The use of the spiral approach in CM enables learners to revisit concepts at different levels and thus develop a deeper understanding of each concept. It significantly reduces the difficulties faced by learners who may havemissed out on a particular topic; they can always get back to it in the subsequent classes.
In Computer Masti books, concepts are discussed through conversations between three characters—Jyoti, Tejas and Moz, to make learning fun and engaging. Jyoti and Tejas are the learners, while Moz, the mouse, is the facilitator.
The worksheets and projects given at the end of the chapters as well as the activities mentioned in the Activity section cater to the six levels of Bloom’s taxonomy. They encourage students to ask questions and explore varied ways to solve problems on their own.
Each chapter starts with a particular situation or a real-life scenario, which is developed over the course of the chapter to teach a particular concept or develop a particular skill in students. The topics, activities and worksheets are integrated with other subjects or real-life scenarios.
Computer Masti sensitises students to the social and ethical issues regarding the use of computers. It teaches them to use the resources on the Internet responsibly and follow safety guidelines. The books recommend exercises and asanas, which can be performed at regular intervals while using a computer.
Computer Masti employs a range of Free Open Source Software (FOSS), such as Scratch (a visual programming language), TuxPaint, XMind, LibreOffice, GCompris etc. FOSS brings down the implementation costs, provides a good programming environment, and adopts an unbiased and holistic learning approach.
Available for grades 1 to 10, the books are popular among the students due to the use of child-friendly fun elements, vibrant colours, and a conversational style.
NextBooks App(for students)
The app contains interactive digital books. Using this app, students can learn from anywhere and at any time via devices such as a computer, a tablet or a smartphone.
For extra practice at home, students receive a DVD containing all the Free Open Source Software applications taught in the books.
NextMentor App(for teachers)
The app has a suggested day-wise planner for teachers, which contains detailed lesson plans and assessments. It also contains a question bank — a huge repository of questions and solutions to set question papers or provide extra practice to students, and answer keys which contain answers to the worksheets in the books.
Teacher Orientation and Training
After a school buys the books, orientation sessions for teachers are conducted to help them make the best use of the books. They are also given extensive training, which follows the TPACK model.
Learners can transform their algorithm to a program with visual programming THiNK, without worrying about syntax. They can use components to create 96 robots. The different parts can be further combined in infinite ways. Over 150 quality parts like mechanical building elements, construction parts, gears, pulley etc. come along with the kit.