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The Benefits of Using VAWSUM to share Educational Contents.

The wind of “Digital India” has blown away all the narrow domestic walls that had ever separated the Rural from the Urban in India. With every passing day, India is slowly, but surely, taking strides towards becoming a digital village. Now, the best thing about this digital village is, we need not go about searching for the needle in the haystack. On the contrary, the needle automatically surrenders with the click of just one button. That’s the power of digitalization.

Centuries ago, one had to wait for months in order to talk to a person living in a far-off land. At times, months became years due to drawbacks in the communication facilities. But things have changed. We have become wiser. Digitalization has been the catalyst for our improvement.

With all these achievements, it becomes easier for parents as well. Now, they can easily stay in touch with the day to day work of their child. How? The answer lies in one simple, yet powerful catalyst and i.e. VAWSUM, a parent-teacher engagement app. It has bridged the gap in the parent-teacher communication front. Using VAWSUM, a parent stays connected to his/her child in every aspect of his journey. Be it in his academics or extra-curricular activities. It was only yesterday that a parent had to rely solely on the student to know about the syllabus, study plan, daily circulars in school, assignments or school magazine. But that is not the case anymore as using this awesome App, a teacher can be updated each and every parent regularly. Using this App, a teacher can send files in the format: PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS, XLSX, PPTX or DOCX.

Of all the benefits that come with sending files, the most notable ones are:

  1. SENDING SYLLABUS

Gone are the days when one had to print bulks of paper in order to pass on the syllabus to the parents. That’s not it. The headache of the parent associated with receiving the syllabus via the student is also quite high as there is a high chance of the syllabus being misplaced. But parent and teacher don’t need to worry anymore. Using VAWSUM, just one click ensures that the syllabus reaches the parent. NO CHANCES OF IT BEING MISPLACED. NO WASTAGE OF PAPER. Isn’t it awesome?

  1. SENDING STUDY PLAN

“Sending the STUDY PLAN to parents has never been this awesome. Thanks to VAWSUM.” – Mrs. Helena Paul, Principal, Model High School

This one line sums it all up. If you doubt this statement, then you should definitely try VAWSUM.

  1. SENDING CIRCULARS

Need to send circulars to parents with full safety, such that there is no scope for it getting misplaced? Then try VAWSUM. With just a click, you can send the circular and in the blink of an eye, the parents would receive the same. THERE IS NO CHANCE OF IT BEING MISPLACED.

  1. SENDING ASSIGNMENTS

It is quite often that a teacher receives a complain that a student had no clue about a particular assignment. A student might give many reasons behind this. There can be hundreds of stories. But with VAWSUM, those stories are never unfolding as with VAWSUM, a teacher can send the daily assignments on a regular basis to the parents of each and every student. Once the parent receives the same, the parents of the student can ensure that the assignment is completed on time. Thus, there won’t be anymore complaining about the assignment not being. Thus, sending the assignment directly to each parent can indeed be a masterstroke.

  1. Sending School Magazines

“Sir/Ma’am, I was absent yesterday. Can you please give me the magazine today?” – All teachers can relate to this question. Distribution of school magazines can be a very hectic job but thanks to VAWSUM, it is no longer so. Now with just one click of a button and within the blink of an eye, the softcopy of the magazine can easily be sent to the parent. Thus, this reduces the pressure on the teachers when the distributions of magazines are concerned.

Now, the best feature of VAWSUM is, a teacher can do all these and much more, WITHOUT DISCLOSING HIS/HER PERSONAL DETAILS (not even the phone number). Now, this is what makes us better than the rest.

Many have already taken shelter under the umbrella of VAWSUM. It is time for you to do the same.

For a better understanding, visit us at http://www.vawsum.com

Want an Overall Development of a Student? Try VAWSUM!

When it comes to VAWSUM, the development of a student is of the utmost importance. Be it in any area of the school life, VAWSUM looks into an overall development of the child in every aspect.

If you are a parent, then it is sure that you had tried making the dish that your child loves, with the ingredients that you want (if your child doesn’t want to have the ingredients that you want your child to have) and the child would eat it with joy and happiness. But why does this even happen? What makes the child eat it? Well, the answer is, the child got what he/she wanted.  Now imagine, if one could use this same policy for the development of a student, then how much more developed each student can become. Sounds interesting, isn’t it?

