Google Tools to use in Learning

5 Google Tools to use in Learning

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How many times do you use the Google search tool in a day when you have to look for some information? Google search is free of cost and is perhaps the first and last choice when we need to search for information. You may not be known but there are other free Google tools as well that are highly user-friendly. Some of the Google tools can be of great use to students and teachers and help them in learning. Read and know what are the tools that can be used in the classroom for learning. These tools are absolutely free!

Google Forms:

Use the Google Forms to conduct surveys in class for some assessment of projects or for anything else. Polling in class can become easy with the forms which also allows you to export your data to spreadsheets and do all your calculations and analyzing your data.

Audio comments:

Google Drive documents allow you to record comments and share it with others. This is a great tool for teachers as well as students for they can record their comments on projects or other works and share it with each other. Audio comments are often very helpful to understand sound phrases and various other things that might get lost in written conversations between teachers and students.

Image Search:

The Image Search option by Google is an excellent image directory where you can search any image without writing the description for the photo. Instead, take a photo or upload one to search something similar to it, particularly when at times, you might not remember the name of the object that you are looking for. Students looking for pictures for their projects can make the most of the Image Search tool by Google.

Google Moderator:

This tool is excellent when it comes to create a communication between students or teacher and student. Perfect for asking questions or giving out suggestions or even sharing ideas. If you ask any question, users can answer your question via Youtube as well. Students can make the optimum usage of the tool in carrying out classroom projects where a lot of ideas are to be shared and some question-answer sessions needed to share experiences and views.

Research tool:

Students making presentations for classroom project can use the Research tool that helps to store information in the presentation or the document in Google Drive from the web. All it does is that it adds a sidebar to the document where you can search for information from the web. Besides, you can expect suggestions on your work too! The preview option lets you preview all searches you have made; insert images or any other clips to your document.  The ‘cite’ option lets you mention websites from where you get information. Perfect for writing research papers.

Generate Report on Transport Module Using the Report Generate Feature of Fedena

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Award-winning student management software solution has recently come up with its latest version 3.0 that is packed with all latest features. One of them is the generating of reports which helps you get hold of reports so easily. Today, we will talk about reports in Transport Module in the article. Report in Transport Module will help you get the details about any of the vehicle, right from its route of travelling to the students who are availing the particular bus route. Read the article and know how you can generate reports in the Transport Module.

How to generate report in Transport Module

Go to Fedena account and go to ‘Transport’ in ‘Administration’ in main menu. You will find ‘Report’ in ‘Transport’.

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Click on ‘Report’ and land on the page ‘Vehicle Details’ page.

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To know the details of the particular vehicle (for e.g- here it is KA-8898), click on it. You get details of the students who all are travelling in the bus.

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If you select a student, you will directly go to the student’s profile. If you need, you can get the report in the CSV format using the ‘Export as CSV’ option.

Create Courses and Batches in your Institution with Fedena

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Create new courses and batches with the help of the ‘Manage Course/Batch’ that is a part of the core architecture of Fedena. The course and batch creations is unique in nature as it supports all kinds of courses and batches in all levels of institution- be it in school, college/university or any professional institute.

It is very important that you know about the concept of course and batches before you start using it. Any education institution can have multiple courses like MBA, Standard X, etc. There can be various sections under each course. On the other hand, batches include a group of students who may take part in learning in each section that is created under each course. Now, let’s see how you can create courses and batches for your institution.

How courses and batches can be created?

You can find Courses and Batches through ‘Administration’ in main menu. Select ‘Settings’ in ‘Administration’ and go to ‘Manage Course/Batch’.

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Click on ‘Manage Course/Batch’ and and click on ‘New’ to create new course and batch.

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Click on ‘New’ and go to the page where you will have to create a new course and batch.

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Fill in all the details to create a new course and the batch. Once you ‘Save’ it, a new course and corresponding batch for it will be created. If you want to create many more batches, you have to go back to the new course and select it.

