Digitalization is the act of applying digital technology to everyday tasks to make lives easier. This includes automating tasks previously done manually, such as using a software program to generate reports instead of spreadsheets or manual processes. It could also involve using digital devices to complete tasks previously done offline. One example, an application on your smartphone to place your food orders at a restaurant instead of having waiters write down customer orders from every table. This begs the question, is digitalization in school management a need?
Digitalization in education refers to using desktop computers, mobile devices, software applications, the internet, and other digital tools in the teaching and learning process to improve efficiency and productivity.
Running a school is both rewarding and overwhelming. The things that have to be done in order to manage a school is a long list. From managing students and teachers, fees, admissions, report cards…the list goes on. This is why having school management system software that can help aid the school is important.
One of the requests we receive from time to time is for the ability for teachers to message other teachers (and parents) more easily in QuickSchools.
Up to now, we’ve designed QuickSchools so that messaging is one-way i.e. via the Parent Portal, from the school to the students/parents.
This year, we will introduce a new messaging capability in QuickSchools so that effective communication can take place between teachers, parents and students. Teachers will be able to connect privately with other teachers and with parents as well. You will see a new Messages icon appearing by your profile picture which will indicate if there are messages waiting for you. Clicking on the icon will take you to the Messages screen where you can see all your messages.
QuickSchools Messages will be released in beta in April this year and we hope this will result in better and more effective communication.
UPDATED Feb 20, 2013:
First version of Private Messaging is now available for teachers:
Our next feature that’s coming up real soon is Teacher Pages. Through Teacher Pages, teachers can connect with their classes for each subject that they teach. Teachers will be able to create and share rich content e.g. post a message and introduce a topic to the class, share links to material available on the Internet like a TED Talk video, a wikipedia article or a video from the Khan Academy, etc.
Students (and maybe parents too) of the class will then be able to connect through their respective portals and share their thoughts as well. Hopefully, the Teacher Pages feature will encourage discussions and exchange of ideas that ultimately enhances the classroom learning experience.
We are very excited about this new feature and we’ll share more details once the feature’s released.
UPDATED May 3, 2013:
The Teacher Pages module had been released, but it has been renamed to “Class Discussions”. We will be posting it on our blog in the next few days. You can turn it on via the “Features” page. Let us know what you think about it.