Make the enrollment process hassle free with school management system

 

Advantages of using school management system for enrollement
  1. Waste less time on mechanical process
  2. Set the tone to build an environmentally conscious scholar
  3. Ensure easy accessibility through technology
  4. More secure record management made possible

Is Enrollment the same as Admissions?

School admission is one of the most stressful and panic-inducing processes for everyone in the educational ecosystem – from parents to educators to administrative staff to management to the students seeking a seat in the school. With increasingly robust technology, huge swathes of this experience has become digital, much to the relief of its victims. But is this the same as enrollment?

In short, no. Enrollment is what comes right after admission is granted to a prospective student. It is the process of finishing all the formalities to onboard the student into the school. And it happens every year. It is not just individual schools that have specific enrollment processes. Moving to a new grade – especially one that places the student in a significant year – involves its own paperwork and necessities that need to processed. Enrollment, thus, is a long drawn out process in itself, over and above admissions.

Why Do We Need To Make Enrollment Go Digital?

Enrollment is much of a process as admissions, just more internal facing. There is extensive paperwork to be completed – from medical information to fee processing. There is submission, verification and other processing that must be completed for all sorts of forms that need to be handed in. In the old days, these would be physically sorted by administrators into filing cabinets – all handled in real time by people and thus prone to human error.

The right school management system however, will be able to eliminate a lot of these issues by digitally processing these files. It is a transition from paperwork to soft copies that are easier to deal with.

What Aspects of The Enrollment Process Can School Management System Handle?

The school management system can handle many aspects of the enrollment process. It begins with informing the student and parent of all the information required. They may need to fill up some forms, which then have to be filled and submitted to the appropriate departments.

Your school management system will correctly channel forms to the right people, maintaining student confidentiality throughout, since access to them can be controlled according to the permissions set by the school management system. Incomplete or incorrect forms can naturally be eliminated by setting rules that do not allow progression in the process until the form has been appropriately filled.

After this, the school administration takes over. The forms are shared with the appropriate administrative staff who may then just file it to the student’s file in the school management system, or share it with the appropriate personnel for further processing, verify it using the school management system if possible, or respond confidentially to the parent or student if needed.

Electronic records are then maintained on the school management system itself and can be easily and securely accessed by the appropriate people at any time.

Recap: How does school management software help institute in saving money?

What are the advantages of using a school management system for enrollment?

1. Waste less time on mechanical processes

As you can imagine, electronic enrollment processing is far less time to consume than its physical, real paper counterpart. This is primarily because enrollment forms and processes can be easily accessed across devices at any time by the parent or student via the school management system. The school management system is familiar to these stakeholders and they are able to comfortably and swiftly fill in forms, respond to queries, complete verifications steps, submit paperwork and store their records within it. Time saved is time earned – a less cumbersome process is helpful to all the stakeholders in the system, including overworked administrators who traditionally bear the brunt of load that is taken on in this phase of the process.

2. Set the tone to build an environmentally conscious scholar

A very obvious advantage of using your school management system for the enrollment process is the reduction in the amount of resources used and wasted when relying on the obsolete method. The old-fashioned way of doing things involves running around, usage of printer ink to print all the information, and of course reams and reams of paper submissions. Is this the example your institution wants to set for its students who will become future leaders who rely on a healthy planet to survive? Institutions owe it to their students to set a good example by eliminating unnecessary waste and reducing the carbon footprint they leave behind whenever possible. Using a school management system to take over the paper-heavy process of enrollment is the first step to setting the tone with all the stakeholders in your system

3. Ensure easy accessibility through technology

A good school management system is available across laptops, computers, mobile phones and other personal devices at all times. Unlike human administrators who might be available for limited periods of time and at a specific location, parents and students can access administrative functions on the go through their school management system. But it does not just stop with form submissions. Even verification (through tools like e-Verify) can be conducted any time and at any place. Correspondence can be had on the fly. Records can be viewed, added, deleted or shared on the go.

4. More secure record management made possible

The long-term or hidden advantages of managing enrollments through your school management system are twofold: firstly, since dusty files and cumbersome cabinets are no longer being relied on, the logistical issue of records management is tackled easily. Both current students and alumni can enjoy access to electronic school records through their school management system, which means that this information lasts forever. Secondly, this information remains secure. Your school management system will allow access based on the permissions set by you. This means that only authorised handles will be able to access certain files and information, according to the rules that have been created by you. It is easy implementation security, because it is the one you are already relying on with your school management system. Rest easy that private student information remains confidential and safe forever.

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How to Host a Virtual Summit in 60 days – The Complete Guide

Steps to host successful Virtual Summit
  1. Goal of the summit
  2. Topic & Theme of the summit
  3. Live or Recorded
  4. Tech Tools
  5. Deciding the date
  6. Asset require to promote a summit
  7. List building of speakers
  8. Outreach & communication
  9. & more…

Intro & highlights of our first virtual summit

In marketing industry, we see emerging trends & tactics which aid in boosting the lead generation, customer engagement, brand awareness, better visibility and much more. But most of the time the implementation of such strategies, cost a good amount of money, due to which most of the organizations are not able to adapt it to their operations structure. But when my team saw this new concept, we knew that this was going to be the next big thing in our marketing strategy, as it has been rolling out & espoused by several other industry marketers and everyone has experienced positive results, this new trending and intriguing concept is termed as a Virtual Summit.

Virtual summit helps in creating the brand awareness, lead generation, revenue generation and much more. No matter which type of organization it is, a startup or a well established one, anyone can launch a virtual summit. The main idea behind it is to attract lots of new prospects at zero cost, educate them and create an effective impact on the target audience, which would eventually turn them into your business promoters.


For the first time launching the virtual summit, that too in 60 days was a crazy idea, but we were fanatic about it. So, we began the journey of our first Virtual Summit – “BETTER 2018: School Operations Development Virtual Summit.

Before sharing the planning & strategies to host a successful virtual summit, let’s first dive into the “BETTER 2018: School Operations Development Virtual Summit” analytics:

Highlights of our first Virtual Summit:

 

Number of visitors Conversions Conversion rate
4848 1686 34.8%

highlights of virtual summit

I have taken the above-mentioned screenshot from our Instapage account. Let’s have a look at the speaker landing page analytics as well, i.e. Chetan Bhagat’s Interview page:

Chetan Bhagat virtual summit landing page performance

Next chart is about the survey, which was performed during the recording of the interview for the virtual summit. In this survey, the client speakers have shared their ratings on the Fedena’s USP:

Institute Name Fedena Features Training / Support User – Friendly Report management Value for money Recommendation (to friends to colleague)
Al Manara Pvt School 7 9 8 7 8 9
Zuwena International School 6 8 7 8 8 8
American Ways 7 10 9 8 7 8
QuickStep School Limited 8 9 10 10 8 10
TSiBA Education 6 8 7 4 10 5
The AB’s Rowland School 8 8 9 6 8 10
Gandhi Institute for Education & Technology 9 9 10 10 8 10
Raja Ram Mohan Roy School 9 10 10 8 10 9
Zaka Public School 9 7 9 9 7 9

virtual summit survey graph

Steps to host a successful virtual summit

Phase 1

1. Goal of the summit

This can be either brand awareness, lead generation or revenue generation which varies from company to company. In our case, we were launching the summit for the first time, so we decided to keep our goal as brand awareness and lead generation because we’re not in event management sector so we were aware of the possibility of mistakes therefore to avoid them we kept our goal which was easily achievable, measurable and manageable.

