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Parent – School relation just became awesome, with VAWSUM

Technology can become the “wings” that will allow the educational world to fly farther and faster than ever before- if we will allow it” – Jenny Arledge

 

Over the past few decades, giant strides had been taken in the technological front. But the greatest achievement that had taken place is the influence of technology on education. The first time that technology was used for education was in the mid-1600s. But a lot has changed since then. By the early 1980s when IBM created the first PC, many schools had computers in use.

When you look back at the chronicle of the history of technology in education, you will be able to see that technology has brought vast improvements in the teaching and availability of classroom equipment that empowers teachers and enhances student learning.

Introduction of Mobile App in education has been a success as it has not only helped in the betterment of the student-school relationship but has also boosted the parent-school relationship. Parents need not worry anymore about the whereabouts of their ward. “Just a click”-that is all that’s needed. And, if that one click is for VAWSUM, then the relationship is assured to be awesome. With VAWSUM:

  1. Payment of fees has become easier

Gone are the days when one had to go to school, stand in big queues, wait for hours, write so much of information and finally, getting the chance to pay the school fees. Now, we can do all these with just a click of a button. And that’s not all. In VAWSUM, your personal information is never shared with anyone. We use 256-bit encryption for your data protection, the same security that is used by banks.

  1. Get regular updates about all the school activities

Staying in touch with your wards whereabout in school has never been this easy. Regular homework, regular attendance, regular list of events, announcements, pictures, videos and all would be updated on a regular basis. All in all, VAWSUM app makes sure that every parent is in touch with their wards day to day hereabouts.

  1. You can now track school bus as well

Yes, you heard it correct. One can now easily get the real-time locations of the school bus of your ward. So, VAWSUM is the app you would want to use because we assure you the complete security of your child. And this in a way boosts the parent-school relationship, as both, the school bus and the student, would be on time.

  1. Teachers and parent can interact via personal message over this app

VAWSUM helps any teacher/parent have an interaction with any parent/teacher, without having to share any personal details. So, this boosts the teacher-parent relationship. In a world, where people have everything but time, this would act as the perfect bridge between the teacher and the parent.

For more information, kindly check our official website, www.vawsum.com

Digital India : The Dawn of a New Beginning

“The leading digital cities are leveraging technology to connect disadvantaged citizens with critical information and services, promote citizen inclusion in important government processes and share government data with the public,” said Teri Takai, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.

India has more than 1.4 million schools (Government, Public and Private) educating over 227 million students. Being one of the world’s largest education systems in the world it needs constant upgradation. Our country is the second largest market for e-learning after the US.

With an unprecedented level of competition in every sphere of life, sending children to ‘the perfect’ school has turned one of the biggest challenges for young parents. How can we choose the best school? Well, the best school for your child is the school that sees the possibilities in your child that do not exist in the present and are ready to work hard to bring them about while other schools are the schools that are ready to work on the possibilities that they already see in your child. The thin line that separates the best from the rest is the willingness to explore beyond the unexplored.

Gopal Krishna Gokhale once said “… India thinks tomorrow and the world think day after”. India has always been the center of excellence. In order to explore beyond the unexplored, India has taken a e-jump. At a time when our Prime Minister, Sri.Narendra Modi, appeals for a Digital India, if asked what is required for INDIA to awake into that Heaven of freedom of self-dependence would be to have something (not someone) that can act as our Personal Assistant.

In a scenario like this, what should the schools do? Well, if the school wants to be the best then the school also needs to adapt to this e-jump if the school wants to be on the same platform with the rest of the world. Only if you are on the same platform, can you explore beyond the unexplored, isn’t it?

According to a report published in “The Hindu”, around 4000 schools are expected to go digital.

The impact of learning through visual presentations, 3D models, and other innovative ways will be three to four times more on the students compared to the normal classroom teaching. It will be easy for them to recall the concepts. Also, even if students miss a class they can view the lesson at their home and attend next class without lagging behind,” said the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Many schools in many cities have taken up this initiative to go Digital. The smart class has overtaken the old conventional methods of learning. Cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai are using technology to connect to the unconnected. The infusion of technology into education has indeed revolutionized the modern way of learning.

Gone are the traditional ways of teaching. Smartboards are overtaking blackboards. The number of the visual learner, auditory learner, and kinesthetic learner are increasing with every passing day. The electronic mode of studies has been a giant stride towards Digital India, a campaign launched by our Prime Minister, Sri.Narendra Modi on the 1st of July,2015.

