Empowering Educators with Technology

Empowering Educators with Technology

Technology is rapidly bridging the gap between students and educators. Digital transformation is transforming every industry and it is remodelling education industry quite dramatically. Investment in EdTech companies is increasing.

According to a report*published by Metaari – Advanced Learning Technology Research company, published a breathtaking global investment of $9.56 billion in the previous year in global education technology.

Recognizing the importance of technology for education isn’t limited to investors alone. Modern-day educators and students are seeking reliable solutions that can enhance their digital learning experience whilst reducing higher education fees.

Globally, students expect their institutes to upgrade their digital learning possibilities making it easier for them to engage with modern learning resources. The demand for better e-learning technology is growing. For organizations, there’s a need to upgrade their digital resources, failing which, they might lose admitting new students and grow.

Moreover, the lack of proper technology forces teachers to use a mixture of traditional and inadequate digital support causing educators to lose interest in giving education. To ensure teachers do not quit, technology is empowering them to change the way students learn and come up with new and better ideas.

How is technology empowering educators?

Let’s take an example of a teacher who uses a software on a digital device to set homework for students. A push notification pops-up on their mobile phones when they receive an assignment. It is easier for them to access course content and interact with fellow students and the teacher through the software. Students who were absent too can access the course content and complete assignments.

The above example indicates that days of set curriculums, chalk and blackboards are long gone. Technology empowers educators to unlock boundaries, promote learning, and encourage teamwork within and outside the classroom. Through technology, educators can foster the creativity students need to create value in the modern world.

E-learning technology enhances the effectiveness of instructors to reach more students at a relatively lower cost. Cost-effective solutions better the chances of educating low-income communities across the world, through smartphones, computers, or tablets.

Technology is opening new avenues for education and it is translating learning into an engaging and enjoyable activity at all levels of pedagogy. The innovative Learning Management System helps teachers increase productivity for themselves, students, and the institution.

Technology plays a key role in promoting skill acquisition in today’s ultra-modern world. The skills teachers acquire today are the skills they will need to pass on while imparting education. So, it is important for institutions to inculcate practical and technological methods in empowering teachers and educating students.

Metaari Report The 2017 Global Learning Technology Investment Patterns

August 2018 Goodies

August Goodies of
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9 Ways That Digital Age Teachers Sharpen Their Skills
Technological renaissance is becoming the paradox for today’s education system. It is essential for the contemporary teachers to adapt to the digitized education era and develop their skills likewise. To assist teachers to get accustomed to this dynamic change, here are simple nine methods that can help become better in their profession.
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Classroom Management to Discover Student Strengths
Teachers play a key role to encourage children perform well in academics. Teachers can help students discover the best of their potential and strength with these classroom management tips. Crafted by experienced professionals of the academic industry, these classroom management strategies work for all ages and kinds of students.
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An incredible way to do maths: finger calculations the Indian way
Help your child get rid of the fear of maths with simple finger calculation tips. Students on learning these abacus-like finger calculations are performing brilliant in maths. Learning finger maths calculation lets students avoid calculators, computers or mobile phones and solve complex math problems faster.
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● School where refugees are the teachers
Robotex International Festival to be held at Tallinn by Estonians to redefine global    robotics education
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Implementing Online Learning Content Strategy

Implementing Online Learning Content Strategy

Implementing a content strategy for online learning can be a daunting task, no matter the size of the school or a college. It can be intimidating in the absence of a precise framework and tools to execute it.

A few years ago, educational courses meant one thing and content meant another. Courses were books, files, and papers, while the content was documents, audio & video files, PDFs, images etc. Education has technologically evolved, both courses and content complete each other. Now, courses are slid under content.

The Problem

Implementation of an online learning management system has not resulted in positive experiences or outcomes for students and educators. Most content is self-generated, acquired from vendors, outsourced, compiled online, curated, and finally, hosted on to learning systems. Compiled content is seldom beneficial to learners, educators, and organizations. Assuming the compiling model will work miracles and improve learning can be disastrous because the content may lack effectiveness, correct and precise information.

