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Is your School Bus GPS Enabled?

Sending off kids to school in school buses can be a very intimidating for the parent as one has no idea if his/her kid has reached school safely or not and this intimidation will continue till the child returns home safely in the evening. But if the school bus is a little late, parents’ minds start running at the rate of knots. Approximately, 17,000 children are rushed to emergency rooms on an average per year because of school bus-related issues.

When it comes to the safety and security of children, technological solutions are mandated by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In January 2014, the Board made it compulsory for all school buses to be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) for their locations to be tracked.

Like CBSE, using the technology advancement like GPS to track school buses would be an effective solution for all. Considering its simplicity and utility, this tracking system is a perfect solution for the parents as well as the school authorities and if the GPS service provider is VAWSUM, then the experience is bound to be very awesome. Let us have a close look at the boon of the system provided by VAWSUM.

Security

With VAWSUM, the school buses are being tracked and so, the school authorities and parents get real-time information on the location of every student. Notifications are sent for unscheduled stops, and the real-time location can be checked from the system’s mobile application; thus quickly finding solutions during emergency situations.

Easy Management

VAWSUM  takes care of routing and scheduling automatically. School authorities only need to review it and make changes for exceptional cases.

Peace of Mind

VAWSUM helps to provide peace of mind to both, parents and school authorities. VAWSUM provides real-time notifications and thus, one can easily get to know the reason behind the delayed school transportation. Sometimes it can be a traffic jam, unfavorable weather condition, break down, etc. whatever may be the reason, parents and school authorities will know about it instantly.

Enhances Driver Safety

By using a VAWSUM, one can easily monitor over details such as speed, acceleration, braking, and turnings that the bus take, with utmost ease and with these data, one will easily be able to know whether the driver is driving safely and whether he/she is following road safety rules or not.

Saves Time

By using VAWSUM, parents are able to get a real-time notification on arrival and departure timing of a school bus. Hence, waiting for a long time for the arrival of the school bus can be avoided with utmost ease and thus, save the time for both children and parents.

Green India

VAWSUM helps you track school buses. When the bus is under surveillance, the bus driver will always opt to use the best route for school transportation and also, there are little chances of a student missing the school bus and opting for a different mode of communication for that day. All these will reduce the fuel consumption, which will result in creating a greener environment.

The installation of GPS tracking systems with VAWSUM really fosters the safety of the child. Many school authorities and parents have already installed it and ensured the safety of the child. If you too want to ensure the same, then VAWSUM is your ideal solution.

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The cause behind the increase in the rate of Drop-Out in Educational Institutions

To address the school dropout problem, educational institutions need to identify the cause as early as possible. These individuals, who drop out, are clearly not lost causes, and there is immense value in identifying the causes at the grass root level because, if the cause is not treated at the grass root level, then it cannot be treated at all.

The Union budget speech recognized the need to measure learning outcomes in schools. An amendment was added to the Right To Education(RTE) Act states that a child cannot be expelled or detained until the completion of elementary education – i.e., until class VIII.

The dropout rate peaks at the secondary level (class IX-X) at 17%, as compared to 4% in elementary school (class I-VIII) and 2% in upper secondary school (class XI-XII). This is also reflected in the transition rates in school education where the lowest transition rate is at the secondary level (from class X to class XI) at 69%. Once children are enrolled, transition rates indicate whether they are able to advance to higher classes. A transition rate below 100% indicates that the students are held back or have dropped out of school.

Speaking of Education, the one area of concern always remain ‘rural’ education. Around 68.84% people in India live in the ‘rural’ section of the society and as a result, ‘rural’ education always remains as the area of concern. The drop out rate is more in the ‘rural’ section than the ‘urban’ section. Few reasons behind this would be:

  • Quality and access to education is the major concern in rural schools as there are fewer committed teachers, lack of proper textbooks and learning material in the schools.
  • Every village is not provided with a school which means that students have to go to another village to get an education. Owing to this parents usually do not send their daughters to school, leading to a failure in achieving the rural education in India.
  • Most textbooks are in English and since people in rural areas either speak their native language or Hindi, but not English that defeats the purpose. This results in lack of their interest in studies.
  • Students are not at all encouraged to think but they are asked to memorize pre-defined questions for exams. So for many students clearing examination at the end of the session, passing their exam becomes more important than gaining knowledge.
  • Government schools are not as good and private schools are expensive. This results in a very low number of students actually clearing their secondary education and taking admission in a college for further studies. So the drop-out-rate at the secondary level is extremely high in villages.