2. Topic & Theme of the summit

While deciding on topic and theme for the summit, it is crucial to understand the existing problem (in your industry) you are hoping to solve through this summit; what you wish to teach your attendees and how launching the summit would help you in accomplishing the business goals. Along with this, instead of choosing a generic topic such as the importance of education or software for school management, it is beneficial to consider a niche topic in your industry so that only refined targeted audience will attend the summit.

After finalizing the topic, you will get an idea about the potential speakers and partners.

For our summit, we kept the theme “school operations management” because it is relatable to our product and the content was totally focused on school operations, such a summit has not yet been launched by any other organisations in the similar domain.

3. Live or Recorded

Deciding on whether the launch of the summit should be live or recorded is a crucial thing to consider when you are in the initial stages of event planning. It is obvious that conducting the summit live, imparts greater engagement opportunity and better real-time interaction with the attendees but it also involves considerable risk, such as losing internet connectivity in the middle of the interview session which causing a negative impact on the 2-3 months planning and may also affect the brand’s reputation. But with the recorded interviews, you just have to focus on the actual recording of the interview and release it on the day of the summit.

4. Tech Tools

Listed below are the tools we used during our summit:

5. Deciding the date

While deciding the date of the summit it is crucial to ensure that the teams have adequate bandwidth to complete the tasks, and to make sure the launching would not clash with any other events.

6. Asset require to promote a summit

At this point, you may have an idea how to start with your virtual summit plan. Now the next step is to promote and widely spread the event among your target audience and build the awareness. The assets which can be used to promote the event can be either or inclusive of the landing page, email campaign, social media post, engaging content, and promotional material etc.

Phase 2

1. List building of speakers

Create a list of potential speakers and reason out why they should be the part of your virtual summit. The speaker categories for our event was divided into two parts one comprised of eminent and motivational speakers (Chetan Bhagat and Sandeep Dutt) in the education industry and the other was our existing clients. You might be thinking why existing clients? They act as a catalyst for other institutes as they showcase how they benefited from the technology and the impact it had on their institute’s growth and productivity.  

2. Screening process

After listing out 50 to 100 names, next step is the screening process. In this process, sort out the most qualified speaker who fits best for your summit. As our event was launched for the global audience, so to bring the diversity, we shelled out the speakers from each geography. But onboarding eminent speakers from outside the country was a no-win, as mostly their time costs quite an amount of money, so to bring melange in our summit we onboard the existing clients as the speakers. After creating a list we screen out the speakers according to our target attendees. But the major hurdle was to onboard the education leaders as speakers on the platform.

3. Outreach & communication

The most effective way to communicate with the speakers is via sending a personalised email on which you can include the basic details about the event such as the aim of the summit, benefits, reasons to attend the event, who is the target audience, date of the event and much more. 

In our summit, the response we got from the existing client speakers was great but after reaching out to EdTech orators we faced some disappointment as the speakers we were hoping to onboard to our summit were charging a high speaking fee, which was quite expected. After 3-4 weeks of outreach emails and calls, we hit the most enthusiastic speakers in EdTech industry.

Phase 3

1. Landing page & Content Planning

Once you are ready with the finalized speakers the next step is to create a great content for an attractive landing page, to gather maximum visitors and potential sign-ups. Key elements to consider while creating a page are:

    • Compelling Headline: Concise, descriptive and attention-grabbing headline which clearly explain what an attendee expects from the event.
    • Effective Media: Such as event promotion video, a collage of speakers which act as a magnet to attract the potential audience.
    • Strong CTA: Clear and compelling call-to-action button. Which showcases they would get a full access to attend the summit after they click a particular button.
    • Lead Capture Form: Form where visitors submit their basic information, but the length of the form should be short just the include the necessary details.
    • Speakers: Headshot of every single speaker along with their name and topic about which they talk about in the summit.
    • Event Details: Nitty-gritty details of the event such as why attend this summit, what would you learn, agenda of the summit, what are the other thing stored in the summit apart from speakers videos.

Below have the screenshot of our virtual summit final landing page:

school operations development virtual summit 2018

2. Promotion on all digital channel

The achievement of an event’s goal relies on the promotion method. As it not only helps in widening the reach and creating a brand awareness for an event but also helps in the lead generation process.

There are various channels through which the event can be promoted such as:

  • Paid promotion
  • Social Media channels
  • Email
  • Event promotion website
  • To gain wider reach of the event and make the post ubiquitous, you can also leverage the Speaker’s digital platform

    3. Lead Magnet

The lead magnet can be used to attract the customers and retain their interest in attending the summit. For our summit as a lead magnet, we used the idea of Masterclass of our product and shared the Future plans of Fedena.

4. No Live interviews, then record the interview

Recording an interviews is a time consuming process therefore after finalizing the speakers, the first step to do is schedule a meeting with the speakers, choose a topic for the interview, prepare the interviews questions, share it with the interviewees so they can prepare themselves, record the interview and finally edit it to make it look more professional.

Phase 4

1. Promote & Execute the summit

Finally comes the event launch week.

One to two week before an event launch, continuously promote the event and send the event joining link through newsletters so that on the day of an event they will not feel hassled and bewildered. When we launched out summit we had some trouble communicating the process of joining the summit, due to which we received several phone calls about how to join the event. But finally we overcome such problems and everything went smoothly thereafter. Hence, as a rule, continuous interaction with your attendees is very crucial.

You can also educate your attendees by doing regular posts on social media, blog posting, publishing posts on speaker’s digital platform and newsletter about the agenda. Make them feel engaged and excited by maintaining proper communication during the event.

Phase 5

1. Follow up

After 1 -2 weeks of an event, send thank you note to your attendees. Our keynote speakers were existing clients so to appreciate their contribution, time and hard work we honoured them with a “Certificate of Appreciation”.

