Things Every Business Needs to Have for a Strong Online Presence

Small businesses can find a loyal customer base online. They could also explode and become a massive retailer. The power and potential of online activity are enormous. The number of people online grows every day. 8 in 10 people in the United States shop online and the half (and growing) of the world is on the Internet. Having an online presence isn’t just a supplement to your business, it is a business.

 

Here are five things that every business needs to have if they want a strong online presence:

A Website

The first thing that any small business needs when building their online presence is a website. The website is the epicenter of all your online presence. It needs to have all the information your visitors need, it needs to be aesthetically pleasing, and it needs to work. You also need to implement an e-commerce platform onto your site as well if you’re planning on ever selling anything, whether that be products, services, or subscriptions.

Social Accounts

Billions of people are connected through social media. It’s a mistake to ignore the power of social media and the resource that is Big Data. Facebook and Google are two of the biggest advertisers in the world because they have information that can make your advertising campaigns more effective. They do this by allowing you to advertise only to the people who have expressed interest in your niche.

 High Google Ranking

If you aren’t on the first page of Google, you don’t exist. The first step to increasing your ranking on Google is to make sure your website is fast and that it has great content. The second step is to increase the number of people linking to your site. You must do this the right way, however. So-called black-hat operations will get you banned from Google.

Customer Relations

The end game is not to get new customers coming in every day. The end game is to have a dedicated and loyal customer base who will return over and over again. Word-of-mouth marketing is powerful. Being recommended by your customers means that new customers will come to you because their friend claims that you are trustworthy. That is why customer service is so important. Engage with your audience, respond promptly to every complaint, and, most importantly, care about each customer as an individual.

Consistent Content

To stay updated, and to keep yourself in the eye of your customers, you need to produce or share content consistently. Share relevant content, like customers’ photos of your product, or news articles about your brand, or content you’ve created. Make sure it’s engaging and offers insight and value to your audience.

 

The best advice for small businesses to turn their online presence into a success is to use a marketing agency. Eventige.com offers all the services you need to have a strong online presence that gives you results, from marketing to web development to branding. It’s always better to use professionals to help kick start your online business than it is to learn as you go.

 

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The 7 Challenges All Email Marketers Will Face

Often as a reseller or a partner, it becomes a very difficult task to reach out to the right audience in the education market. Marketers often wonder which channels would be the best way to reach out and attract their audience. One of the most effective ones being email marketing. Here are 7 challenges that will help you prepare for your email marketing campaigns.
 
Email marketing can be one of the most effective modes of customer communication. However, to deliver engaging messages time and again, many marketers are forced to juggle multiple tasks, while focusing on the next campaign.
 
For this reason, Campaign Monitor surveyed hundreds of marketers at growing businesses to identify both their email marketing goals and challenges. The results found that most marketers face 7 similar challenges when creating marketing emails, which you learn more about in the informative infographic below.
 
For example, 58% of marketers stated increasing engagement rates is their company’s number one goal. While 44% of participants admitted it was also their number one challenge. Any successful email marketer will know the key to increasing customer engagement is through relevant, targeted information, which can be created through segmentation and personalization (emails with personalized subject lines can increase revenue by 760%).
 
Different marketers will face different challenges. Many believe customer acquisition is their number one challenge (35%), while other companies may face the hurdle of retaining customers (18%), improving email personalization (36%), or boosting brand awareness (24%).
 
For a company to achieve or exceed their goals, they must develop a solid email marketing strategy to overcome their marketing obstacles. Although there are many challenges to overcome, 84% of marketers would say their email effectiveness is growing, with 30% considering their email marketing strategy “best-in-class”.
 
Check out the infographic below to identify the biggest email marketing challenges your company may face.
 
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Bettering Your School’s Data Protection

As a school, data protection is a major part of keeping your children and family safe; protecting their information. You have to ensure that you are fully compliant with the Data Protection Act, and that you follow the principles of the act to prevent accidental disclosure.

Are there ways that you can improve your data protection? Can modern technology and the internet help you to control your data more efficiently?

