Tech Tools Making K-12 Schools Future Ready
Technology is going to be an indispensable part of teaching and learning going forward; boundaries between offline and online are getting blurred. Technology adoption has accelerated in the education ecosystem worldwide given the COVID-19 situation. Faculty and students in academic institutions worldwide are quickly and creatively adjusting to a new reality in real time. Many of them have made challenging and strategic decisions to close down campus, extend summer break, or switch to virtual teaching. For most, this is an entirely new way to teach and learn. However, we realised most schools don’t have a dedicated tech team to navigate the complex offerings resulting in an overwhelmed administration
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.
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world” — David Warlick
Admissions is usually a tedious process involving managing queries from potential parents, an application process, sometimes a school tour or an entrance examination
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
Enables 360° virtual tour for your campus; that incoming parents can access on your website before admissions instead of physically visiting the school.
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.
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 has created an easy to use School ERP System, for overseeing different activities.
- Examination management
- Faculty messaging
- Attendance tracking
- Time table for classes
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
- Faculty messaging
- School calendar management
- Examination management
- Attendance tracking
- Student information
- Employee/teacher management
- Human resources
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.
iCampuz Features: Transport Management, Admission Management, Course Management, Library Management, Hostel Management, Learning Management, Store Management, Finance & Accounting
iCampuz is the best solution for the centralized management of academic information and this application platform provides a good feedback system and a learning rich condition can be made to enhance the training framework.
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 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 is another one of the apps that teachers can use for online learning and conducting live lectures.
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.
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 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.
Schools can also use Cisco Webex for on-demand as well as live broadcasts and webinars. Other products being used include Google Meet, TCSion.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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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