This is exactly why you need VAWSUM. We provide an online platform for students when it comes to studies. Let me elaborate it :

  • The teacher can upload homework over the app and students can do the homework and upload it. Students would love to do this type of homework as shifting paper-based homework to an online platform can make students enjoy the assignment And when students enjoy an assignment, they are more likely to complete it and do a better job. Assigning a digital form of homework means one doesn’t have missing assignments. The online platform can be very interactive as students can read their classmates’ uploaded homework and leave comments. This helps in the overall development of the student.
  • The teacher can upload links, photos, and documents. This creates an atmosphere of a smart class. This is very helpful for auditory and visual learners as this enhances their speed of learning, and thus fostering their development.
  • The attendance module of the App makes sure that the students don’t miss classes unnecessarily, and as we all know, “The First step to Success is Showing Up”. Therefore, this too enhances the student development.
  • Using the app, a teacher can upload pictures of school activities. Now say for an example, John comes first in a 100-meter race and his picture gets uploaded. Paul, who is also a sprinter, sees this and makes it a point to work hard such that his picture is uploaded the next year. This is what exactly happened in a school. Young people love the limelight and when he/she knows that the audience would be the entire school then he/she is bound to work harder towards his own development.
  • One can also track the school bus of his/her child by using this app. This ensures the safety of the child.
  • The teacher can communicate with each parent one on one using the app. This helps when the parent-teacher meeting is hard to come by. It can be because of many reasons(few reasons could be, unavailability of the parent or the teacher a given day). This actually helps when a teacher needs to inform a parent regarding something on the very day of its occurrence. For example, if a math teacher sees that a student is having difficulty with multiplication, then he/she doesn’t have to wait for the next PTM. He/she can inform the parent at that very moment and the parent can easily look into it. This feature thus creates a very interactive atmosphere between a parent and a teacher and this is bound to enhance the overall development of the student.

Now, when the child enjoys his/her academics, gets incentives for co-curricular activities, is assured security and there is a very good communication between the parent and teacher, then there is an assured growth in the performance of the child.

Many people, across ten states in India, have already started using this app and the biggest reason is, VAWSUM assures an overall development of the Student. If you are a too want the same for any student, then VAWSUM is the ideal solution.

For a better understanding, kindly visit www.vawsum.com

Vawsum app provides alternative to pool car ban in city schools, Allows parents to track bus live on map

Recently there have been several incidences of children, typically those in Play Schools or primary classes, being abused by their teachers and other staff at the school, tuitions or sporting institutions. Needless to say, these incidents have done considerable damage to the hitherto untarnished reputation of these institutions. While a single isolated incident would not have garnered much attention, the frequency of such unfortunate events has been growing alarmingly of late, leading to an increased public outcry and a growing concern over the safety and security of young kids in educational and other institutions. In a recent episode of a similar tragedy in a reputed private school in a posh Kolkata locality, agitated parents gheraoed the campus and held the teachers and staff hostage for several hours, till the police came to the rescue.

Several mitigation measures have been suggested; installing CCTVs inside school campuses, strict regulation of pool cabs and school buses ferrying students to and from school, not allowing laborers and maintenance staff not associated with the school inside the campus within school hours etc. In what is being seen as a rather harsh but desperate bid at ensuring the safety of its students as well as its reputation, a prominent girls’ school in the same city went a step ahead and banned pool cars for nursery kids. It has now made it compulsory for nursery students to be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian only.

The following questions arise: Are these measures sufficient at preventing the recurrence of such untoward incidences? Also, how will already over-stressed working parents cope with the added burden of accompanying their kids to and from school? Is there an alternative that can achieve the desired objective of ensuring student safety while simultaneously preventing any additional burden on the child? Will that alternative be as effective as the physical presence in ensuring the child’s safety and peace of mind for the parent?

Vawsum’s School bus tracking is a unique cost-effective solution to all the above questions. Vawsum is a simple and intuitive mobile app that lets people stay informed about their child’s whereabouts. Vawsum works using available cellular network infrastructure and GPS technology and seamlessly integrates both to deliver real-time location tracking and updates in the form of notifications (push, toast, SMS etc.)

