How to use social media in schools

Sep 6th 2018

Guest post written by Harsha Goel.

59% of schools say their students use social media to solve their educational problems.
No doubt, the advancement of social media has helped every sector put their best foot forward in the market. Marketers highly acknowledge the growing importance of social media, but now, the education sector, and especially schools, have  also turned to social media platforms to share their special events, award functions, and the hard work of brilliant students with parents.

Your social media presence decides the number of conversions your website will have. We live in the era of digitalization, and social media is a useful tool for schools to stay ahead by acknowledging to parents the quality of education you provide.

No matter how many activities, parties, and gifts you distribute to students in the school, if your audience does not know about it, you are probably losing opportunities.
If you want to harness the full potential of social media but are looking for the subtle ways to understand its usage, then this post is for you. Go through each point carefully, and learn how to use social media to redefine the education system.

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Facebook can significantly improve the number of conversions. You can use it to establish your online presence. The number of Facebook subscribers is on the rise, and therefore, it becomes a good platform to let people know how you  differentiate from others.
Moreover, you can check out Facebook profiles of your prospects and pitch them at the right time.
Writing a post every day on Facebook keeps parents updated on the progress of students and how school is planning to make learning easier and faster.

Facilitate communication via social media platforms:

If your school never leaves a chance of guiding students on the latest topics, social media networks such as Facebook, Google Plus groups, and YouTube can help you spread the word in no time.
Moreover, you can communicate any decision, announcement, and provide useful information for teachers and students that have to be implemented quickly.
This will allow you to kill two birds with one stone. A high number of students will start paying attention to your policies, and parents will start acknowledging the efforts you put in to provide students with all the facilities they ask for.
It will even foster cross classes interactions regarding school’s function, trips, and other activities, which will further help establish unity and integrity amongst students.
Schools can use social media to reach students with important alerts through the pages they are connected to.
Engaging students will become easier for you if you will introduce hashtags into your post or any video you upload to your school’s social media profile.
From uploading datasheets to the school’s website to  guiding students on exams’ preparation, you can upload videos that can help students understand and learn faster without wasting time.
Before planning for your social media content management, I advise you to go through the functionalities of various platforms so that you can select the right platform geared to  your requirements.

Advanced learning management systems:

If comprehensive learning is your goal, you can take advantage of Learning management systems that are networking software capable of delivering educational programs to institutions.
By integrating your social media into an LMS,  you will allow students to use instant chat functions, and video calling while providing a platform where they find the latest information about their projects, tasks, tuition assignments, etc.
Having an advanced LMS with integrated social media will enable you to drive faster interactions among students. Not only will it increase the participation of students in online contests but students will also be able to easily collaborate on projects which would otherwise have taken a lot of time to complete manually.
An LMS works great at solving student and learning-related issues.  Using popular Learning management systems is important to generate a positive impact on students and staff through the system. From a career point of view,  an LMS will help children learn about the growth of the digital industry by using live conferencing systems, webinars, blogs and much more.

It helps in the research process:

The use of social media in schools will enable students to use subject monitoring tools that can help them find the latest data regarding their subjects. This will fasten the learning process, and moreover, students will stay updated on the latest technologies.
Having their profiles on learning platforms like Quora, stack exchange, etc., students can enjoy their interactions with experts worldwide while getting answers to their questions.
They can make their project reports more compelling by taking ideas from their seniors through connections on Facebook. Moreover, they can display their work on social media platforms so that other parents can know how your staff teaches students and works on their overall development.

Social media helps students in building their portfolios for their careers by enabling students to upload their completed projects to their social media profiles. This will portray the school’s standards in a better way and to a wider audience.

Caution: Though the wrong use of social media by students can upset the learning ecosystem of schools, keeping a check by using software that filters the data can prevent this to a great extent.

About author:
Harsha Goel is a writer who currently writes about technology and makes people aware of the current industry standards.

Children’s books that everyone should read

Aug 30th 2018

Guest post written by Anthony Anson.

books-bookstore-book-reading-159711Do you ever feel addicted to those childrens’ books residing in that old cabinet? These books helped you in learning a variety of lessons. Just because you’ve set out for your higher education or professional life doesn’t mean that you can neglect those lessons. These children books are the predominant reason for what we are today. They have shaped our imaginative powers, improved our concentration and developed an ability for empathy in a lot of us. Are you feeling motivated towards reading those books again? Just forget about your worries for the time being and take a glimpse at some of these best children books that you show read now:

  1. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Do you remember that exquisite, magical, and intelligent girl named Matilda? (Of course her grouchy parents and yes, how can we forget Ms. Trunchbull?). The story of this sweet girl revolves around the constant cruelty that she experienced at home and even at school. Getting misunderstood by her parents because of being different from others, isn’t it the cruelest thing one could suffer from? Matilda did! Through realizing the telekinetic powers and using them to turn the tables teaches the lesson that it’s good to be different!