Benefits of Virtual Summit

  • Brand Awareness

Sometimes it becomes very challenging to create a brand awareness for the product for which there are several competitors in the market who are doing the same efforts. But with the help of virtual summit, putting your brand on everybody’s lips become easy, that too at a zero cost expenditure. When recognised & renowned public figures share their opinions then it automatically attracts thousands of people towards your website which helps people start recognizing your brand and this impact remains for a longer time.

  • Lead Generation

Every day marketers perform several kinds of marketing tactics with an aim to generate more and more leads. But generating leads is not always easy and sometimes it costs a good amount of money. But what if you could do the same without spending bucket loads of money to generate important leads. Yes, with the help of virtual summit lead generation become easy and effortless, as the speakers & partners also become the promoters helping by attracting their followers.

  • Revenue Generation

Generally, conversion from prospect to leads and leads to the paid customer takes a lot of steps, but with the effective & impactful interviews of renowned speakers on interesting topics in virtual summit attract lots of qualified leads. As, when the well-known speakers & existing clients share their experience in a form of interviews, it captures the trust of the target audience and eventually increases the chance of conversion.

Recap: How does school management software help institute in saving money?

What is coming next?

I wouldn’t say that our first virtual summit was an astounding success but, it was a great experience and we learned a lot from our mistakes. Therefore, to turn our fruitless journey to fruition, in the coming months we are again coming with another exciting event.

BETTER 2018: EdTech Summit & EXPOThe confluence of education and innovative technology

The main aim of this summit is to bring together school’s decision makers and EdTech leaders, so the institutes can grasp the significance of technology and also envision how can the technological transformations aid towards leading and shaping the future of education system.

Follow the link to know more: https://fedena.com/erp/edtech-summit-expo-better-2018

 

 

IoT in education

Significance of IoT in Education

Learn how this new tech impacts your school

What is IoT?

IoT stands for the Internet of Things. It refers to a network of physical devices (other than the usual laptops, mobile phones, computers, etc.) that help integrate the physical world with the internet through the exchange of information. Essentially, it results in more seamless integration of every device around us with the internet and all its capabilities. Imagine your fridge telling you that you are out of milk and you then being able to tell it to order some more. Or even set up a regular schedule for the ordering and delivery of repeated items. This is possible through IoT, or Internet of Things. It is one step closer to living in the future we saw depicted in films.

Where is IoT usually used?

IoT has been used across industries and sectors, but one of the most visible uses of IoT so far has been in retail. Think of Amazon’s Dash buttons that allowed you to order more laundry detergent from the site at the literal push of a button. Or integrations into a Smart Home. But IoT is not limited to just ordering things off of the internet. It has seen an application in manufacturing, energy management, environmental monitoring, agriculture, medicine and healthcare, elder care, deployment at scale, and transportation.

How can IoT be used in schools?

The growing ubiquity of internet and technology in schools means that a development like IoT is not very far behind. But what could the applications of such tech be in your educational institution? Is this just a me-too gimmick used an excuse to raise infrastructure costs on the parents paying their wards’ school fees?

In short, no. IoT in education can be used in multiple ways to enhance the school experience – from teachers understanding the way their students’ minds work, thanks to devices that track how students are using classroom materials and sharing that data, to improved security and safety of scholars thanks to devices that radio logistical details during the child’s commute to school. IoT is a step towards removing barriers between the online and physical presence of stakeholders, in an effort to ensure that technology enhances the learning and teaching experience for all of them.

Why should I be using IoT at my school?

Internet of Things, or IoT, must be viewed not just as an add-on or perk offered to students who can afford it. It must be seen as a method by which students, teachers, parents, and non-education staff can have a seamless scholarly experience. This mindset change must take place in order to use IoT effectively and to its full potential.

Recap: What Are The Benefits Of Fees Management System In Educational Institutions?

How have educational institutions used IoT in the past?

A very obvious use of IoT that might already be in place in your school is the use of smart boards to connect academics and teachers all over the world. Highlights, annotations, and notes are available openly to anyone who is allowed access, enabling the free and open sharing of information and insights. This results in greater collaboration and enhanced learning for students and teachers alike.

We have spoken previously about the importance of student safety and campus security, especially in this day and age. This is an area in which IoT shines. IoT devices help parents, teachers and non-education staff help keep track of students while they are on institutional premises. This means a reduction in unexplained absences, ensuring that students are where they need to be, and a starting point to address any potential issues that may be the reason for the student’s presence (or lack of it) at a given place.

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Guide To Choose The Right School Employee Management System

Understanding the Why and How of selecting a school employee management system

In a school or college setting, the staff and employee team not only consist of teachers and principals, but it also includes many behind-the-scenes heroes such as the administration teams, support staff, librarians, IT teams, peons, cleaners, security teams – the list can be endless. This school staff are essential as they play a critical role in creating an emotionally supportive, physically safe and mentally stimulating environment for the students.

Just as any other organisation – a school to needs to efficiently manage its teams to ensure that it functions as a seamless, well-oiled machinery to bring the best to its students.

While schools continue to function as student-centric units, it is essential for them also ensure that they are paying attention to the career growth and development of their support staff and using a school employee management system is one of the most efficient and effective ways to do the same.

What are the benefits of using a school staff management system?

A school management system that offers features to manage the staff offers many benefits to the staff and the school as a whole

1. Payroll Management

One of the most essential features of a school employee management system is the payroll management system that allows schools to manage the entire payroll process from the calculation of attendance, loss of pay calculation, automatic payroll generation, payslip approval and other facilities.

This payroll management feature is easily customisable according to the branding guidelines and other requirements of the school, thus making it easier for schools and other educational institutes to adopt.

2. Task Management

Creation and management of tasks for employees a task management module for the teaching and non-teaching staff. Here, various administrators and head of departments can assign certain tasks to the staff, send reminders for the same, follow-up on them and get timely updates when the tasks are completed. This is also an option to upload reports, documents and comments on the task to keep everyone updated.

3. Event Creation

School life is often characterised by events and activities for the students as well as teachers. Using the event creation modules, schools can create a list of events for the staff and the school employee management system will send automatic updates to all about the event – through SMS, emails and other forms of instant messaging.

4. Performance management

Using the school employee management system also allows schools to assess their performance by checking the achievement of their goals, monitoring the date of the goals to see if they met their deadline and them comparing it against the performance of other groups. This system is an easy and a hassle-free way to assess the performance of the teachers and other non-teaching staff across various departments and locations.

5. Attendance management

Managing the daily attendance of your staff, their login and logout times can also be a tedious task for the school’s personnel department. However, the same task when outsourced to a digital system, makes the task easier and less time consuming

6. Data management

The school management system also allows schools to manage the entire data of all the departments, including staff data. This data can be easily displayed and customised as needed and can be exported at the click of the mouse,

Recap:  Technology in The Classroom: Decoding the Pros and Cons

7. Instant Messaging

This instant messaging feature can also be easily integrated with other external communication tools like email and texting. This feature is crucial as it allows you to stay connected with your staff at all times and send them information at the click of a button. During critically important moments, this is one of the best ways to communicate with your staff – saving on loads of time and avoiding miscommunications.

