examples of activities that can be done in the classroom with topics that are covered as a part of the school syllabus, and demonstrated ways in which it is possible to go beyond the scope of the textbook to help children think actively.
Webinar for Parents 1
6 May 2020
"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings" - Ann Landers
While success could be defined differently by everyone, as parents we give our best to our children when we teach them to be inquisitive. This will come from questioning and inquiring.
Come join us as we discuss how, as parents, we can fan the flame of innate curiosity of our children.
Inquiry Webinar 4 - Exploring Ethics through Reasoning
3 May 2020
We constantly, and often subconsciously, make judgements about people and their actions - whether what they said or did was ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.
Is there a way to figure out the principles, assumptions and reasoning behind our judgements?
ThinQ-FACE Webinar - Developing Thinking Abilities Relevant for Engineering Education
28 April 2020
A Bachelor's program in Engineering should empower learners to function well in their jobs as Engineers, and at the same time, function well as educated people in their professional, public, and personal lives. How do we satisfy these two expectations?
Inquiry Webinar 3 - How to Think Like a Mathematician
26 April 2020
Engage with the youngest and oldest members of the ThinQ collective as they work through the process of justifying claims in mathematics, sometimes with the help of all their grandmothers!
A session for learners who want to explore the world of mathematics by inquiring
Inquiry Webinar 2 - Historical Inquiry
19 April 2020
When we told a 5-year-old recently that there was a time when there were no smartphones, she refused to believe us. This left some members of ThinQ very puzzled, so we decided to investigate.
How can we prove that there was actually a time when there were no smartphones? In this webinar, we explored how historians think and inquire into the past.
Webinar for Educators 1 - Purpose of Education
16 April 2020
This is a recording of ThinQ's Webinar on The Purpose of Education that was conducted through a Facebook Livestream on Thursday, 16th April 2020.
The panel has Dr. Tara Mohanan, Dr KP Mohanan, Rashmi Jejurikar and Aditi Ahuja. All of them are members of ThinQ.
Inquiry Webinar 1 - Definitions
12 April 2020
If we say that an object is a solid if it has a fixed shape, and a liquid takes the shape of the container, is a mound of sand a solid or a liquid? What about a soap bubble? How can we construct rigorous definitions to understand the world around us in a better way? These are some of the questions discussed in this video.
This is a recording of ThinQ's Webinar on Knowledge Construction that was conducted through a Facebook Livestream on Sunday, 12th April 2020.
The panel has Madhav Kaushish, Dr KP Mohanan, Rashmi Jejurikar and S. Vaideeshwaran. All of them are members of ThinQ.