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Click on ‘New’ and make many more batches if you need to.
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You can create many more batches under one course. Watch the video on courses and batches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Bx15jds-Y

Blogging as an Effective Tool for Teaching

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With classes becoming more and more technologically driven, traditional methods of teaching are getting replaced by more advanced modes, books are fading away to make roads for new media like tablets and smartphones. Teachers are no more reading pages after pages to students in classroom. Instead, they are using various social media platforms to teach and communicate with students. Among all other platforms being used as a learning tool, blogs are slowly gaining popularity as more and more teachers are introducing blogging in classroom. In this article, we bring to you some effective ways by which blogging can be used in learning.

Before you start with blogging, you must know what exactly a blog means. A blog is like a journal or a diary, but virtual which is shared with an audience. Blogs are generally informal and relaxed and are dedicated to all kind of topics. Blogs also allow its audience to take part in discussions in the form of comments.

How can you use blog as a tool for teaching

  • Being the teacher, you can use your blog to post information or even important content and resources for students to research for classroom tasks. Post any assignments for your students and also display works by them so that concerned parents of these kids will get an idea about your teaching in the classroom.
  • Blogs are the right place to let your students get a picture of what they can expect from the upcoming class and hence, students can spend some time in preparing for the class.
  • Showcase your student’s performances by sharing their works in your blog. Encourage them to create fresh contents, videos and other multimedia presentations and share them with the world. This will motivate your students to do better in future and let the world appreciate their performance.
  • Use your blog to do an assessment of your students’ performance. Ask them questions or make them participate in quizzes to measure their learning or ask them to deliver presentations on their classroom learning. Your valuable comments at the end can act as an assessment of their performance.

When you are using blog as an important medium of classroom teaching, make sure you choose the right platform to do it. Choose a secure site to do so. WordPress.org, Edublog.com and Blogger from Google are some free and secure sites for you to start your blogging.

Set Class Timings Feature for Drawing out Classes for each Batch

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Perhaps, the most tiring task in running an educational institution is to create class timings for various batches and alot them. Different batches will have distinct timetables for subjects. So, it has to be created with much care. Fedena’s Set class timings feature is here to help you out in your task. Read this article and find out how you can set class timings and allot it to different batches in your institution.

Know how the feature works

Go to your Fedena account and go to ‘Timetable’ in ‘Academics’ which you will reach after you click on the main menu. Once you reach the ‘Timetable’, you can click on ‘Set class timings’ in it.

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Click on ‘Set class timings’ and go to ‘New’ in the page.

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Click on ‘New’ to name the new class timing set.

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Once you have named the new class timing set and submitted, click on ‘Class timing sets’ to see all the class timing sets created and select the one you have just created and fix the timings for each class.

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The above screenshot shows the way you can create timetable for different classes with the help of the option ‘Add’. Next, you allot the batches to the respective timetable by going to ‘Manage class timing sets’ in ‘Class timing sets’.

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Choose the particular class timing set and select the batch and click on the respective arrow to take it to under the Assigned Batches category and vice versa.

Your next step would be to allot the timetable to respective batches. For this, you need to go ‘Edit Timetable’ in ‘Timetable’ home page. Click on that to go to the timetable and click on the one you want. Click on ‘Edit entries’ in ‘Edit Timetable’ page.

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On clicking, you reach a page where you will be selecting the batch to which you want to allot the timetable.

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Select the batch and you get the timetable to add subjects.

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This is a timetable and you can add subjects in the different class timings.

5 Best Mobile Apps for Online Teaching

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Online education is the new buzzword in the world of education because of its flexibility of the concept of anywhere, anytime. Because of its diversified nature, online education has gained in much popularity among all kind of professionals and industries. If you are a contributor to online learning, then you must be knowing how important it is for you to connect with your students. Online teaching is not just mere sharing of assignments and checking of textbooks, it’s more about communicating with your students for all kind of assistance. When you are using your smartphone for online teaching, then make sure your phone is loaded with smart apps to make you a technologically advanced online teacher!

There are loads of apps available and its up to you to choose the right app that will make your smartphone a real smart device. So, in case, you are involved with teaching online, these five apps will surely be of great help to you. Check out what apps you must be considering in your role as an online teacher.

