Importance of Website in Schools

Internet has become one of the largest platforms of communication. It is the most effective technology available today. Building a website for school can prove to be extremely beneficial if it is done in the right way. It maybe time consuming and include a lot of effort to be put in for developing a website for the school, but it is very advantageous for the school community. The school website gives the school’s information and also clear idea about what they are good at. School websites will provide the up to dates, as well as help them to link between schools, their communities and also to the entire world.

Opportunities provided by a school website:

  • Parents become more aware about the schools functioning, and also feel involved. Through the websites parents can be easily informed about the upcoming events like activities, exams and also tips that could help children. Thus websites play a vital role in removing the barrier between parents and the school.
  • With the help of websites teacher’s can share their views and ideas with the rest of the faculty as well as the parents.
  • Te website makes it easier for the parents to give the school and the teachers their valuable feedback.
  • Parents get the opportunity to become well versed with the education system of their child.
  • The website provides a platform for the school to build contacts and link with business, families as well as other schools. Especially for families who relocate very often, these websites become great sources for them.

Few elements necessary for a school website:

  • Background of the school and other information like history and staff.
  • Basic contact details should always be mentioned in the website like, address, phone number, etc.
  • The website should contain all the day to day information or notice like upcoming inter and intra school events, holidays parent teacher’s meeting, etc.
  • School websites should also avail blogs and forums to give an opportunity to have an interaction.
  • The necessary teaching aids, teaching materials, journals, lesson plan, and other education resources should be provided.
  • Photographs and write-ups about school, classroom, school trips, etc. should be put up. Also suggestions to be given to parents, assisting them to help their children at home.

Creating websites of your own is the same as being a publisher, but a website is always convenient for both students and educators. Here you make your own website without being criticized and it also saves time. Students should be encouraged to make the website for the school as they have more knowledge about technology than adults. Thus it becomes a learning experience for them, making them more versatile in what they do and create.

Many a times people tend to consider the school website to be a substitute for all the face-to-face interactions. It is a very wrong notion that they hold. The website should be perceived as an extra resource benefit provided to the world by the schools.
Source by Puripong K Sing

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Education Divides Rather Than Unites Society

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The quality of education being delivered varies across private and public schools. Private schools being more costly can only be afforded by the relatively affluent class, whereas, public schools aren’t a burden on the wallet and therefore preferred by the common man. Although some public schools do manage to impart education of a high standard, most pale in comparison to private schools. With more funds to invest in the education of its pupils, private schools enjoy a better reputation than public schools. The reputation of the school matters a lot when it comes to college admissions where once again public school students are at a disadvantage.

In some developing countries, such as Pakistan and India, women in general and the rural woman in particular, are discouraged from attaining education. Male children are given preference when it comes to sending children to school, particularly if the household has a limited budget. Even educated individuals make such absurd choices and such practices have secluded women not only from schools but also from the workplace.

The living conditions of an individual dictate whether he/she would be able to complete his/her education or not. Therefore, for a person, who can not even fulfill his basic necessities attaining education is a much more difficult objective than it is for a person living a relatively luxurious life. Children belonging to such impoverished families find it increasingly difficult to pursue education while trying to earn bread and butter for their families. Most of them are unable to complete their primary education, not because they chose to do so but because circumstances dictated so. In such circumstances education is not assisting such individuals from breaking through the poverty cycle and thus leading to a wider gap between the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated.

Education standards also differ across geographical boundaries, across continents and across poles. The West is generally envied by the East for its quality of education, the reason why a number of students from the East choose colleges in the West (only the rich are able to do so). Similarly those living in rural areas do not have access to the same quality of education as those who reside in urban areas. Improvements in technology have to a very limited extent countered this issue. However, the pace at which technology is improving is remarkable and soon enough location would not be an issue.

Attaining an education might be a difficult journey for some and indeed for others an impossible one, but education does play a pivotal role in guaranteeing higher chances of employment and better paying jobs. If education is made more accessible and the quality that is imparted more uniform such that the rich are not advantaged and the poor not disadvantaged and that gender does not determine one’s chances of becoming educated and that an individual’s location doesn’t dictate the quality of education he/she is to receive, then only can education unite society.