Protecting Data

The school collects a lot of data regarding pupils, teachers, and parents along with information concerning health and safety and child protection. A lot of this data is personal information, and some of it will be sensitive. How you collect and store this information is what the Data Protection Act seeks to control. The school is responsible for controlling their own data in a safe and secure manner.

Clear Processes

To make sure that all the guidelines are being followed, and to prevent any accidental breach, there has to be a clear system of how data is recorded and used. This is usually completed on a computer with the time, date and person who handled the information.

Although computers are excellent at recording information, they can be vulnerable when it comes to storing the data. You need to ensure that you have all the appropriate security software in place to prevent anyone from outside the facility gaining access to your systems. Make sure to read all the security features your web hoster provides.

Cloud-Based Systems

Using a cloud-based storage system such as Umbee Hosting can make the whole process of data storage and retrieval much easier and far safer. Information stored in the cloud at remote servers is more secure that localized computers because they have strong firewalls and security software in place.

Another plus is that it can be easily and efficiently restricted so that only authorized personnel can have access to the data. However, they can still access it wherever they are, making processes more flexible and easier to use.

Freedom of Information

Although the Data Protection Act is there to protect personal data, everyone has the right to see their information. Pupils and students can access the information through Subject Access Requests so that they can see what data the school holds about them.

These requests have to be dealt with carefully but efficiently. Having your data in the cloud means you can get access to it from anywhere. This could be vital if the data were needed as a matter of priority. Information regarding medical history or child protection could be retrieved and sent electronically so that there was no delay if there were ever an emergency.

Making sure that the personal information you hold is safe and secure is incredibly important. It is always a good idea to review your processes routinely to make sure that all the guidelines are being followed and you are still compliant.

By following the procedures and ensuring only the right people have access to the information, it will make personal data in schools more secure. Or you could always hire Fedena, the number one school management system, your school data is always secure with us.

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Important Factors to Consider Before Developing a Website for Your School or College

Are you thinking about developing a new website for your school or college? Having this online facility is an effective way to communicate with parents, current students, future students, and past students. However, there are certain factors you should be aware of before you decide to start this type of online project. Below are some of the most important factors to consider before developing a website for your school or college.
 
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Technical Considerations
 
Before you can start to add content to a website, there are some technicalities you have to deal with first. You have to decide what to call your website and purchase a domain name that features that website name. Once you have the domain name you want, you need to purchase a smart hosting package where your website will be stored and where you can set up email addresses for your school or college. The hosting provider should be reliable and fast so that your visitors have the best online user experience possible.
 
 
Platform
 
Choosing the right platform for your website is the next important step you need to take. If you intend to simply use your website to update people and publish content, a blogging platform should be sufficient. However, some schools and colleges want more functionality than that and opt for some kind of Learning Management System. However, these systems can be complex in nature and you need to be aware of the additional support these systems require.
 
 
Designing the Website
 
Someone with a technical background will be required to create your website. Before you hire anyone to do this type of work, check their previous work, make sure they offer a competitive price and provide adequate technical support.
 
 
Administrators and Contributors
 
When you have installed the appropriate platform, you have to decide who will maintain and add content to the new website. You can do this internally by getting staff members and students to contribute or you could hire an external content creator to do this work for you. In most instances, it’s a more affordable and practical option to get people involved who are directly associated with your school or college.
 
 
Cost
 
Like any purchase or investment, you have to understand fully how much a project like this will cost. Prices vary, depending on the type of platform you install and the amount of ongoing support your website requires. This is why it’s essential to be aware of all of the costs associated with this type of project before your school or college goes ahead.
 
 
Website Policies, Security and Safety
 
Most school and college websites feature news and information about a large number of people. However, you should ensure that you set down certain rules that people have to follow when it comes to publishing text, images, videos and other content. If possible, you should also avoid storing personal information about students, staff, and other individuals that could be used in a harmful way if it gets into the wrong hands.
 
A website is a valuable asset for a school or college. However, you need to plan and be aware of all of the points above before you finally decide to go ahead with this type of project.

