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Meet Kushal Khemani Who Helped 60+ Teachers Move Online

Kushal Khemani

Brainfeed in conversation with Kushal Khemani, an 11-year-old student of EuroSchool, Wakad, who nailed 100+ certificate courses and 13 mobile apps

 

You have set up an on-call support system to help teachers to shift to virtual learning

At the onset of COVID-19, when we all started taking online classes, I realised that not all teachers were adept with technical skills, and many teachers struggled to manage kids and technology together. I decided to come up with on call support for pre-primary teachers and started assisting fresh teachers with International Institute of Teachers Training. I helped 60+ teachers move from offline to online mode of working during this pandemic. I also conducted sessions from my learnings and imparted trainings to teachers on ways of using ZOOM effectively, understanding MS Office and leveraging MS PowerPoint for animated and effective presentations for hundreds of pre-primary kids.

Kushal, please tell us about ALLSpark Infinite and the demographics it covers to engage students in academic curriculum.

During this pandemic, I have done 100+ certifications from many academies such as IIT Mumbai, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Accenture, Griffith University and the likes. I have learnt about artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, Data Sciences, Power electronics, Electrical vehicles, VR/AR, etc.  I realized that it can get very expensive and time consuming to learn new technologies. Not all have the money and time to do so. Hence, I created my YouTube channel- AllSpark Infinite.

My thought behind this channel is to share my learnings under privileged children.  Every individual has a unique spark which can be infinite. Through my YouTube channel, I have been imparting free video trainings on Elocution, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, ways to end procrastination, preparing professional word documents, discussing social causes like water pollution, growing plants on Mars and admiring my inspiration – Mr. Elon Musk. Through my blogs, I aim to discuss, in tiny capsules, latest technologies, traits, characteristics, habits and skills needed to survive and thrive in the indoor and the new modern world.

I set up an on-call support system for pre-primary teachers to assist them in their move from the traditional to digital mode of teaching. In a span of just 40 days, I was able to help train more than 60 teachers.

Are AllSpark and On-Call support initiative part of the plan?

My mission is to make children positive and happy. Not only around me but around the world. We will be happy if we are focussed, organised and do things that interest us. We should keep learning. I want to share this thought through my actions. Hence, all the initiatives I have taken revolve around this.

My thought behind my AllSpark Infinite channel is to share my learnings with students of my age group and seed the urge in them to provide free learning to under privileged children.  When we all started taking online classes during COVID, I realized that not all teachers were adept with technical skills. In order to ensure continued, uninterrupted learning to young kids, I set up an on-call support system for pre-primary teachers to assist them in their move from the traditional to digital mode of teaching. In a span of 40 days, I was able to help train more than 60 teachers of International Institute for Teacher’s Training, on ways to use Zoom effectively, and understand MS Office and MS Powerpoint for animated and effective presentations for hundreds of pre-primary students.

LEGOs helped me be creative and build models of anything and everything I could imagine at a very young age.

According to your opinions as a student, what are the main barriers to education in India?

Our learning becomes limited to books at times. I think this is the barrier in education, when you limit/confine learnings to a topic or school syllabi.  We need to get more exposure so that they can decide what they know what interests them and what they want to do in the future. It becomes our focus then and we can work towards it.

Personally, to what extent LEGOS helped you in developing the 13 mobile applications?

LEGOs helped me be creative and build models of anything and everything I could imagine at a very young age. Then I started working on making robots that help solve day to day problems and came up with window cleaning robot, a remote control for mop, solar enabled car, object detector, etc. Cartoons also inspire me to think beyond boundaries. Doraemon is my favourite because he is so creative and has a gadget for every problem. I wish I could be a Doraemon for everyone!

Whatever I do, be it building 13 apps so far, sharing my learnings through my youtube channel, technical bites on my blogsite, my book on positive learning are all available for FREE as education tools for the needy.

One of your apps seeks to “give voice” to people with speech impairment. Do you plan to use this app or come up with new apps as educational tools for students with learning disabilities?

Necessity has been the mother of inventions and every problem has to have a solution. When I see any problem, my brain cells get triggered and I look for solutions that can ease the ordeal. When I first saw a disabled (mute) person, I was unable to comprehend his thoughts. That resulted in me designing an app for people who cannot speak. I used technology to “give voice to their words”.  Whatever I do, be it building 13 apps so far, sharing my learnings through my youtube channel, technical bites on my blogsite, SparkX animal welfare, my book on positive learning are all available for FREE as education tools for the needy. My mission has been to empower 100,000 students in the world to become positive+happy thinkers+learners so that they can REALISE THEIR DREAM. I will always continue to instil lives by sharing my knowledge.

 

How far has your school been supportive?

Nurturing talent through continuous encouragement is the key! At the age of 9 and as a 4th grader, I had dedicated the mobile applications developed by me to the school.  At my school, we are encouraged to bring ideas to life, innovate through project-based learning, and build from our imagination.  We have vocational courses like STEM learning, make bot program, ICT competition, Trinity’s speech and drama, etc. These courses have been immensely helpful to me in developing skills and engaging with interactive, learning activities.

 

You have a mission to empower 100,000 students with positive thinking to help them achieve their dreams.

 My mission is to make children positive and happy. When we all started taking online classes during COVID, I realized that not all teachers were adept with technical skills. In order to ensure continued, uninterrupted learning to young kids, I set up an on-call support system for pre-primary teachers to assist them in their move from the traditional to digital mode of teaching. In a span of just 40 days, I was able to help train more than 60 teachers.

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