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Children’s Educational Activities

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Toys have become one of the latest and most effective tools of learning. There are many different toys which develop different skills in children. Toys will ignite children's interest and desire to learn. There are also toys designed specifically to meet the needs of children faced with learning difficulties. Some of today's toys are STEM toys. They are designed to enable a child to learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. All while playing and having fun! There are also SNAP toys for special needs children. Magnetic and manipulative toys are construction toys which inspire creativity, eye-hand coordination, fine-motor skills, dexterity and shape sorting.

One of the best options for helping children with reading and writing is books. Books are valuable at all levels of children's education. A baby's senses are piqued early on while you are reading to them. As they grow older, they can see the pictures and begin to read along. Reading will also help in all subjects including math, reading and writing. Books also teach sounds and develop social skills.

Another teaching activity is playing card and board games. Many of these are designed to unknowingly help a child learn while playing the game. Some games will enable children to learn the alphabet, spelling, numbers and counting. The focus should be on helping the child to learn rather than just winning the game. The learning process of children of all ages is aided by card and board games, and is also a great way to socialize and have fun!

Playing "dress-up" is a time-honored activity. We all did this when we were growing up. Imaginative play helps creative thinking in our children. They love becoming Mom or Dad and having tea parties or going to work. They have control over themselves and it builds their own-esteem. They role-play, practice and experiment with various situations. They develop real-world skills without any consequences.

Computers are a big part of our children's activities in today's world. The hand-held models start with very young children and, as they grow older, keep progressing up to laptops. They significantly improve the learning process. Regardless of the program on which they are based, the games will aid children in their process of learning while being engaging and fun. They are usually based on words, sounds and a variety of images. They provide basic and advanced activities for learning. They are a useful tool to assist children in the process of learning. They are becoming a part of all educational schools. More and more programs are being developed for computers which are teaching many job related skills. They are valuable tools in the education of children, and are giving them a head start on their future. The teachers and caregivers are now seeing the importance of computers, and they are becoming part of the school curriculum.

Educational activities are very important for early childhood development. Even with computer technology taking over a lot of life's aspects, the educational toys, board and card games, books and dress-up are still among the most effective educational activities for babies, kids and teens. We all need to be diligent about making sure our children are getting the best start possible with educational activities. We need to be sure we are keeping up with their abilities and provide them with the appropriate tools for learning. It is important to be sure they are also receiving the best possible education while in school.

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Giving Special Attention To The Development Of Poor Children

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Nelson Mandela once said, let there be food, water and job for everyone. This target can be achieved only when the basic facilities will be provided. Education is the key to enhancement individual development. Every society must aim at working towards child development.

Children are the future, the building blocks of every society, which it must aim to nurture without any biases. If a society is looking forward to a bright future ahead, it can be achieved only by securing a brighter future for the children, no matter from what background they are coming from.

Generally the children of the poor are left out from the child development programs because the economic conditions of their family does not permit them to chase the dreams of getting education or enjoy the school life. They have become
adult because of the responsibilities that are disputed on their shoulders at a very young age. They have to work at some construction site, roadside food stalls, peddling things at the traffic light or work at some one's home as maid or servant to supplement the earnings of the family.

The Government of India has taken pro-active measures to ban child labor completely from the country. However, it still exists. It has also started different educational missions / programs like Sarva Sikha Abhiyan, for education of children especially the poor children but in a huge country like India, with over a billion population along with the efforts of the administration, charitable organizations need to come forward to lend hand to work for child welfare, providing free education for poor children.

In October 2006 Baba Amar Singh Ji opened a special education society that works for the welfare of poor children of employers and others coming from BPL (Below Poverty Line) families.

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What Are the Benefits of Forest School to Children?

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Forest school is a lot of fun. There is no denying that. Climbing trees, building fire, playing with mud, foraging for wild berries; outdoor learning is just a wonderful experience. However, is it really important for children to experience it growing up? Here are just a few of the countless benefits of forest school to kids:

Improves Health

At forest schools, children are almost always in motion. They run, climb, collect, dance, dig, and more. With all these physical activities, children develop more strength, speed, and durability. Children are naturally restless. And by putting them on large spaces and allowing them enough time to play, their physical well-being are greatly enhanced.