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6 questions to ask before investing in education technology

Not all education technology is created for you
 
A couple of weeks ago we spoke about the six cool educational technology gizmos we really, really want to get our hands on.Now every person needs their cool toys, but education technology products are not the latest hoverboard or drone camera for adults to geek out over. They need to actually serve a purpose and address a need that can’t be fulfilled by existing solutions. Plus, not all education technology holds water and schools are not exactly known to have the deepest pockets. We owe it to our students, teachers, and parents to invest funds wisely. So here are six questions to ask yourself before investing in the latest education technology product taking the learning world by storm:
 
Question 1: What is the product made to accomplish and what is my intended use?
 
While Indians are the champions of jugaad​(plumbing leak sealant makes for excellent, and very resilient, sculpting material, for instance), investing in an expensive piece of educational technology that we never end up using is quite the disaster. Do your research (read: internet sleuthing) and ensure the product you are purchasing actually addresses your need. There really is no need to buy expensive drawing tablets for your art class when cheap easels from the local art store will do. They’ll all end up being used as glorified coasters.
 
Question 2: What is the research going into the product development?
 
Education technology products must be built in consultation with the target group they are ultimately serving – students, teachers or administrators. The product might be built by the best technologists in the world, but the people who understand the issues that need addressing must define the purpose of the product. Checking on the research and thinking behind product development will help predict how effective it will be in the classroom.
 
Question 3: Will I need to purchase ancillary products to use this one?
 
No one intends to join a cult when they purchase a product, but sometimes it just happens. Buying an education technology product from a particular brand should not entail the purchase of all their ancillary products. Investing in one item is expensive enough for a school (most are perennially suffering from a budget crunch and hardly have money to throw around). If the product you intend to purchase requires you to by eight more bits and bobs for your to really be able to use it, consider alternatives.
 
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Question 4: Is this product sustainable?
 
A temporary problem requires a temporary solution, not spending on an expensive piece of education technology. Your purchase must address an endemic issue or make life easier or more efficient for the foreseeable future. Yes, technology becomes obsolete with time, but the end should not already be nigh. A product purchase is only worth it when you reap benefits for a long time.
 
Question 5: What is the post-purchase support provided?
 
Great, you found your dream product. You’ve answered all the questions above the way they should have been answered, even found this nifty discount code, and are ready to hit buy so the little shopping cart icon does its little happy dance. But what about using it? Is the product easy to use? Is comprehensive training provided? Is their customer service responsive? These are not necessities for every piece of education technology being purchased, but they certainly make for some great perks and might tilt the scales in favour of one product over the other.
 
Question 6: How secure is my data?
 
Education technology, from its very inception, deals with sensitive data. Whether this is student scores, parents’ financial records for parents, or teacher contact information, you must be confident that this data is being stored securely. Vulnerable data being leaked could spell disaster in terms of security as well as institutional reputability.

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Automating communications with your School ERP and SMS

For every school or institution, one of the most important building blocks is their communications. How admins communicate with each other, how the management is able to communicate to the faculties, how the school is able to communicate with parents and students. In this day and age of information, WhatsApp and the internet, almost everybody wants information to be communicated to them instantly without any delays. And in such a busy world how are schools to stay ahead and relevant.
 
SMSs keep parents & students informed about your institution. You can share urgent information about emergencies, fee collection dates, examination dates, let people know about an emergency holiday, availability of transport, or invite them to events. There are many applications to SMS services for an institution. Let’s see a couple of use cases which are very common.
 
In the case of Attendance
 
In a class of 60 students, there are students who are absent for the day or for the first hour and need to be filtered out of the register so that an SMS can be sent individually to the each of these absent students and their parents only because you have a separate SMS vendor application.The work that needs to be done here is time-consuming and at most times isn’t a notification which goes out instantly to the parents.
 
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By integrating the SMS packages with Fedena, the teacher can mark the student absent in the system and an automatic SMS will be sent out to the concerned parent notifying them about the absence of their ward from the school. If the teacher doesn’t have the time or access to the system while in the class, anyone of the admin staff can mark this in Fedena from the register even before the first period of the day has ended.
 
