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A Sneakpeek into Edsys “NEW HIERARCHY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM”

Surprise!!!!

Our new Hierarchy Management System can be a boon to manage multiple schools in a single go…

‘Hierarchy of Management’ is a system, where the responsibilities of the management are shared for easier administration.

In other words, it is to get data and report it to understand what is happening in the ground and to roll up the information for decision and policymakers.

The decisions and actions will be more informed rather than guesswork, to assure the execution of initiatives and the ways to measure its outcome.

In this system, we have divided it into five levels or categories:

1. Director (Head of District Level):

Director will be the central decision-maker of a district (as per need), but people in every level will have a role to play and a responsibility to maintain.

2. Superintendent (Head of Zonal level):

They are the heads to manage multiple institutions in a particular area or a geographical zone. The external affairs of the institutions, lying beyond the control of Principals will be controlled by them.

3. Principal (Head of School Level):

Principal-the the head of a school or a college resolves the issues in the school premise. Though the Principal is third in the system of Hierarchy, he/she will the primary decision-maker of the institutions concerned.

4. Head of the Department (School Level):

As there are thousands of students along with many departments, it would be difficult for a single person to manage things. So, the responsibilities have been shared by assigning the charge to department heads, which brings a department head to manage the affairs.

5. Teachers (School level):

Teachers are the base blocks of this system, with whom anything is possible. Their list of responsibilities includes teaching, conducting exams; publishing results, maintaining the decorum of the class, submit reports on time, and many more.

Moreover, this system helps to maintain accurate, organized, and systematic records of multiple institutions simplify the role of a manager, and avail reliable and hassle-free information from concerned officials.

Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Quickly Learn Anything

What is the Feynman Technique?

Feynman technique is one of the best and effective methods practiced for learning a particular topic by explaining it in simple terms to another person.

It is said that if a person can really explain knowledge in simple words, then he/she is excellent in that particular area or topic.

This is a mental model named after the famous Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman, a physicist.  This provides the learners the best and pretty much simpler method of learning things. It really helps in understanding the most difficult topics with the least effort. Moreover, Feynman’s techniques include many different methods of learning.

Well, according to Richard Feynman, this technique simply deals with the ways of understanding a topic that is really a hard nut to crack for the learner.

The most important tip to master this technique is to imagine you as a kid of 5 or 6 years of age or the one who knows nothing about the topic.

How to use the Feynman Technique as a solution to learning difficulties?

Since this Feynman mode of learning is all about learning by simplifying, this involves certain steps. So, let’s delve into those steps:

  1. Step 1: Get a Clear Idea about the Concept you want to learn:

This is the first step to learn using the method of Feynman, where you should clarify the topic you want to learn. And note it down on the top of a paper or a book so as to make further notes.

  1. Step 2: Self-assess your Current Knowledge

In this step, simply analyze how good you are in the concept by assuming that you are explaining it to a kid of 5 or 6 years of age.

So, you will have to teach from the basic ideas.

You can either give a general summary or then make it specific or you can explain the concept using different examples or daily life instances.

This will help you to assess yourself about your depth of knowledge in the concept.

Also Read: General Knowledge For Kids (105 Questions and Answers)

  1. Spot out the Gaps in your Explanation:

This is where you have to identify the gaps in your knowledge. After figuring out the gap, learn new knowledge so as to bridge the gap. New knowledge is to attain more about the topic.

This involves more of learning in specific rather than learning it in general.

  1. Write down your New Knowledge:

Once you have gained new knowledge, document it on the paper or book, for further reference.

You can make it more understanding and simpler by making use of analogies, visual images or maps, sketch pens (for marking important headings) and many more.

In fact, this is a kind of learning concepts with accuracy and precision.

Once you are done with rechecking and all, pretend teaching a kid without using the paper in which you have written the notes. This will make you more confident about the concept.

This is how you learn a concept using Feynman technique.

Now, let us check some Tips to make the Feynman Technique more effective

  • Instead of simply explaining the concept, you can summarize it. And if you find it tough to summarize, you can divide the concept into different ideas and make a summary out of it. Later on, connect all these ideas together to find the summary of the whole.
  • You can make use of pictures and analogies to summarize your concept. You can also try paraphrasing it in your own words.
  • When you get tough with some specific topic, it would be better if you just make it as a specific question and try to answer it. This would rather avoid beating about the bush and will give you very specific clarification about the concept.
  • Understand the difference between knowing a concept and just knowing the name of the concept. It may make little or no difference to you, but this is something really important to learn a concept. The former on simply knowing the name of something whereas the latter discusses more about “what” actually the concept is.

So, try to understand what is to be learned as whole and what is just to be known by name.

Feynman Technique is not about learning but it can take you to a different way of thinking where you can reconstruct your ideas and learn things more effectively and easily.

You can make use of the Feynman Technique in your daily life too. For instance, if you are talking to someone and you are completely out of knowledge of what the person is talking about, then you can just ask him to break the thought and explain it in small topics.

Apart from helping you to understand, this will also help the speaker to get a deeper idea of what he or she was about.

Thus, to conclude the topic, the Feynman Technique is a self-directed learning process based on distilling what you have learned.

Is Zoom App Safe for Online classes? – A Detailed Overview

Zoom Video Conferencing App!!!! A wonderful piece of technology that many of us can’t get hold of in this COVID season. This App has been surprising everybody through its incredible popularity in the market. And it’s really true that this App has made Work from Home simpler and easier in this lockdown period.

But are they perfect in terms of their functionalities?? Or do they really show justice to privacy policies offered to us? This is something to be thought of…

Unfortunately, even after several warnings from the Ministry of Home Affairs, it has gained global popularity.

