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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Interesting Trivia
● 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

Passion, Innovation & Learning

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
articles, tips and techniques.
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Family life
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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Evaluating
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
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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Interesting Trivia
● Look at how plastic is polluting our planet Earth in a simple chart.
Longer 25 hour days are coming and you can blame the moon…
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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.”
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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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How Ed-Tech can play a crucial role in women empowerment

How Ed-Tech can play a crucial role in women empowerment

Education is a basic human right, yet gender bias cripples the lives of millions of women and girls, around the world.

According to UNESCO*, less than 40% of countries provide equal access to education to girls and boys. Despite efforts, the majority of children dropping out of school are girls. Gender prejudice is one of the major reasons behind deprivation.

However, amidst variations from country to country, women have outnumbered men in enrolling in higher education globally. As per the recent survey* conducted by Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, the gender gap in higher education across education institutes has reduced in the past five years, consistently. Enrollment of female students exceeded the number of male students at UG and PG level in 2016-17.

The increase in enrollment numbers indicates women are no more bound with limitations and are scraping off incompetency tags.

What can help women gain education and empower them further?

Evolution! In the past few years, conventional means of teaching and learning are evolving into online education and the progression is welcomed as it enables aspiring females to get the education of their choice.

In the recent past, educational technology (Ed-Tech) has demonstrated its potential as an accelerator for education, political, socio-economic empowerment of women, and promoter of gender equality.

Given below are key indicators of how ed-tech can empower women.

  • Access to quality education – Online learning allows access to numerous options of quality education.
  • Beats gender disparity – Beats gender bias and provides equal opportunity for women.
  • Employment – Exposure to technology aids in getting employment opportunities for women from all classes, thereby eliminating socioeconomic bias.
  • Knowledge sharing – Allows exchange of thoughts and knowledge.
  • Access to information – Technology facilitates women to get crucial information about health, subsistence, farming, weather, politics, economy through the internet.

In ed-tech, times are changing from all-boys club to women-oriented boardrooms, and below mentioned women, ed-tech founders* have set an example.

Founders NameCompany Name

Lynda Weinman

Lynda.com

Daphne Koller

Coursera

Kimberly Bryant

Black Girls CODE

Carol Barash

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* UNESCO: Women and Girls’ Education – Facts & Figures
* MHRD Survey: All India Survey on Higher Education 2016-17 (page 34)
* Ed-Tech Founders: Women in EdTech
* Education Technology: Women in Technology

The Rise of Ed-tech in Africa

The Rise of Ed-tech in Africa

Education is the biggest concern in Africa as most countries in the continent grapple with inadequate education resources, thereby depriving children from nurturing their talent and skills. In fact, African education is gripped with challenges such as political, socio-economic, terrorism, poverty, insufficient government investments, and poor facilities.

However, amidst pressing challenges, Richard Appiah Akoto*, a school teacher at Betenase Municipal Assembly Junior High at Sekyedomase, Ghana, has given a ray of hope with his innovative method of teaching on how to use a computer, by drawing a picture of Microsoft Word, computer monitor, system units, keyboard and a computer mouse on a blackboard.

According to a survey*, conducted in 2012 by Brookings Center for Universal Education, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, of Africa’s 128 million school-aged children only half will get the chance to attend school and learn basic skills.

The numbers indicate a fair amount of urgency in improvising education system in Africa and that’s where Ed-Tech could play a significant role.

What is Ed-Tech?

It is the use of technology in form of applications or tools to enhance learning, guidance, and education. These tools do not replace existing practices, but aid in delivering education. Technology eases communication, learning, teaching, checking individual progress, and more importantly, enhance the performance of the overall education system.

A lot has changed in the past couple of years. Although slow, Africa is witnessing a gradual rise in technology usage in education. Active adoption of technology is offering wider and greater potential for innovations.

The continent is growing in terms of internet penetration, mobile phone usage and ed-tech tools are creating a positive effect on education.

Data* indicating users of the internet, mobile, and social media vis-a-vis population (1,272 Million) in Africa as of 2018.

DescriptionFiguresPercentage

Internet Users

435 Million

34% Penetration

Active Social Media Users

191 Million

15% Penetration

Mobile Connections

1040 Million

82 % vs Population

Active Mobile Social Users

172 Million

14% Penetration

Let’s check how far the use of Ed-Tech applications and tools have risen in Africa.

  • Introduction of mobile technology for general and educational needs.
  • Increase in small and large-scale initiatives to distribute educational materials, support reading, peer-to-peer learning, and remote learning through social networking sites.
  • Improvement in communication between institutes, educators, schools, students, and parents.
  • Enhancement in education through m-learning (mobile-learning), online courses, and e-learning technology.
  • Awareness and accessibility of education due to investments by local and international companies.
  • Ed-Tech start-ups such as Obami, Daptio, Siyavula, Eneza, Chalkboard, and others.
  • Access to resourceful e-learning platform, enabling remote students to educate themselves.
  • Students get access to a range of online courses, undertake assignments and tests, receive results and certificate or diploma, online.

To prove the rise of ed-tech in Africa, we have a fine example, the African Virtual University* (AVU) an intergovernmental organization uses virtual learning (programmes and apps) and has trained over 40,000 students since 1997. In 2017, the university announced 29 new distance learning centers across Africa, in partnership with African Development Bank.

Attributing the gradual progress of online education to ed-tech start-ups and respective governments, initiatives by schools & universities, the status of education in Africa is improving and it looks very promising.

