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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?

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!

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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.

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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

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Five major reasons for parents to love Vawsum

The parent-teacher app has been on demand ever since the first day of its induction. When it was asked to the parents about the reason. These were the reasons that we found out

  • Parents have a holistic relationship with the Teacher. Each parent feels involved and is engaged with the day to day work of the students.
  • Parents are happy to know what their child is doing at school.
  • Parents are ready with an Action Plan for their children after they receive information through diaries from the Teachers through the Mobile.
  • Parents love this easy learning process for their children.
  • Parents can Vote for things like –  Field Trips, Educational Tours, Picnic,  Cultural Programmes. This makes each parent feel engaged.

All these, and much more make VAWSUM an APP that is loved by each and every parent.

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A Healthy atmosphere makes Healthy student.

All over the world kids are introduced to new sports every day. Their bodies are asked to do things in all different directions, different speeds, different ranges and different planes. In order to be successful in any sport, children first need to develop an athletic foundation and a baseline of physical fitness upon which they can excel in the sport.

Kids are essentially thrown into sports without any preparation, and left to figure it out on their own. Invariably the more physically gifted rises to the top and the rest get left behind. The end result is that so many children experience failure, and quickly quit their sport (or want to quit) before they can learn invaluable lessons like work ethic, teamwork and the satisfaction of achievement. An athletic foundation and a base level of physical fitness are so important for kids in order to avoid this failure.

Playing any sport requires certain physical and mental abilities, and these can be better developed independently from the sport itself. That’s where VAWSUM comes in. Before practicing and competing in any sport, children need to learn balance, rhythm, timing, motor control of their arms and legs, how to run properly, jump properly, change direction, good diet and so much more. Vawsum helps parents to stay connected with his/her child in the real-time wherein he/she would get to know exactly what the child is eating and how much is the child practicing. One can do this easily with the help of videos, photos, and messages. The teacher can also do one on one conversation with the parent and this would surely help when a student is not doing to his/her potential. This, thus, keeps the parent informed about what the child is doing and each parent can then push the child that extra notch if required. This would then help the child attain SUCCESS and thus, enhancing the growth of the child.

So we can see, that, VAWSUM helps in creating an atmosphere that fosters the healthy growth of the child.

Nitty Gritty Moments of a kid

Dealing with naughty behavior depends on the behavior and the child. You’ll find this varies a lot culturally, and what happens and works/doesn’t work in some cultures will be different from others. In most English-speaking countries pupils who exhibit particularly naughty behavior are usually shipped up the chain of command, with a
vice-principal/head teacher/assistant headmaster dealing with the case. In some schools, they may also be referred to school counselors.

In many Asian countries, the homeroom teachers are generally the ones who deal with students who have attitude problems and exhibit consistently naughty behavior. So, as a classroom teacher, you have to bear in mind that how things work practically may vary a lot if you’re posing this question to people from around the world.

Schools where only one teacher is allotted in each class,  it is not possible for that particular teacher to manage the whole class and correct each student when their doings are wrong.

Some nitty and gritty activities which the child does are very much amusing to see as there is innocence filled in it. These GOLDEN MOMENTS parents miss while they are at office or at home. To reduce this barrier our dedicated application VAWSUM is very much unique and one of a kind product. Our applications sole purpose is to deal with
parent-teacher engagement. The benefits of such a product are unimaginable. Listed down are some of the major functionalities offered by VAWSUM:-

  • Taking Attendance
  •  Creating Diaries so that schools go paperless
  • Daily Sheets’/Reports’ of the child
  • Email without sharing personal Id’s
  • Text Messages
  • Examination Module
  • Classroom learning activities sent to parents instantly through pictures by Vawsum
  • The child’s accomplishments notified to parents by Vawsum
  • Helps in giving Real-Time Instant Notification
  • Activities like Events and Announcements by promulgating it

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