  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Young sister and brother set out on a journey to find their long-lost father and go through struggles and challenges. The major lesson learned is that even if your life is filled with darkness, there still exists a bit of light and happiness. Moreover, being kind towards others in order to remove the hatred and facing the fears are some of the other notable lessons learned from the book.

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

It is the life story of a little talkative and happy girl who lived an impoverished life despite the fact that she was an orphan. The major lesson learned from her story is that take the opportunity to bloom wherever you are. It doesn’t matter what phase of life you’re in or what condition you’re going through, just forget about your frets for the time being, and convince yourself to live a wonderful, and happy life.

  1. Black Beauty by Anna Swell

Despite the range of steps taken to eradicate cruelty to animals, animal abuse is still prevalent in the world. If you’ve read black beauty, you must have recalled the moments where the horse succinctly describes his feelings and the sufferings he went through. It gives the evident lesson that a person should exhibit a great deal of understanding and compassion towards animals because mistreatment could add to their sufferings. Another major respectable moral through Beauty’s life is that how far you can take yourself when you have a good character. Despite the different impediments in the way, an individual should strive 100% to achieve their goals in life.

  1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kiney

It is a light-hearted story of a child going through the struggles of fitting into middle school. One of the lessons is to dream big. Despite the fact that Greg Heffley was a lazy and blissfully unconcerned child, he never stopped dreaming big dreams. Moreover, taking the path of least resistance (which was in fact due to laziness or for conserving “his energy”) teaches the people that they should opt for the easiest way out instead of being buried under the heap of tensions.

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

You must have read this book as a child? Didn’t you? This fantastic tale gives a glimpse of the life lessons through the protagonist named Charlie. Charlie faces a variety of challenges in life – no food and inadequate clothing. Yet he never lost the sense of hope. Moreover, in the extremely busy developing world, people tend to forget about their loved ones who deserve to get attention i.e. Families. Charlie teaches that you should spend quality time with family and spread love. Being grateful, shunning greed, and following directions are other prominent life lessons.

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Have you ever faced a lot of dissatisfaction in your life? Everyone does! Whenever you’re going through a bad time and things aren’t going your way, you inevitably suffer through discontent. However, if you’ve read the phantom tollbooth, you should remember that despite being curious about what you don’t have, you should be happy with what you do have. When time runs out, you can never bring it back; thus, pay attention to this most precious thing (more than diamonds even!). Moreover, you should be cautious of your words as they hold the potential to hurt someone. Simultaneously, pay attention to even the tiniest things.

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Does it reflect the story of Mother love and society, or God’s love and mankind? Well, it might be the perceptions of different groups of people. However, the lessons about life taught by this enlightened piece cannot be neglected. In the competitive world where the people tend to ensure equality and justice, it is almost impossible to give up tallying things. However, the giving tree teaches people that they should enable the unrequited love factor through giving but not expecting anything in return. Moreover, how can we comfort a beloved one when he/she is feeling down? It isn’t important that there’s a need of buying things, ordering food; sometimes, your simple silent presence could make them feel at home. Thus, always be there for rendering an immense love and support to others.

You must be feeling nostalgic through exploring these books. Are you ready to grab them out of those dusty old brown cabinets? Wait! Did you forget about those assignments which were given to you? Don’t feel overwhelmed! You can easily hire the reliable, cheap, and best online assignment help and get over it. Order them to sit back and relax. Then, drag those books out, remove the dust, and revive your childhood! You’ll surely feel the sense of pleasure and happiness.

About the author:
Anthony Anson has always strived to pursue his career in the realm of writing. Thus, he has been providing his enthralling and quality services as a writer and working with the writing challenged customers for more than 4 years. He loves to read books, write blogs, and most of all work hard towards attaining goals.

How to write when you don’t feel like writing

Aug 23rd 2018

Guest post written by Linda Cartwright.

If you google this phrase, you will find a plethora of “inspiration” articles that look more like lists of procrastination destinations: watch these themed films, go lurking on these gorgeous image boards, go listening to these productivity playlists. Supposedly, it will get your creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, it does not work for most of us. The only thing such advice is good for is to form some ideas when you are ready to start writing but have not yet decided on a topic.