* Teacher in Ghana: Richard Appiah Akoto
* Survey: Africa Learning Barometer
* Data: Digital in Africa 2018
* Example: African Virtual University

May 2018 Goodies

 

May Goodies of
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Handwriting Matters: The Importance of Good Handwriting
By Aonepape
Even in today’s era of keyboarding, good handwriting has its own charm. From boosting a child’s grades to getting a good job with a handwritten bio-data – handwriting can be the key to your success.
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5 Teaching Strategies to Increase Student Participation
By Janelle Cox
Participation is normally what we expect from students, but it is never that simple. To make classroom discussions more interesting, these strategies can be implemented.
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9 Ways to Use Visual Thinking via Mind Maps for Making Learning Fun for Kids
By Maneesh Dutt [Guest Author]
The visual thinking tool for students to get better results, improve their memory and make them more creative.
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Interesting Trivia
● Fiery Lava from Kilauea Volcano Erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island.
● TheWorld’s Rarest Ape is on The Brink of Extinction.
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9 Ways to Use Visual Thinking via Mind Maps

Observe closely a child engrossed in watching a TV show of his interest or playing a game on a tab. The focus & concentration displayed by the child is brilliant and effortless. Now switch to a scenario where a child is being taught by a teacher or a parent and, more often than not, the child faces difficulty in maintaining his focus. So whether the teachers & parents are aware or not but the hard fact is that they are competing with the tabs and other digital gadgets of our times! And hence the immediate task on hand of the teachers is to pump more creativity into their teaching methodologies using brain friendly methods and technology wherever possible.

One such technique is Mind Maps which helps learning become fun for both students as well as teachers. So what is a Mind Map? A Mind Map is a simple visual thinking tool which helps compress large amount of information on a single sheet and thus can be used for improving recall as well as creative thinking.

Simply put a Mind Map helps transform dull, boring, linear, textual information into a vibrant, colorful, interesting, imaginative, radiant layout. Let us look at possible avenues where Mind Maps can be used to help children learn better.

1) For Learning Chapters:

 A typical chapter from a middle school book runs between 5-12 pages. It can indeed otherwise be a little daunting or boring for the child to even look at the long chapter. On the other hand if the child with the help of the teacher/parent transforms the chapter into a one page Mind Map it would become much easier for the child to, first, understand the chapter and, subsequently, to memorize it by the repeated quick browsing of the chapter’s Mind Map.

2) For Creative Writing:

The basic ingredient for creative writing are your thoughts combined with a certain level of clarity to be able to capture them accurately on a piece of paper. But the challenge is, that the nature of our thoughts is radiant (moving in all directions from a centre) whereas the words that you put on a piece of paper are systematically arranged in a linear fashion. To fill this gap Visual thinking using Mind Maps is really helpful; which in a fun way allows the child to pen his thoughts in an unrestricted manner and afterwards stitching them nicely into an essay.

3) Managing Holiday Home Work Better:

For the child who gets overwhelmed even with the daily home-work, it can indeed be daunting to face its bigger avatar “Holiday Home work”. It can potentially evoke feelings of anxiety, fear, boredom, etc. not only in the child but also in the parents! Again using a Mind Map to, first, capture the complete Holiday home-work on a single sheet and then helping the child to use it as a progress tracking sheet keeps the child motivated, focused and gives him/her the confidence to complete the home-work in small bites every day.

4) Planning Better for Exams:

The process is quite similar to managing the holiday home-work capturing the exam syllabus on a single page Mind Map; preferably using A3 and colours in the Mind Map. Again get the child to showcase his progress on it and do not forget to celebrate each time the child completes part of the syllabus of a subject.

5) For Project Work:

Many projects that a child needs to complete, involve activities like researching for information, collecting pictures, making a collage etc. Researching for information can be a daunting task for a child. Using Mind Maps, however, it becomes easier to plan and break down the research into manageable tasks.

6) Hobby Classes:

Kids also enjoy several hobbies be it sports or arts. Again, keep your eyes open for potential areas where visual thinking can be applied to enhance their learning further on the subject of their interest.

7) Planning for a school event

can be fun and easy using a Mind Map.

8) Decision Making:

You can also introduce your child to the art of decision making using Mind Maps which helps the child look quickly and clearly at the various facets of a decisions.

9) Preparing for a school talk:

Similar to the process of creative writing , visual thinking using Mind Maps can help a child confidently design & deliver a talk or presentation.

Once the child understands the power of Mind Mapping it would be easy for him/her to discover newer avenues for applying them. Interested in learning more on this? You can check out the book

How to Help Your Child Focus and Concentrate available on all leading online stores including Amazon.

By: Maneesh Dutt

April 2018 Goodies

 

April Goodies of
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5 Fun Things Parents can do to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss
By GWR YMCA
Summer is here! But what about learning? Plan out your calendar for the next three months with these simple tips.
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Help Your Child Learn Through Creativity
By Nicole Caccavo Kear from Parents Magazine
Time to embrace creativity as a part of learning that will enhance your children’s growth at every age.
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Interesting Trivia
● 7 Fascinating Facts About Stephen Hawking
● Most Distant Star Ever Detected Sits Halfway Across the Universe
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Vijay Joshi US head
Another professional added to the group. Vijay will be the face of LoveMySkool for US region. He will be the first point of contact for our growing user base in this region.
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LoveMySkool Partners with Mathsphy
LoveMySkool is delighted to announce that it has partnered with Mr. Abhishek Agarwal, founder of Mathsphy. With Mathsphy, one can learn mathematics in a more interactive manner. You can find the content on: https://mathsphy-store.lovemyskool.com/
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