So, let’s check out the Major Issues of the Zoom App:

1) Lack of End to End Encryption:

It has been reported by many that the Zoom Video conferencing meetings aren’t end-to-end encrypted. In fact, it is seen that they use web over HTTPS kind of security features, which makes it clear that the video calls can be decrypted by third parties. And this insecurity can often let cybercriminals to get access to personal or sensitive information.

2) Uninvited People Can Join the Meeting:

As per user reviews, many of them have cited that if not used with proper precautions and care in an ongoing meeting in the Zoom Video Conferencing platform, intruders can get in without our notice and thus steal private or confidential information.

3) Conferences in Zoom can be Hacked easily:

Hacking ongoing meetings in Zoom has not been a big deal for cybercriminals. It has been seen that recently, BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) had to cancel a meeting in the threat of fraudsters.

4) Personal Emails or Photos can be leaked:

This flaw of the app was something discovered earlier, that the personal emails and photos were unsafe with zoom’s platform.

5) DoS Attacks:

The government has hinted users that Zoom can be used for Dos or Denial of Service attacks. The government has also released certain set of guidelines for users to protect themselves from such attacks.

6) Confidential Data can be Leaked with Least Efforts:

If someone is not properly aware of using Zoom, he/she can be trapped and the cyber hackers can easily leak the confidential data.

7) The Threat of Malicious Activities by Authorized Participants:

CERT-In (Cyber Emergency Response Team of India) has warned the users that even the authorized participants of the meeting can carry out malicious activities either by letting intruders or by sharing information.

How do the Zoom Video Conferencing platform toll teachers and students?

  • According to Vance, it is seen that a normal Zoom class does not cope with COPPA, FERPA, and the privacy laws of a student. So, it is recommended not to prefer to zoom for official educational purposes.
  • Beware of Zoombombing: Intruders can sign in into the classroom and message or disturb the class, which at times cannot be controlled by the teachers. This happens because anybody can join the session.
  • Teachers are suggested not to record the videos of classes for further reference, due to the minimal security concerns with zoom. The recorded video including the names of the teachers or the students can be easily leaked by the hackers and used for crimes.
  • FBI or Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned Teachers and schools for using Zoom classrooms without permission due to reports of VTC hijacking.

In fact, as of now, many countries including the US, Australia, Germany, NYC, Singapore, and Taiwan have already banned the Zoom Video Conferencing App due to low-security reasons and ease of hacking data.

Below are the reports of certain authorities about banning the use of Zoom:

So, it has been seen that besides the alarming popularity growth of Zoom conferencing App, even the Government officials like Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA ) and Cyber Emergency Response Team in India (CERT-In) has warned the users about the malicious acts of Zoom Video Conferencing App like hacking and using the data for unofficial purposes.

23 New ways to use Flipgrid in the classroom

What is Flipgrid?

Flipgrid is a social learning platform for students from kindergarten to Ph.D. and beyond…

It is a tool to record and share short and awesome videos. It can be used to engage and empower every voice in your home or classroom.

Educators create Grids and add topics; these grids are the meeting place for the classroom to discuss the topic. Here, learners can share their stories and ideas.

It is 100% free to use tool for educators, students and families.

             “Flipgrid brings the back row to the front.”- Charlie Miller

 

     

 English Language Art Ideas

1. Debate about a Topic

Teachers can create a grid and assign a debate topic to students.

Students can start debating and share their ideas and comments here.

2. The Reading Response goes Digital

After teaching or discussing a particular topic in your class, engage students by asking questions based on it.

You can take the discussion further by having students comment on each other responses.

3. 30-Second Book Talk Challenge

Make your students speak on their favorite book in 30 seconds or less. This helps to improve their speaking skills.

4. Celebrate ‘The Global Read Aloud’ all year long

It is a reading fest, celebrated all over the globe which spans for 6 weeks from October to the middle of November. In this, all teachers read one book and connect with every other classroom in the world.

Using a platform like Flipgrid, teachers can connect with students and educators, every time you read a book.

5. Record an Ongoing Story

Students can record an ongoing story. First one can come up with the title, and then the next student can record 30 seconds beginning to the story and next.

Like this, the whole students in the class contribute to the story and it’s being recorded,. Thus a unique story is created.

6. Virtual Vocabulary Word Wall

Students can record short videos about the meaning of new vocabulary words. They can explain the word in detail and also show a few examples with that word.

They can hold a placard with the word in it and can record their video. Thus other students can easily notice the word and can end up in expanding everyone’s vocabulary.

7. Reflect on a Lesson or Unit

Ask your students to reflect on a lesson or a topic you have covered up. How did it go? Which was your favorite part? What all changes would you make?  The response from students can be kept in your mind before planning for next academics.

8. Exit Tickets get a Makeover

At the end of the day is it beneficial to get the feedback from your students. Exit tickets are a great use in this. Ask them “What did you take home today?” or “What did you create today?”.

Math Ideas

9. Number Talks

Teachers can ask students to talk anything about numbers. Using Flipgrid help slow down the pace of discussions and it give room for students to think and respond. Everyone get to record their ideas and views and add to the conversation

10. Weekly Math Problem

You can give a set of questions for review. Students can practice and share after doing the problems. They can interact with each other and check their answers.

11. Student Math Challenge

Give an opportunity for your students to give each other challenging questions to workout.  You can see the wonder; students will love these healthy challenges

12. Find the Mistake

Post a video or picture of a math problem solved incorrectly. Ask your students to find out the mistake and also to explain how to solve it correctly.