Vawsum is highly customizable and just as flexible. An array of features is available on the platform- such as adding bus stops at user-defined locations. Parents using Vawsum can make use of location preferences feature in the “School bus tracking” and they get an update whenever their wards’ school bus enters a proximity radius defined by the user, say 500m from home. This is in addition to the live GPS-based school bus tracking that already lets parents track their child’s school bus throughout the duration of the journey from home to school and back. Location is captured using GPS and transmitted using cellular data (internet), which, if unavailable temporarily, automatically syncs all tracking data once the connection is re-established.

Vawsum’s school bus tracking feature can greatly help both working parents as well as homemakers. In addition to the obvious security benefits, this feature also enhances productivity by saving both the parent’s as well as the child’s time. They do not have to wait at the bus stop for long and can plan their journey as the bus’s location is tracked in real-time. Parents get SMS and in-app updates all the time, so they can rest assured and concentrate on their jobs without the slightest fear or apprehension about their ward’s safety. Vawsum also sends updates if the vehicle over-speeds and reduces critical response time in the unfortunate incident of any mishap. As a product designed with paramount importance on user safety, Vawsum continually strives to deliver the finest of solutions in the best possible manner.
Why ban pool cars when you can use a free utility to keep track of ’em and ensure safety?

Growth mindset | How to make children successful

Growth mindset and Fixed mindset are two types of mindsets that determine the quality of one’s life. “What you think, you become” Buddha rightly pointed out. Dr. Carol Dweck a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and the author of the 2008 book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence.

According to Dr. Carol Dweck, people with a growth mindset believe that they can develop their intelligence or talent. Whereas, fixed mindset individuals believe that intelligence and talent are basic abilities.

According to Wikipedia mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people that is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools. This phenomenon is also sometimes described as mental inertia, “groupthink”, or a “paradigm”, and it is often difficult to counteract its effects upon analysis and decision-making processes.

 

Growth mindset

 

Understanding the Brain

Recent advances in neuroscience show that the brain is far more malleable than we originally knew. Research on brain plasticity has shown how connectivity between neurons can be changed with more experience. With more practice, neural networks grow new connections, strengthen existing ones, and building insulation that speeds transmission of impulses. These neuroscientific discoveries have shown us that increasing our neural growth is in our own hands and this depends on the actions we take, like using good strategies, becoming inquisitive and asking more questions, practicing and taking up more challenges, and following good nutrition and sleep habits. Teaching the brain such simple things will gradually help it to improve the intelligence and ability of a person.

Magic of Praise and Feedback

Researchers have started noticing that teacher practice has a big impact on a student’s mindset, and the feedback that teachers give to their students can either encourage a child to choose a challenge and increase the chances of achievement or look for an easy way out of it for a possible chance of failure.

Teachers feedback influence students mindset in an unpredictable way. While praising for intelligence by saying “You’re so smart” which is considered by some to be motivating, in a broader perspective it can actually have a negative impact on their achievement and motivation as it doesn’t judge the quality of the student and doesn’t analyse the amount of effort they have given in completing a certain task.

It is seen that if someone is praised for his innate intelligence tend to take things for granted and wish to only perform the tasks that are easier because of the effort, in this case, is lower than those who are praised for their effort. It is not only intelligence that gets a work done but an effort is equally required for such success. Intelligence without effort is like a ship without a sailor. Praising a student’s hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset in them. When students develop such growth mindset, they take on challenges and learn from them without thinking about possible failures, therefore increasing their abilities and achievement and accomplishing the things that were thought to be impossible in the beginning.

7 rules for growth mindset and how to set your mind on the right track

  1. Believe that intelligence can be developed.
  2. A desire to learn.
  3. Embrace challenges.
  4. Persist in the face of setbacks,
  5. See effort as a path to mastery.
  6. Learn from criticism.
  7. Find lessons and inspirations in the success of others.

The above-mentioned points will surely help one to reach a higher level of achievement.