Evernote, is one app that you must consider in case, you don’t have the time to sit down and make notes for your students. This app is definitely the one that you should opt for when there is hardly any time to sit down and take down notes. Evernote is a savior that helps you do a lot of things like saving webpages you like, taking notes, images, files and a whole lot of other things including saving photo and audio is made easy. All you need is your smartphone and this app which is available for free of cost. For your smartphone to create its own Wi-Fi hotspot to use it anytime, anywhere, download FoxFi in your phone and do your assignments even when you are on the go! Connect your devices like laptops or tablets and get your work done at the fastest of time. You don’t have to install anything on your computer and in less than ten minutes of installing the app on your smartphone, you are online and carry on with your online teaching course effortlessly. Use the limited version for free but you need to burn out some cash of $7.95 to utilise the unlimited version.

Google Hangout which is available for free to its users, is one of the best apps that is available for online teachers and helps them to conduct videoconference and recording the same in Youtube. Talking to your students via videos even during your working hours is all possible with Google Hangout on your smartphone. Then, there is Audioboo that eases communication with your students via three-minute podcasts that you can record using the app. The podcast can be easily shared to sites like Facebook and Twitter using your smartphone. Just like FoxFi, Tether too, allows you to connect to your computer with the help of your phone without the need for any additional data plans or Wifi-hotspots. Both Tether and FoxFi are the best apps to utilise for your teaching purposes online particularly when you are travelling and need to get connected to your students. Tether comes in at a cost of $29.95 a year and is allowed to be used in your Android, Blackberry or even iPhone devices.

Send SMS & Email to your Employees & Students with SMS and SMTP Settings

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Getting in touch with your students and employees have become easier with the help of SMS and SMTP or email settings of Fedena. But before you avail this service, you have to set up the SMS and email in your account and then inherit it to each school. Read this article to know everything in detail about the SMS and email settings.

Login to your personal account or SaaS account (http://accounts.fedena.com) and add your schools, whatever number you want. But before that, you need to go to your company’s profile page and add the SMS and email settings in order to set up the SMS and SMTP or simple mail transfer protocol settings for your schools that you will add later.

  • Go to your profile, click on it and go to ‘Company’.
  • Go to ‘Email’ to include your email settings and click on ‘SMS’ to register your number settings.
  • Click on ‘Add’ to add the information related to your account settings.
  • This is how your ‘Email’ settings page will look like once all information is filled up. Once you are done with this, the next step awaiting you is to create new schools. For this, you have to go your account and then to ‘Schools’ where you will add new schools.
  • Click on ‘New School’ to add any new school you want.
  • Click on ‘Inherit SMS settings’ and ‘Inherit email settings’ to activate SMS and email settings from the company respectively. This will allow the schools to use the company settings.
  • Unchecking this option would allow the schools to use the settings of their own.

 

For more:  http://support.fedena.com/support/solutions/64935

The Big Blue Button Plugin by Fedena for Video Conferencing in your School

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Being the top head of your school, you might at times have to conduct video conference with your employees, in case you are out of station. Fedena brings to you the Big Blue Button plugin with the help of which you can easily conduct video conferences from anywhere away from your school. But in order to use this plugin, the first thing you need to do is to install the Big Blue Button to your server. Only then you can use the plugin effortlessly. Read this article and you will get to know how you can use the plugin for your meeting with employees.

Login as the admin

If you are the admin, login to your account and go to ‘Collaborate’ in ‘Collaboration’ found in the main menu. Once you click on ‘Collaborate’, you land on the page where you need to add your server details and also create a new meeting.

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Click on ‘Servers’ as highlighted in the screenshot and add your server in it by clicking on ‘New server.

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Fill in all details that you have for your server and ‘Save Changes’.

The next task you need to do is to create a new meeting with the help of the ‘New’ option in ‘Online Meetings’ page.

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Click on ‘New’ and you land on the page where you can create a new meeting and share with all those with whom you want a meeting.