Content is under constant development, while little is done on improving online content strategy. But things are changing.

What is an online content strategy?

The term ‘content strategy’ isn’t new, widely used in online marketing than online learning space. An online content strategy is a piece of a learning or education plan that refers to the management of written, visual, and downloadable media.

Five Steps

An Online Content Strategy comprises five steps:

  • Create: Create original content and identifying the location of hosting the content for learners.
  • Analyze: The second step is making the content effective for learners through continuous analyses.
  • Measure: This step includes analytical data and reports from the online learning management system. It is an ongoing process.
  • Promote: This step follows the moment content is added to an online learning system. This too is an ongoing process.
  • Optimize: Based on the third step, optimizing the content is another ongoing step. Optimizing makes the content better, engaging, and educational.

There’s one more step to churn out the best online content strategy, going back to step 1 whilst optimizing.

Courses are based on the unique learning needs; so, it is important to define the purpose of the learning courses by constantly assessing the effectiveness of the content, what students and educators are looking for, how long, and how often they are doing it.

To make online learning engaging, interactive, and encourage its usage, education institutions should prioritize implementation of the content strategy for positive and fulfilling student-educator experience.

LoveMySkool – a helping hand for today’s teachers

Passion, Innovation & Learning

Teachers associated with online teaching often find the technologies involved very challenging to use. LoveMySkool aims to simplify most of the work for teachers like scheduling classes, taking attendance, planning exams, distributing study materials, conducting classes, coordinating with parents and reviewing student progress. Using this cloud-based platform, teachers can take a step forward towards personalized online learning anytime and from anywhere.

Grading & GradeBook

Automated grading with rubrics
One of the most important tasks for teachers is to review and grade students after exams. LoveMySkool automates the process of grading and makes the job less time-consuming. Teachers also get actionable analytics indicating which concepts need to be revisited.
The multiple rubric system of the platform helps teachers to evaluate the performance of students consistently and impartially. For formative and summative assessments, GradeBooks can also be published and printed using LoveMySkool.

Lesson Plans

Customized lesson planning
Lesson planning is an everyday task for a teacher. Efficient teachers plan each of their classroom sessions, set weekly goals and accomplish annual targets to maintain their teaching standards. LoveMySkool contributes to this by letting teachers arrange and save their classroom resources according to dates, classes or terms. When teachers pre-plan their lessons, classrooms sessions become more interactive.

Discussion Forums

Direct communication between teachers and students
For a healthy classroom session, it is important that teachers and students both get to listen to each other’s views. To facilitate this, teachers can post topics open to discussion and encourage students to present their views/concerns in a Discussion Forum. The keywords for the Discussion Forum help the students browse related content.
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How Technology Can Help Differently Abled Students In The Classroom

How Technology Can Help Differently Abled Students In The Classroom

Scores of differently-abled students in the education sector aren’t viewed as students. Little attention is paid to their requirements despite the fact they deserve more care and attention.

In terms of school enrollment, educational attainment, and learning, children with mental or physical challenges are the most disadvantaged. Many children never enroll in school or drop out early. According to a 2011 UN Report*, disabled children between the age of 0-14 years of age range between 93 to 150 million across the world and most students are excluded from mainstream education opportunities.

Students with impairment are likely to have more problems than normal students. Their difficulties are many – physical strength, sensory, cognitive, psychiatric, and other health-related issues. For years together, differently-abled students have struggled with getting a proper education, coping with societal challenges, and be able to live a respectable life. Many students are left out at different grades or subjects because either the schools or the teachers do not have facilities or lack instructional expertise.

Inadequate knowledge at the educator level results in differently-abled students being subjected to incompetent and unequal educational opportunities. In most cases, the situation is opposite, educators are experts in managing and educating, but the schools lack funds and the techniques to educate kids with special needs

Cutting short from the time when Braille helped the visually-impaired with ways to read and write to the current time: one of the most amazing developments happening in the education sector is the way technology is creating a world of possibilities for such students.  