In the case of Cancelled Classes or Swapped Classrooms
 
It isn’t any more of a surprise that almost all the students in the school have a mobile device of their own. More often than not, classes in institutions keep getting canceled, swapped out for various reasons. In colleges especially, whenever a lecture is canceled or swapped with some other lectures, the students get to know only when they arrive.With the SMS settings in Fedena, now teachers and admins can notify students immediately of the cancellations and swaps by sending the students an SMS in time, allowing them to be prepared for the right lecture.
 
In the case of Emergencies
 
Unforeseen circumstances can demand the management of the institution to take decisions and circulate information to the students at the earliest. For example due to a sudden rise in temperature this year the government asked schools to shut down. Informing parents and students about this emergency holiday is a matter of high priority so that their time isn’t wasted. A simple manual SMS sent using Fedena school ERP will help your institution get the message out as soon as possible and on time.
 
We cannot stress enough on the importance of having an SMS service for your institution. Especially if you integrate it with Fedena. Most of our clients are already benefiting with our SMS packages. Our starter pack includes 1 Lakh SMSs with unlimited validity @ only 12p/SMS.

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7 Life saving tips for your Fedena account

Every school ERP implementation boils down to the same old thing- “The correctness of the data”. The more concise the data in the ERP the better it performs. And just like the way the human brain implements knowledge acquired from vicarious training, school ERPs take data and give you insights you need the most.
 
Having understood the relation between ERP and data, the school admins try a lot of different things to get the best out of ERPs used in schools. If you are the school admin, you never know which report you may be asked in the next meeting with your school management. So here at the support wing of Fedena, we make things simpler by giving our users tips and tricks for a successful implementation in all of our customer interactions.
 
Here are 7 such life-saving Fedena hacks which go unnoticed at times, but can really help you in making your job easier
 

  1. Imagine a Scenario, when you are asked to re-assign user Privileges of all your employees at a go in the next hour. All you need to do is make use of the Bulk edit feature of Fedena by merely entering the employee usernames and entering NULL for the respective privileges in your CSV file before clicking Bulk edit next to your Export in the Custom Import module.
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  3. It is often observed that while printing the Fee receipts in the Schools, the schools spend a hefty amount on A4 size papers. Needless to say, Fedena offers an A5 mode to print these Fee receipts. And how do you get an A5 size paper? Just cut your Regular A4 size paper into two equally sizes while in portrait mode. Since A5 size is exactly the half of that of A4, this can cut the cost of printing Fee Receipts by half. Stop wasting paper and start saving trees (and money).
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  5. In an Institution with a healthy number of students and elective subjects, it becomes difficult to track students who have opted for a particular elective subject. In such a case, the subject details in Data and Reports from Home > Reports > Subject comes to the rescue. The user can select the batch and proceed to check the option elective subjects to get the exact number of students enrolled in the subject.
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  7. We all know, how the allocation of Labs are managed in our Institutions. For instance, when group A has Physics lab on Tuesday, group B of the same batch can have Chemistry for the same period and vice versa on some other day of the week. In such cases, the elective group options help you in managing this while setting up timetables for the batch. Please follow our detailed article on this to know more.
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  9. The Fees counter of the schools have always been on the radar of the finance department in the institution from the beginning. It is one of the daily chores of the cashier to let the department know the total cash collected for the day. In such cases, the cashier can opt to use the Finance receipts option from Home > Finance > Finance Reports > Fee Receipts > Advanced Search and select the relevant cashier name to extract the CSV file containing the payments receipts generated for the day. Can it get any simpler?
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  11. The Teachers often ask the students to visit a particular website of educational significance for a detailed research. Just consider how easy it would be for the users, if students visit Fedena and the website of the day is already on the Appframe section from Home > App Frames. Click here to set it up for your students.
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  13. Now comes the uber-hack among the ones mentioned above- the Advanced payslip reports. The Finance Department asks you a report of the total money outflow towards employee Payslips. We do understand searching each and every individual employee records for the Payslips can be a really tough task and hence, we have included the exhaustive Payslip reports in our latest release which is accessible from Home > HR > Payroll and Payslip Management > Advanced Payslip Reports

 
So, Sign up for a quick Fedena demo here to see how this happens in real time scenarios. You can thank us later.