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Once you are done, click on ‘Save’. After it is saved, your task is done as an admin. Being the admin, you can edit or delete any new meeting created. Plus, you can also ‘Join’ and ‘End’ any meeting you are participating in.

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Login as an employee

If you are the employee who is scheduled for the meeting, then login to your account and go to ‘Collaborate’ in ‘Collaboration’ in main menu.

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Click on ‘Join’ to join the scheduled meeting.

For more, read: http://support.fedena.com/support/solutions/articles/15899-how-to-integrate-big-blue-button-with-fedena-how-to-integrate-video-conference-in

How Important is Creativity in Classroom

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We live in a world that is creative; we live in a time where innovation is the key word; inventions by human have reached every sphere of life. We cannot deny the fact that much of the education that has been imparted till now has been memory-based. But proper learning should involve memory-based learning that triggers the cultivation of use of analytics, proper evaluation of skills and above all, the presence of creativity, the urge to create something new that would bring about an evolution!

We have to stop and think- can we really teach our kids how to be creative within the boundaries of a classroom or is it something that is inborn? Creativity is definitely different to different people and for some, inventing new ways to do the same things might be creative; while for others, discovering new things is all about creativity. But whatever is the concept, motivation should be given to children to be more inventive in education.

As a teacher, you can do lot to cultivate creativity among your students and let them utilize their brain. Share with your class the attributes of being a creative person through the lives of great names in the creative field; sharing their life stories including how they used to generate ideas or how they dealt with all kind of reactions from everyone around will surely motivate them. Discussions on how important it is for everyone to be curious to learn new things and also how to deal with failure should also be included. For all these discussions and other motivational activities, being the teacher, you must develop a creativity friendly classroom where great ideas and views can shared freely. Develop a classroom where the flow of invention is not disrupted by the regular class routines, textbooks and assignments. A proper creativity driven classroom is characterized by encouragement to question-answer sessions, assessment of performance and feedback, a  class that promotes cooperation with others when it comes to sharing ideas as well as the rightful independence needed to let creativity flourish. In short, create a place where all these activities flourish and not discouraged.

In order to make a classroom creative, a teacher too has to be creative, to some extent. Creative teaching can only be a part of a classroom if the teacher presiding over is an ingenious individual. A teacher who is creative enough to be part of the innovative classroom can design exciting new lessons, motivate the right classroom environment required for students to showcase their innovative minds. Often, it has been seen that creative teaching hardly stimulates any kind of innovative ideas in students and thus, the entire idea of a creative classroom fails! So, it does depends on the teacher and the environment of the place of teaching to let those young brains start flying with bright colors.

How to Delete Obsolete Entries from your Institution’s Fedena Account

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We at Fedena, have been getting feedback from our prestige customers how they had problems in deleting junk entries. There are at times, the need to delete entries which have become obsolete or no more in use. In that case, the entry should be deleted in order to avoid more clutter. Go through this article and find out how you can do it with Fedena.

Login to your account and go to ‘Students’ in ‘Academics’ in main menu. Click on ‘Students’ and you land on the page where you need to search for the particular student you want to delete.

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Type the student’s name whom you want to delete and click on the name.

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Click on ‘Delete’ option as shown in the figure. Once you click on ‘Delete’, you will land on the page where you will be asked how you want to delete the entry.

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If the student is leaving the institution, then click on the option ‘Student leaving institution’ and you will also have to store the reason for which the student is leaving the institution and ‘Save’.
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If you want to remove the entire record of the student, then click on ‘Remove student records’.

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One point should be noted that if a student who is supposed to be deleted has already been assigned exams and other things, then you first need to delete the exams and then delete the student.

You will have to follow the same method in case you want to remove any junk entry from the employee list. To reach the employees, you have to go to ‘Human Resource’ in ‘Administration’. ‘Employee Search’ option can be found in ‘Human Resource’ and the rest, you have to follow the same process as with student deletion.

 

Blended Learning: Why The Use Of Technology Makes Sense In The Academy?