Also Read: General Knowledge For Kids (105 Q and A)

13. Stump the Teacher

This time, students can post a math question they already knew the answer to and teacher need to respond how it was solved. It can make learning process more interesting to students.

14. Share Real-World Experience

Math is all around us!

So ask your students how they connect math to daily life. Like how they figured out if they had enough money to spend, the distance they traveled, measurements used while cooking a recipe, time is taken to do homework, etc. This helps students to relate the things they learned to their real-life to get better ideas.

Flipgrid in Science

15. Make Science Classes Interesting

Students can dress up like a person they are researching for, it can be a scientist, astronomer, inventor etc. They can record a short presenting video about them (like whom they are dressed up).

16. Brainstorming Ideas

Give your students a topic and ask them to research and gather ideas. They can brainstorm ideas and share with their friends.

17. How do you resolve it?

After creating a project in coding, students can share and explain their project in detail. They can describe what all issues they come across and how they debugged it.

18. Point of View Thinking Tool

Teachers can ask students to record and share their point of view on any scientific concept or issue.

For example Archimedes principle, Newton’s Laws of Motion, genetically modified organisms, etc.

19. Class Laboratory Safety Expectations

Ask your students to list out the five most important laboratory safety rules and also to justify their opinion.

20. Summary of Individual Research Investigations

Students can be asked to conduct researches and can share their findings on the Flipgrid, rather than presenting it in front of the class. Other students can come up with comments and opinions.

21. What do you know?

Students can be asked to share their pre-knowledge regarding a topic. This topic can be used as a post-topic technique also. By this method, teachers get to know what students already knew or how far they have understood.

22. Instructional Clip

Students can be asked to demonstrate a scientific skill by recording and sharing among the classmates.

For example- light a Bunsen mirror, acid base reactions using indicators, balance chemical equations etc

23. Reflection of Excursions

In this topic, students are prompted to reflect on their field trips or excursions by sharing a new thing that they learned and how can it be related to their coursework. This task can bring up many different experiences them.

To Sum Up

So, these are some of the innovative ways to use Flipgrid in your classrooms, to make learning interesting and engaging.

Teachers can thus enhance classroom settings in a colorful way. It is very beneficial for students who are shy to present things in front of the classroom, as they can record videos in the comfort of their home.

How much does it cost to create an app like Unacademy?

Unacademy is one of the largest online educational platforms in India with almost 22 million users. It becomes a perfect companion for the aspirants throughout their journey for cracking competitive exams.

It offers live classes from experts and also gives them an opportunity to clear doubts. Apart from this, the aspirants can also test the level of preparations they have made by attending Live Test Series, Quizzes, Practice Sessions and much more.

Features of Unacademy App

  • Interactive Live Classes: Aspirants can attend live classes by experts, participate in Live Chat and get their doubts cleared during classes.
  • Weekly Mock Tests & Quizzes: The App provides full length Mock Tests and quizzes for the learners to evaluate themselves, and that they can spend more time in weaker topics.
  • Practice Sections: This section gives the students a set of quizzes and their explanations topic-wise, so that after learning a topic they can practice their knowledge with these quizzes.
  • Performance Statistics: This is one of the main highlights of this app, as it provides a detailed report of correct and incorrect questions one has answered, topic-wise breakdown, percentile score and overall rank. This gives an idea of where he/she stands when compared to others.
  • Lecture notes: This makes aspirants not to miss classes or notes. They are given a provision to download lecture notes and get access to recorded sessions of Live Classes. They can also revisit important topics whenever needed.
  • Easier accessibility: The app can be accessed easily from anywhere and anytime using smartphone devices or laptops.
  • Real-time notifications: Students will get real-time notifications for lessons, upcoming courses and recommendations.

Success Story of Unacademy

Unacademy is a learning app founded by Gaurav Munjal along with his co-founders Hemesh Singh and Roman Saini. It has more than 3 million subscribers and more than 250 million views on Youtube channel.

Though there are many other education channels that may boast about their comparable viewership, it’s pretty clear that they haven’t been able to do it the way Unacademy has monetized.

Here, it makes a sense in analyzing the success of Unacademy players, and to analyze their success graph.

Since the parallel system of education has been one of the major revenue eaters in our country, who were called by the so called well-polished name- “Coaching Centres”, it played a good role in the success of Unacademy App. They have always been successful in helping students to learn and understand the concepts better.

Let’s delve deeper into their success tricks:

  • Ensured high-value intensive courses
  • The role of influencers and marketers were always played by educators
  • Monetized the followership quickly by introducing premium services
  • Created content at least cost
  • Exclusive offers for the courses

Why you should consider developing an App Like Unacademy?

Unacademy’s victory in India has unquestionably disturbed the learning framework. Such Apps guaranty a comprehensive standard of instruction with ease, adequacy and simplicity. Innovation within the learning has empowered Unacademy to get finance from brands like Facebook and other such premium speculation firms.

With extraordinary keenness and security, Unacademy gives an inclusive and comprehensive learning model. By associating with the correct instructive app advancement company, you can dispatch an e-learning application that produces learning more addictive. Making a mobile-centric learning stage is without a doubt a beneficial investment.

So, how much do you expect as the cost of making an app like Unacademy?

Almost 89% of the people, who use smartphones, download various applications like mobile games, e-shopping apps, social media and more than half of them download apps from education categories (As per a research conducted in 2019), and Unacademy is one among them.

Just like every other e-learning platform, Unacademy too has some basic courses, for which the app developers must take effort to make it more easy and comfortable.