While the growth of a school is enhanced by committed teachers, a motivated support staff can help empower the teachers to teach better and make a strong impact on the minds of their students. Using various digital technology is a great way to keep the staff – teaching and non-teaching motivated so that they can focus on the most important tasks at hand.

It improves the productivity of the school as non-essential tasks such as creating events, calendar management, attendance management, leave management get taken care of automatically. This is also a great way to prevent time fraud among their staff and helps them to function with improved accuracy and focus.

With this increased productivity, it is easier for schools to focus their attention on staff development activities such as training and other learning opportunities that will help the school staff perform better – and thus improve the ratings and brand image of the school.

Today, as technology percolates every aspect of our lives, introducing online technology in schools is imperative. Using a staff management system makes day-to-day functioning easier in schools by automating tasks – saving time and effort for all concerned.

As schools get ready to step into the future – they need to get equipped with a staff management system that can be easily customised and scaled according to the needs and the requirements of the school. In this dynamic world – every school is a unique as the students it houses, and an ideal staff management system needs to come loaded with a range of various features that can be used by the school according to their needs and should be easy to use for all the parties concerned.

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Technology in The Classroom: Decoding the Pros and Cons

Technology can often be compared to a double-edged sword. It can be leveraged as a powerful tool to educate, liberate and illuminate people, but if not used well, the same tools of technology can distract people, veering them away from their goals and aims. Similarly, in a classroom, introducing technology to students has many pros and cons. While on one hand, many experts believe that technology allows educators to personalise, adapt and experiment in pedagogy, on the other hand, technology in the classroom can be distracting to the students and adds to the increased screen time of students.

Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the pros and cons of having technology in the classroom

Pros:

1. Experiment with pedagogy

Technology creates an environment that allows students and teachers to actively learn through a variety of pedagogy. From videos to online polls and virtual trips, the use of technology gives teachers unlimited access to free digital tools and resources that will help to make the subject more relevant to students and engage them better for long-term learning.

2. Immediate access to the latest information

Introducing technology in the classroom gives students access to information that is up-to-date. Instead of relying on obsolete textbooks, in a technology-driven classroom, there is a collaborative learning environment where students work together to share information together and access the most relevant and efficient information.

3. Automates monotonous tasks

Using technology in the classroom is an effective way to save teachers and school staff from the boredom of monotonous tasks and save time on repetitive tasks. Using technology, teachers can grade online assignments, take attendance, plan lessons as well as send out regular messages to parents about their children. Using the school ERP system gives teachers a variety of tools and resources and frees up their time to instead focus on teaching better in the classroom.

4. Students learn an essential life skill

Today, we live in a digital world, and getting familiar with technology is an essential life skill. One of the most important goals of a school is to train the kids for adult life. Giving students opportunities to interact and engage with social media tools and technology is a great way to prepare students to be the future citizens of a digital world without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed

5. Makes student independent learners

Technology also enables students to be independent learners where teachers could assign collaborative tasks and encourage them to complete them using technology. In this case, instead of spoon feeding the information to the students, they learn to leverage digital tools to get the academic queries resolved and learn of their own.

Cons:

1. Technology can be a distraction

As often seen in the real world, technology in the classroom can often be a distraction for students. The online world is filled with ads, games and other forms of distraction that can veer students away from the task at hand. The best way to combat this is by setting up strict rules and regulations when accessing online tools. This can ensure that technology does not interfere with education but only aids learning

2. Too much screen time

Many parents and teachers fear that introducing technology in the classroom will lead too much screen time for students. Some people believe that staring at a screen during school hours simply compounds an already existing problem where children use screen stimulation for learning and entertainment. This screen time can not only be detrimental to the eyesight of the kids but can lead to mental exhaustion as well.

The only way to counter this is by setting in place strict timelines on the number of hours students use a device and compensating that with outdoor play and learning

Recap:  Why We Need Digital Signage in Schools

3. Technology can foster cheating

Cheating in assignments and exams is not a new phenomenon, but the use the technology makes it easier for students to copy-paste someone else’s work, or to simply steal essays and assignment ideas from other students.

To counter this problem, teachers could work towards structuring assignments and exams in a way that makes cheating impossible. Many schools offer open book exams, where the focus of the examination is problem-solving and mastery rather than rote learning and retention.

4. Lack of human connection

There are many who feel that technology can create a classroom environment devoid of human connection. As each student concentrates and works on their device, the classroom can turn into an anti-social place as there will be limited interaction between peers,

However, with adequate care and emphasis on peer-to-peer connection, this too can be resolved

5. Promotes inequality in the classroom

While education brings students closer together, technology in the classroom can make students aware of their socio-economic status as not every student can easily afford smart devices and laptops. This can lead to a divide in the classroom.

The verdict

While there are plenty of pros and cons of introducing technology into the classroom, schools need to work towards setting and creating guides to ensure that students do not abuse digital media in the classroom.

The world is evolving towards becoming a hyper-connected digital place and the correct use of technology in the classroom with adequate supervision can ensure that the students learn better. The use of technology and school management system not only benefits the students, but it streamlines various tasks and processes for the teachers, making education less stressful and more enjoyable

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Top 10 TED Talks in education

We all know that Ted Talks are the most influencing and inspiring videos by the eminent speakers from various industry but when it comes to education  the following talks by inspiring teachers hits first in the mind: 

1. Rita Pierson – Every kid needs a champion

 This featured Rita Pierson. She has been a teacher for around forty years. She had once heard a co-worker saying that she or he was not paid enough to like the kids. Her answer was simple – kids never learn from the people that they do not like. This was a clarion call of sorts to educators so that they would have greater faith in the students and also unite with them on many levels – real, personal, and human. Pierson is a noted educator who has devoted her life to classrooms.

In fact, her grandparents and parents happened to be educators as well and thus can it be said that Pierson followed them into this world. This particular talk was featured at TED Talks Education. What she has said stands true for education in general and teaching in specific.

2. Christopher Emdin – Teach teachers how to create magic 

Christopher Emdin happens to be a science advocate and employs hip-hop, a form of music, in order to make teachers better at their work. He has an interesting take on education that he shared at this talk delivered at TED@NYC.

Emdin says that there is something common between rap shows, Sunday services, and the banter that is exchanged at barbershops. He feels that they all have the unique capability to teach and yet enthral people at the same time. Emdin says that this is one skill that is not necessarily taught to educators even in this day and age. He has been a teacher for long and has cofounded Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. along with GZA, who happens to be a member of the well-known rap group known as Wu-Tang Clan. In this particular TED Talk, he shares his vision of how classrooms can be made alive. 