“The pace at which people are taking to digital technology defies our stereotypes of age, education, language, and income. I like recounting my meeting with a group of unlettered tribal women in a remote part of Gujarat. They were present at a local milk chilling plant I was inaugurating. They were using cell phones to take photographs of the event. I asked them what they would do with the images. The answer was a surprise for me. They said, they would go back, have the images downloaded on to a computer and take printouts. Yes, they were familiar with the language of our digital world. And, farmers in Maharashtra state have created a WhatsApp group to share information on farming practices.”- Narendra Modi

Let us all support this noble cause. Let us go Digital. Jai Hind!

Paying Fees online: Let us do it the VAWSUM way

As the horizon for digitalization is expanding with every passing day, the world is getting closer and closer. The world has become a global village, where we want everything in the tip of our fingers. We live in a fast-moving world and it becomes difficult at times to take out little time for our own selves. In a world like this, how much time do we have to pay the fees of our child? A question worth asking.

Some schools require the fee to be paid once a year, while others require payments every quarter or every month! Then there are different bills for different expense heads – tuition, hostel, laboratory and mess fees and so on and so forth! Imagine the problems one has to face if you fail to take out that little time on the date of paying the fees. Or imagine the hassle that one has to face if she/he wants to go to the school counter, stand in big queues and finally having the chance to pay the fees. Who has so much time? And over that, any delay in paying the fee can be embarrassing for you and your kid.

And on the part of management, they also need to hire staff in order to collect the fees and maintain records of them. It creates “loads of hassle” and “increase in costs.”

Well, it is time you looked at faster and more convenient methods of making school fee payment from the comfort of your home, without having to stand in long school queues.

Many schools have already come up with the idea to get rid of the old conventional way of paying fees by accepting fees on the online platform, VAWSUM ( an app, whose performance is Very AWeSOMe)

VAWSUM brings THE one stop solution to all your problems

  • With VAWSUM, you can now pay the fees in a much easier way, at your own convenience. One can easily take up the ease of paying the fee online through Debit cards, credit cards, Net Banking, E-wallets etc.
  • With VAWSUM, you don’t need to waste your priceless time by standing in long queues for hours after hours. Just pay fees online instantly and relax. Save time and relieve yourself out of the stress associated with paying your child’s fees in person.
  • With VAWSUM, you will have the assurance that money is not misplaced. No one will want their hard-earned money to be misplaced.
  • With VAWSUM as the mediator between the parents and the school, you are getting assurance from the Brand that has Patanjali and Hindustan Unilever as their client

VAWSUM serves as the perfect BRIDGE between a parent and a school when it comes to payment of fees. If you want to save more time and get all the PAYMENT of FEES related issues DONE, on TIME, then VAWSUM is the ideal solution.

Visit our website, www.vawsum.com , for more details.

Should Homework be digitalized?

“Persistence is important in an endeavor. Whether it is finishing your Home Work, completing school, working late to finish a project, or “finishing the drill” in sports. Winners persist to the point of sacrifice in order to achieve your goals.” – Leon F “Lee” Ellis.

Homework has been the topic of concern for all students and teachers for a long time. And ever since the inception of Smartphones, the rate of doing homework has declined per student. Students are busier nowadays over the phone.

From a journey of “My dog ate my homework” to “I didn’t get the time/didn’t know/forgot” the phones became smarter.

In this world of digitalization, where everything is in the tip of our finger. We are port of that digital phase in which Kindle has revolutionized the way of reading books. Different apps have changed the old traditional method of class into a smart class. Where we can do online courses, why can’t homework be done over the net? It’s time to revolutionize. It is time to change.

What’s a change if the change is not awesome, and that is why you should use VAWSUM.

An app that is friendly to parents, students and school authorities has brought out yet another feature to help students and teachers. Now, the teacher can upload homework over the app and students can do the homework and upload it. Isn’t this amazing?

This method of doing homework is actually like giving your child the dish he/she loves, with the nutrients that you want. Just imagine a parent giving Pizza made of brinjal because the child loves brinjal. That’s how amazing this new feature is.

