What is MiniGuru ?

Why MiniGuru.in is created ?


“Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.”

-John Holt, Learning All the Time

Every child acts here as a guru to the peer children, hence we named the community ‘MiniGuru’. Their uploaded videos and communications among themselves are learning opportunities to each other.

MiniGuru is a hub of children's dreams and ideas, encouraging children to execute at their pace and interest. We help schools and parents to create a physical space [named T-LAB] for their child/children which is a resource repository with a variety of tools and materials. The children decide their own projects and plan with the help of resources organized in MiniGuru and after completing the project physically in T-LAB, they share their creativity in the form of video with the peer community at MiniGuru. They also earn credit in the form of education currency at their virtual wallet at MiniGuru which they spent in planning a next project.

Children are naturally curious and creative. They have uncanny ability to learn. Unfortunately this is not given sufficient weightage in their education.

MiniGuru is a unique platform, dedicated to children to nurture their inherent creativity. MiniGuru aspires to give space to children to learn and grow in an environment of trust, responsibility and freedom.

MiniGuru avail facilities to channelize their project work in a planned and constructive manner. These processes boost children's confidence and keep their motivation alive. MiniGuru gives opportunity to reflect and share their ideas and projects which they receive constructive feedback from their peers.

In other words, it is a clear platform where they learn from their own, and the peer plays a role of guru by giving feedback and reflection on their projects. That is why we named it MiniGuru, a unique and ever evolving peer learning space.

The MiniGuru is a group of MINIGURUs to each other.


Why was MiniGuru created?


Children experiment with language in their attempt to learn. I'd like to share some observations of their ‘play and experiment’ with language. I remember an experiment my daughter made when she was 4-5 years old. She had a ball and wanted to play catch with me. “Papa, main phenkungi aap kechna,” she said (Papa, I’ll throw, you catch). Her use of the word ‘kechna’ took me by surprise. It was her creation, a mixture of the English ‘catch’ (pronounced kech) and the Hindi ‘na’, a suffix. We speak Hindi at home so English is not a language she’s familiar with. She must have heard the word ‘catch’ in a conversation or a film and understood its meaning. She was familiar with verbs like ‘doudna’ (running),‘ koodna’ (jumping), ‘khelna’ (playing), ‘rona’ (crying) and ‘nachna’ (dancing). She figured out how and where to use ‘na’ and constructed the new word by adding the suffix to the verb ‘kech’. Top of all that, I salute to her conviction that she had figured out a suitable situation and used the word without hesitation and not for the sake of experiment but she actually wanted me to understand the game and want me to play with her.

The story tells us that the children observe things around and learn from. Then they use that knowledge and create new things. Unfortunately the children at a very early stage get this opportunity and freedom. As they grow old they all are forced to stick to literary knowledge. We want to create space at elementary schooling age and validate all their creative activities in domains.

That is why we conceptualized MiniGuru to let children direct their creative journey in a constructive way and make use of their optimum potential.


How does MiniGuru function ?


The MiniGuru is count as productive screen time as every child registered here has also have the physical space ‘T-LAB’. They have the facility of T-LAB at home or in school. The MiniGuru as virtual platform assists the children to work on their ideas with ease and constructive manner.

For students

There are many sections for children to work. They have their virtual wallet which, they transect with T- LAB currency. They also have a progress section which they get their progress report.

The children decide what they wish to do. There is a separate section to draw and describe their project planning and also spend some T-LAB currency based on the estimated cost of the project from their wallet. With this process they are actually improving the idea and making a commitment.

Then children work in their T-LAB to make the project. This is where they tinker, lots of trial and error. Every single model they are tinkering with gives plenty of opportunities to various scientific skills such as problem solving, observation, questioning, critical thinking etc. and applied understanding of the concepts of Science and mathematics. It also provides plenty of opportunities to develop on their motor skills.

After completing the project they upload a video of their project, they also have a facility to edit their video. They match the estimated cost based on actual and after uploading they earn double the amount they spend on.

Further this video is available for peers to watch, comment and learn from. The children may express whether the project is aesthetically pleasing, is it working model, is it life hack/useful, is it made at reasonable cost and so on. Children can search specific video of their choice.

For Parent and Schools

The MiniGuru has pages for parents and schools to get help in setting up T-LAB in their School and at home. They can get their kids register on MiniGuru. and can get to see progress of their kids.

Join as Mentor

The MiniGuru also accepts people to join as mentors, as listening to children, discussing their ideas have a great pedagogical value. It boosts confidence, motivate children and improve their design & preparation. The mentor’s pool has this responsibility to execute. The mentors also share their creative ideas; demonstrate their skill by showing their projects. these help children to set a benchmark for them to progress.

