Magical Math on Fingertips at the iEARN Conference


Sunita Bhagwat


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Sunita Bhagwat

Sunita Bhagwat is the Country Coordinator of iEARN-India. She has run the iEARN center of India since year 2000, its inception. She has directed, coordinated and promoted various international collaborative projects and exchange programs for school teachers and students of Indian schools; these include CIVICS, BRIDGE, FLAP, Four Rivers One World, NSLI-Y funded by State Department of Education, Washington D.C. 

She is a hard core teacher and passionate researcher with more than 25 years of experience in school education.

She is a Consulting Director for the New India School in Pune ( Under her leadership, the school got recognized (in year 2014) as Microsoft Innovative School and Partners in Microsoft School Research Program. She has designed and implemented “Teacher Development programs” in schools and has carried out action research projects to assess the impact of these programs.           

She is a recipient of several state and National scholarships. One of them is University Grant Commission Junior research fellowship for Ph.D. in "Creative thinking in Mathematics."   She has guided 34 teachers for action research projects.

Sheetal Kondedeshmukh

New India School, Pune

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Sheetal Kondedeshmukh

Sheetal has completed her graduation in Commerce along with Bachelor in Education. She was a participant in the Canada sister school exchange program. She attended a three day workshop conducted by the British Council based on innovative teaching strategies, as well as a National conference on Challenge based learning conducted by iEARN-India. 

Manisha Kutwal

New India School, Pune

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Manisha Kutwal

Manisha Kutwal is a graduate of Science with Masters in Education. Manisha has 13 years in the field of education as an educator. Manisha was awarded the Nation Builder Award by Rotary, India Literacy Mission in 2016. Manisha participated in the Asian School Exchange Program held in Taiwan in 2016. Manisha also participated in and was appreciated by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education for Developing Open Educational Resources in Science and Mathematics in 2008. Manisha was the guiding teacher for a program held by SAE India at Chennai on Jet Toy Training and received the third place prize. Manisha participated in the workshop on Integrated Service Learning in Classroom Teaching in 2013 conducted by Socrates Foundation. Manisha participated in and guided a group of students for project on Challenged Based Learning"  at the National Conference held by iEARN India in 2018.

Session Details

Type: Interactive Workshop

Location: Room 1101

Date: Tuesday

Time: 3:00-3:50 PM

This session is associated with a UN SDG!

This session relates to the Global Math iEARN Project!

Session Description

Today, mathematics is typically learned as a routine process to acquire a degree except for a few instances. But everybody should appreciate the beauty of mathematics and realize the importance of learning the same. India has been a treasure-house of knowledge for thousands of years. This workshop will provide a simple introduction to Vedic Math. Vedic Mathematics widens the perspective of one's engagement with mathematics. The "Magical Math on Finger Tips" workshop will build a base of a very quick calculations used for basic math operations. If you have 'Math-Phobia', High Speed Vedic Math is a fun-filled way to do math and arises interest in all!

What will educators learn and be able to do at the end of the session?

The session will:

  • Help participants to appreciate the quick methods of basic calculations in Math
  • Give a glimpse of how these quick methods can help eradicate fear of Math completely
  • Show how to increase speed and accuracy of mental calculations and how they are easy to master and apply

Additional Session Information

"Fear of numbers" is a very common concern among all students, educators and parents. This workshop will be provide a simple introduction to participants to vedic Math. Another distinctive feature of ancient Indian mathematics is the use of alpha-numerical codes  to represent numbers. One can just sit in awe and wonder when one sees the beauty in these ingenious works. Indians connected Mathematics very well with any other subject like Engineering, Astronomy, Finance, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, and even in art forms like Music, Dance, etc

"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made." Albert Einstein

India has been a treasure-house of knowledge since thousands of years. There has not been any branch of knowledge that was left out by the Indians to explore. Among the different branches of knowledge, Indians contributed a lot in Mathematics the queen of all sciences.

Today most of the times mathematics is learnt as a routine process to acquire a degree except for a few instances. But everybody should appreciate the beauty of mathematics and realize the importance of learning the same. A very narrow perspective to know a thing which is very vast and immense itself spoils the joy of learning it. Vedic Mathematics widens the perspective of viewing at and knowing mathematics. It enhances the intelligence by widening the learner’s perspective and improving one’s logical assessment ; skill in approaching problems in different ways and arriving at the right solutions quickly. Vedic Mathematics simplifies and reveals mathematics in a different light. It bypasses the customary, complicated steps in solving problems and shows quick methods in solving the same.