3. Linda Cliatt-Wayman – How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard 

In this TED Talk delivered at TEDWomen 2015, Cliatt-Wayman discusses how she resurrected a high school based in North Philadelphia. During her first day in office as principal, she was pretty adamant that she would lay down a few laws that she believed would help the school gain back lost ground. However, soon enough she found out that it was easier said than done as the job was fairly complex. In fact, it was a lot more complex than what she had bargained for.

This talk reveals her passion for her school in a rather evident manner. Here she shares the three principles that she used in order to turn around the fortune of three schools that she was entrusted with. These schools had been labelled persistently dangerous and low performing.   

4. Tyler DeWitt – Hey science teachers – make it fun 

At the TEDxBeaconStreet, an event organized by volunteers, Tyler DeWitt, a science teacher at the high school level, discussed what science teachers needed to do in order to make their lessons more entertaining and thus easier for students to relate to and learn.

He starts off by saying how once he had created a lesson plan on bacteria and was absolutely ecstatic about it. However, to his utter horror, DeWitt discovered that his students had not shared the same feelings about the lesson plan, to put it mildly. The main issue here was with the textbook. It was really hard for students to understand it. In this particular TED Talk, DeWitt shares some great thoughts including asking teachers to stop being precise and stop including technical terms, which are hard to understand, in their classes. Instead, he asks them to look at ways such as demonstrations and stories to make it more interesting for students.

5. Dan Meyer – Math class needs a makeover 

Dan Meyer, an educator, delivered this particular TED Talk at the TEDxNYED. Here he discusses the critical state of present-day math education by discussing how the curriculum is expecting that the students would learn and then become great at what he terms paint by numbers class work. This he feels is taking an important area from kids – skill. It is the skill that is so much more important than merely teaching students how to solve problems.

It is skill, which according to Meyer, is also a lot more important than merely formulating math problems. In this talk, Meyer also comes up with a number of math exercises that have been tested in classrooms and encourage students to take time out, think, and find their way out of problems.

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6. Ramsey Musallam – 3 rules to spark learning 

Ramsey Musallam, an educator, delivered this TED Talk at TED Talks Education. Musallam had been a high school chemistry teacher for 10 years before he suffered a condition that threatened his very life. It was this very condition that forced him to evaluate what he thought was a period of pseudo teaching.

It was through this life-changing experience that he came to understand what the true role of an educator was supposed to be. It was supposed to encourage a sense of curiosity among students. This talk was a personal one as it was fun filled. It was here that Musallam shared his 3 rules for sparking the drive to learn and imagine among students. They were also supposed to help students get excited about the various ways in which the world worked. Important to this discussion was the use of means such as new technology and multimedia.

7. Sakena Yacoobi – How I Stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school 

Delivered at TEDWomen 2015 this Talk by Sakena Yacoobi discussed how she saved every girl’s school in Afghanistan from being shut down by the Taliban. After the Islamic militant group had shut down all these schools, Yacoobi established new schools but all of them in secret. This was how she was able to educate not only thousands of women but an almost similar number of men as well. This talk was at the same time funny and fierce.

She also shares a couple of exhilarating stories where she was threatened with ultimatums so that she would stop teaching. Here Yacoobi also shared her vision of how she hopes to rebuild her motherland. The institute set up by this education activist is named the Afghan Institute of Learning.

8. Stephen Ritz – A teacher growing green in the South Bronx 

This TED Talk was delivered at TEDxManhattan. Ritz happens to be a really energetic person who always happens to be full of ideas. He also happens to be a teacher at a school in South Bronx, a really tough region in New York. In fact, he is a specialist in teaching at-risk kids in this part of the city.

It is here that Ritz and his kids grow gardens that are as lush as they come with the aim of providing greenery, food, and jobs. This talk is more than about just education. Here he discusses a whole lot of ways in which you can create hope in your neighbourhood – one that has been written off as a no-hoper by others – or in any such neighbourhood for that matter. It is just that he goes too fast and you have to keep up with him. 

9. Nadia Lopez – Why open a school? To close a prison 

This talk was delivered at TED Talks Live. She genuinely believes in the fact that kids are the future of the world and it is very important for them to have faith in themselves. This is the reason why she started the Mott Hall Bridges Academy, which can be called an academic oasis of sorts. It is located at Brownsville in Brooklyn. This happens to be one of the neighbourhoods in New York that sees the highest rates of violence and receives the least amount of service.

She believes that every child is full of capabilities and is brilliant in her or his own way. This talk is short but is energizing, to say the least. Lopez also happens to be a star of the Humans of New York. In this talk, she describes how she helps the scholars think of a better future.

10. Diana Laufenberg – How to learn? From mistakes

This TED Talk was delivered at TEDxMidAtlantic. In this talk, Laufenberg shares three things that she has learned regarding teaching. Suffice to say, these ideas are rather surprising. One of them is a rather key insight into how people can learn from mistakes.

Laufenberg has been an educator for more than 15 years now. She has been a secondary social studies teacher in areas such as Wisconsin, Arizona, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. Here Laufenberg says that the knowledge she has acquired in her career is related to kids as well and she wishes that more people are able to understand them. In this discussion, she talks about how access to learning and information has changed over generations citing the example of her grandmother and her father to strengthen her opinions.   

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The Role of School Management Software in Student Privacy & Data Security

Has your school management software got everything on lockdown?

What is data security?

Data security is the protection of data, usually in digital form, from unauthorized or unwanted access, use, and dissemination. It is the protection of private information from possibly malicious entities. In this digital day and age, data security is of paramount importance. Knowledge is power is a maxim that very much holds true here, and the protection of data must be a key concern for institutions who have entered the tech age.

Data security has resulted in a booming industry – just look at all the privacy hoops we need to jump through just to create an email account. But what might seem like annoying barriers to the execution of a task are actually safeguards built to protect people from themselves and others. Data security is easily understood when it comes to such engagements with technological services, but it has applications across industries and populations.

For educators, it is important to keep oneself of the latest in data security practice while also using this as an opportunity to instil good data security practices in young minds they have access too. Building a data secure culture is one of the many avenues educational institutions have a unique role to play.

How does it affect student privacy?

In the educational ecosystem, data security touches multiple aspects and stakeholders. One of these are students themselves. Data security, or a lack of it, exposes students to multiple vulnerabilities. They are often at the centre of sensitive information, and in the case of younger students, may be unable to comprehend the importance of data security.

But why do students even need privacy?

Detractors might argue about whether students even need privacy. These are younger folk living sheltered existences and are largely protected from ground realities that adult working professionals have to deal with. But it is this very naivete that makes students an especially vulnerable target of people trying to breach data security.