What is MiniGuru ?

Why MiniGuru.in is created ?

“Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.”

-John Holt, Learning All the Time

Every child acts here as a guru to the peer children, hence we named the community ‘MiniGuru’. Their uploaded videos and communications among themselves are learning opportunities to each other.

MiniGuru is a hub of children’s dreams and ideas, encouraging children to execute at their pace and interest. We help schools and parents to create a physical space [named T-LAB] for their child/children which is a resource repository with a variety of tools and materials. The children decide their own projects and plan with the help of resources organized in MiniGuru and after completing the project physically in T-LAB, they share their creativity in the form of video with the peer community at MiniGuru. They also earn credit in the form of education currency at their virtual wallet at MiniGuru which they spent in planning a next project.

Children are naturally curious and creative. They have uncanny ability to learn. Unfortunately this is not given sufficient weightage in their education.

MiniGuru is a unique platform, dedicated to children to nurture their inherent creativity. MiniGuru aspires to give space to children to learn and grow in an environment of trust, responsibility and freedom.

MiniGuru avail facilities to channelize their project work in a planned and constructive manner. These processes boost children’s confidence and keep their motivation alive. MiniGuru gives opportunity to reflect and share their ideas and projects which they receive constructive feedback from their peers.

In other words, it is a clear platform where they learn from their own, and the peer plays a role of guru by giving feedback and reflection on their projects. That is why we named it MiniGuru, a unique and ever evolving peer learning space.

The MiniGuru is a group of MINIGURUs to each other.


Why was MiniGuru created?


Children experiment with language in their attempt to learn. I’d like to share some observations of their ‘play and experiment’ with language. I remember an experiment my daughter made when she was 4-5 years old. She had a ball and wanted to play catch with me. “Papa, main phenkungi aap kechna,” she said (Papa, I’ll throw, you catch). Her use of the word ‘kechna’ took me by surprise. It was her creation, a mixture of the English ‘catch’ (pronounced kech) and the Hindi ‘na’, a suffix. We speak Hindi at home so English is not a language she’s familiar with. She must have heard the word ‘catch’ in a conversation or a film and understood its meaning. She was familiar with verbs like ‘doudna’ (running),‘ koodna’ (jumping), ‘khelna’ (playing), ‘rona’ (crying) and ‘nachna’ (dancing). She figured out how and where to use ‘na’ and constructed the new word by adding the suffix to the verb ‘kech’. Top of all that, I salute to her conviction that she had figured out a suitable situation and used the word without hesitation and not for the sake of experiment but she actually wanted me to understand the game and want me to play with her.

The story tells us that the children observe things around and learn from. Then they use that knowledge and create new things. Unfortunately the children at a very early stage get this opportunity and freedom. As they grow old they all are forced to stick to literary knowledge. We want to create space at elementary schooling age and validate all their creative activities in domains.

That is why we conceptualized MiniGuru to let children direct their creative journey in a constructive way and make use of their optimum potential.


How does MiniGuru function ?


The MiniGuru is count as productive screen time as every child registered here has also have the physical space ‘T-LAB’. They have the facility of T-LAB at home or in school. The MiniGuru as virtual platform assists the children to work on their ideas with ease and constructive manner.

For students

There are many sections for children to work. They have their virtual wallet which, they transect with T- LAB currency. They also have a progress section which they get their progress report.

The children decide what they wish to do. There is a separate section to draw and describe their project planning and also spend some T-LAB currency based on the estimated cost of the project from their wallet. With this process they are actually improving the idea and making a commitment.

Then children work in their T-LAB to make the project. This is where they tinker, lots of trial and error. Every single model they are tinkering with gives plenty of opportunities to various scientific skills such as problem solving, observation, questioning, critical thinking etc. and applied understanding of the concepts of Science and mathematics. It also provides plenty of opportunities to develop on their motor skills.

After completing the project they upload a video of their project, they also have a facility to edit their video. They match the estimated cost based on actual and after uploading they earn double the amount they spend on.

Further this video is available for peers to watch, comment and learn from. The children may express whether the project is aesthetically pleasing, is it working model, is it life hack/useful, is it made at reasonable cost and so on. Children can search specific video of their choice.

For Parent and Schools

The MiniGuru has pages for parents and schools to get help in setting up T-LAB in their School and at home. They can get their kids register on MiniGuru. and can get to see progress of their kids.

Join as Mentor

The MiniGuru also accepts people to join as mentors, as listening to children, discussing their ideas have a great pedagogical value. It boosts confidence, motivate children and improve their design & preparation. The mentor’s pool has this responsibility to execute. The mentors also share their creative ideas; demonstrate their skill by showing their projects. these help children to set a benchmark for them to progress.