Web Development Using Chrome Extensions For Smart Schools!

Web Development Using Chrome Extensions For Smart Schools!

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In this post, I will introduce the readers to web development extensions tools in chrome browser, which assist in your web development. Weather it is development or practices these quick tools will help you get going in no time. And the best part is there is no complex installs and setups are involved. Everything is done inside the browser ecosystem and is best suited for school labs and introductory summer camps and boot camps.

Goto Google Chrome extension https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions, which google chromes own distribution medium for an extension. And other 3rd party extensions are not allowed to be downloaded and used since it will cause privacy and security issue. Other than chrome distributed extensions, we can run local development extensions for testing our own extensions, which are developed and later uploaded to chrome extensions website.

Without further ado let’s look at how to install chrome extensions.

  1. The first step in order to access the google extensions, we have to log in with our Google account credentials.
  2. Goto https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions, and selected the search bar which is located in the upper left corner.
  3. And in the upper left corner, there is a search bar, it has the support for Google search suggestion
  4. Now search for the extension we are looking for. Which usually displayed on the right side of the page

 

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Web Maker:

The first and important extension we are going to look at is Web Maker. This is basically a code editor with features. And the main advantages are the ease of editing HTML, CSS, and Js on the same page using split windowed areas and save and load option for later updates and changes. The output screen is to the right by default. We can take screenshots, export our source code and also download our source code for offline integration. And the best part is that we can use this extension offline.

Features:

  1. Fast loading, with save features
  2. Auto code completion
  3. Supports multi stylesheet (CSS, LESS, SASS, SCSS, Stylus) and script (JavaScript, Coffee script, Typescript, ES6) formats.
  4. Able to run in offline mode.
  5. Support for screenshot image and source code exporting

 

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Color Zilla:

Color Zilla as the name suggests is primarily used for picking colors from the page. And is one of the important tool for the web development. It features a color picker, color mixer, pallet browser and CSS color gradient generator.

Features:

  1. Clean interface, does what it says.
  2. Does not take much space or resource.
  3. Does not need an internet connection.

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Page Ruler:

Page Ruler application is a screen pixel ruler calculator, used for calculating the width and height of a rectangular area in pixels. It’s simple and elegant interface makes it easy to be used while developing from design (Note: Design-files are given as image files, where developer uses these tools to calculate the height and width between each element). It got width and height assistive tool, where we randomly draw a rectangle grid using the tool. And with the help of the assistive tool which is small squares on the four ends of the main rectangle, we arrange the X and Y coordinate square grid for our required area.

Features:

  1. Easy and simple interface
  2. Assistive tool for precise placement of the grid calculation box

 

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Chrome Web Debugger:

Chrome Web debugger is an advanced debugging tool, and it features CSS editor, various viewpoints renderer, debugging for media content and a whole bunch of other advanced tools. This tool is bundled with google chrome by default.  And can be accessed by pressing F12 button or, by right-clicking and selecting inspect option.

 

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Final thought:

Jumpstarting HTML and CSS development for a novice seems to be a lot of work, and using these tools make the workflow easier to a certain extent. Which assist us in the practicing the code and get ourselves familiar, but on longer-run and on real development an IDE is a preferred approach where certain complexities do exist. Whatever the scenario, maybe it development or practice in the school lab, the final word is Practice! Practice! Practice!

The RoI of Digital Transformation in Schools!

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Digitalization has become common, it has been widespread that digitalization is not affordable. In simple works obviously, it cannot go afford less, when it is feature-rich and you consider the result and it is undeniably the need of the hour. Have you wondered why firms are investing millions in this digital transformation which is to help the industry, the brand, and the company grow multifold?  The education industry is not an exception.

When your school gets into Digital Transformation there are key takeaways which would surprise you as in management and this article is all about this.
  • Becomes the major and the best investment

It is true that this significant investment would certainly function better than the regular planning and the pushed implementations.

  • Work it out

Certainly, it would become a ‘BiG Win’ when worked out to improve competence and experience the all-new way which has proven success.

  • Efficiency experienced

Analysis of the key metrics which includes the revenues, flexibility in cost reduction and instant collaboration.

Although we are pretty sure what the School Management Software offers and how much of experience has been possessed, we tend to be with less portfolio. The substantial benefits mean the readiness to stay in trend to the digital growth of varied industries that includes education.

Paths to Digitalization

As a school, you need to nail to two prime concepts of transformation which most of them realize when they fail in the traditional methods. Keeping the school goal in line and remembering the value to be created for the stakeholders, it must be measured and implemented.

Point 1:

This is nothing but an effective school management software which would take care of the complete admin stuffs related to schools and it is a good one to keep all the stakeholders integrated into the same page. Relatively, it is these activities which consumes much more time. Here you may become parallax but try to overcome reality. Right from the attendance management to the payroll-management spread across a single software which you get to realize.