Teacher reducing stress

Ways teachers can reduce stress

Teaching kids’ day in and day out is a rewarding career, and many teachers will tell you that they love their job. Teaching is essentially a multitasking job with several requirements of being a parent, a mentor, a guide and what not! It is one of the noblest professions with the onus of developing an individual. The students’ personality, character, attitude, thinking approach and much more is shaped by a teacher. A teacher definitely is an “all-rounder”.

On the other hand, teaching a classroom of kids every day can be quite stressful as it is an iterative process. A teacher needs to teach the same set of chapters and subjects every year. Hence, it might feel very stressful at times. But here are some easy stress busters for teachers to handle stress!

  1. Add laughter to the classroom.

Laughing is the best way to relieve stress. It makes your body feel better by releasing all those toxins and gives you a rejuvenated mood with alacrity. Cracking jokes with the students at times decrease the student-teacher barrier and create a friendly atmosphere. But remember to get them back to their studies soon!

  1. Provide effective discipline measures.

Depending on the age of the student, teachers should customize their approach such that he/she can cater to the need of the student. Being too harsh or too easy is not recommended. A perfect blend will create a strict environment during class with a friendly atmosphere which will help in holistic development of the students.

  1. Add creative expression in the classroom.

When it feels like the classroom is running out of control, an easy movement exercise will help them refocus again. Movement exercises can include standing-sitting, quick-slow breathing, inhale, exhale with eyes closed, or even pin drop silence for a minute or two. These exercises will help them concentrate again.

  1. Keep paperwork organized.

When students submit their classroom assignments, assessment tests scripts, homework and any other such documents, then its highly recommended to organize them accordingly with roll numbers and keep them in separate stacks. Maintaining a separate sheet when the number is large also helps. All these small small things will save time, increase efficiency and reduce stress.

  1. Use hand signals.

Nothing distracts teachers more than interruptions. The use of hand signals is a popular method among teachers to communicate with students without interrupting the class. Simply have students raise their hands to answer a question as usual. If a student needs to use the bathroom, they can raise their forefinger in the air. Teachers can also come up with their own system, but it works well.

  1. Make an attitude adjustment.

When you feel yourself becoming stressed in the classroom, try to think of the situation as a challenge. Keep a positive attitude and realize that you cannot control everything that happens in your classroom, but you can react to situations proactively. Students will eventually follow your lead when they are in your room.

The future of our world lies in the hands of kids and students of the new generation. Their upbringing hence plays a very crucial role which will define our World and its citizens in the future years to come. Teachers are the pillars of strength upon which their students would build up the future world. So, for all the teachers shaping the tomorrow of Planet Earth, Live life stress-free!

Save time, save paper, save energy Sign up with https://www.vawsum.com 

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cashier using vawsum

I am a cashier, can I count those golden moments of my kids ?

Mrs.Roy recently started a new job as a cashier.  It was her second week on the job and she had some screw-ups, funny stories, weird dilemmas and some unbelievable customers. This was her first customer service job- not that she hasn’t had to deal and work with customers before, just not this much or at this level.

Mrs. Roy is a  hardworking and cheerful lady. She has a loving family, caring husband and a beautiful daughter Ananya. Mrs.Roy loves spending time with Ananya and enjoys her little-little mischiefs.

Mrs.Roy started remaining busy, now she had lots of work to handle. She was unable to spend time with his family. One day while she was at work, a father came with his daughter to get her a new toy, seeing that she started missing Ananya and what followed was something amazing. Her hands crept into her purse and she took out her phone. She then started gazing at the pictures that were sent to her from Ananya’s school. Actually, the School had recently started sending updates using Vawsum. It was a neat application, very easy to use. Through Vawsum she got the pictures of Ananya which, always, makes her day.

There are millions of Mrs.Roy out there, working day and night, unknown to the activities of her daughter/son. But you all don’t need to worry anymore. All thanks to VAWSUM, the unknown becomes known with the click of a button.