  • 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.
  • Online platform can be more enjoyable than a written platform as it gives students the opportunity to continue the class discussion at home. The online platform can be very interactive as students can read their classmates’ uploaded homework and leave comments.
  • Assigning a digital form of homework means one doesn’t have missing assignments.
  • For the teachers, checking homework uploaded on the app would be much easier than checking paper assignments. Teachers don’t need to carry home piles of paperwork and can check the homework any time he/she wants to.

 

Online method of doing homework is a great way to keep the interest of the students high. Students are really bored with the traditional methods of doing homework. They want something new. Let us make the change. Let us go Very AWeSoME with VAWSUM.

For more information, please click the link below.

www.vawsum.com

10 Ways to become a MILLENNIAL Parent With VAWSUM

Of all the ways in which VAWSUM has helped a parent become a MILLENIAL parent, let us focus on ten such ways.

  1. Bridging the parent and the teacher

In today’s fast-moving world, we all have pretty less time. Usually, both the parents are working. In a situation like this, parents barely get the opportunity to meet the teachers and vice versa. But one need not worry anymore, because, VAWSUM is here. VAWSUM has been specially designed to bridge the gap between a parent and a teacher. From the attendance of a student to their homework, from the school bus to the school fees, VAWSUM has solutions to all your problems. This app is a perfect stop to solve all the communication issues.

  1. Toe to toe with Digitalization


Students nowadays tend to be active on “social media” almost all day long. Parents often complain saying “My child is always busy over his/her phone.”. This is where VAWSUM plays the masterstroke. Our venture of using “Digital Media” in order to transform the modern way of communication in school has been a grand success. Students have again taken likeness in diary works, all because, its digital.

  1. Each one, plant one

We are all acquainted with the term “Each one, plant one”. Yes, we need to save our environment. Apart from afforestation, another way to save trees would be by stopping deforestation. If we don’t cut trees, then we can actually help in increasing the number of surviving trees. VAWSUM has taken up this initiative to transform the old way of using paper for school works like maintaining attendance, collecting fees, sending daily reports and all other diary work into our phones. Yes, usage of VAWSUM app actually helps in the reduction of usage of papers and thus, saving trees. Therefore, it should not only be said “Each One, Plant One” but we should also say “Each one, Use VAWSUM

  1. Time is money

Good news for all the ones who are working and cannot come to school every day for the daily updates of their ward or cannot attend the dates when fees need to be given because now you can do all these without having to miss your working hours. And teachers can actually update regarding the homework, any class or school event, any announcements or any type of personal conversation with the parents, without having to waste your time. And all because of VAWSUM. VAWSUM brings fee payment, taking attendance, regular updates regarding class and much more at the tip of our fingers. So, this is an app, tailor-made for you.

  1. Easy to pay the Fees of your child

Good news for parents as now, you don’t need to waste your precious time by standing in long queues outside the fee counter of your child in order to pay the fees. Good news for the teachers as a lot of administrative work is reduced when parents can directly pay for their child’s school fee and you can settle the payments into your accounts without doing any paperwork. So, all in all, VAWSUM is the app to be used when you want to clear the school fees of your child.

  1. Security and Reliability

Safety is never an issue with VAWSUM. Your private data including your mobile number, email address, bank account number and everything other personal details are never shared with anyone. We use 256-bit encryption for protecting your data, the same that bank uses.

  1. You don’t need to worry about the location of the school bus

VAWSUM now brings with it another feature in the app. You can now tack the school bus of your child directly from your home with just a click of your phone from your house. You don’t need to wait for the bus at the bus stop. You will get real-time locations and SMS updates.

  1. Students can do what they want to do

“The only way to do great work is love what you do”, said Steve Jobs and this is so true. The only way by which, someone would love their work is by doing what you love. Students love the digital world and studies say, a student in an average spends more time on the digital platform than with their books. So, in a time like this, the best way to enhance the child’s growth is if to merge studies with the Digital Platform. VAWSUM has been instrumental in this aspect and has had a positive response from the students, in this aspect.

  1. 24*7 Customer Service

At VAWSUM, we value our customer. We have an unbeatable customer support, something that everyone craves for. We provide 24*7 online as well as offline onsite support for all our customers. Our customer service is really “WOW” and not just a mere wow.

10. Assures a Very AWeSomE experience

The very fact that VAWSUM stands for V-very AWSUM-awesome sums it all up. Here, in VAWSUM, we believe in one goal, and that is, to give students, teachers, and parents a very awesome experience. From keeping a track of attendance to tracking down school bus, from helping in paying fees on the correct date to getting knowledge about the dates of the events and from maintaining the records of daily attendance to daily sheets, VAWSUM helps in each and every aspect. VAWSUM assures you a very awesome experience.