The development of computer-based technology has introduced various and unlimited options for physically challenged students, ceasing the isolation and insufficient opportunities they endured for long. Computer programs or applications introduced in classrooms are making it easier for such students to get access to learning materials, online education, communicate ideas, interact with others, and participate in educational activities.

The invention of Braille was revolutionary and it has helped millions enduring eyesight challenges all these years, but compared to technology, Braille sounds outdated. Now, tech tools and free learning management systems provide new and engaging ways to access content on diverse subjects.

Technology proves to be an equalizer for classrooms with differently-abled students. Educators can utilize devices and software that can help personalize learning for each student.

Utilization of Assistive Technology or AT can change the way, these students attain education.

But what is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is the application of technology enabling the mentally or physically exceptional to live healthy, productive, independent life, and also participate in education. For the infirm, there’s technology for –

  • Speech recognition;
  • Convert text-to-speech;
  • Audio-Visual aids;
  • Physical aids.

To conclude, differently-abled students shouldn’t be barred from education. Like normal kids, some special students do perform better in environments with little distractions and easy access to pertinent technology. With the help of technology, the future of such students is bright and they will be able to participate in classroom education and experience school life.

July 2018 Goodies

July Goodies of
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How we deprive children of the physical activity they need
Young parents prefer a constant eye on their child for safety and protection. In the process, a child’s independence and confidence levels get hampered. With the help of a research study, this blog explains how continuous parental supervision is depriving today’s children from their essential physical activities.
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How do I keep my kids safe online?
Thanks to tech-savvy parents who now introduce children to multiple internet-enabled devices at a very young age. For academic purpose as well, children need to spend a lot of time on the internet. However, it is important that parents take care of their children’s internet usage. Read this blog for simple tips that ensure child safety on the internet.
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Experiencing a new culture through a child’s eyes
Aoi and Tetsu joined their mother Angelina for her Read’s Literacy Program related work at a school in Laos. The two brothers, 5-year old Aoi and 7-year old Tetsu did a photoshoot for the students without knowing the local language. For the entire photoshoot, the brothers and the students communicated using the humanitarian language of compassion.
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● Opening of world’s first whale sanctuary in Iceland
Women can now drive in Saudi Arabia as part of Mission 2030
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LoveMySkool features Vyoma Labs for Sanskrit Learning
To encourage children to learn Sanskrit, one of the oldest language, LoveMySkool now features Vyoma Labs. Their engaging modules make Sanskrit learning easy and interesting for your child. Explore at https://vyomalabs-store.lovemyskool.com/
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How students can benefit from using LoveMySkool

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LoveMySkool aims to enhance the learning experience and outcome of students with their innovative learning management system. The advanced functionalities of this cloud-based digital platform help students with self-paced and effective learning at their own comfort. The centralized platform of LoveMySkool can be accessed 24/7 by students, teachers, institutes, and parents from their preferred location to nurture the present academic ecosystem.

Content Consumption

Simplified academic content consumption
As teachers and edupreneurs can upload varied kinds of academic content in the LoveMySkool portal, students can access the same with simple clicks. Multimedia content in text, image, audio and video format can be browsed using keywords of the topic or course they intend to learn. Students can mark topics as they complete or save for later as well.

Student Projects

Collaborated project works
LoveMySkool is designed to let students create their projects and make submissions on the platform itself. To encourage online peer interaction, it supports collaborative project work with the aim to make learning a fun activity for all. Students can explore the host of reference videos and images of LoveMySkool while working on their projects.

Online Tests

Categorized online assessment and evaluation
To stand at par with conventional classroom system, this e-learning software allows students to appear for exams online. Online tests can be in the form of Timed Tests that start and end at a specific time or as Practice Tests that can be taken any time. Teachers can evaluate and grade each student on the same platform.
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Advantages of LoveMySkool for Educational Institutes

 

Passion, Innovation & Learning

LoveMySkool is a digital learning community that facilitates collaboration among educators, students, and parents with the aim to build a brighter future. This cloud-based learning management system helps schools deliver personalized learning, implementing pedagogical models and connect students. Integrating LoveMySkool is a step towards online learning environment with unlimited customization opportunities.