What do you do when you have to write (and probably know what about) but cannot get yourself to start? First, here is a quick checklist.

  • Have you slept well? If you haven’t, your brain is not fit for any work, let alone ready to be creative. You can soldier on but the result will be less than impressive. Having a quick nap and resuming your work refreshed will allow you to be more productive and to lose less time.
  • Are you hungry? You brain needs food. It is the most energy-consuming organ in our body. If you don’t have time for a hearty meal, a snack on quick-digesting carbs will do the job.
  • Do you feel well? It is an obvious, yet often overlooked condition for being productive. If you feel a bit under the weather, you cannot concentrate on the task at hand.

Now, let’s assume that all of the above points are settled. Now what? Well, sometimes you are just not in the mood to write, even if it is your passion. The good news is that you can still write. Try one of the following techniques.

Brief outline

As a famous quote from Chuck Close goes: “Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.” If you feel somewhat blocked, you can start by quickly outlining the things that you are going to write about. All you have to do is start working; things will grow from the activity itself. No author has a premonition of the entire script. You may not have the full story but you must have some ideas.

The importance of pre-planning and outlining can best be illustrated by Joan Rowling’s technique. A glimpse of it, can be seen in the one-page plot outline for Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix that was released to the public some years ago. It showed the entire book as a grid with rows representing chapters and columns representing main plot lines and themes present in the book. This way, Rowling was able to see the entire structure before her as the cutout work and at the same time could make the book balanced and addictive for the readers.

On a larger scale, she knew, from the very beginning, that she would have a series of seven books for children where characters would grow up with the readers, she already had the ending in mind and some very specific details decided beforehand. This also allowed her to pepper details throughout the series, which, at first, seemed of no importance, but later gave the readers plenty of thrilling “aha!” moments.

Of course, some characters and plot lines changed along the way, yet she managed to shoehorn them into the original ending anyway.

Planning and outlining works for everything: from epic book series to 5-page essays to 500 words blog posts. If you do not feel like writing, at least you can come up with a plan that will facilitate your work enormously.


Creativity is all about finding unexpected connections and seeing the world anew. This happens in a state of mind when we do not think we are working. One of the ways to get into this state is freewriting.

In the ninetieth century, mediums claimed that freewriting is their way to get in contact with unseen entities, ghosts, and otherworldly beings. In the twentieth century, writers and poets (William Butler Yeats, Jack Kerouac, Dorothea Brande, and Peter Elbow to name a few) used this technique as a way of connecting to the unconscious.

The practice was brought to the mainstream by the Natalie Goldberg, in her Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Her first rule was to keep the hand always moving and to allow oneself to lose control. Julia Cameron, in her book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity called this practice “the morning pages” and advised writers to start your writing with three pages of pure stream-of-consciousness writing.

This practice is beneficial not only for professional writers but for anyone who experiences writer’s block. Even students who struggle to write an essay or a research paper can try it instead of employing a paper writing service to do the work, losing peace of mind, enthusiasm for the project, and sleep.

To start freewriting you just have to put pen to paper (or your hands on a keyboard). Write whatever comes to your head. Even if there is nothing, write “I have nothing on my mind. I have nothing on my mind…” You can keep writing it, that’s okay. Alternatively, use an object you see in front of you as a prompt, or a word you pick at random from a book. Do not rush but do not stop either. Do not  cross anything out, and don’t pay particular attention to punctuation or grammar at this point.

This should put you in a flowing state of mind and allow you to unblock your creative ability, even if you think that you are not in the mood for writing today. As Pablo Picasso said: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

Mind mapping

A mind map is a diagram used to organize information visually. It shows relationships between the parts to the whole. Mind mapping is used as a mnemonic technique, an educational aid for brainstorming, note taking, problem-solving, and decision making. It has a centuries-long history but was popularized by the British popular psychology author and television personality Tony Buzan in the 1960s.

Apart from that, mind mapping is a very effective tool to get the information from your head onto paper. This way, you can organize your thoughts and ideas in proper order if your writer’s block stems from being overwhelmed rather than from a lack of ideas.

This technique is also useful if you have to summarize large volumes of information from many sources and don’t know where to start. This happens quite often when you have to write an essay or do class reports.