Let’s check some of those features and requirements to create an App like Unacademy:

  • Authentication: Every modern e-learning platform is bound to provide quick and easy signup access via email or id and password.
  • Maintaining User Types and Profiles: Since there will be two types of user-profiles- Students and Teachers, they must be created accordingly.
  • Course Creation: Apart from the provision of creating courses, it must also have an option to add various types of content like audio, video, graph, image PDFs, and many more.
  • Dashboard: The Dashboard must include a list of courses, Performance statistics, Ratings, Traffic, Conversions, and Revenue.

These are unavoidable features.

  • Payment Integrations
  • A development team with:
  • Designer
  • Front-end Developer
  • Back-end developer
  • QA tester
  • Project Manager
  • An academic team with:
  • Subject specialist
  • Content Writers
  • Editors

The final cost of developing an app like Unacademy depends on its features, size and design. Besides this, it will also depend on the company for app development, that you are partnering with.

Also Read: How to create a learning app like Byjus?

Let’s check out a rough estimation of creating an app like Unacademy:

  • Based on hours the average price of developing an e-learning app:
  • In Europe, it can be about $85 to $ 180/hour
  • In the USA, it would range from $105 to $190/hour
  • In India, it may be from $30 to $50/hour
  • For Technical Implementations, the average cost will be about $1500 for 45-55 hours.
  • For UX and UI designs, it would be $20,000 for 350 hours
  • For Front-end and Back-end process, the cost will be about $15,000 for 450 hours
  • For testing, it would be almost $2500 for 80 hours

Anyway, for creating an app like Unacademy or for creating an e-learning app, the cost may vary depending on the features, rate of specialists, and the place of making. So the above blog will give you a rough estimate of the cost of development and the features to be used.

14 Best Virtual Teaching Tips for Teachers

Schools and colleges have been locked for more than two months. Exams have been postponed. The Corona pandemic has almost frozen the entire education sector. However, many educational institutes are encouraging their teachers to start online classes.

The transition from traditional classroom teaching to online teaching can be difficult for many. There has been no buffer or training period for both teachers and students to get used to this new medium of teaching.

One day, all classes were being held in schools, and the very next day, teachers were being asked to log on to online meeting apps and start taking classes online. It is not only the teachers who are grappling with the sudden change, but the students are also struggling to adapt the new mode of teaching.

It is time for teachers to change and adapt themselves to this new method of teaching. In this blog, we will discuss 14 best virtual teaching tips for teachers.

1. Take Time to Learn the Technology

One of the biggest challenges for teachers is technology.You need to understand how to use learning platforms and online apps.

Unless you are a computer science teacher, the odds of using a computer for teaching are almost equal to zero.

So, it’s ok, if you’re not proficient with the apps and systems. Get a technical person to help you out.

Learn how to create online lesson plans, insert videos and images as you take a class or you can even build an online self-grading quiz. Once you get the hang of the technology, half your work will be done.

2. Spend a couple of sessions to familiarise your students with the technology

Children these days are well-versed in technology. So, using a computer system or a mobile phone is not a big deal for them.  You need to guide your students on how to use the online learning platforms.

They may also need to use MS Office tools like Word or Excel for their assignments.

Higher class students may need to use slides to present their projects. Give time to students to understand how to use technology.

If possible, try to get their parents to guide them in getting well-versed with technology.

3. Keep your Equipment Ready and Test it

Don’t wait for five minutes before your class starts, to set up your desktop or mobile.

Have everything set up and tested, a few times before you start the class.

This way, the time needed to setup your system will not eat into your class time. Also, check if you have good network connectivity and enough data balance for the online session.

4. Have a backup plan

Even after you’ve prepared well and tested all your equipments, anything could happen.

Always be prepared to face the worst, you may face network issues or power failures due to bad weather or any other problem. Try to keep a backup for every instance.

You can have an email that lists all tasks that your students can do until you get back. Or if your laptop doesn’t have power, start working from your mobile phone.

5. Don’t use your Regular Lesson Plan for the Online class

In the traditional classroom teaching, you will have a face-to-face conversation.

Your lesson plans will be based on the facilities available in the class. However, this may not work for online teaching. For example, you can give a talk for 10-15 minutes in the classroom and ensure the attention of your students.

However, that may not be the case in an online class. Long-winded speeches may end up on deaf ears. So, keep the context and concept but change the delivery!

6. Create a Clear Lesson Outline

As explained in the previous tip, you cannot use the same learning plan that you prepare for a classroom session for online sessions.

You need to come up with a different lesson outline including digital elements, interactive activities, and lot more to keep kids engaged.

There are also many educational software applications available online that you can use to make your lessons more interesting.

7. Add variety to the lesson plan

In traditional teaching, you would probably have worked with a blackboard/whiteboard and teaching aids.

In online teaching, your teaching aids are videos, gifs, slides, text, online tests, and images.

Use these different digital elements while delivering your lessons. In the initial stages, you may have to spend hours on preparing for one class. However, you can reorganize the content and reuse them based on different learning objectives.

8. Look for ways to increase engagement

When you teach in a classroom, you can gauge a student’s reaction, which is almost impossible in online teaching.

It can be solved to an extent if every student is online at the same time.

But still, it would be difficult to get connected with each student.

So, think of ways in which you can interact with your students and allow them to communicate during the session.

9. Plan activities to keep students focussed

An average human can focus on a particular activity continuously for 20 minutes.

And when you’re teaching via the online medium, you can expect it to drop a little more. This is because the student is not able to see the teacher directly.

And at the same time, the chances are high for a student to get distracted at home.. So, while planning your lesson, have numerous activities to keep the students focused on the lesson.

To add to the interest, have some surprises lined up. Maybe you can have a fun game with the first ten students who join the class. Or you could give them refundable credits when they ace a test.