Multi-Campus Support

Connects chain of schools with one click
Multi-campus schools are playing a significant role in the education sector. LoveMySkool connects multi-campus schools through one centralized platform. Educators can easily share academic content across branches of the school using LoveMySkool.

Communication

Supports easy and fast communication
LoveMySkool supports secure and uninterrupted communication between teachers, parents and students. It offers different digitized channels of communication such as wall posts, manual & auto announcements, emergency messages, discussion forums, internal emails and more. These can be used to communicate facts, ideas, concerns, and opinions.

User-friendly design

A comfortable and secure user experience for all
The user-friendly modern design of LoveMySkool makes it highly intuitive for the users. Streamlined navigation path, content organization and group related features simplify online learning. Schools can now gain their competitive edge using LoveMySkool.
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Rethinking the role of parents in the age of digital learning

Rethinking the role of parents in the age of digital learning

The accelerated technological advancements, the increase in usage of online media, and the reduced cost of mobile technology have opened a communication factor that has sharply affected involvement and relationships between parents and children.

Online media has affected one-on-one interactions, not only among adults but between parents and their wards. Such development has impacted engagement of parents in the lives of their kids, as well as the schools in keeping the role of parents relevant throughout the educational phase of children.

The new generation knows digital technology since birth and is comfortable with it. We can call them ‘digital natives’, while the previous generation encountered digital means and technological advances at a later point in life are known as ‘digital immigrants’. So, ideally, students are ‘digital natives’ and parents’digital immigrants’. This gap leaves the parents struggling to cope with the speed of digital evolution.

This struggle creates challenges for parents whose kids are connected with online education; in the form of staying abreast with latest digital learning techniques, applications, learning software, and other online information. Apart from overcoming digital illiteracy, parents have to identify the latest e-learning apps or software, parents are expected to consider how they can connect with their children and play the vital role whilst using technology.

This article explores ways through which parents can revisit their role and meet the educational needs of their children through digital learning and use of learning management software. Let’s check how.

  • Bridging the Gap: To match the pace of young online media users, parents need to bridge the gap between digital natives and digital immigrants.
  • Mentoring: The role of a modern parent shifts from being just a parent to a ‘media mentor’. A trusted adult who can engage with children and use technology in a creative and interesting way.
  • Learning Outcomes: Use of technology results in parent-child interactions in ways which directly impact academic, social and emotional learning as well. Computer use at home has been associated with enhanced learning and increased academic success.
  • Involvement in Education: Schools can associate with parents and involve them and contribute in improving parent-child relations. Parents can be updated about the progress of students on specific topics, activities, assessments, homework, learning strategies, projects through the school’s website.

With the rapidly evolving digital age, besides parents, schools too can become change agents of positive transformation for students.

June 2018 Goodies

June Goodies of
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Family Life: Prepping kids for next year’s teacher
Promotion to senior classes is a success for students. This makes them meet a bunch of new faculty members and teachers. Many students especially from the primary classes, often feel uncomfortable with their new teachers.
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5 Important Areas For Evaluating Your Child’s Progress This School Year
Good scores cannot alone be the parameter of success for children. For 360° success of your child, you must observe the various aspects of their daily activities during the growing years.
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Eating Healthy Can Lead To Better Grades: Studies
Stretching studying span not always leads to good scores. To ensure good score and performance of your child, you must take care of their health and keep a close eye on their diet.
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LoveMySkool covered in Times of India
Technology has changed how students are taking exams and the MOCK GUJCET & NEET were clear-cut examples of it. With LoveMySkool being the technology partner, CEO Chirag Doshi says “Learning isn’t restricted to classrooms. Things that we can’t learn from textbooks are possible in different ways now. It happens in real time because when we take tests online, we get immediate results; thus helping us rectify our mistakes and learn on the spot. Hence, it’s an amazing tool.”
COPYLEAKS
COPYLEAKS
To make online education more authentic and promote original content among students, teachers and schools, LoveMySkool is now an official partner with Copyleaks. Copyleaks allows LoveMySkool users to cross-check the plagiarism of the content they share, in order to avoid duplicity and redundancy.
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