Better Social Awareness

By participating in play activities with other children to achieve specific goals, they start to realize the importance of cooperation. They start to appreciate that they are a part of a larger group and that they can be of positive impact if they learn to help each other.

Enhances Linguistic Skills

Since children are exposed to new acquentions and environments, they learn to communicate better by using new words. And since outdoor settings are more relaxed, kids are more encouraged to speak up and express themselves.

In Physical Development

Activities like building structures, using different tools, playing, and doing activities not normally experienced at home or school help develop the fine and gross motor skills of kids.

On Taking and Handling of Risks

Forest school allows children to take and handle risks in a secure and safe setting. This is very important in helping children enhance their creativity and develop relationships.

Improves Self Esteem

By allowing children to choose their own activities and by letting them positively impact the development and implementation of these activities, they become more self-reliant.

Improves Concentration and Motivation

Because outdoor learning activities are designed to be interesting, children participate willingly over extended amounts of time until the desired outcomes are achieved. Without knowing it, children learn to concentrate their minds and efforts to complete complex tasks and achieve larger goals.

Improves Knowledge about the Natural World

In forest schools, children learn a lot about nature that no books or films could ever show them. In these modern days, so many kids are no longer in touch with life outside the corners of home, halls, and schools. Letting them play in the woods and other natural environment opens their senses to the countless wonders our world offers.

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Education Barriers Among the Immigrants in the US

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With the widening increase of hopefuls crossing the US borders every day, immigration is one issue that never seems to decline. This is placing a magnificent pressure on the US border patrol and the dollars spent by the government is taking a toll. Many of the immigrant children and youth cross the border in order to escape the deadly political violence or natural disasters, to escape from civil wars in their countries or even torture. Even with the barbers set up, they still try to overcome all hurdles on the pathways to US citizenship. Immigrant students too enter the US in millions every year, and they face a lot of problems – emotional, financial and social problems in the "land of plenty".

Adversity encountered by Immigrant youth

Teens face the ultimate hardship that is, they are stuck in two worlds, a world where they are either wholly American nor are fully part of their own country. Most of these children who arrive do not have any formal education in their own country nor are they able to attend school in the US – due to illegal papers or low English proficiency. Even though they have enrolled in schools, migrant workers are forced to return to their homes, as they are unable to be employed during the winter season. This again affects their children who have been forced to discontinue their studies for several weeks, negatively affecting their attendance.

Limited English learning Immigrant Students

The Urban Institute reports that the number of immigrant children has tripled by 6-20 percent between 1970 and 2000. With this rapid enrollment of immigrant children, the nation's school strength is estimated to increase by 30 percent. Immigrant youngsters who lack English Proficiency have also increased drastically. A number of Spanish speaking children are being seen with limited English proficiency, followed by Vietnamese, Cantonese and Korean.

Challenges faced by Limited English Learning Students

Even though children of immigrant perform well, most of them, especially teens face problems when it comes to language skills, culture, and social barriers along with their poverty circle. Children are not able to cope with the natives speaking English as they lack time to get their study materials and make friends with native citizens. There are no helping hands from their family as the parents work multiple jobs or work in shift timings to make ends meet. This in due course results in more dropouts.

Young immigrant's independence constraints with the family

Children who have mastered English are often seen as translators for their parents outside, as the parents have limited English proficiency that have less education and qualification. This creates tiffs among the parents and children, where the child feels isolated in the new country and has mixed cultural barriers, on the other hand the parents feels their children have become too Americanized and independent. These misconceptions can be brought down when there is some active communication established by NGOs' to educate the parents so that they are able to give some valuable time and support to their children.

Serving Immigrant and LEP Parents

With the help of the Federal No Child Left behind Act of 2001 the bilingual and immigration education program has been further strengthened. Many workshops and community centers support the immigrant families by introducing programs like:

-Making English a secondary language, parent workshops, computer training, translations and referrals.
-Programs for new bees by proving language improvement and co-curricular and cultural course.
-Partnership with educators, medical team and cultural leadership in society to serve the immigrant community.
-Five-year high school program for those immigrant students who lack in English speech and who need extra coaching.

The projects mentioned above focus on the targeted immigrants that will provide them a base and make them strong and powerful. These projects will hopefully be able to contact the leader audience of the immigrant children, making it a safer place to be in, setting out their legal papers through the counseling of a good immigrant lawyer and by going through the green card process in order to receive their citizenship.