The ultimate reason behind the Drop out rate is the Indian Education System. The actual quantity of schooling that children experience and the quality of teaching they receive are extremely insufficient in most government schools, be it rural or urban. A common feature in all government schools is the poor quality of education, with weak infrastructure and inadequate pedagogic attention.

The government is failing to realize that education which is a source of human capital can create wide income inequalities. The same group of people, who have received the same degree might have a comparative advantage over each other based on the educational background. There forms a massive income inequality. Let us understand this with the help of an example:

Let John be an individual who has had no primary or higher education. His human capital is zero and hence it bears no returns. Let Ramesh be an individual who completed his MBA from S.P Jain college and let Akbar be an individual who completed his MBA from IIM Calcutta. The average rate of return for an MBA student is 7.5% (hypothetical). Ramesh gets a rate of return of 5% and Akbar gets a rate of return of 10% due to the difference in the reputation and quality of the management school. Let the income of John, Ramesh, and Akbar be 1. In a period of 10 years, John will be having the same income, as he does not possess human capital. For the same time period, Ramesh will earn an income of (1+0.05)^10=1.63 and Akbar will earn an income of (1+0.10)^10=2.59. Now let us see what happens when the rate of return on human capital doubles. Earnings of John will not change since he does not have any human capital. Now, Ramesh is going to earn (1+0.10)^10=1.63, and Akbar is going to earn (1+0.20)^10=6.19. Flabbergasting! As soon as return on human capital increases, income inequality increases proportionately. With the return on human capital doubling, Ramesh’s income increases by 59% and Akbar’s income increases by 139%.

The above example just shows the effect of the quality of human capital n income inequality. So if the government does not improve education system particularly in rural areas the rich will become richer and the poor will get poorer.

According to NSSO data (71st round) on reasons for dropping out (for the 5-29 age group), the key reasons for female students dropping out is due to domestic activities, lack of interest in education and marriage. On the other hand, the key reasons for male students dropping out are economic activities, lack of interest in education and financial constraints.

The only way to counter the problem that leads to such Income Inequality and the rate of Drop out is to solve the problem at the grassroots level. And the problem is our Education System. Hence, it is imperative for the government to correct the blemishes in India’s education system which will also be a step towards reducing income inequality and thus, reducing the drop out rate among the students of India.

Advantages of using online examination system.

 

A major highlight of using a web-based exam software or an online examination system is that it gives a high level of transparency as opposed to the traditional method or remote method. It is almost impossible to compromise exam questions and evaluations because they cannot also be influenced. Most online exams generate their results instantly and it is often possible for the exam taker to get information on his results immediately. Some of the major advantages of online examination include the following:

Time management

Online examination systems help in saving time. With the easy availability of computers and the internet, the lengthy formalities and processes involved in creating question papers, registering candidates for exams, answer sheet evaluation and declaration of results get completely eradicated. Starting from the initial process of registration, enrollment and admit card distribution to examination and finally, the announcement of results have been synthesized and simplified in the online platform.

Cost saving

When an exam is based on the online platform, there is a considerable decrease in the cost quotient. The cost of paper, photocopying, and distribution expenses are all reduced or eliminated. The elimination of paper costs acts as a great initiative towards the creation of a green Earth. Administrators who want to reduce expenditures are likely to strongly favor using online assessment software.

Accessibility and Flexibility

Exams can be conducted anywhere. All a student needs is a device to have access to the internet connection. Students, no longer need to move from one place to another in the name of sitting in for the examination. In the same vein, examiners do not have to bother with the laborious task of marking exams as this is well taken care of by the system as the system actually marks each exam and presents the result to the student at the end of the exam.  Examiners can give the exam according to their convenience.