Students are often minors who may not have the experience or exposure to be able to judge whether a person or entity trying to extract information has malicious intent at all. Young scholars are usually taught to trust authority, especially adult authority. It is this attitude that makes them especially vulnerable to malicious predators who may not have their best interests at heart. It is thus the school’s responsibility, to a degree, to protect the privacy of student information they are trusted with.

What does a data security or student privacy breach look like?

A data security breach can be as simple as the unauthorised access to student information, resulting in the tarnishing of a student’s privacy. This might seem benign on paper, but imagine how dangerous student information could be in the wrong hands. For instance, simply accessing student records and noting down a particular student’s home address means that there are now people who are aware of a student’s location at a given point in time. The student could now be in danger.

While the person accessing this information may have no malicious intent, we cannot rely on their best to ensure student safety. Educational institutions, especially, have a specific responsibility to their underage wards – data security and protection is as important as the physical security and protection of a young scholar.

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What are the consequences of a breach?

The consequences of a data security breach can range from benign to life-          changing. Educational institutions are trusted with a lot of financial and personal data centred around their students and parents. These include everything from home addresses and contact information to the financial details of a family to student grades in a class.

Imagine accessing information about student grades and parental finances from the records in your school management software. The consequences can be something as small but irritating as some ribbing from classmates about a low grade (traumatic but not dangerous) or financial security risk for a parent whose banking vulnerabilities have been exposed.

How does school management software provide student’s privacy and data security?

School management software is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in educational institutions. School rely on it to manage processes in their school. This often involves things like personalised communication and teaching for students based on their response data to even easier and faster fee processing for parents thanks to on the go payments being made possible by your school management software.

It is thus natural that school management software will be the gateway to a lot of data about students and therefore a specific point of attack for those wishing to break a school’s data security. The information is all in one place for hackers to access.

On the same note, also reduces the amount of human interaction and therefore human error in these processes. Limiting access to sensitive information is easier with permissions that can easily be granted and revoked in your school management software. Keeping an activity history to be able to track who accessed what and when is easier with school management software. The school management software’s dashboard is a good way to keep an eye on a comprehensive set of data points that will alert the observer to any irregularities in the system.

How can you correctly calibrate your school management software?

School management software can be both a boon or a bane in these situations – it depends on the robustness of the software you choose and the people who are authorised to use it. A balance must be struck and careful judgment must be used when relying on school management software to manage data security at your school.

There are a few key things to keep in mind when building data security within your school management software. The first is to choose a robust software that values data security and has inbuilt mechanisms to protect sensitive information. The second is to entrust only trusted people with access to this information. The third is to keep a watch on the activity of all those who have access to this information. Your school management software allows you to easily implement these three points making it easier to build a culture that values data security and student privacy in your educational institution.

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Top 9 things you can do on school ERP software apps

There are so many things that you can do as a school on the school ERP (enterprise resource planning) software apps these days. One of the first such things is tracking the activities of school buses. With the help of such software, it is possible for both schools and parents to keep track of the whereabouts of the school bus on maps. They also get notifications for all the important events. This is an important feature when you come to think of it. These days the cases of molestation of and misbehaviour against school kids have gone up. This has made everyone more concerned about the safety and security of these kids. 

Let’s check out what other things you can do on school ERP apps:

1. Track the process of fee payment online

With the help of a school ERP software app, a school would be able to facilitate online payment of school fees. It can keep track of the schedule of fees, the fees that have been paid, the instalments that are coming up in the immediate period, and the instalments that are yet to be paid.

In fact, this feature can be helpful for the parents as well since they can get access to the same kind of information too. Normally, in these systems, a user gets information on all the fees that need to be paid across an academic year as fee instalments. They get notifications for the payments that are supposed to be made as well as ones that they may have missed. These apps contain sections on payment history where one can check all the payments that have been made so far. Check out some other benefits of fees management system.

2. Can be used to create a school diary

These ERP for schools apps act as school diaries as well in the sense that they provide a total timeline-based view of various information and details such as homework, results, and fees to name a few. Schools can send such information on a regular basis to the parents and they can get it and be benefited as well. In a nutshell, this particular feature contains all the information based communication, circulars, and notifications that are being sent by the schools on a regular basis to the parents. Schools can send this information in a language that they are comfortable with.

This, in turn, helps the schools communicate a lot better with the parents. This leads to better results for one and all in the end. Schools can also attach JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) and PDF (portable document format) files with these notifications.    

3. Can be used to create galleries of photos, videos, and live events

With the help of these apps, a user can also get a glimpse of all the photos that belong to a school. This is also applicable to the videos as well as coverage of live events that are taking place in the school.

With these apps, a school can stream live events that may be of interest for one and all like the yearly function, Independence Day celebrations, and Republic Day celebrations to name a few. These events can be viewed live on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. With the help of the photos feature a user can create any number of albums that she or he wishes to. These photos can capture all the fun activities that are taking place in the school. A user can also create any number of video albums and the experience of watching them is great as well.

4. Can be used to create a school calendar

With these apps, a school can create a yearly calendar and display the schedule for various categories that are important to one and all. Some such categories may be mentioned as below:

  • academics
  • holidays
  • examinations
  • activities
  • assembly topics

Normally, school calendars are divided into various categories such as ones that have been mentioned above. The reason for such division is simple – the information cannot be the same for each class in a school. In fact, they could differ on the basis of a day as well.

However, when a school has such a feature in its ERP app it is able to send information that is relevant to parents. This helps the parents and the students prepare properly. The data is also displayed in a simple manner and this is of great help as well.

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5. Managing results

In a school, all the classes have their own tests, recitations, and group discussions that are conducted on a regular basis, even if not daily. With the help of a good ERP app, a school can provide information regarding how well the kids are doing in these sessions to their parents. 

It can also evaluate all this data with the help of means such as charts and graphs, and publish mark sheets in PDF format at the end of each session. The process of education is one that is evolving at all times and there is no end to how better it can get. These days, all the major examination boards are using the latest methods of evaluation such as CCE (continuous and comprehensive evaluation). No matter how many tests and evaluations happen, a parent always stays informed with the help of such an app.

6. Managing libraries

With the new age school ERP apps, a school can easily manage its libraries a lot better than before. They can make the entire catalogue available on mobile devices and provide information like availability of books and dates when they are expected to be returned. Normally in a school library, there are plenty of books belonging to many different authors as well as publication houses. With the help of the online cataloguing facilities, users are in a better position to look for books that may be of use to them.

The system works in such a way that a librarian is able to tag each book in various categories. Users can also use this app and browse and search for these books on the basis of these categories. This means that the school library can be managed a lot better than what would have been possible otherwise.