Start by placing the key idea at the center of the diagram, either as a word or as a picture. Add sub-themes and connect them to the main idea with  “branches” of different colors. The use of multiple colors will provide visual stimulation and allow encoding and grouping. Then, add topics of lesser importance by adding “twigs” to the relevant branch. You do not have to write yet – use symbols, pictograms, emoticons, codes, dimensions. If necessary, add keywords (one per twig).

There are websites and apps that allow you to create mind maps, however using paper is the best option. Why? Because on paper you can combine mind mapping and freewriting to plan and outline your work, thus uniting all three techniques!

If you still do not feel inspired, try to remember why you are writing. There is a special power in “why”. It can help you reignite the initial excitement you felt when you started your project. The last, but not the least – do not feel bad about yourself if you still do not feel like writing. Bad days happen, it is only human to experience ups and downs.

About author:
Linda Cartwright is an educator and Seattle-based freelance writer, passionate about technology and life-long learning.

Know the Difference: Revision, Editing, & Proofreading

Aug 16th 2018

Guest post written by Carla D. Bass.
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Pfshew! After considerable effort, you’ve finally completed that draft document. A cursory proofreading and you’re done, right? Absolutely not … Three critical steps stand between you and success … revision, editing, and proofreading. That application for a grant, submission to a request for proposal, response to a congressional inquiry, essay for the college application, or other product by which you hope to influence the audience … all depend on how effectively you complete these steps.

In completing the initial draft, you’ve presented yourself with a lump of damp clay … congratulations. I state that with utmost sincerity, because you succeeded in creating something – a place to start. You must now painstakingly mold that clay … your draft … into the final art form ready for display … or the written product to present to your audience.

Step 1 — Revision:

 Take a breather, step away from the draft, then return later for a fresh review. Examine it objectively using criteria such as those listed below delineated in a three-step, sequential process: revision, editing, and proofreading. These are neither synonymous nor simultaneous. Each serves a different purpose.

Continuing the sculpting analogy, the artist first molds the clay into the general form desired – little push here, little pull there, add or remove clay, shaping as needed, and continuing until the image emerges. The artist then steps away and allows the clay to dry bit.

This equates to your revision, the overall, substantive review of product. Begin by outlining the draft; some call this technique, “the reverse outline.” Identify the skeletal structure: the title, thesis, main points, topic sentences, supporting data, and conclusion. Consider the following:

  • Does your draft match your original outline?
  • If not, why not? Is your revision to the original outline warranted?
  • Did you find information gaps in your draft; where should you add more? Did you include any unnecessary tangents?

Read your draft slowly and from the audience’s perspective. If you received this information, how would you respond? Other points to consider are listed below. Several revisions might be necessary – and that’s OK, even advisable.

  • Know your audience; tailor your product accordingly
  • Address issue(s)/question(s)/concerns of the audience
  • Use form and style appropriate to the product/audience
  • State goal/purpose clearly
  • Define terms
  • Sequence information logically; rearrange or delete, as necessary
  • Provide supporting evidence for all positions addressed
  • Anticipate/respond to questions not posed
  • Organize and connect sections
  • Identify/respond to counter arguments objectively and factually
  • Present balanced, logical arguments
  • Eliminate tangential information
  • Extend or limit concepts
  • Eliminate bureaucratic blather (imprecise, convoluted, run-on sentences)
  • Complete the circle: harmonize the opening and conclusion

Step 2 — Editing:

The artist resumes his work, applying different, more precise tools to his now dried artifact of clay. Bit by bit, the final art form emerges in glorious detail from what began as that damp lump of clay.

You do similarly in the editing process, examining your final, revised draft sentence by sentence to identify errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typing, and other items listed below:

  • Application of Word Sculpting tools (from “Write to Influence!”)
  • Clarity of title
  • Overly repeated, mis-used, or overly used words
  • Sentence structure and syntax
  • Rhythm and flow (sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph)
  • Accuracy of cited references
  • Length of document (i.e., number of pages or words)

Be careful with automated tools to check grammar and spelling. Why? From “Write to Influence!” … “Automated systems may recognize valid words but will not correct spelling relative to the context. The following sentence is exaggerated for effect but reinforces this point. Automated systems will revue you’re hole product but will knot be two effective and they’re observations will often lead ewe a rye.”

Here are some editing tips I teach my students:

  • Read your draft slowly and aloud. This is an important and different dimension to editing. Listen … You will hear how words flow … or don’t, identify thoughts that simply don’t connect, and catch words that are excessively repeated.
  • Read the paper backwards. This will help preclude substantive distraction.