Security and confidentiality

For an exam to retain its value,  the security and the confidentiality of the exam is to be retained. AThe drawback with the prepared written exam is that any leakage will definitely compromise the standard of the exam and may result in a cancelation or a retake. But in an online system, not only is the content of the exam safely locked away in a database but the access to the database is only possible with an authorized personnel. One can also give the exam in a secure and safe atmosphere.

Statistical analysis

Compared data can easily be stored over time and thus, different comparative analysis can be done to analyze the outcomes of exams over time.

 

Poll your opinion and have a say!

“The Sanctity of Law can be maintained only so long as it is the Expression of the Will of the People.” – Bhagat Singh

Freedom of speech is one of the fundamental rights of the citizens of India. Many countries around the world allow freedom of speech to its citizens to empower them to share their thoughts and views.

Freedom of speech is essential for the all-round growth and development of a person as well as a nation as a whole. Imposing restriction on what one speaks or hears can hamper the development of a person. It can even create discomfort and dissatisfaction that leads to stress. A nation filled with people full of discontent can never grow in the right direction.

Freedom of Speech gives way to open discussions that help in exchange of ideas which is essential for the growth of the society. It is also essential to express one’s opinion about the political system of the country. When the government knows that it is being monitored and can be challenged or criticized for the steps it is taking, it acts more responsibly.

The Internet has augmented the Freedom of Speech and Expression. The advent of social media platforms has furthered it all the more. People these days are eager to give their views on anything and everything. If such is the case, then why to deprive people when it comes to giving an opinion regarding any school event? Like, if I am a parent, then I should have a say when it comes to making a decision regarding the place where my child would be going for an excursion or a picnic or, maybe a field trip, isn’t it?

Gone are the days when polling our opinion was nothing but a distant dream. Today, VAWSUM – an educational app, has revolutionized the way of thinking of the parents. Parents, now have the chance to poll in their opinion when it comes to events like excursions, field trips or a picnic. The teacher needs to post a question and the parents can poll in their opinion. Remarkable feature indeed! This feature actually helps parents to be more involved with the decision making in the progress of his/her child. Any major decision-making question just needs to be posted in the app by the teacher and each parent can poll in their decision. This enhances the parent-teacher relationship and enhances the child’s growth. Many have taken the step of polling their opinion regarding major decision-making of their child by using VAWSUM and the feedbacks have been nothing but POSITIVE.

You too can get the same experience when it comes to decision-making in the academics of your child. For better understandings, kindly visit our website, http://www.vawsum.com

 

Impact of Technology on Education

“Education is the Most Powerful weapon which you can use to change the World.” – Nelson Mandela

Truer words have never been spoken. If the world is a battleground, then education is indeed the weapon that one would love to have in his/her arsenal.  Education has the power to break apart all barriers and keep people together. Right since the ancient times, quality of life, values at social and individual levels, spiritual and material progress have been direct products of education. Of course, the form and methodology of education have been undergoing transformation constantly and consistently with changing times. In ancient times, education was very intimately connected to religion and the social values of the day. But, during the recent centuries, the scope of education, all thanks to technology, has increased enormously to include much more than what it did previously.

Technology has many different effects on education, one of them being enhancing the students learning. Technology may enhance the students learning and may assist most students in achieving their academic standards. When technology and appropriate teaching methods are combined, technology may increase the academic achievement. Positive effects have been found in all major subject areas, from preschool to higher education, both regular and for special children. Educational technology has been found to have a positive effect on a student’s attitude toward learning and on self-concepts. The introduction of technology into the learning environment has allowed the learning to be more student-centered, to encourage group learning, and helps to stimulate an increase in the student-teacher interaction. Technology has shown a shift from a focus on a student’s memorization to their problem solving. Through technology’s use, learning opportunities have become unrestricted by time or place, allowing lifelong learning. Student use of technology through communications can also help to enhance access to a career and  continued education. Students are more likely to use a computer to get help because they can do it themselves. Technology is helping students to become independent.

Technology has had a great impact on education.