7. Managing attendance

With the help of these apps, students can now just about forget bunking their schools. Yes, these systems are that good! These apps help the parents keep a track of the attendance of their children and also get instant information in case they are absent from school.

The best part of this particular feature is that the information is available on a daily basis. These systems normally show information in the form of grids, which resemble calendars, in order to inform parents regarding the school attendance record of their wards. All the information is shown in a clear and precise manner so that parents do not face any trouble in understanding the same. Information is provided on the basis of sessions and months thus helping parents get a complete picture when a term comes to close. Such a feature provides great peace of mind to the parents for sure.

8. Managing documents

These apps also help schools manage their documents in a proper manner. They are able to digitize all the papers by scanning them and then uploading them on to the system. This way, they can have all the information related to students, buses, employees, and all other stakeholders. These systems make it easy to upload several documents at a time. Schools can also categorize various documents on the basis of definite categories. It is also possible for schools to renew these documents as and when may be needed. This is because these systems provide regular reminders pertaining to the expiry of the same on a regular basis.

They provide reports for renewals that are overdue as well as ones that are in the pipeline. These systems also help schools generate important documents for their students as per the preferred format of the education board that they are affiliated with.

9. Keeping information on students

Last, but definitely not the least, these apps help schools have all the information regarding their students and manage it properly as well. Normally, in these cases, students are assigned barcodes and there is also an option to update a new photo of the student each year.

Such an app also helps schools customize all this information. This means that they can define separate fields that may be applicable for their institution and leave out the rest. They can then assign these fields default value and make them mandatory as well. Having such information at their fingertips also allows the schools to send across greetings to students on special occasions such as their birthdays, anniversaries, or any date that may be important for the students and their parents. These systems also allow them to provide feedback to students and parents at all times.

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Why Should Data Analysis Be a Part of School ERP Software?

Listen to what your school ERP software is trying to tell you

What is Data Analysis?

Data analysis is the cleaning, processing, and manipulation of data in order to arrive at conclusions, unearth trends, or support business decisions with reliable data. There are many forms of data analysis – new techniques and methods emerge daily that enable institutions to understand their ecosystems more widely and deeply. Understanding your institution’s needs and the availability of information at hand determine which of these methods would benefit you the most and result in the most useful information.

How is data analysis used in general?

Essentially, data analysis helps institutions make more informed decisions, devise solutions based on evidence rather than bias, and helps build a more data-driven culture internally and externally. Building a data-rich culture in one’s institution enables its people and stakeholders to build a thinking culture that relies on hard facts rather than hearsay or nebulous feeling. This results in a population that values data, precision and thoughtful strategy rather than impulsive and often outdated thinking.

How could data analysis be used in education?

The educational ecosystem is no different in terms of how it can benefit from data analysis. This is an area where learning is constantly evolving based on new teaching methods being developed, varying needs of students, and an ever-changing world that schools need to prepare them for. Data analysis would help remove a lot of fear, doubt, and uncertainty and help illuminate better ways to do things at all levels.

What are the benefits of using data analysis in education?

Using data analysis in education helps us understand our classrooms and educational institutions better. For instance, personalisation of education is increasingly seen as key to better educational outcomes. This sounds like a time and costs expensive process, where overheads overwhelm the desire to make it happen. Data analysis, however, can come to the rescue. Using your school ERP software, you can monitor what sort of assignments your student does better on, what methodologies seem to work, and what subject areas naturally interest them. Then building a content repository of such course materials would be the logical next step. This results in the better classroom and home learning engagement from a student – all because you took the time to analyse student behaviour with regards to course materials.

Who benefits from data analysis in education?

It is not just students who benefit from data analysis in the school. All stakeholders in the education ecosystem can gain from relying more on data. A data-rich school is one that is forward-looking – one that is anticipating educational trends rather than just reacting to them. Teachers are better able to analyse each of their classrooms’ educational achievements, students are better able to measure their performance and make decisions on what to focus on, administrators are able to improve the efficiency of their processes by analysing user actions when interacting with various services provided, and management is future ready thanks to a wealth of knowledge available at their fingertips. Your school ERP software can be instrumental in categorising the various kinds of data by the people it benefits at the very starting point. We elaborate on this point further below.

How tools do you need to perform data analysis?

In addition to a person with the skillset to perform an accurate analysis, does wanting to become a more data-rich school require specialised tools? What about the cost of such an investment? Is it worth it?

These are all important questions to ask in one’s endeavour to become a data-rich organisation. Data analysis must be looked at as an investment in the future. The long-term benefits are worth the cost. It is not necessary to have a massive outlay towards data analytics in order to start seeing results. For educational institutions, your existing school ERP software might be enough to get started.

What kind of data analytics functions can school ERP software to perform?

Your school ERP software is your starting point on your data analysis journey. A robust school ERP software would allow you to start collecting information about student and institutional actions straight out of the box.

For students, analysing their progress by analysis their examination performance would help you have a better idea of your student’s strengths and potential areas for improvement. This would indicate what subjects to focus on for future learning, which can further be monitored and idea by your school ERP software.

For teachers, being able to keep track of students learning by analysis their engagement in coursework, homework, and group discussions is a good way to better understand the learning methodology that works for them. Most students have a learning method that works best for them – why not focus on using that method integrated with your school ERP software as much as possible in order to accelerate learning?

For administrators, processes can often be prone to human errors and this is where your school ERP software really shines. But a secondary benefit to this is the wealth of user data that is collected when these processes are systemised or automated. You are able to pinpoint with accuracy exactly where users fall through the cracks, falter, or run into issues. This helps one to improve processes until they are as intuitive and unintrusive, reducing the burden on human administrators.

Finally, for management – a cross section of these analyses performed at various levels help them to ensure their institution is future ready. Being proactive, rather than reactive results in an institution that is not constantly playing catch up, but instead is able to automatically provide a holistic learning and teaching environment for its members.

Your school ERP software provides a one window answer to all questions about the direction your institution is moving in by providing data and revealing trends specific to your school. Data analysis thus makes your school ready to produce scholars ready to take on the world.

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) To The Classroom!

How would it look in your classroom?

What is Bring Your Own Device or BYOD?

As the name might suggest, Bring Your Own Device is an education policy per which students are allowed to bring their own personal tech device to school to use in school or curriculum related activities. Something as simple as bringing your personal laptop that you use at home to work on a classroom assignment would count under your school’s Bring Your Own Device policy.

This policy was seen in Information Technology departments in corporates previously – where instead of banning personal mobile phones or laptops or tablets, offices instead embraced the use of these devices in the workplace in a regulated manner.

An obvious benefit of the Bring Your Own Device policy for educational institutions hesitant to embrace it is the reduction in infrastructure and technological costs. Students who are able to fund and use their own devices are able to do so safely under this policy, while limited funds are allocated to providing them to students who cannot.

