School Ticketing System: Better Education Starts with Better Communication


As part of our continuing effort to enhance the capabilities of e-Skool, a new Ticketing module was launched that enhances the collaboration between students, parents, and the school.

Students and parents can submit tickets, or messages, to the school.  These tickets will in turn be routed automatically to the concerned staff based on a pre-defined ticket distribution matrix.  The recipient staff member might reply and close a ticket or re-assign it to another staff member.

The main advantage of using such a system is to allow all parties to track their messages and address any student and parent concerns as quickly as possible.   Furthermore, students, parents, and school staff can view all their tickets in a single place.

Please feel free to contact e-Skool Support team if you have enquiries on how to implement this system at your school.

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Should students and teachers be Facebook friends?


In the virtual world, the definition of a student-teacher relationship is blurred, particularly on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, where adults and teens share the same forums to connect and keep in touch with friends, classmates, relatives, and co-workers.

So is it appropriate for your child to “friend” a teacher on a social network like Facebook?  Here are 4 reasons why it’s not a good idea to do so:

  1. Students and teachers have different personalities in the classroom than outside of it, and the two should not be mixed.
  2. There needs to be a certain distance between teachers and students in order to maintain respect. A teacher needs to be a role model, mentor, and advice giver – not a “friend”.
  3. When a high school student gains access into a teacher’s network of friends and acquaintances and is able to view their family photos, for example, the student-teacher dynamic is altered.
  4. For teachers, friending students provides more information than you are willing to provide in an educational setting.
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Edison’s Efficient Schedule


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8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for one’s vocation, 4 hours for recreation and health, 2 hours for study and preparation, 2 hours for extra service for the benefits of others, without pay = 24 hours

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5 new school year’s resolutions for teachers


5 new school year’s resolutions for teachers

1. Get fit: If you haven’t already incorporated a good exercise routine into your weekly schedule, you should resolve to exercise at least 3 times/week.

2. Move up: What will it take for you to get a raise, a promotion or a better teaching position? A teaching degree? Webinars, seminars or courses? Think about where you are now, decide where you want to be by the end of the school year and consider your options.

3. Change it up: If you’ve been working and teaching in a particular way for some time, now’s the time to make some changes. Perhaps start using technology in the classroom? Resolve to use a new technique, strategy, activity or game, at least once a month. That will keep your teaching fresh.

4. Find balance: You need time for you, time to spend with family, friends or simply enjoying things you love. If you find yourself spending way too many weekends working, then maybe you should resolve to achieve the proverbial work-life balance.

5. Stay Positive: Remember why you are teaching: it’s your calling; it’s what you love to do, right? Next, forget about the negatives and resolve to focus on the positives.

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9 Great TED Talks About The Future of Education and Teaching


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These talks from TED Talks Education, offer insights, concerns, and inspiration while discussing today’s educational practices and shortcomings, from a variety of perspectives.

  1. Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms
  2. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education
  3. Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers
  4. Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together
  5. Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums
  6. Arthur Benjamin’s formula for changing math education
  7. Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education
  8. Let’s use video to reinvent education: Salman Khan
  9. The key to success? Grit: Angela Lee Duckworth
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How Oseola Mccarty became a Doctor without attending any university


How Oseola Mccarty became a Doctor without attending any university

As a child, Oseola would come home from elementary school and iron clothes. She dropped out of sixth grade to care up her work as a washerwoman. She never returned to school.

She was taught to save money by her mother. She opened her first savings account at First Mississippi National Bank, and over the years opened several other accounts at various area banks.

When she retired in 1995, she had saved $280,000. She decided to donate $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi to fund scholarships for worthy but needy students seeking the education she never had.

Oseola Mccarty was awarded with a degree by the University of Southern Mississippi, first of its kind by the University.

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Eight Characteristics of Principle Centered Leaders


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  1. They are continually learning.
  2. They are service oriented.
  3. They radiate positive energy.
  4. They believe in other people.
  5. They lead balanced lives.
  6. They see life as an adventure.
  7. They are synergistic.
  8. They exercise for self renewal.

These traits not only characterize effective leaders, they also serve as signs of progress for all of us. Click here to read more about these characteristics.

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70,10,10,10 formula


70,10,10,10 formula

The poor spend what they have and invest what’s left.  The rich invest what they have and spend what’s left.

It is vitally important for kids to have a financial plan for their future to ensure they are comfortable.

Jim Rohn suggests something called the 70,10,10,10 formula. This formula is about never spending more than 70% of one’s income. 10% is for active capital (to invest in one’s own business), 10% is for passive capital (banks, stocks, shares…), and then 10% is for charity.

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You Make a Difference in Students’ Life, Happy Teachers’ Day!


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With deep appreciation for the positive difference teachers are making in students’ life, we would like to share with you “The Teddy Stallard Story”, click here to watch it on YouTube.

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Teachers Could Use Visual Aids to Increase Students’ Retention Rate


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Studies have proved that students retain:

  • 20% of what they hear.
  • 20% of what they see.
  • 50% of what they see and hear!
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