They can use the credits when they forget to turn in an assignment or need extra time to work on a project.

10. Connect with Students outside Teaching Sessions

Stay connected with students even when you don’t have an online session. You could send them emails or messages.

Try to have one-on-one sessions with students. These sessions can be just 5 to 10 minutes.

During these personal sessions, you can ask the student to share his/her difficulties with the online teaching methodologies or things they would enjoy learning during the session.

11. Be Flexible with your Teaching and Learning plan

Online teaching requires a lot of flexibility, especially with your teaching methods.

Sometimes because of network connectivity or other factors, students may not be able to log in on time.

They may have trouble adjusting to the technology. So, your teaching methods also need to be flexible and student-centric.

12. Reach out to Unresponsive Students

Reach out to students who don’t respond to your messages or emails, or don’t attend your online sessions.

Try to talk to the parents to find out if there is any reason for the same. If there are any difficulties, work it out with the students and the parents to find an effective solution.

13. Create Different Mediums of Response

When you’re preparing for your online teaching session, remember to clearly mention how the student needs to respond to you.

If the students need to turn in an assignment – how should they do it? Should they post the files on a Drive or should they mail it to you?

Also, if they want to answer the questions you ask during the session, should they talk back to you or should they text back to you.

It is important to clearly explain the response medium you expect from the student before you ask the question or share a test.

14. Upskill and Update yourself

The changes due to Corona can be a common thing in future. . There are many e-learning apps that offer interactive and interesting ways of learning different concepts.

So, you need to use this time to upskill yourself about the e-learning platforms and technologies.

Learn how to use apps to create lesson plans and ways in which you can automate certain teaching tasks.

Teachers who are ready to learn and update themselves are the ones who can succeed in these tiring situations. .

We hope that these tips will help you tune your teaching skills to suit the rapidly evolving digital medium. Change is the only thing that is constant. As technology finds its way into the educational sector, teachers who embrace the change will be better equipped to train the future generation.

Wishing you happy and effective online teaching!

Deprive Students from taking Money to School! Go Cashless with Edsys

The pace of the world is changing day by day and so are the technological advancements.

Our team Edsys, has come up with a new advancement in the field of technology, aiming to resolve the monetary transactional problems of a student in school.

  • This can be used for paying library dues, canteen bills etc.
  • The concept of “Cashless School” is secured, systematic, and economical and serves all the purposes of a school smart card.
  • In this, we provide smart customized RFID cards with unique information and photograph of the cardholder.
  • It can be used in maintaining school bus attendance, in cafeterias, paying school fee, maintaining BMI data, in Libraries and for maintaining classroom attendance.

  • These smart cards can be linked to the school server holding information to each student and is available with active and passive RFID with 70mm reading distance.

By introducing smart cards in schools, student management for cash related issues becomes easy, cost-effective, saves a lot of paperwork and is manageable, and user friendly.

Go Virtual with Edsys Video Conferencing Feature

Empower your Online Teaching with Video Conferencing!!!

We are really proud to present our new feature- Video conferencing for the teachers and students.

The administrator of the school will create a time-table and the teachers can plan the class accordingly.

A teacher can have a lecture with 70 students at a time, provided if everyone has high-speed internet facility, using this feature.  There are many options for a teacher to manage her students like:

  • The teacher can create a password for the session so that the students with that password can join the session
  • At the time of video chat, if she feels some kind of noise or disturbance from a particular student, she can mute or reduce his/her audio and continue the class (if the teacher mutes a student, she won’t be able to hear the voice from that side, but the student can listen to what the teacher says.
  • The teacher can set the internet video quality from lower to HD
  • He/she can make use of external devices like extra cameras or a whiteboard to make the class more interesting and effective. Besides this, he/she can also share her desktop to show them PPT, image, PDF files, audios or videos.

  • If the teacher doesn’t want a congested video classroom, but many students want the class, then the video class can be live-streamed on youtube so that everyone can listen to the class. There is an extra option to record the complete video and store it in dropbox.
  • A teacher also has the chat option, through which he/she can text a particular student or she can share public messages to the entire class

Besides the functions of a teacher, students and parents also have roles in this special feature.

  • Students can clear real-time doubts. Even if the audio is muted, the student can ask doubts without interrupting the class by using the ‘raise hand’ option, with which the teacher will get notification of that student.
  • Students do not have direct login access, they have to use the ‘edsys parent app’ to join the video conference using a mobile app or web app.
  • There are provisions in this feature, where the parents can know about the student attendance (partial or full attendance will be marked), using virtual attendance on their mobile or web app.

Simplify your Assignment Tasks with Edsys Assignment Management system

Edsys is proud to introduce its new feature Assignment and Project Management System

Assignment and Project Management System is personalized to help teachers to create and assign projects to students.

  • This System paves an effective way for parent-teacher communication, amidst the busy schedule of parents, via smartphone.
  • Since it is user-friendly and is customized for ease, parents need not worry about the user manuals. Moreover, parents will be directly notified with push messages about the assigned projects.
  • Parents can access the list of pre-planned assignments tied to the curriculum. They can also check whether their kid has completed the task or track about his project achievements.

  • Teachers can create, assign, and evaluate assignments, projects, and homework according to their curriculum. They can assign it class-wise, section-wise, or even to a particular group of students. Besides this, they can share personal or common feedback to students regarding the assignment.
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15 of the Best Poems About Teaching

An old adage says “Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” It is very true. Teachers are the ones who build nations, create scientists, and nurture creative minds. In other words, teachers are the building blocks of the civilization. From school teachers to college professors and other trainers, every one has a role in building us into who and what we are.