Why should you Bring Your Own Device?

Detractors of this policy will point to the obvious security issue that arises when personal devices are allowed on campus at a school. And this is a good apprehension to have! Students personal safety and informational security is of the utmost concern for an educational institution. Not to mention the extensive personnel records, student records containing location and contact information, and other education-related information educational institutions store and provide access to.

However, it is poor long-term thinking to adopt an avoidance policy towards the use of such devices. We are living in a technologically driven world where increasingly – even in India – people’s digital identity is key to gaining access to services and information. To eliminate devices entirely is unfeasible.

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The Bring Your Own Device policy offers a compromise by which the use of such devices are regulated and monitored for ideal usage. After security measures are implemented and processes for breaches are put in place, a majority of devices will be used in a non-malicious manner. It also helps teach younger generations about digital security and healthy use of technology at an early age. A double win for any educational institution that seeks to produce technologically adept learners ready for the real world.

Things to Remember Before You Bring Your Own Device to the Classroom

To start with, there is the establishment of ground rules for the use of devices in the classroom and out of it. In addition to school policy, it is advisable to implement a classroom level policy for their use. This could be ranging from courteous usage (turning off sound and ringers) to integrating the use of device into the curriculum, as seen with learning management systems that often offer added content that is dynamic in nature and runs congruent to the syllabus in the subject’s curriculum.

Second would be to establish which devices are allowed and not allowed. It is obvious that a gaming device would not contribute much to a student’s learning, barring specific use cases. A tablet, however, enables the sharpening of quick research skills, use of open source learning content, and a general familiarity with techniques and tools that your student would need in college or in the working world.

Finally, creating curriculums and infrastructure that support and promote the use of these devices enable a safe and easy experience with them. It is necessary to have buy-in from all stakeholders in order to ensure seamless and productive usage of the device that has been brought into the classroom.

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Teachers vs Technology: Can Technology Replace Teachers?

The role of education technology is continuously expanding – from projectors to smart boards that enable increased interaction between teacher and students in the classroom. We are saying various aspects of education technology becoming an inherent part of the educational experience for students, teachers, parents, and management alike.

There are, of course, casualties. The primary one of these is the elimination of now obsolete job roles that have been taken over by a piece of technology. For instance, the work of an accounts department is largely automated by your school management software. This platform allows for the generation of fee structures that are tailored to individual students, raise dues, and generate invoices, taking into account various conditions that might be imposed on a student by student basis. Using a school management software reduces the amount of human effort to be put in, in addition to reducing the human rate of error.

But does this extend to teachers? With the advent of machine learning, natural language processing, and robots that are lifelike in a way never before seen, how far away are we from an automated teacher? Let us begin by taking a step back.

What is the role of a teacher?

It is not merely to teach, but to provide an education. There is an art to imparting knowledge to students that current technology is nowhere close to mastering. Educational technologies are currently aiding teachers in their work, not completely taking over them. They are tools, not replacements.

We can use school management software to collect data on student learning patterns, check for the efficacy of a new learning method, or just make the teaching experience more holistic and continual by using technology to facilitate engagement. These certainly enhance the teaching experience (and the learning experience) for students, however, they are not comprehensive enough to completely take over the task.

Teachers do more than just the one-way task of instructing a student. They identify social cues that would be impossible for a machine to parse, especially non-verbal or invisible interactions, that affect the learning experience. They help identify roadblocks for students that might be more personal or emotional in nature, that a machine cannot pick up on. They help to contextualise lessons in real time, which might not be possible for a piece of technology to do. Think back to your favourite teacher – did you enjoy her teaching because of her infallible library of knowledge or because of how she made the subject she taught come alive for you? The human connection is necessary for something as key as the act of learning.

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Instead of asking whether technology has reached a point where it can replace human teachers, we must ask what aspects of the job it can take over to make their lives easier. Teachers world over are overburdened – they take on a caring role in a parent’s stead, they advocate for students who might be otherwise forgotten, and they shape a nation’s future early on. Instead of merely remembering them on a designated day (Teacher’s Day cards are appreciable but not game-changing) we should perhaps be focusing on building technology that aids them in these efforts. School management systems already perform these roles in different ways. They help teachers open up communication channels with students and parents. Teachers are able to stay better organised and on top of their game with reduced time and effort investment thanks to the superior organisational and processing capabilities of their school management software. Education technologies can help enhance teaching methods by making existing content more dynamic or helping teachers create fresher content that was previously out of their reach due to budgetary and technological constraints. Technology must be built to enable teachers, not replace them.

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What Is The Future Of School Management Software Apps In Institutions?

Over the past few years,  school management software has transformed the way schools and educational institutions across the world function. The influence of digital technologies and smart apps are making schools far more advanced them ever before. Today students are benefitting from concepts such as adaptive learning, flipped classroom, blended learning – all thanks to the influx of school management software.  Besides smart learning, the school management system also influences related areas of education such as admission management, attendance, timetable, teacher schedules ensuring efficient information management, effortless communication and quick dissemination of the necessary information.

Today, most technology platforms are seeking to migrate to a mobile app. With increased internet penetration and easy availability of smartphones at affordable rates, an increasing number of people are navigating the internet through smart devices. With parents too on the go, around the clock, there is a direct preference towards mobile applications that ensure around the clock connectivity to the school app, thus boosting the popularity of using apps for a school management system.

What is the future of school management software apps?

School management system apps have made notable difference schools. Let’s look at the how these apps will change the face of education in the future

1. Global Learning

The use of various software for school management will allow students to interact with learning communities from across the world. Students across the world with similar learning styles and similar interests can connect with the help of the app, thus creating a diverse and interactive learning culture. This will not only give students a wider exposure to different cultures, but it will lead to a collaboration of ideas across borders.

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2. Efficient School Administration

The advanced school ERP will make school administration in the future easier than it has ever been. Schools will no longer have to struggle with heaps of paper records, as they will be able to maintain all records of the institution in a digital format thus making its access and management really easy. This paper-free environment will make it easier for doing jobs such as data syncing, reports generation and report sharing. Additionally, the school ERP will ensure that digital data can be tracked and retrieved with the click of a button

3. Streamlined processes

The use of software for school management will ensure that schools in the future have streamlined processes in the apps with built-in features that allow for operational effectiveness, automatic upgrades and uniform compliance. Streaming of the process will include calibration that works for all departments and for all the users across the levels. This will ensure that redundant data entry work is eliminated along with any with unnecessary sub-systems and processes that complicate administrative work in institutions

Thus for a successful school management software, it is essential that organisation consider a mobile app that can be easily accessed by students, teacher, parents and school staff alike.