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Updating information in your school ERP – Fedena

“Things get done only if the data we gather can inform and inspire those in a position to make a difference.”
― Mike Schmoker
 
In an era of employing best practices in Data Analytics, it is important for people to update the information at hand and efficiently use it. The core functionality of any institution is to organize and manage information available. In such scenarios there is no hindrance when the data to be managed is small. However, when handling large information, institutions often lose valuable resources and time just to manage the system.
 
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Over the years, institutions across the globe have been trying hard to look for an ideal solution to implement a process to manage massive data and mechanism to update them. In most of the institutions that we observe, we find that during the initial phase of any data entry process, information is not completely entered due to unavailability of information and time restraints compelling admins to upload only the minimum information required.
 
Subsequently, when a requirement to upload the remaining additional information is at hand, the process becomes tedious as the admins have to remember each category or folder that they have created and update the remaining information. Fedena, a school ERP, has always understood such requirements and comes with a feature with the option of importing data.
 
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With the Custom import feature to import data, Fedena also allows admins and teachers to edit large information using the bulk edit option to handle updated information efficiently. This bulk edit feature proves useful when changes need to be made to multiple records that were uploaded through Custom Import, allowing the user to either make the changes in Fedena or perform a bulk edit.
 
The ease in updating data in Fedena is because of this technique adopted. The user is only required to enter the information required in the file and use the bulk edit option. The information here can range from few lines to hundreds of rows. The basic functionality of the feature involves mapping existing records with the fields and information in the CSV file.
 
The mapping of information in many school ERPs is not crystal clear and often leads to admins getting confused, but in Fedena, this is handled automatically by the plugin. A snapshot of the fields that are used to map the details in Fedena are as follows:
 
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Many institutions have often come forward after using this feature to tell us how data management has improved in their system, in return allowing them to focus on other key aspects.

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Student Photo Upload via Fedena API

The recent advancements in technology and connectivity have made schools jump on the bandwagon of digitizing their students’ records. This helps the schools in recording and fetching students’ data as and when needed, thereby assisting the school management in taking key decisions in line with kaizen.

 

The knowledge of data can unleash innumerable capabilities of the institution. It is quite important to note that every ERP implementation banks on “the correctness of the data”, which comes with a list of tedious tasks, especially for first timers. From our observations, while implementing Fedena, an ERP for schools, that the responsible school admin might have to go on rounds collecting every possible piece of information, identifying common patterns in the daily functioning, questioning every detail in the processes and then map the same into the ERP for their schools. And to add to this, all of this is to be done while continuing to run the daily processes and functions of the schools.

 

A deeper understanding of the actual problem is equivalent to solving a jigsaw puzzle, where assembling the oddly shaped interlocking and tiling pieces gives you the bigger picture.

 

Today, we are addressing one such scenario pertaining to data upload in ERP for schools, where you have a lot of student photos, that need to be uploaded in the relevant student records. Had it been a mere email field, the user could have added the missing emails via a spreadsheet or a CSV file and upload it. When the number of records is in the units of thousands, it becomes a herculean task for the team to upload the images one by one and the time consumed in doing so is enough to add to the list of pre-populated worries. This got us thinking, we wanted Fedena to be more than just a school management software, we wanted Fedena to help and ease the school admin’s work rather than add to their worries. This lead us to engineer student photo upload API to add to our list of existing open APIs in the Fedena API Playground.

 

We tried to make it as simple as possible by asking the user to replace the filenames of the images with the relevant Username(or Admission number) of the students. Once done, it’s a cake walk.

 

  1. Go to our API Playground
  2. Enter the Instance URL and the Authentication token generated  and start uploading your Photos all at-one-go.

 

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We have a video to help you start with student photo upload here along with the Other APIs available. The admins save a lot of time and effort in uploading student photos, event photos etc in just  a matter of clicks, making Fedena the number one ERP for schools. So keep visiting our blog for more everyday hacks for your school management using Fedena.