In this blog, we bring to you 15 best poems about teaching. A few poems are about teachers talking about their profession, dreams, and feelings. A few others are about students describing teachers and the teaching profession. We hope you enjoy reading the poems as much as we enjoyed collating them.

1. On Teaching – Khalil Gibran

No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.

The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.

The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.

And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.

For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.

And even as each one of you stands alone in God’s knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth.

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2. Subject to Change by Marilyn L. Taylor

A reflection on my students

They are so beautiful, and so very young

they seem almost to glitter with perfection,

these creatures that I briefly move among.

I never get to stay with them for long,

but even so, I view them with affection:

they are so beautiful, and so very young.

Poised or clumsy, placid or high-strung,

they’re expert in the art of introspection,

these creatures that I briefly move among—

And if their words don’t quite trip off the tongue

consistently, with just the right inflection,

they remain beautiful. And very young.

Still, I have to tell myself it’s wrong

to think of them as anything but fiction,

these creatures that I briefly move among—

Because, like me, they’re traveling headlong

in that familiar, vertical direction

that coarsens beautiful, blackmails young—

the two delusions we all move among.

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3. Transcendentalism by Lucia Perillo

The professor stabbed his chest with his hands curled like forks

before coughing up the question

that had dogged him since he first read Emerson:

Why am I “I”? Like musk oxen we hunkered

while his lecture drifted against us like snow.

If we could, we would have turned our backs into the wind.

I felt bad about his class’s being such a snoozefest, though peaceful too

a quiet little interlude from everyone outside

rooting up the corpse of literature

for being too Caucasian. There was a simple answer

to my own question (how come no one loved me,

stomping on the pedals of my little bicycle):

I was insufferable. So, too, was Emerson I bet,

though I liked If the red slayer think he slays—

the professor drew a giant eyeball to depict the Over-soul.

Then he read a chapter from his own book:

naptime.

He didn’t care if our heads tipped forward on their stalks.

When spring came, he even threw us a picnic in his yard

where dogwood bloomed despite a few last

dirty bergs of snow. He was a wounded animal

being chased across the tundra by those wolves,

the postmodernists. At any moment

you expected to see blood come dripping through his clothes.

And I am I who never understood his question,

though he let me climb to take a seat

aboard the wooden scow he’d been building in the shade

of thirty-odd years. How I ever rowed it

from his yard, into my life—remains a mystery.

The work is hard because the eyeball’s heavy, riding in the bow

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4. The Process of Explication By Dorothea Lasky

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Students, look at this table

And now when you see a man six feet tall

You can call him a fathom.

Likewise, students when yes and you do that and other stuff

Likewise too the shoe falls upon the sun

And the alphabet is full of blood

And when you knock upon a sentence in the

Process of explication you are going to need a lot of rags

Likewise, hello and goodbye.

Nick Algiers is my student

And he sits there in a heap in front of me thinking of suicide

And so, I am the one in front of him

And I dance around him in a circle and light him on fire

And with his face on fire, I am suddenly ashamed.

Likewise the distance between us then

Is the knife that is not marriage.

Students, I can’t lie, I’d rather be doing something else, I guess

Like making love or writing a poem

Or drinking wine on a tropical island

With a handsome boy who wants to hold me all night.

I can’t lie that dreams are ridiculous.

And in dreaming myself upon the moon

I have made the moon my home and no one

Can ever get to me to hit me or kiss my lips.

And as my bridegroom comes and takes me away from you

You all ask me what is wrong and I say it is

That I will never win.

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5.  A Teacher’s Lament by Kalli Dakos

Don’t tell me the cat ate your math sheet,

And your spelling words went down the drain,

And you couldn’t decipher your homework,

Because it was soaked in the rain.

Don’t tell me you slaved for hours

On the project that’s due today,

And you would have had it finished

If your snake hadn’t run away.

Don’t tell me you lost your eraser,

And your worksheets and pencils, too,

And your papers are stuck together

With a great big glob of glue.

I’m tired of all your excuses;

They are really a terrible bore.

Besides, I forgot my own work,

At home in my study drawer.

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6. To David, About His Education by Howard Nemerov

The world is full of mostly invisible things,

And there is no way but putting the mind’s eye,

Or its nose, in a book, to find them out,

Things like the square root of Everest

Or how many times Byron goes into Texas,

Or whether the law of the excluded middle

Applies west of the Rockies. For these

And the like reasons, you have to go to school

And study books and listen to what you are told,

And sometimes try to remember. Though I don’t know

What you will do with the mean annual rainfall

On Plato’s Republic, or the calorie content

Of the Diet of Worms, such things are said to be

Good for you, and you will have to learn them

In order to become one of the grown-ups

Who sees invisible things neither steadily nor whole,

But keeps gravely the grand confusion of the world

Under his hat, which is where it belongs,

And teaches small children to do this in their turn.

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7.  Poem for Christian, My Student – by Gail Mazur

He reminds me of someone I used to know,

but who? Before class,

he comes to my office to shmooze,

a thousand thousand pointless interesting

speculations. Irrepressible boy,

his assignments are rarely completed,

or actually started. This week, instead

of research in the stacks, he’s performing

with a reggae band that didn’t exist last week.

Kids danced to his music

and stripped, he tells me gleefully,

high spirit of the street festival.

He’s the singer, of course—

why ask if he studied an instrument?

On the brink of graduating with

an engineering degree (not, it turned out,

his forte), he switched to English,

his second language. It’s hard to swallow

the bravura of his academic escapes

or tell if the dark eyes laugh with his face.

Once, he brought me a tiny persimmon

he’d picked on campus; once, a poem

about an elderly friend in New Delhi

who left him volumes of Tagore

and memories of avuncular conversation.