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As one of the biggest trends in academy learning, Blended Learning (BL) is a new teaching method that leverages the power of technology to enhance and re-invent the traditional learning environment. In a standard education model, it refers to the use of computers, mobile devices, internet, and digital learning applications to strengthen class sessions and complement the theories taught through face-to-face lectures. But, is it the right approach? What are the benefits of using this new educational model to the students and the academia as a whole? Read on below as we further discuss the use of technology in education in the 21st century.

1. Young Learners Engaged Through A Variety Of Content Types

Blended Learning is like adding colorful illustrations to your plain class lectures. You can accompany your discussions with digital content (audio, video, games, and, augmented reality applications) to keep your students awake and engaged. This method assists your students in grasping the concept/s you are introducing in front of them.

This became easier since mobile devices nowadays are equipped with media creation tools that allow you to achieve these goals. Known to be one of the best tools for education, iPhone has the ability to create slide shows with the engaging music through iMovies. It was one of the main features of iOS 7 that was listed on O2 at its dedicated iPhone 5S page, wherein it states that the free movie making tool can help you create video presentations combining photograph, audio, and text element.

2. Globalizing The Classroom Experience

With the advent of video conferencing, you and your students can go beyond the four corners of your classroom in pursuit of learning. You can also arrange language, culture, or history lessons by connecting your students with a native speaker living in another country.

This also includes real-time virtual museum apps that enable your whole class to explore exhibits only available in their area.

3. More Efficient Feedback and Assessment

With the integration of social media into the Blended Learning environment, feedback loops between you and your students are infinite.

They can directly ask you once they encounter any difficulties with regard to your assigned homework. In the same way, you can utilize its private messaging feature to perform a one-on-one assessment with your students.

4. Gamification Can Increase Children’s Attention Span

As one of the Blended Learning techniques, you can incorporate gaming elements in your lectures to keep your students energized and eager to participate. Known as the process of “gamification,” play-based learning, according to the Australian Journal of Education and Developmental Psychology can significantly increase your students’ attention span. When children are allowed to play, there will be far less time that you will have to spend on behavior management.

5. Blended Learning Eliminates Student’s Pressure

With the physical class environment, time has always been an issue. As teachers, you are restricted by a one to two hour limit per class to deliver all the information to your students – pressuring both you and your students to absorb the lessons quickly. With BL, you can allow your students to take added information home, where they can review on their own time and question-and-answer later.

Unlike the “flipped classroom” model, where students are left with reviewers at home and tests in the classroom, BL promotes usage of devices in the classroom to beef up your lectures and increase classroom participation. How do you plan to implement blended learning in your class?

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Reese Jones is passionate about the latest trends and learning models used in the academe. As a regular contributor for various blogs, she covers stories ranging from educational technologies to innovative teaching practices employed by 21st century Educators. Interact with her at Reese+ or@r_am_jones.

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The all New Online Payment Plugin by Fedena

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Fedena has come up with all new surprises for its customers and the Online Payment plugin is one such great attraction from the software. Online payment is something that cannot be done without and so, Fedena, too, is here with the all new Online Payment plugin. Read on the article to know more about the new plugin.

When login as admin

You can find ‘Online Payment’ in the menu and click on it. A screenshot of the same is given below:

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To manage all the settings related to online payment, click on ‘Settings’.

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The ‘Enable Online Payment’ lets you select the different fees that will be available for online payment to students. Next, you need to select the payment gateway- PayPal or Authorize.Net and also the ID according to the gateways you select and click on ‘Save’.

If you want to view all the online transactions that have taken place during a particular period of time, then click on ‘Transactions’ in ‘Online Payment’ page. Once you click, you land on a page, a screenshot of which is given below:

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How a student pays online

If you are a student willing to pay your fees online, login to your account and go to ‘My Profile’ and from ‘More’, you will get the option to pay fees. Click on ‘Fees’ and you get details of all the fees that are required to be paid.

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Click on the particular fee you want to pay.

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Click on ‘Pay Fee’ and proceed to the payment gateway page to pay the fees.

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Pay and you are done!