  • Research work can be done in a easier way because of the development of software’s like Encyclopedia Britannica. Educational apps, search engines, videos, portable technologies and interactive activities provide students with a nearly endless supply of information and resources.
  • Students can opt for distant education classes, called “correspondence courses,” at community colleges and universities.  Thanks to technology, students can opt to take such courses over the Internet at their own convenience.
  • When schools in different parts of the state, country or world connect, students can “meet” their counterparts through video conferencing without leaving the classroom. This serves as a very good platform for the students to communicate and this can also help students to learn different languages.
  • Many schools/students cannot afford to bear the expenses of a foreign field trip but all thanks to technology, students can use the Internet to virtually attend Web seminars put on by museums and other educational institutions. NASA, for instance, offers a program that allows students to talk to astronauts in space.
  • Thanks to technology, young students can learn the basics of spelling, counting and other early educational lessons through computer games that make learning fun.

Not only has technological advancement like tablets, apps, video and interactive whiteboards be learning tools for students, but it has also served as an additional teaching tools for educators. Technology has revolutionized the modern way of education. The most powerful weapon Education, coupled with Technology has indeed been a giant step for mankind and is changing the face of the earth.

The “Wind of Change”, VAWSUM

“The wind of change blows straight into the face of time” – Klaus Meine (lead singer, Scorpions)

Back in the 1990s, when Klaus Meine might have been singing “Wind of Change” somewhere in Moscow, no one must have thought it to be real. But 28 years since then, we are all blown away by the “Wind of Change” and, if the atmospheric wind is caused by the difference in wind pressure, then this wind is an outcome of nothing, but the technological advancement.

The world has indeed become a better place to abide. What seemed impossible yesterday, is possible today. But if we look down the chronicle of change, the one thing that we will be witnessing is that most of the technological advancement has resulted in better communication among each individual. Technology is described in the dictionary as the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, and applied science. The rate at which technology is evolving is unbelievable. Who knew that the hard-wired telephone invented by Graham Bell in the 19th century would soon transform into a device which you can keep in your pocket and take with you wherever, whenever.

Today, we have mobile phones which can be taken with us anywhere in the world. Development of smart mobile phones has made communication possible on a device merely half the size of our palm. Smartphones enable users to use normal phones functions on the go, which are calling another mobile phone or landline. But it also allows you to use internet and e-mail functions to keep up to date with your social activities. Text messaging through mobile phones is increasingly becoming the way to communicate quick thoughts to friends, family, and clients.

Things that once were thought to be of magic or folklore are now achieved through advances in communication technology. Introduction of the internet and e-mail opened new doors for communication to our society. We can now talk, chat, video chat and socialize via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, educational forums etc. And in INDIA, when you are talking about Educational Forums, none has had a better impact than VAWSUM, when it comes to the communication between a parent and a teacher.

VAWSUM is an educational school app, that helps in:

  1. enhancing the SECURITY of the CHILD
  2. enhances the PARENT-TEACHER engagement
  3. enriches the CHILD’s GROWTH
  4. helps in SCHOOL FEES payment

With the birth of the VAWSUM, parents can just pick up the phone and communicate, to a teacher or school authorities from anywhere. Parent-teacher communication has never been this simple. It can easily be said that, VAWSUM has indeed been the “WIND OF CHANGE” that “BLEW STRAIGHT INTO THE FACE OF TIME”.

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VAWSUM – connecting parents to students in the course of the child’s journey to school

The safety of the people shall be the highest law” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

It has been seen over the years that the one area of concern for everyone is “safety”. Be it getting up from sleep to going to bed, from going out for any work to returning back home – in each and every aspect, we prefer “safety” over danger. And when it comes to safety, we prefer “my safety” or “our safety”, but we often forget about the “safety” of our child.

In the busy day to day life, the last thing that a parent look into is the “safety” of their child when the child is going to or returning from school because “school buses” are easily available. Now, everyone uses VAWSUM because VAWSUM helps a parent to be connected to the child all through the child’s journey. VAWSUM has indeed revolutionized the on-road school bus journey of a child.

Using VAWSUM, one can easily get the live location of the school bus. So, a parent need not worry anymore about where the school bus is. One can easily get to know when his/her child reaches school. The “tension” associated with the child returning back home using the school bus is also over as, as mentioned earlier, one can easily get the “live location” of the school bus. VAWSUM gives the “pick-up” and “drop-down” notifications, and “over-speeding” notifications. All in all, VAWSUM brings with it, a one-stop solution, when the “safety” of the student is concerned. All these features help each and every parent, to stay connected with their child and thus decreases “tension” from the side of the parent and increases “safety” when the student is concerned. If you also want to assure the safety of your child by staying connected with him/her all the time, then VAWSUM is the ideal solution.

