Need of digitization in education…

In past people used to say that the conventional method of education are best ….But the digitization of  education is the need of time. Now a days we see lots of Education software ,but in small cities its implementation is not upto the marks. Principals & school management should look in this matter.

Digital education give real time experience to the students & lift the level of learning. It is the time to do experiments in the field of education. Education is the only thing through which we can write the story of peaceful & developed world.

Reforms are needed in Primary & middel education , not only in the way of teaching but in the content too. Our education should be project based.

5 high demand career opportunities for school teachers…

We bring to you the top 5 career opportunities which experienced schoolteachers will have in future. These opportunities are in addition to the normal ‘teacher to principal’ hierarchy, and have been created due to the expansion and corporatization of education. We have selected these opportunities based on a survey, which we had with schools, and with the help of various job-postings in education sector.

 

Big fish in small pond

Based on our findings, this is the best opportunity, which an experienced teacher has at present. If you are working with a big, well-known brand, and you have 5+ years of experience in some particular domain, then you can easily pitch yourself for a better designation and pay-package in a new school. Though this school will be new and smaller as compared to your existing school, but your probability of getting into administrative functions is much higher. You recognition, brand value and goodwill will also increase as these schools need to show to parents (read prospective clients) that their teachers have experience of major schools. Hence, the quality will be same.

 

Knowledge retention expert

This is an awesome opportunity. If you have created a niche, then you can work with your school on a ‘knowledge retention program’. Let’s explain it in details. Suppose you are a TGT in Mathematics having more than 10 years of experience. Now, you must have observed, learned and created many best practices in teaching, which are not documented anywhere. For example, you know specific ways of teaching trigonometry and algebra, which results in better assimilation by students. These are the practices which you have learned through your experience, and cannot be found in any book.

What you have to do is to document these practices in form of content. You can work with your school to publish their own proprietary books and pay you royalty, or look for external content developers, who can do the same. Almost all professional services companies focus on knowledge retention, so that the acquired and undocumented knowledge does not go away when their employees leave them. Now, educational institutions are also adopting this practice. However, make sure that you read the agreement while entering into any such contract with your school or external publishers — as at the end, copyright ownership of the content matters.

 

Content Editor

This is another opportunity, which came up in our survey. The difference between this and previous one is that in this, you will be editing the content by others and collating it. In our survey, the schools confirmed that they encourage all their faculty members for knowledge retention, by documenting their teaching pedagogy.

However, they need one person, who is experienced enough to select the best teaching practice and delete redundancies. This person, as per the schools, is an editor. Therefore, an editor’s job — in our example — is to collate the content from all mathematics teachers, select the best one, and file it.

 

Knowledge / process auditor

There was a bit overlap in two categories of our survey, and hence we clubbed the two of them to come up with this term. A knowledge auditor is a one, who is needed to check if the right content is being taught in the right way. Different schools have different names for this role. While in some of the schools, this role is done by the headmaster/headmistress, other have a designation called ‘facilitator’ for it. A process auditor — on the other hand — is a person, who is responsible for checking all the academic, as well as non-academic processes of the schools. Schools, which are going for process certification such as ISO, generally have someone assigned this role.

Now, why is this role important? Based on our findings, demand of a knowledge/process auditor is going to increase in future, for the following reasons. One, many schools will go for ISO certifications, and will need such persons. And second, a person doing a similar job is actually supervising all the processes of a school, and is working as a virtual principal. This aspect increases his/her market value, and makes him/her ready to be absolved by upcoming schools.

 

Education Counselor

If you browse through any of the job site, you will find ample vacancies for this role. Due to growing economy and globalization, the career avenues for students are also increasing. And this calls in for a mentor, who can guide them to right path. Though the job ads demand people with psychology background for this role, but the many schools just wish if their teachers can come forward for this.

Education counseling will help you create a niche for yourself, and you can also work as an independent counselor in future. However, by taking this path, you might have to do away with your normal teaching, which in turn might affect your core competency that you have build over years.

 

Key updates for teachers to increase their market demand….

 

With new changes coming up in education sector, the job profile of a teacher is also changing. Teachers of today are required to be adept with the latest teaching technology, to pass on the knowledge to their students. Also, as students are becoming more informed, it has become imperative for teachers to keep themselves updated. Below are the top 5 skills, which teachers of today have to imbibe in them, in order to sustain in the education sector and increase their demand.

 

Embrace technology

This might seem to the most obvious thing, and many teachers will say that they have already done this years ago, but it’s actually not that easy. Teachers should have full knowledge of at least MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MSExcel. Also, they should know how to open and operate their email accounts. Though this seems to be easy, but this is one such skill, which has become necessarily now.

We have to acknowledge the fact that almost everything is our life has an online element in it. And so is our work and career prospects. As the education sector is rapidly involving technology, it’s better for teachers to adapt it. Whether it’s finding your next career move, or updating yourself on the subject, you should know how to leverage the technology.

 

Create brand and goodwill

We have discussed this point in many posts, and will repeat it here. The only thing that will take you ahead of the competition is your own brand. Therefore, as a teacher, you should try to become the best teacher in your particular subject. Branding is not a new thing. In our school and college days, we all wished to study from some specific teachers. In order to become that special teacher today, you will have to understand the news ways of teaching, which are student friendly. Also, always try to improve your teaching pedagogy continuously. Further, do remember that you know more than your students, and you can do this by keeping yourself updated.

 

Do networking

Networking always plays an important role in career growth. Do meet your peers and ex–colleagues at other schools to understand what they are doing. If you find demand for any particular skill in the market, then do develop that skill. Also, get in touch with other teachers through various social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook to check if there are any opportunities of your interest.

It’s always better to be in touch with your previous employers and specially colleagues. It will help you increase your network and career opportunities. If you maintain your profile on LinkedIn then do ask your previous bosses to recommend you. Also, have the names of your ex–colleagues on your resume for reference check, as it gives credibility to your candidature.

 

Work with other brands

It’s better to have big brands on your resume for career growth. If you are working with a big school, then do mention it in headings of your resume or online profiles. If in case your employer is not a well–known school, then try to find opportunities of attending workshops and seminars in major schools and highlight them. Attending these seminars will also help you to present yourself to these schools.

 

Promote your specialization

Once you have developed the required skills, it’s very important to exhibit them. If you are maintaining your LinkedIn profile then do mention your skills under the “Skills & Expertise” tab. Also, in your resume and job portals, highlight your achievements and skills explicitly, so that recruiters searching explicitly for these skills, connect to you. If you think you have not done anything extraordinary, then do mention whatever you as your accomplishments. Do remember it’s always better to mention even minor achievements, than nothing at all.