If you too want to have a Very Awesome experience, then VAWSUM is the ideal solution.

For a better understanding, click the link below

www.vawsum.com

Indian Schools go digital: Quizzes revolutionized

The purpose of the quiz is not to shame or embarrass anyone, but to make sure everyone is on the same page.” – Mark Goulston

In the world that we are living in right now, with so much advancement in the technological front, the amount of time that a student can actually concentrate on something apart from smartphones or computers, is in a downward slide. The conventional method of quizzing needs to change in order to cater to the wants of the students.

Old methods of making students sit in groups, asking them questions and then marking the right or wrong sound like a dream nowadays and the reasons are:

  1. Students are very impatient

Very few students actually find it interesting to sit in one place and wait for the turn to answer. Nowadays, we hear the quizmaster say this line quite often, “Wait for your turn”. This is how impatient students have become.

  1. Students are afraid of making mistakes

Students nowadays have become social butterflies. They are always active on social media, one can very easily come across a student, who might speak like a gifted orator but when asked to go to the real spotlight, becomes hesitant. And if asked the reason, “what if I make a mistake?”, would be the reason. At a time like this, conducting quiz for ALL the students seems far from being real.

 

Students nowadays like to take refuge in the virtual world. In a world, where they feel comfortable, relaxed and where they feel accepted. But the question now arises, how can we have a quiz in which ALL the students participate?

After digging deep, team VAWSUM has come up with the idea of changing the traditional method of quizzing. “If the students do not want to have a quiz in the real world, why not have a quiz for them in the virtual world, in a world where they feel comfortable”, quoted one of the app designers of VAWSUM.

According to experts, cognitive psychology suggests that retrieval of information to the mind, as a process, is equivalent to learning. So, e-quizzing can turn out to be a powerful mnemonic tool which helps individuals to learn quickly and effectively.

Using VAWSUM to create an online quizzing module can serve as a great way to gauge, track and modify student learning and engagement. Use VAWSUM to build customizable and interactive quizzes by incorporating audio, video, images, animation and much more. Teachers can assign a number of success criteria. Quizzes created with VAWSUM has the added advantage of being accessible from devices.

 

For better understanding, kindly click the link below.

https://www.vawsum.com

The effect of Digital India on the traditional method of taking attendance

 

“I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity” – Narendra Modi.

The Digital India program is a flagship program of the Government of India. In order to transform the entire ecosystem of public services through the use of information technology, the Government of India has launched the Digital India program with the vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

Digitalization has indeed had its say in the field of education as well and VAWSUM has been the platform boosting the cause. The digital method of taking attendance has indeed been a very productive initiative as it has resulted in a better REGULARITY OF STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS.

BUT HOW HAS DIGITAL ATTENDANCE HELPED SCHOOLS?

The genesis of taking Digital Attendance has been a GOOD NEWS FOR THE TEACHERS, PARENTS OF THE STUDENTS AND THE SCHOOL INDEED.

And the reasons are:

  • Reduced ABSENTEEISM (REGULAR ATTENDANCE)

Who would dare not come to school if you have an app keeping an eye on your attendance and that too if the eye is directly connected to the parents of the individual? I believe, NONE.

  • The PROGRESS of the student

“The research is clear; if you want to know whether a child is on a path toward passing or failing, standardized test scores are not very useful. Far more telling is whether that Child comes to school regularly or not” said one principal and it really can’t be explained better.

The progress of a child is indeed directly proportional to the regularity of that child in school and there cannot be a better way to monitor that than the system of taking DIGITAL ATTENDANCE.

  • The REPUTATION of the school

Now if a student is regular to school, he/she is bound to study well. And if a student studies well, whose reputation gets boosted?  A masterstroke indeed.

 

But still there remains that thin line between “Developing” and “being Developed”. The only person who can get rid of that line is WE. The sustainable development of one-sixth of humanity will be a major force of good for our world and our planet. Many schools have taken up this initiative to digitalize attendance. If you want a consistent rise in the attendance of the students in your school then Vawsum is the ideal solution.