 

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How Fedena Helps in Information Sharing

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An ERP aims to associate the structure across an organization in a way of systemizing the workflow, sharing information among departments and providing an insight into various business operations. The traditional methods of handling data and tracking information seems more comfortable and familiar that we tend to forget there are better alternatives. Every institute and organisation have valuable data that needs to be handled efficiently.  There are better ways to bring in efficacy and it starts with innovation in technology.
 
School ERP softwares like Fedena provide the end user to retrieve, manage, analyse and share data in a user-friendly way. Any college or school ERP will streamline all the common activities of the organization to increase productivity, but Fedena takes a step ahead to help you share information among various members of the organization with ease. The benefit of getting an erp implemented in your organization is the ability to allow your users to utilize the data they need at the right time. The need to reply to others in the organization causes a great delay, which further causes a dip in productivity.
 
Multiple users input data and access it via various modules in Fedena, which allows them to share information with ease. The Fedena dashboard is one such valuable asset of Fedena allowing users to perform multiple tasks and at the same time acts as a central point to begin various tasks. It has a collection of dashlets that provides a quick overview of the information that matters most to the user. Fedena also provides the user with a lot more features.

 

  • Optimize Your Human resource department

Multiple departments can be setup and communications are a breeze. The HR admin generates payslips and every employee has access to it through their profiles. Employees can also apply for leaves using Fedena while the managers approve/deny them at their leisure.

 

  • Improve Inventory Management  

Fedena allows you to build a greater control and automation in your inventory to save time, money and provide your students and teachers with stationaries, study materials etc on time. Multiple users can use the module to run the inventory efficiently.

 

  • Maintain Financial transparency

Fedena also enables you to control your accounts, cash management, donations, payroll, assets, liabilities and tax management. Allowing you to maintain transparency and privacy with the admins, teachers, students and parents.

 

  • Library Management

Most library managers are very concerned with the need for management of information about the books in the library. All students and staff get instant access to check the availability of books and reserve them. The Library manager can get meaningful information about movement of the books and easily manage the library efficiently.

 

  • Effective User-to-user Communication

You can choose to send internal messages, SMS or Emails to all the users in your organization. You can keep your employees, students and parents updated with the latest events and information. This task of mass communication is easily accomplished with Fedena and allows the school admin to message teachers, students and parents individually or setup automatic messages for various events like holiday reminders, event reminders, fee payment reminders, attendance reminders etc.

 

Having a high stack of spreadsheets and reports on your desk and trying to make sense of all the data you need to review? It’s time to tidy up and organize all your data using Fedena.
 
This article is written by : Aarthi Paramasivam
 
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Somebody who is a naturally articulate speaker and taskmaster, Aarthi is an industry expert in Fedena. Her idea of fun is engaging customers and helping them succeed at understanding Fedena and improving institution processes.

Technology in Education : In conversation with Will Richardson

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Could you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a former 22-year public school educator who has two teenagers and who started blogging about education way back in 2001. You can see all 3500+ blog posts on my site at willrichardson.com.
 
How did you first get involved in education?

I was originally a journalist but always had a calling for the classroom to work with kids. As with many people, I had a great English teacher in high school who inspired me to pursue teaching.
 
What keeps you interested in Education and Edtech?

I think this is one of the most interesting and fascinating moments in history when it comes to learning and education. For the last 15 years, I’ve been totally absorbed with the questions of how schools must change in the era of the Web. I don’t see a clear answer to that, but trying to figure that out is what keeps me reading and writing and connecting.
 
How do you keep your listeners engaged while giving a speech?

I really try to push their thinking, get them out of their comfort zones (without scaring them) and challenge them to reflect on their work and the new contexts for learning in the modern world. I think we in education have been too complacent to accept past practices, and we need to shift that. I also try to use humor and stories to cut the tension a bit. But, I’m trying to push people, no question.
 
Could you tell us about your upcoming workshop “Creating a Modern Vision for Teaching and Learning With Technology”?

Too often, schools buy technology without any real understanding of the potentials for amplifying the agency of the learner to learn. This workshop takes participants through a process of developing a vision for teaching and learning with technology that embraces the new contexts for learning in the networked world.
 
How important do you think technologies like ERP, LMS are for a school or an institution?