Here is the costing:

When you employ a team of admin staffs for the assortment of activity to the lead title and at the same time much works can be handled by a single person.

Point 2:

As the world turns mobile, nothing can be out without a Mobile App, the teachers and the parents are at much convenient to interconnect and communicate. The matrix of communication is possible and hence experiencing no delays or mislaid.  The handy and user-friendly Application allows the teachers to instantly instruct and communicate to the parents. This does not get limited to the academics but also goes a long way in the tracking the child schedule, fees payments and much more.

Researched proof:

The proof of concept dwells in each of the schools with digitalization. As the stakeholders are well engaged, they can see the best is been experienced at the schools.

The children are provided with the required guidance instantly based on their performance chart. The results are seen to improve in each phase and ultimately, the parents are contented. While the teachers do not have to hang around to intimate each student of the class over the updates, they can simply post in the application which again goes to the satisfaction of the teachers.

Decision Makers be fortunate – Revenue up and costs down

As the concept stands to be the foundation with the highest level of performance increase, students’ performance and parents satisfaction. There can be nothing to stop the growth of the school. Ultimately, the development would see amplifying and provides you the new path of growth. The digital maturity is the process of scaling up which would certainly be simple with this high engagement.

Building Value Education and Character Education at Schools!

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The achievements at schools would certainly be linked to the later outcomes experienced in life. Character strength should be substantially built-in with the academics and the school achievement would be assessed along with the conduct certification. The grades and the marks are not the ultimate while the primary strength learned and earned should be the character.

Most schools have the system of self-report to measure the level of the 24 character strengths and along with the acknowledgment of their teacher and tutor, it would proceed. So much to discuss over the positive character traits and one thing stormed out and cleared is the initiation to build the positive character building and the efforts to inherit these qualities with the support of the qualified mentors and psychologist.

The character building and positive psychology mean a long way that is been carried in live and they are closely linked to the aspiration and intelligence as well.

The strategies should inline to the development of the character strengths and the components.

The core strength on which these 24-character traits are categorized.
Wisdom:

This directly relates to the knowledge and the cognitive strength which helps in the acquisition of the knowledge and the skill development. The components of character which comes into this category are:

Creativity

Curiosity

Judgement

Love for Learning

Perspective

The strategy and building these skills should rightly start at the early childhood and keep the pace of learning to step up as the child grows. More of living examples and specific skill enhancement have to be inculcated in children.

Courage:

This paves a good establishment to the emotional strengths and it involves ample exercising over the goal accomplishments and meeting the challenges both internal and external to an individual. The components of character which underlies in this category are:

Bravery

Perseverance

Honesty

Zest

Courage can be taught as a foundation which is underlying in most of the stories and handling situations the best manner should be the lesson. This cannot be an emotion but is broadly the reciprocation of all the virtues.

Humanity:

The interpersonal strengths which seek to be empathic and supportive make the most for this category. The various categories in character are:

Empathy

Kindness

Social Intelligence

Humanity is the one essential value to be cultivated in all children. It is the methodical effort and the tendency to be empathetic makes the most. Serving the society can be amplified with the virtue of this value.

Justice:

This shows the civic strength and perfect go for the community. An individual should certainly be well equipped with this character trait. The following are the categories of this segment:

Teamwork

Fair play

Leadership

The unbiased and the judgmental ability makes it most for the life skills in children. This will keep them grow as a good team player, fair enough in all aspects and well bound with the leadership skills.

Temperance:

The extremes need to be handled and the strength to protect comes in the category. The various components that include here are as follows.

Mercy

Modesty

Prudence

Self-regulation

Temperance is much to be trained in the situational behavior and it should clearly be with the modesty in the thoughts and actions. With much self-regulation and being mercy for others which cannot be made in a day but to be taught with role models.

Transcendence:

It shows the strength to connect with the larger universe and to find oneself in it. The components included here are:

Appreciation

Gratitude

Hope

Humour

Religious

Spirituality

The transcendence is the virtue which keeps the individual going far and wide, they would be inherited from the mentors when trained to think with great appreciation and admiration. It also defines to build better hope and zest.

Schools along with the family and the communities are much responsible for building the virtues in the children. Prominently, the most of it to be taught in schools and should be modified and amplified when with families and the community. This is something which cannot be assessed or evaluated but should be observed practically. This is something once learnt is ever learnt and will be possessed with the child as an excellent credit.

Teach kids to overcome procrastination!

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Before we proceed, I am sure you could be a parent or a mentor reading this article. Let us first understand procrastination. It is in each of us and it is a part of human tendency. The underlying reason why we procrastinate the tasks, as we hear from kids saying,

"It has time till next week…so not doing it now"
"Let me shower after an hour or later"
"No…no… I will not do it now, why the hurry"
"So what? let me do it later"

Hmm… the list is on-going and the killing reason of such procrastination is that they are not interested in the tasks, they are not enthusiastic and procure carelessness, avoidance, waiting to get it done by others, sometimes the ignorance too.