My encouragement makes him skittish—

it doesn’t suit his jubilant histrionics

of despair. And I remember myself

shrinking from enthusiasm or praise,

the prospect of effort-drudgery.

Success—a threat. A future, we figure,

of revision—yet what can the future be

but revision and repair? Now, on the brink

again, graduation’s postponed, the brilliant

thesis on Walker Percy unwritten.

“I’ll drive to New Orleans and soak

it up and write my paper in a weekend,”

he announces in the Honors office.

And, “I want to be a bum in daytime

and a reggae star at night!”

What could I give him from my life

or art that matters, how share

the desperate slumber of my early years,

the flashes of inspiration and passion

in a life on hold? If I didn’t fool

myself or anyone, no one could touch

me, or tell me much . . . This gloomy

Houston Monday, he appears at my door,

so sunny I wouldn’t dare to wake him

now, or say it matters if he wakes at all.

“Write a poem about me!” he commands,

and so I do.

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Also Read: 47 Best Poems For Kids

8. Workshop – by Billy Collins

I might as well begin by saying how much I like the title.

It gets me right away because I’m in a workshop now

so immediately the poem has my attention,

like the Ancient Mariner grabbing me by the sleeve.

And I like the first couple of stanzas,

the way they establish this mode of self-pointing

that runs through the whole poem

and tells us that words are food thrown down

on the ground for other words to eat.

I can almost taste the tail of the snake

in its own mouth,

if you know what I mean.

But what I’m not sure about is the voice,

which sounds in places very casual, very blue jeans,

but other times seems standoffish,

professorial in the worst sense of the word

like the poem is blowing pipe smoke in my face.

But maybe that’s just what it wants to do.

What I did find engaging were the middle stanzas,

especially the fourth one.

I like the image of clouds flying like lozenges

which gives me a very clear picture.

And I really like how this drawbridge operator

just appears out of the blue

with his feet up on the iron railing

and his fishing pole jigging—I like jigging—

a hook in the slow industrial canal below.

I love slow industrial canal below. All those l’s.

Maybe it’s just me,

but the next stanza is where I start to have a problem.

I mean how can the evening bump into the stars?

And what’s an obbligato of snow?

Also, I roam the decaffeinated streets.

At that point I’m lost. I need help.

The other thing that throws me off,

and maybe this is just me,

is the way the scene keeps shifting around.

First, we’re in this big aerodrome

and the speaker is inspecting a row of dirigibles,

which makes me think this could be a dream.

Then he takes us into his garden,

the part with the dahlias and the coiling hose,

though that’s nice, the coiling hose,

but then I’m not sure where we’re supposed to be.

The rain and the mint green light,

that makes it feel outdoors, but what about this wallpaper?

Or is it a kind of indoor cemetery?

There’s something about death going on here.

 

In fact, I start to wonder if what we have here

is really two poems, or three, or four,

or possibly none.

 

But then there’s that last stanza, my favorite.

This is where the poem wins me back,

especially the lines spoken in the voice of the mouse.

I mean we’ve all seen these images in cartoons before,

but I still love the details he uses

when he’s describing where he lives.

The perfect little arch of an entrance in the baseboard,

the bed made out of a curled-back sardine can,

the spool of thread for a table.

I start thinking about how hard the mouse had to work

night after night collecting all these things

while the people in the house were fast asleep,

and that gives me a very strong feeling,

a very powerful sense of something.

But I don’t know if anyone else was feeling that.

Maybe that was just me.

Maybe that’s just the way I read it.

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9.Teaching English from an Old Composition Book – By Gary Soto

My chalk is no longer than a chip of fingernail,

Chip by which I must explain this Monday

Night the verbs “to get;” “to wear,” “to cut.”

I’m not given much, these tired students,

Knuckle-wrapped from work as roofers,

Sour from scrubbing toilets and pedestal sinks.

I’m given this room with five windows,

A coffee machine, a piano with busted strings,

The music of how we feel as the sun falls,

Exhausted from keeping up.

I stand at

The blackboard. The chalk is worn to a hangnail,

Nearly gone, the dust of some educational bone.

By and by I’m Cantiflas, the comic

Busybody in front. I say, “I get the coffee.”

I pick up a coffee cup and sip.

I click my heels and say, “I wear my shoes.”

I bring an invisible fork to my mouth

And say, “I eat the chicken.”

Suddenly the class is alive—

Each one putting on hats and shoes,

Drinking sodas and beers, cutting flowers

And steaks—a pantomime of sumptuous living.

At break I pass out cookies.

Augustine, the Guatemalan, asks in Spanish,

“Teacher, what is ‘tally-ho’?”

I look at the word in the composition book.

I raise my face to the bare bulb for a blind answer.

I stutter, then say, “Es como delante.”

Augustine smiles, then nudges a friend

In the next desk, now smarter by one word.

After the cookies are eaten,

We move ahead to prepositions—

“Under,” “over,” and “between,”

Useful words when la migra opens the doors

Of their idling vans.

At ten to nine, I’m tired of acting,

And they’re tired of their roles.

When class ends, I clap my hands of chalk dust,

And two students applaud, thinking it’s a new verb.

I tell them delante,

And they pick up their old books.

They smile and, in return, cry, “Tally-ho.”

As they head for the door.

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10. John Correia, My College Chemistry Teacher by Jorge H. Aigla

The symbols of hexagons, surrounding circles

transformed into circles crossed by lines

get repeated with chalk, white on black board

many times as you talk to the young.

With the unfolding of years, you continue to stand

at the junction of the child and the man,

you give advice to those few who reach you

and help them become who they are.

