Rails Girls workshop ,Kollam(2016)

As a part of the Rails Girls event , my friends and I got an opportunity to conduct a Rails Girls workshop on April 6th,2016 at Amrita School of Engineering, Kollam. The event was focussed on the introduction the basics of ruby and rails framework to the students and motivating them to contribute to the open source community.

Participation:

There were  30 participants.Registration was on the spot.Everyone was given a P.C and a decent internet connection.The participants were really enthusiastic and many of them were confident enough to explain the questions given to them about the main topics discussed in the workshop.They gave a good feedback about the event.

Topics discussed:

The workshop started with the explanation of MVC architecture.The workflow of the elements in MVC was clearly explained with the help of diagrams and flowcharts.Then an introduction to Ruby on Rails was given which figured out the advantages of Rails over the other frameworks.

Then students were asked to kick start their lessons of coding in tryruby.org which was very helpful for them as it made the learning easier.Then there was the “Rails app making” session where they were guided to make an application on rails from scratch.It was an application  where we could update our name and status of work.The main tutorials followed were “Getting started with rails” and “Learn Web Development with Rails” written by Michael Hartl.

Coaches:

The workshop was taken by Ms.Aishwarya Subramanian and Ms.Avani Lodaya,former RGSoC participants, and developers.They took the session in a very interesting manner.It was fully fun loaded.The participants actively gave responses and clarified their doubts.

Organizers:

The organizing team included Amrita Reghunath ,Amrita Nair,Aparna Gireesaan and myself.The team was co-operative and friendly.It was fun to work with them.

We were really excited to conduct the workshop.This is the first time that we are organizing a workshop and yeah, it came out to be a great success with God’s grace.We would like to thank everyone who supported us to make it happen .

 

 

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Dyslexia

I happened to see one of the touching and inspiring movies Tare Zameen Par last day.Suddenly I got the thought of writing on the main villain of the story Dyslexia.I surfed through the internet about the disease.I will give a brief  description of the information I got.

Dyslexia is sometimes referred to as a Language-Based Learning Disability which affects the ability to learn to read and spell.It can also affect short-term memory and speed of recalling names.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Reads slowly
  • Experiences decoding errors, especially with the order of letters
  • Shows wide disparity between listening comprehension and reading comprehension of some text.
  • Has trouble with spelling
  • May have difficulty with handwriting
  • Exhibits difficulty recalling known words
  • Has difficulty with written language
  • May experience difficulty with math computations

 

Causes :

  • Genes and heredity: Dyslexia often runs in families.If a child has Dyslexia,one of his family members might had it before.
  • Brain anatomy: The structure of brain of dyslexic people may look different from others.
  • Brain activity:  In a dyslexic person,the  areas of our brains responsible for language skills work in an unpredictable way.

 

Conditions are related to dyslexia:

  • ADHD(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder):  It can make it difficult to stay focused during reading and other activities.
  • Auditory processing disorder :  It affects kid’s ability to sort through the sounds they hear. They may struggle to understand what people are saying. Reading can also be tough for them.Kids with auditory processing disorder often have trouble recognizing the difference between letters like b and d and sounding out new words.
  • Visual processing issues:  Difficulty to see the difference between letters or shapes. Kids with visual processing issues may complain of blurry vision or of letters “hopping around on the page.” They may try to compensate by squinting or closing one eye. They often reverse letters when writing and struggle to stay within the lines.
  • Dysgraphia : It can affect children’s ability to write and spell. It can also make it hard to organize their thoughts on paper. Many kids with dysgraphia also have dyslexia.
  • Dyscalculia : Difficulty to do math. Trouble in learning to count .
  • Executive functioning issues :  It can affect children’s ability to organize and stay on task. Kids with weak executive functioning skills may struggle with reading comprehension.

The movie Tare zameen par (2007) clearly portraits the life and thoughts of a dyslexic child.A teacher of his school understood this difficulty of him and tries to help him with his studies and behavioral pattern.It is really an inspiring and touching story.There are many famous personalities identified with dyslexia like Albert Einstein,Pierre Curie,Steven Spielberg,Leonardo da Vinci and the list goes on.People with dyslexia are often very creative. They can understand complex ideas.They just need more time to process the information.They may have great talents and abilities hidden inside them.We need to understand their difficulty and help them with atmost care.