Most of them define it to be handled psychologically, yes… that is true but would the self-realization and helping kids realize their potential and providing them a concrete solution would certainly help and it is powerful too.

So, let me present another point that it all depends on the parenting and the skills of the parents to present the task. In simple words, if the child has to do Mathematics, then say do your sums now… instead of complete your homework. The burden of homework sounds huge compared to when you just say complete sums. Well again we expect the fullest from the children but even if the child reaches the above average the child has to be rewarded.

The maturity and the regulations should come from the parents and the monitoring of the parents’ behavior towards the children is far more important than setting to correct the child. If you wish to set out being supportive to overcome procrastination then think of doing the following.

  • You should reward the child, not always rewards should also mean punishments and so henceforth, forget the punishments.
  • Keep your expectation realistic and do not set expectations based on the peer child.
  • Keep changing the strategies based on the age of the child.
  • Train kids to handle independently
  • Teach them to achieve on their own
  • Rescue your child when experiencing failure
  • Set yourself as a model

It does not end here as you may have to teach them with much of realization and it is proved the habit of procrastination is nothing to do with gene while it is purely a habit that comes out of practice.

Teach the children to foresee literally the time traveling to future and make them wonder the anxiety experienced for not completing and on the other hand, the happiness cherished on the completion. This will keep them changing to the betterment.

Teach them how to get started and make them realize they need not worry about the complete staircase but only take one step at a time. This will encourage them to initiate and move towards the goals and completions.

The handling of children should be different for different age groups. For older children, few other tips may help. For example teach them to eat the frog first, which means the toughest task to be completed at first. Attach each of their tasks to a goal setting, make them accountable for their performance.

It would also work if you try to make them understand the 2-minutes rule which is the quick task when handled instantly can provide more completions and hence would motivate. Help them in reviewing and target setting which could be an anchor for long-term performance. Let’s eradicate the procrastination and move the new generation brighter and successful.

 

 

What is M-Learning?

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The trend evidently shows that E-Learning has matured to M-Learning which is Mobile Learning, such modernization of the e-learning and with the popular adoption to smart phones have opened its horizons to the convenience of M-Learning. At the most recent times, the smartphones are the best fit to the ultimate collaboration and they do wonders in the palm. Just as we dive into the topic let us discuss over the education transformation.

We have just conceded through the various digital learning materials which include the eBook, eLearning and even the virtual classroom. The technology has transformed these to a greater extent and now it is seen as the power in our hands and we are able to gather the required information at the fingertips.

Why should it be called Smart Phones any more…when it can do much more in knowledge and learning? Ponder!

Mobile learning in simple terms is accessing the materials in mobile and learning on the go, it is highly personalized and just don’t judge it in general, for eg. When you access a website in mobile you would see the content structured to the device size and keeps it feasible enough to click and go but at the same time the mobile learning content is designed with great website responsive structural management which allows the learner to gather the information in a short span and keep up the desire of serving with the great understanding. This is a strong edge over the e-learning.

Should we call it just-in-time knowledge? May be still better…

Most people access it for the quick learning and instant information. Students seem to utilize in a better way while the corporates and executives would go for a quick refresh of the same. Particularly, for students, it works wonders as it is easier for them to adapt to their knowledge gaps and by focusing on the chapters that have challenged them makes it productive.

Real time interactions to the huge group!

It is interesting to know the experience of each other student, finding the strategy of the group members of the same age, attempting to crack the concept and derive the solution. When there are more interactions over the topic, it becomes better for the retention and does take better participation for the complete understanding.

We have known the disadvantages of technology and innovation, but now when you see the students outsmart due to better technology, should we take back the uttered statement.

How good is the M-Learning structured?

An effective and the best M-learning creation includes the videos, some textual data, and the images. It provided the best knowledge and we do provide the feature to be able to read, repeat, record, list, and mind-map. The comprehensive learning can be achieved with tests, assessments and detailed questions. Some innovative platform has also simulations and the listens to the role playing and evaluations through games and animations. These are supported to demonstrate and illustrate the concept and teach them how to interpret and apply.

It is important for us to create and push learning to people and not push people to learn.

The future of M-Learning is predictable as we see the complete revolutionary change in the cloud technology. The best of all is the learning engagement in M-Learning, it cuts through the mundane of learning as it has engagement booster coming up new and trendy each time. The technology is beyond the normal web page and it steps ahead with innovation. Few of the interesting engagements are pop-up challenges which set count-down time to crack the answer, one to one challenge to the peer, reward, and points to gain and accumulate for recognition.

The future of M-Learning:

Getting so fond over the engagement and the interaction with the mobile learning is the first step to overlook desktops. You can see the trend jump to the wearable learning, as we see the wearable technology to boost. Secondly, the personalized learning gets into the highlight as it delivers the exact search of the learner. The innovations are endless, while it may to more to speak about right the next day, add to the comments session and let’s discuss more.