Please visit our website, http://www.vawsum.com , for more information.

Schools can now track school buses with zero dependency on hardware maintenance using VAWSUM

The great growling engine of change – Technology.” – Alvin Toffler

Technology has been able to break down the narrow domestic walls and make this world into a digital country. What seemed impossible yesterday, is possible today. “Today’s science is tomorrows technology” – sums up the age that we live in.

Even the advancement of technology has been huge in the past few decades. Computers have become smaller and smarter. If we go down the chronicle of technological advancement, then we will see that machines have become smaller but smarter. The size of the computer has reduced from 65-meter cube to 1-millimeter cube and software have replaced hardware in the past few decades. The greatest growling engine of change has indeed been technology.

One of the greatest advancement in the field of technology has been the discovery of GPS in 1978. Ever since the discovery, GPS has broken out like a conflagration. It has had one of its biggest impact on the on-road mode of communication. The accuracy and safety associated with our journey have become better. The world has become a better place to live in. There still remains a lot of hassle when one has to use such a lot of hardware in order to set up the GPS tracker. But this is no longer the case with school buses. VAWSUM has come up with a feature that enables buses to be tracked, with zero setup cost. All you need is the smartphone that you already own. Each bus would need a maximum of 2 minutes as set up time and there would be an interactive UI. Tracking a bus had never been this easy. Schools can now track school buses with zero dependencies on hardware maintenance. Many schools have taken up this initiative all ready to use VAWSUM as the bus tracking app of their school and have given thumbs up to “zero dependencies on hardware”. If you want the same for your school then VAWSUM is the ideal solution.

Kindly visit our website, http://www.vawsum.com , for more details.

SCHOOL SECURITY just became AWESOME, with VAWSUM

Ensuring that every child feels a sense of security and belonging to the school enables each child to accept and participate actively in transforming situations that are part of learning experiences.” – Loris Malaguzzi

School security has been the highest area of concern for teachers, administrators and political leaders for a very long time. There had been a considerable rise in the violence in recent decades. It has been a complete necessity for the educational institution to adopt new methods to foster student security.

Bullying, illegal activities, large-scale violence, and lockdowns – had been some of the major areas of concern when it comes to the security of the student in schools and schools have, indeed, come up with methods in order to combat each of these security concerns. But now, with the increase in traffic and rash driving, another area of concern for the management of the educational institution is the school bus.

VAWSUM has brought the perfect solution to this concern. Schools can now keep a complete track on all the buses with the help of this app without having to bother the bus-driver. The institutional management gets real-time updates about over-speeding, and the route deviations can be monitored as well. All these features ensure that the child is highly secure.

Therefore, schools need not worry any longer about the security of the child, as long as the school bus is concerned. Many schools have ensured the security of the students using this app. If you too want a consistent rise in the security of the students in your school then VAWSUM is the ideal solution.

Kindly visit our website, http://www.vawsum.com, for more information.

Be wise! Save time!

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

Time is a valuable commodity, its something that we cannot attach a price too. Time is a priceless asset. We can always make more money, but we can never recover the lost time. Just think about the things that time is worth to you and then, think about how you have spent it. Maybe you have cleaned your house, did your laundries and made food. Or maybe, you did some gardening, bought some groceries or cleaned your car. We always try to spend the commodity named “time” in such a way that it’s not wasted. Now the question that needs to be asked is, if time is so precious and priceless to us, then why to waste time by standing in the bus stand for the school bus of your child?

Well, now, you don’t need to waste this priceless asset unnecessarily. You no longer need to waste time by standing at the bus stand for the school bus of your child. All you need is the app, VAWSUM. By using VAWSUM, you can now easily get the live location of the school bus of your child. You no longer need to wait in the heat, rain or breeze for the arrival of the bus. Get instant notifications when the bus is approaching and save your time, money and energy by not standing in big queues. This feature of the app has increased the level of convenience and made bus journey, an area of comfort for both parents and students.

Kindly visit our official website, http://www.vawsum.com , for more information.