Your mind offered me knowledge of things

and your outstretched hand friendship, a light

more stable than any of those bonds

by which our dark center barely holds tight.

Those lonely walks through wide teeming halls

with students who think they know what they want

should ready your soul to breathe with a sign:

it is not senseless, this passage of time.

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11. On Teaching the Young by Yvor Winters

The young are quick of speech.

Grown middle-aged, I teach

Corrosion and distrust,

Exacting what I must.

A poem is what stands

When imperceptive hands,

Feeling, have gone astray.

It is what one should say.

Few minds will come to this.

The poet’s only bliss

Is in cold certitude—

Laurel, archaic, rude.

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12. Mrs. Stein by Bill Dodds

The school bell rings, we go inside,

Our teacher isn’t there.

“Maybe she’s sick!” her pet cries out.

Yeah, right. As if I’d care.

I have a D in Language Arts,

My grade in math’s the same.

And now my teacher might be sick.

Could be I’m part to blame.

She doesn’t like me, that’s a fact,

I wouldn’t tell a lie.

She says stuff like: “You’re very smart,

But you don’t even try.”

I start to laugh—my teacher’s sick!

And boy, I’m feeling fine . . .

When someone knocks the door right in,

And there stands Frankenstein.

She’s six-foot-eight, her dress is black,

She’s wearing combat boots.

I start to gasp, she growls and says,

“I’ll be your substitute.”

The teacher’s pet is whimpering;

She doesn’t stand a chance.

The smart kid stares and points and faints.

The bully wets his pants.

“My name is Mrs. Stein,” she says,

And every student cringes.

She leans the door against the wall,

She’s knocked it off its hinges.

“Now let’s begin. You there! Stand up!”

She looks me in the eye.

I try to move, my legs won’t work.

I know I’m going to die!

In one big step she’s next to me,

And she does more than hover.

She blocks the sun, it’s dark as night,

My classmates run for cover.

“Now get up to the board,” she says.

“I’d like to see some action.

Pick up the chalk, explain to us

Division of a fraction.”

I leap away to save my life,

This time I really try.

I think and think and think and croak,

“Invert and multiply.”

“Correct! She says. I breathe again

And head back for my chair.

“You, FREEZE!” she shouts, and I stop cold.

“And don’t go anywhere.”

This all begins at nine o’clock,

I fight to stay alive.

It seems to last a million years—

The clock says nine-o-five.

That’s just three hundred seconds,

And then my turn is through.

She points at every one of us—

“Now you. Now, you. Now, you.”

We all get nailed this awful day,

There’s nowhere we can hide.

The lunch bell rings, we cannot eat,

We simply crawl outside.

We can’t believe the other kids

Who run and play their games.

Not us, who have big Mrs. Stein—

Our world is not the same.

The bell has tolled, I must go in,

My time on earth is through.

I’ll leave this on the playground—

Here’s what you have to do.

You must listen to your teacher

And pray her health is fine,

Or one day soon you’ll hear the words:

“My name is Mrs. Stein.”

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13. What Teachers Make by Taylor Mali

He says the problem with teachers is

What’s a kid going to learn

from someone who decided his best option in life

was to become a teacher?

He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true

what they say about teachers:

Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

I decide to bite my tongue instead of his

and resist the temptation to remind the dinner guests

that it’s also true what they say about lawyers.

Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite conversation.

I mean, you’re a teacher, Taylor.

Be honest. What do you make?

And I wish he hadn’t done that— asked me to be honest—

because, you see, I have this policy about honesty and ass-­‐kicking:

if you ask for it, then I have to let you have it.

You want to know what I make?

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor

and an A-­‐ feel like a slap in the face.

How dare you waste my time

with anything less than your very best.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall

in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups.

No, you may not ask a question.

Why won’t I let you go to the bathroom?

Because you’re bored.

And you don’t really have to go to the bathroom, do you?

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home:

Hi. This is Mr. Mali. I hope I haven’t called at a bad time,

I just wanted to talk to you about something your son said today.

To the biggest bully in the grade, he said,

“Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?

It’s no big deal.”

And that was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

I make parents see their children for who they are

and what they can be.

You want to know what I make? I make kids wonder,

I make them question.

I make them criticize.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them write.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful

over and over and over again until they will never misspell

either one of those words again.

I make them show all their work in math

and hide it on their final drafts in English.

I make them understand that if you’ve got this,

then you follow this,

and if someone ever tries to judge you

by what you make, you give them this.

Here, let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:

Teachers make a goddamn difference! Now what about you?

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14. The Hand by Mary Ruefle

The teacher asks a question.

You know the answer, you suspect

you are the only one in the classroom

who knows the answer, because the person

in question is yourself, and on that

you are the greatest living authority,

but you don’t raise your hand.

You raise the top of your desk

and take out an apple.

You look out the window.

You don’t raise your hand and there is

some essential beauty in your fingers,

which aren’t even drumming, but lie

flat and peaceful.

The teacher repeats the question.

Outside the window, on an overhanging branch,

a robin is ruffling its feathers

and spring is in the air.

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15. Teachers by Kevin William Huff

Teachers

Paint their minds

and guide their thoughts

Share their achievements

and advise their faults

Inspire a Love

of knowledge and truth

As you light the path

Which leads our youth

For our future brightens

with each lesson you teach

Each smile you lengthen

Each goal you help reach

For the dawn of each poet

each philosopher and king

Begins with a Teacher

And the wisdom they bring.

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To Sum Up

Hope you have enjoyed reading these poems. So, with due respect, shower gratitude and love towards your teachers. Without these amazing people, it might have been a struggling journey for each one of us to reach where we are now today.