Here are some others from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

  • Look for errors – one variety at a time. You risk losing focus when trying to identify too many kinds of errors simultaneously.
  • Circle and validate every punctuation mark. As you circle, verify that the punctuation is correct. [My note: This solves only half of the problem. Why? It doesn’t highlight punctuation you neglected to include.]

Step 3 — Proofreading

The artist puts finishing touches on the sculpture; you apply the final polish to your product. This is the last step before formally submitting your document. The story line is now tight, arguments well organized and logically substantiated, conclusion is synchronized with the opening, etc. Your last step is purging the document of mistakes. Look carefully for:

  • Sentence structure
  • Grammar (e.g., verb tense and punctuation)
  • Spelling, typos, use of quotations
  • Accuracy of citations

Pfshew! After considerable effort, you’ve finally completed that draft document. Are you done? If you’ve revised, edited, and proofread … YES and congratulations! You, too, have created a masterpiece.

About the Author:

Carla D Bass, Colonel, USAF (Retired), authored the award-winning book … “Write to Influence!” … and now gives engaging, interactive workshops tailored for professionals in the workforce to students from high school through graduate school. During her 30-year career, she taught professional writing to thousands of people – to rave reviews.


Motivate your kids to study

Aug 9th 2018

Parents Helping Children With Homework At Table

Guest post written by Eveline Heston.

Getting your children to knuckle down and study hard for their tests or do their homework can be very hard. Understandably, work like this can seem too complicated and too much of a strain for children, causing them to switch off and to avoid it. Avoiding studying or homework can start as an innocent act, but can end up in a dropping of grades, disciplinary from the teacher, and a sudden change in behaviour from your child. What is even worse is that the more they experience the result of their lack of work, the more they will descend into not working and misbehaving. Children need to study, it is beneficial for them and can help increase their knowledge and double their understanding, so here are a few tips on how to get your child to study.

Rewards: You could reward your child if they work hard for a certain amount of time, or get a specific piece of homework done. Now you might be thinking this means a material reward like money, a new video game or something similar to that, but it doesn’t have to, rewards can be anything, from material gifts to just vocal praise and encouragement. As unresponsive as your child may be, we as humans somewhat depend on gratification when we do something well. You tell your child that they are doing well, lets them know that you are aware of the hard work they are doing and that you are proud of them for it. This will encourage them to study more and to finish their duties.

Patience: Though you might want to get your child to finish all their work as quickly as possible, sometimes that is not the best way to go about things. Would you work better if your boss stood over your shoulder and poked at you until you had finished everything that you had to do at work that day? Exactly! People require their breathing space to complete things. Be a mature parent and take a step back, if your child has done an hours’ work and their concentration is wavering, let them have a break for a while and come back to their work after some rest. Tell them to play with some anti-stress toys and get all their stress out! They will go back to their studying in a more concentrated frame of mind than before. Have them rest or eat something to make them feel more alert and ready to study.

Understanding: Your children do not need to write an essay online just yet! What I mean by this is, though the work they are doing at the moment is essential, there’s no reason to think that they will understand everything entirely at first. They may have struggled in class with a specific aspect of the work, and that’s why they are now struggling with writing a critical analysis at home. Their confusion is not always a ploy to get out of work, and although you may not be an English professor or a mathematician, you owe it to your child to sit down with them and try and work through it to help them towards an answer. You may improve their understanding of the task greatly, and they will be able to proceed on to the finish line, all because you sat down with them and helped them through it. But even if they don’t end up understanding it, you will have tried your hardest to help them, and they will appreciate that in the long run.

The Bigger Picture: What are some of your child’s aspirations? Musician? Sports star? Astronaut? Well, they are more likely to achieve these if they do this work! Try and show them the palpable difference that doing this piece of homework can cause. It might help their understanding of the course leading to a better grade, which means overall better grades, which means a good university which leads to good connections and degree and results in a fantastic job! It may sound long and drawn out, but that is what happens! We cement our understanding in secondary school, and then we display that understanding at the university.

There are just a few tips to help your child to study, and to motivate them to complete their work. With schools getting tougher as they try and push grades upwards, we need to understand the position our children are in, and they have a whole lot to deal with. Looking around us at the world as it is today it’s a wonder they can even concentrate at all. But if you follow these steps, I am certain that with your help they will be able to study and retain an understanding of the work that they are doing!

About the Author
Eveline Heston is a freelance writer who has a year of experience in writing for educational resources. She majored in pre-school education and English language and literature, which helps her during her researches and guides.