It is to be noted here that for every immigrant it is imperative to appear for the Medical Immigration Exam; one can adjust status or expedite the process for a Green Card only if the US Medical Immigration Examination is undertaken. This is a mandatory part of the US Immigration exam.

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Types of Education Majors

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Some people are simply born to teach. These natural educators should pursue majors that fit their teaching style as well as their favorite subject. A person who loves music and wants to be a teacher should choose music education as their major, not architecture or pharmaceuticals. Being true to yourself and what you love will make you an effective educator. This article is for those of you who want to know more about the different types of education majors available to you in an online college.

Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education major is for people who want to teach young children the building blocks of everything they will learn in future years. If you are interested in providing a strong foundation for the youth of today, this major would be a great way to get involved. Learning how to teach children the most basic of skills can be a rewarding experience.

Secondary Education

Everything beyond elementary school is considered secondary education. You might choose this type of major because you prefer to teach more challenging subjects, or simply because you feel you get along better with older children. Keep in mind that students who are in middle school are going through many changes, and may not treat you with the kind of respect and awe you would likely receive from elementary aged children. This also tends to be a problem in high school, so if you think you are tough enough and can deal with the attitudes and disrespect that come with teaching secondary grades, then this is the major for you.

K-12 Major

If you are unable to decide which grade you would prefer to teach, get an overall K-12 education by choosing an all-encompassing major. This gives you the option of being certified to work in any grade, at just about any school. Having choices is very good in the current economy situation, as you would be able to accept just about any job offer in education.

Music Education

People who choose to be music education teachers are a very special breed. They must have a passion for music of all kinds, because they will have to take classes for every type of instrument and voice. They must also be willing to break down what they know into smaller bites for their students. This is true of all majors, really, but with music majors, they have the option of choosing music performance as their major as well. Those who decide on being music educators set aside their love of performing to teach students how to play an instrument or sing a song. The difference between performance and education is that, in the beginning, the students are not being taught how to be musical because they are not quite able to comprehend that in beginning band, choir, or orchestra. Only when they have performed for several years will they come to an understanding of what it means to play with musicality.

Other Education Majors

There are several other types of education majors, especially in the realm of elective classes like art and theatre, but these are the main avenues you can take. Elective classes are especially important to academics because it has been proven that students who are involved in music or other extracurricular activities tend to do better in school.

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Enhance Your Leadership Skills With Active Listening

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Most managers feel they have good listening skills, but they may not be as skilled as they think. Training your managers to be good listeners can have a significant impact on your organization's success. Listening is not as simple as hearing the words someone is speaking. It is actually an acquired skill that takes practice to master. Recently while sitting in a meeting I observed cross talk, side conversations and an individual reading his email. It made we wonder whether we really listened to one another anymore?

If as leaders, we could learn to really listen to our teams and ask great questions, we could dramatically improve organizational effectiveness. According to Manny Steil, an expert in listening and CEO of Communication Development, Inc., there are four fundamental listening concepts:

  • Sensing: Do you hear the words?
  • Interpretation: Do you understand the words?
  • Evaluation / judging: Do you accept or reject the words?
  • Responding: Do you take a final action that results from the conversation?

Understanding these concepts puts people on a path to becoming better listeners. So, how do we become a more active listener? Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Make a commitment to become a better listener. Through our lives we take a lot of communication courses. Have you ever taken a listening course?
  2. Stay present! It is easy to let the mind wander and think about the multiple projects and tasks at hand. Active listening requires being in the here and now.
  3. Keep an open mind. Avoid listening from positions of judgment, bias or preconceived notions.
  4. Resist external distractions. Stay focused on the conversation.
  5. When appropriate take notes. Particularly with employees, it is imperative to take notes during the conversation to ensure understanding.
  6. Ask open-ended questions for clarification. These include what, how, when and where, or statements such as "tell me more." Avoid using "why" as it tends to put the speaker on the defensive.
  7. Use the communication skills of paraphrasing, summarizing, and reflecting (repeat what was said using the listener's words).

It is a fact that we listened least to the people who are most significant to us. This includes spouses, children, friends, coworkers and bosses. So becoming a better listener will not only enhance management skills and organizational effectiveness, it will also have a significant positive impact on the other relationships in our lives.