For a better understanding, kindly visit, http://www.vawsum.com

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I am an air hostess , I see the world, now I see what my child did at school today

Rajni finished making the announcements and settled in her seat. The lights gradually went dim and the rumble grew louder. She had been an air hostess for nearly four years now but still felt uncomfortable whenever the flight made these turns and noises. However, she never let any of her inhibitions show on her face.
Life had been good to her. She had an amazing family and a husband, who listened. A smile spread across her lips as she remembered how he had surprised her by landing up at the airport with balloons to pick her up last week. Having him by his side made her stressful life a little more manageable.
Rajni noticed the mother in the third row trying to put her child to sleep. The kid would be of roughly the same age as Amit, Rajni mused. Amit had Rajesh’s eyes. He was turning out to be naughtier every day. She wished she could spend more time seeing him grow. Thankfully the School had recently started sending updates using Vawsum. It was a neat application, very easy to use. She looked forward to getting off the flight now and get real-time updates. The picture of Amit playing with colours was just adorable! Her colleagues had all fussed about how fast Amit was growing up.

Vawsum! Making Learning Awesome… Yes, very awesome indeed, she pondered.

Parental involvement to Parental Engagement: a Continuum

The researchers make the following points:-

  1. Difference between Involvement and Engagement
    • INVOLVEMENT may be defined as “the act of taking part in an activity or event, or situation”, whereas, ENGAGEMENT can be defined as “the feeling of being involved in a particular activity”.
    • The main difference is the feeling of ownership of the activity.
  2. Importance of Engagement
    • Boosts children’s self-esteem, increase motivation and engagement with learning and can lead to positive outcomes.
    • It really does take a village to raise a child.
  3. Three points in the Journey
    • First: Parental involvement with the school: One-way communication of information
    • Second: Parental involvement with schooling: Two-way communication of information
    • Third: Parental engagement with children’s learning: Joint decision taking

The journey is a continuum where different cohorts can be at different points at the same time. It is a continuous process which has to be tailored basis different schools.

In the final stage, Parents are no longer passive recipients of information but are partners in the construction of a fuller portrait of the student, and acknowledged contributors to the student’s academic future.

This is a long way from where our schools are currently. The main reason is not lack of intent or point of view but lack of support in terms of infrastructure and technologic. Most schools still depend on age-old methods of communication which are costly, unidirectional and not robust enough. The challenge to initiate engagement seems so big that most schools don’t even evaluate this.

With the advent of new technologies, now we have simple, reliable and easy ways where teachers can get quick feedback from parents. With the new tool like Vawsum, teachers can communicate with parents at a touch of a button. Multi-stakeholder communication becomes a breeze.

Now schools have an option to decide where they want to play in the continuum between Parent-teacher Involvement and Engagement. Technology is no longer an impediment; it is an enabling partner in the journey.

Attendance taking at school is now easy with Vawsum

Regular attendance is an important factor in a student’s achievement at school and helps prepare them for the world of work. Students not in school have fewer opportunities to learn the material that enables them to succeed in their classes.

Research on student attendance tells us several things –

  • Students who eventually drop out of school are absent more often than other students beginning as early as the first grade.
  • Students with high attendance rates score higher on achievement tests than those students who are frequently absent.
  • High attendance rates are indicators of effective schools.

With Vawsum –

  • Parents can easily monitor children’s attendance
  • Parents get instant updates on mobile in case a child is marked absent by a teacher

To know more visit http://www.vawsum.com

Rainy day at School and Vawsum in it

There are many themes that are taken up and celebrated in schools in order to blend the concepts taught in the classrooms with practical experiences. Such moments are essential for the physical, mental and emotional growth of children.  The pre-primary section of one school wanted to do the same and hence, celebrated Rainy Day.

The day was celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm. Children were very excited about the idea of getting wet in the rain. Teachers created awareness among the children about the day. The teacher demonstrated the water cycle to the children. They were informed about: How clouds were formed? How it rains? After the explanation, evaluations were conducted and children answered them enthusiastically. Tiny toddlers danced to the tunes of the teacher.  Rain Dance Activity was held to experience the real feel of getting wet in the rain and dancing and singing and enjoying the moment to its core.

Children also had a paper boat making take away activity on this day. They went home with great excitement and memories of the day.

All of the fun was just not lost, the memories were captured in the form of pictures taken by teachers and shared on the Vawsum application used by the school. Through which even the parents could experience the joy the child had in school.

School activities could never have been this exciting for parents, isn’t it?