I think these technologies can help teachers and students to learn more powerfully if used in ways that, again, move agency over learning to the learners, whether adults or kids. Too often, however, they are used to support a more traditional story of education in schools.
 
How important is it for present day educators to be informed about new emerging technologies in the education space?

I think it’s absolutely crucial that educators are fluent and comfortable with technologies for learning. But they must also stay abreast of changes in the future of work, the shifts in post-secondary education, and the larger impacts on the modern world, (environmental, political, etc.) School is not now so much about knowledge as it is preparing kids to live in a fast-changing world where access to knowledge, teachers, and technologies to learn are increasingly ubiquitous.
 
In “Freedom to Learn” you discuss how students sometimes or at most times are not engaged in the classroom, how do you think technology has helped overcome this problem?

I think technology in and of itself is a poor response to the “engagement problem” in schools. Engagement comes when kids are doing work that matters, work that has a real purpose in the world, work that is of a personal interest. Without that, no amount of technology can truly raise engagement in classrooms.

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Fedena 3.5 – Our biggest release yet

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What a week! A few days ago we released Uzity 2.0, our biggest update to Uzity—a learning management system for educational institutions and businesses—since the launch of Uzity itself. And here we are today announcing Fedena 3.5. It’s has been almost seven months since our last release. That’s because we’ve been working hard getting all the details right, and to bring you some big changes.
 
Fedena 3.5 is our biggest release yet and is jam packed with new and enhanced features to help you get the most out of Fedena. As always, we’ve listened to your feedback and made many of the improvements you asked for.
 
Automating and Simplifying Employee Leave & Payroll
By far the biggest change in this release is the completely revamped Human Resources module. We’ve taken the foundation of the module and built out more exciting capabilities:
 

  • Employees can apply for additional leave even after exhausting their leave credits.
  • For each Leave type, HR Administrators can define the leave carry forward settings and LOP calculation formula for additional leaves.
  • Managers get notified of additional leaves. They can then mark additional leaves as ‘Loss of Pay’ and the necessary deduction can be made when generating payroll.
  • Use Payroll Groups to organize employees based on their payroll. In addition to monthly payslips, payroll can also be processed Daily, Weekly, Bi-weekly, or Semi-Monthly.
  • Payroll Category amounts can contain not just plain numeric values but also be calculated based on formulas or conditional formulas.
  • Ability to generate and manage payslips of all employees from a single view.

 
Printer Support
Fedena now supports the use of Laser, Inkjet, Dot matrix, and Thermal printers, along with the ability to set the page size – A4, A5 Portrait, or A5 Landscape.
 
Fee payment through Fedena Mobile
 
Parents and Students can now conveniently check their fee details, pay fees, and download the fee receipts—all from their mobile phones.
 
More CCE compliant
 
To make life easier for institutions following the CCE grading system, we have made Fedena more CCE compliant, especially for classes IX and X.

  • Support for 6th subject and Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL) subject.
  • Simplified formulas and formative assessment (FA) calculation modes to suit your requirement.
  • Ability to upscale student grades in scholastic areas.
  • Ability to generate the student’s ‘Performance Profile’ report according to the CBSE norms.
  • Other reports as required to be uploaded to the CBSE portal.

 
Timetable management made more efficient
 
The way timetables are created and managed has been updated to ease timetable management. We’ve added a new feature called ‘Timetable Summary’ that will give you the subject-allocation status of each batch assigned to a timetable as well as the work hour utilization of employees assigned to a timetable. We’ve also redesigned the ‘Employee Work Allotment’ feature to help you easily manage employee-subject associations.
 
Exam management made easy
 
With a small UI redesign, the process of creating and managing exams for batches is now much simpler.
 
Finance Reports—more usable, more functional
 
When generating Finance Reports, you’ll notice the beautiful new UI. But it’s much more than just a cosmetic change. You can drill down to student/employee-level and transaction-level details. The report data is now more user-friendly and well organized.
 
These are just some of the major changes we’ve made to Fedena.
 
We hope you enjoy this release, and as always, we’d love to hear from you. Write to us at info@fedena.com and let us know your thoughts, questions, and feedback.