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Source by Karen D. Black

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HIV Education in the Schools Across America

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AIDS has devastated the lives of many citizens in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the number of AIDS infections among young Americans between the ages of 13 to 25 rose nearly 20 percent, and approximately 50 percent of new infections are among individuals who are younger than 25 years of age . Therefore, finding better methods to communicate the risk of AIDS transmission are greatly needed to protect our young people and preserve the next generation.

Young people in the United States are at a persistent risk of HIV infection. This risk is especially important for youth of minority races and ethnicities. Continued HIV prevention outreach and education efforts, including programs on absence and delaying initiation of sexual relations, are required as new generations to replace the older generations that benefited from earlier prevention strategies.

I believe that there should be more HIV and AIDS education in the school systems across America. I feel that this is an area of ​​education that we could improve to protect and preserve our next generation. There are two reasons that I feel this way. My first reason is to prevent a student from being discriminated against, and the second reason is giving education to the students on preventing the spread of this disease.

My first reason for believing there should be more education about HIV and AIDS in the school system is the way I was treated when I was diagnosed with HIV. I was diagnosed with HIV at 14 years old and due to the lack of education to the teaching staff in the earlier years; I was not allowed to attend class in a regular school setting. Instead I was forced to be home schooled by the board of education, (homebound program) in which I was not taught all the subjects as a regular student would be. I was not taught mathematics at a high school level so when I decided to attend college I had a lot of difficulties in the area of ​​mathematics. On the other hand, English was drilled into my head like a nail, which I am grateful for. The reason for this was that my homebound teacher was an English Professor before she started teaching in the homebound program.

Even though I was not taught as well as those students attending classes in a regular school setting, I have become an excellent student in college despite my difficulties in math. I do believe, however, that the school system has gotten better. I have not had any problems with discrimination while attending college. That, at least, is a good thing!

Secondly, I feel that if there had been more education on the prevention and spread of this disease, I might not have contracted it. Had I known about the risks of this disease, I may not be infected today. Even though I contracted HIV through a transfusion, maybe if I had been more educated on the ways it is transmitted, I could have somehow preverted myself from becoming infected.

Therefore, I believe that there should be more education for students. The students are our next generation. They should be educated about the risks of HIV infection. I feel it should be a requirement for the schools to inform students about the dangers of the disease as well as the myths of being around someone who is infected.

Even now I feel I have to be careful when I dislose my diagnosis, which prompts me from making friends for fear of being rejected. I feel that if there were more education, I could feel more comfortable talking about my situation of having this disease. Ultimately, I would not be afraid of causing a panic among my peers. Finally, I believe with more education it would prevent the rise of students becoming infected with this disease. I believe that it is our obligation to protect the next generation.

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Source by Jessie I Snyder

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Play Schools and Preschools in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, the city of Nizams is an amalgamation of traditional and modern techniques of education. The number of Chairs in Hyderabad is growing rapidly with the increase in awareness of importance of early childhood education. During the last few years many Montessori schools in Hyderabad have turned up. Many parents today want their children to attend Montessori schools due to the freedom that is provided for their natural learning.

The preschools in Hyderabad offer day care facility for kids of working employees which is a boon for working women. Home works and extracurricular activities are taken care during these hours.

Preschools in Hyderabad are densely populated in areas like Kukatpally, Madhapur and Nizampet Road where the residents are mostly MNC employees. Along with the leading preschool chains, there are many independent play schools.

Play schools in Hyderabad are run mostly by women of 25 to 35 yrs. This is being considered as a good home based business too. The first time investment may be high, but there are promising returns. If a leading preschool chain franchisee is being taken, training for the staff is provided by the experienced trainers in early childhood education. Also we can see some experienced teachers coming up with good preschools. Some play schools in Hyderabad are set up by NRIs too.

The Preschools in Hyderabad have their fees ranging from Rs.10,000 / – to Rs.30, 000 / – per annual, depending on area and facilities provided.

The leading preschool chain in Hyderabad are, Bachpan, Euro Kids, Kidzee, Roots to Wings, Sunshine Preschools, Smartkidz etc.,

Visit http://www.indianplayschools.com/psinhyd.htm for list of preschools in Hyderabad

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