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Tech Tools Making K-12 Schools Future Ready

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The School Value Chain

  • Admissions is usually a tedious process involving managing queries from potential parents, an application process, sometimes a school tour or an entrance examination.
  • Administration: School administration requires multiple activities such as communication, accounting, course management, attendance tracking, fee management among others
  • Learning: The core of a school is student learning, and in a virtual setup teachers need to be able to deliver lectures, engage students through quizzes and discussions.
  • Assessment: schools needs to assess if learning outcomes are being achieved where in assessment tools that can help diagnose learning gaps within students, benchmarking it against peers come into play.

Admissions Management

Admissions is usually a tedious process involving managing queries from potential parents, an application process, sometimes a school tour or an entrance examination

Leadsquared

Leadsquared School Management System through a series of technological tools customise the recruiting atmosphere for potential applicants. Its an all in one admission and student engagement suite.

  • Capture leads from all channels 
  • Automate your admission process 
  • Reduce response time to zero 
  • Understand applicant’s motivation 
  • Integrate with existing apps 
  • Send enrolment alerts 
  • Never miss a follow up 
  • Sync email and phone 
  • Multi-channel marketing 
  • Robust Analytics

360 Pano

Administration

Schools manage various activities from transport, HR, library services, fee collections, parent teacher communication etc. Technology intervention in these areas can bring in efficiency and better control over school activities.

MyClassBoard

MCB also offers a host of other easy-to-use, cost-effective ERP solution for schools ranging from` academics, communication, finance and administration.

Edunext Technologies

Edunext Technologies has created an easy to use School ERP System, for overseeing different activities.

  • Dashboard 
  • Examination management 
  • Admissions
  • Faculty messaging 
  • Attendance tracking 
  • Time table for classes

Fedena

Fedena is an all-in-one software to manage schools and colleges. It has everything your institution will ever need. Gradebook, parent teacher collaboration, attendance, fee management and 50+ feature rich modules.

  • Course management 
  • Admissions 
  • Faculty messaging 
  • School calendar management 
  • Examination management 
  • Attendance tracking 
  • Dashboards 
  • Student information 
  • Employee/teacher management 
  • Human resources

iCampuz

iCampuz is an advanced online ERP Solutions India, which provides school administration system high adaptability and a wealth of features to cooperatively create a quality education system. Its main feature is to provide a seamless networked campus and a paperless administration.

Learning

Learning forms the core of the school ecosystem, traditionally delivered as a standard lecture by a teacher in a physical classroom with very little tech intervention. However, in the world that we are in, with schools shutting down teachers and schools are figuring out new ways to use technology to move a classroom online. A virtual classroom is a digital replica of a traditional classroom or training room. The instructors teach, and the participants learn in real-time, face-to-face but via internet-enabled technology devices. These have certain advantages over a physical classroom as lectures can be recorded for later viewing.

WizIQ

WizIQ is a virtual classroom software for live interactive online classes. It enables real time collaboration within a class setup amongst geographically dispersed students/teachers. Teachers can record lectures and increase learner engagement with real-time audio-video and textual communication, interactive whiteboard, polls and quizzes.

Noon Academy

Noon Academy is another one of the apps that teachers can use for online learning and conducting live lectures.

Zoom

Zoom is a web conference app that is being used by schools to deliver lectures online. They’ve temporarily removed the 40-minute limit on free Basic accounts so teachers can continue to move to virtual classrooms Teachers can enhance and expand classes with powerful collaboration tools, including video breakout rooms, multisharing, polling, and group chats. Sessions can be recorded and shared for students to revise later at their own pace.

Microsoft Teams

Teams provides an online classroom that brings together virtual face-to-face connections, assignments, files and conversations into a single place accessible on either mobile, tablet, PC or browser.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a completely free web service for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. On Google Classroom, teachers can post videos and assignments, students can collaborate and work together. It’s built on top of Google Docs and Google Drive, which means it’s very easy to use and intuitive for teachers and students.

Student Engagement

Without a physical classroom, teachers often find it challenging to check whether students are engaged and progressing. There are tools available that can enable classroom learning to become more engaging through interactive games, polling etc.

Nearpod

Nearpod’s ‘student engagement’ system for K-12 lets teachers create, download and teach interactive lessons that include quizzes, polls, open-ended questions, digital collaboration and 3D objects. The teacher can also make lessons available to students outside of group classroom delivery. Nearpod’s virtual reality module also allows educators to immerse students into virtual field trips.

Flipgrid

With the advent and increasing popularity of short video based communication a la Snapchat, Instagram Stories and more, allowing students to communicate and learn through a medium they are familiar with can improve engagement and knowledge retention. In Flipgrid, teachers post discussion topics to which students respond via video, creating a social learning environment that provides every student an equal voice and increases engagement.Flipgrid was acquired by Microsoft.

Kahoot

Kahoot enables you to create a fun learning game in minutes — called ‘kahoots’. One can make a series of multiple choice questions or try their game — jumble. The format and number of questions are entirely up to the teacher. Add videos, images and diagrams to questions to amplify engagement. After a game, encourage players to create and share their own kahoots to deepen understanding, mastery and purpose, as well as engage in peer-led discussions.

Go Noodle

The platform features hundreds of pre-recorded, custom-created videos designed to get kids moving. There’s also a handful of videos specifically made to start introducing children to concepts of mindfulness, including breathing and meditation.

Assessment Tools

Schools needs to assess if learning outcomes are being achieved where in assessment tools that can help diagnose learning gaps within students, benchmarking it against peers

Educational Initiatives

Detailed assessment that measures students’ conceptual understanding, benchmarks schools’ performance at an international, national, state & city level and provides actionable insights through easy-to-understand reports.

Real Learning

It is an AI based, hand-written answer-sheet evaluation system saving teachers over 70% of their evaluation time. It also generates great insights for students and teachers

ClassMarker

It allows you to create secure online assessments with time limits, MCQ, matching, short answer, video, audio, essay etc.,, embed exams in WordPress & Google Sites

Jungroo

Learning Offers a product for adaptive assessments and adaptive practise for schools. They’ve also built a simple interface for subjective answers so teachers can correct t scanned answer sheets

Conclusion

Technology is going to be an indispensable part of teaching and learning going forward; boundaries between offline and online are getting blurred. This change is being further accelerated globally given the COVID-19 situation. Given these circumstances, it is imperative for schools to research and identify tools for their specific use case. This report is not exhaustive; it is intended to provide a flavour of what’s currently available in the market.

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