For a better understanding, click the link below.

https://www.vawsum.com

Technology Driven Parent-School Communication is Making Children Smarter

Working parents are busy but that doesn’t mean they are not interested in keeping up with their children’s growth and progress. Who wants to miss their child’s first poetry recital or first 100-meter race win? But more than 90% of these growth or competitive activities happen in school. And parents cannot be practically present on those occasions, especially if both of them have jobs.

A report by Greatschool.org revealed that Asian Americans, who are only 4% of the US population, have a higher percentage of student bodies in top universities. The results were quite decisive –

  • 24% at Stanford
  • 18% at Harvard
  • 25% at Columbia and Cornell.

One of the reasons why these students outperformed other Americans was simply because parents participated in their school activities and rewarded their school performances.

This means that the more parents are connected regularly with their children’s schools, the more likely their children are to succeed in life. A US Census report once stated that 6 out of 10 children participated in extracurricular activities and this number could increase, had the parents were more involved in school.

Working parents have all the more reason to communicate regularly with teachers and school because they are often not present at home when the children return from school. They need to be aware of the children’s absences, behavior in school, homework, and various school activities.

A 2014 study titled “The underutilized potential of teacher-to-parent communication” stated that –

Students whose parents received some form of the message from their teacher were 6.5 percentage points more likely to earn course credits for the classes they were enrolled in, compared to the control group.

Schools too need to communicate important messages to parents both in regular routines and in special circumstances.

The most practical way to bridge the communication gap between parents and school is through an on-the-go mobile application such as Vawsum. Schools can send photos and videos of their children’s activities such as dance, singing, sports, excursions along with daily updates of attendance, daily sheets or feedback from teachers.

Imagine a world where we would have almost all of our children truly following their dreams and pursuing their vocations, simply because some schools went the extra mile and ensured a smooth communication with parents.

College placements made easy with Vawsum

How much time, energy and talent are channelized every year during college placements? There’s a placement committee that takes care of the logistics and records, manages companies arriving for campus placements and so on. This committee also takes care of students’ records as per their skills, academic performances and activities.

The same procedure is repeated the next year with the same amount of resources. No wonder that every college has something called a ‘placement season’ because here’s where the college utilizes all of its energy and resources in getting their students jobs. This is considered a major waste of resources in today’s times where everything is digitalized. It’s time for colleges to drop the use of unnecessary documentation and start using a smart application for the placement period.

Vawsum is a cool mobile application that’s on a mission to make learning awesome. Part of its formidable variety of features is the Placement Module. Colleges who signed up for Vawsum will get this module as a feature that simplifies the placement process.

The college admin can simply create a job posting on the Vawsum app in the Placement Module feature. Registered students then can respond to the job posting by uploading their CV and other documents right in the application. The college admin can attach brochure or any document of the company with the job posting so students will have an idea where they are applying.

This removes all the hassles of unnecessary documentation especially filing all the CVs, company documents, tests etc. The students can simply download test documents from the job listing, take the test and upload the document to the post.

If you wish to sign up for Vawsum and avail this time-saving placement module, do give us a call. Visit us at www.vawsum.com 

How Do We Build Effective Parent-School Partnerships in Inclusive Schools?

Parents and schools need to work in tandem to make sure that the students get a proper studying and growing environment. There’s a big pool of research and studies on the positive impact of parenting on the child’s success, not just in school but throughout life.

Let’s take a look at the aspect of gaining respect in this field and era of parenting.  In building respect both the parent and the school are valued, they are trusted and they are respected. The needs of the child come first and the child’s needs form the basis of all interactions. Both recognize that the family perspective is invaluable actually in providing in-depth insights and information as to what a child needs to be successful in school.

The parents are full partners in the decision-making process of the child being successful in school because that information is so important and many times there is what we call an open-door policy at school. Here is also what we call the recognition of limits. The parents do have limits, as they have other responsibilities as well, so schools provide access to services, supports, resources, and meetings at times and places that work for their parents.

Now that neither the school nor the parent blames the other for what’s not working but instead they claim responsibility for school success. Then comes the most important aspect of the parent-teacher relationship and that is to build trust as trust sustains those quality partnerships. The keys to building relationships with partnerships are the same as building relationships in the classroom. We need to feel belonged, we need to feel trusted and we need to feel valued. Relationship nurtures the collaboration and that is so necessary for partnerships to survive. This, in turn, will help kids succeed in school and later on in their lives.

To conclude the three R’s, Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships helps us to form all those partnerships that help the kids to flourish in a better way.