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10 Questions About Social Media Marketing for Schools Answered

Social media marketing for schools is a big deal and it is pretty tough. When you go online you will see schools competing for social media recognition. The highly active social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google are all available for schools to leverage to gain brand recognition. Most schools are understaffed and do not have a budget for social strategy. As a matter of fact, in our social media survey of 100+ schools, we found that one-third of schools don't have any social media budget, and another one-third don't know how much to spend. Additionally, only 5% of respondents have social media marketing as a full-time job, and 68% dedicate five hours or less per week to social media marketing. Now you know that you are not alone. Many schools like yours are in the same boat. However, there are many of your competitors who know the benefit of social media marketing to their business and have a strong budget for it. We know how difficult …

3 Common Web Design Mistakes Hurting Your School’s Revenue

Is your school enrolment lower than you expected? Do you think your school can do better in terms of revenue? Are you unsatisfied with the results you are getting from your online presence? It could be that something vital is missing in terms of showcasing your school properly to your online audience.When setting business goals, it is easy to forget some minor details that can significantly affect the business success. You could have a very good school offering the best programmes, environment and culture but if you do not market your school to your market segment, your enrolment will be lower than expected and will ultimately translate to low revenue.When undertaking business development for your school, carefully figure out what your school has to offer, how you want to brand your school and who your target audience is. Pay attention to the minor details that are critical to your business success.

For Parents: How To Stay Lovers While Raising Kids

Two leading researchers on marriage explain how couples can keep their relationship - and kids - happy and strong.What happens to a couple's relationship after they have a baby? Philip Cowan, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Institute of Human Development at the University of California at Berkeley, and his wife, Carolyn Pape Cowan, Ph.D., adjunct professor of psychology at Berkeley, have been studying this question since 1975, when they saw their own marriage begin to falter after having children. That's the year they decided to start the Becoming a Family Project, tracking couples from pregnancy to when their children started kindergarten. In 1990 they began the Schoolchildren and Their Families Project, following the first of several groups of parents whose kids were entering kindergarten. The Cowans will complete their research in 2005 when the last group of kids finishes high school.That's the year they decided to start the Becoming a Family Project,…

50 Fun Questions to Ask Your Children To Get Them Talking

Kids ask a lot of questions. Sometimes the questions repeat themselves. Most of the time we've answered them over and over. And let's be honest, we've been known to ignore one or two here and there or do an internal eye-roll over the constant barrage of why's and how's. To be fair, studies have shown that young children ask over 300 questions each day—and so we can't really be expected to answer all of them. (Right?)But here's the thing, kids should actually be encouraged to ask more questions—not fewer! (I know, you want to stop reading right now, because, why?! How?!) Turns out there's a very good reason: When you answer your child's questions, you help keep your child's mind open, says author and parenting expert Michele Borba, Ed.D., Plus, she adds, "You're modeling what a good question looks and sounds like."

Bedtime Stories Series: The Secret CLub

Once upon a time, there was a girl called Ria. She had a dog-called Johnny.One night Ria saw her dog was wearing a suit and walking on 2 feet. Ria was very shocked. She couldn’t believe what was happening. She went to her dog and said, “Oh my God! Is this really happening? Johnny! You can walk on two feet? You are wearing a suit?” Johnny replied in human voice and said, “I knew that you would get to know about this one day.” She pinched her cheek and realized that she wasn’t dreaming.

3 Undergraduates Win Debate Challenge Held To Commemorate Anti-Corruption Day

Three Nigerian undergraduates have won categories of cash prizes for coming top at the grand finale of the Expression Undergraduate Debate Challenge 2017 to commemorate the 2017 International Anti-corruption Day celebrated every December 9.The programme anchored by Youngsters Foundation Communication Associate with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and BEN TV, London held at the Banquet Hall of the NAF Event Centre, Abuja.

For Schools: Creative Christmas Holiday Homework Ideas

Is your school enrolment lower than you expected? Do you think your school can do better in terms of revenue? Are you unsatisfied with the results you are getting from your online presence? It could be that something vital is missing in terms of showcasing your school properly to your online audience.When setting business goals, it is easy to forget some minor details that can significantly affect the business success. You could have a very good school offering the best programmes, environment and culture but if you do not market your school to your market segment, your enrolment will be lower than expected and will ultimately translate to low revenue.

2 Nigerian Teachers Make List Of 50 Shortlisted For Global Teacher Prize

Two Nigerian teachers have been shortlisted for the global teacher prize coming up on March 18, 2018. Ayodele Odeogbola, who teaches at Abeokuta Grammar School, Ogun state, and Itodo Anthony who teaches at Gateway Excel College, Otukpa, Benue state, are the Nigerian teachers that made the list of 50 shortlisted teachers.

8 Signs You Are Called To Be A Teacher

Are you thinking about becoming an elementary school teacher? If you possess all or most of these qualities, you could contribute a lot to children, the community, and the field of Education. While there is no static formula for what makes an excellent educator, these personality traits form the essential foundation for succeeding in the classroom as an instructor and as a leader.

Current Affairs Quiz Contest Produces Winners In Lagos (PHOTO)

Ansar-ud deen Senior High School, Surulere has emerged the winner of this year’s Lagos State Schools Current Affairs competition designed to test the knowledge of issues relating to the state, country, and world in general.The school represented by Master Isaiah Joseph and Olaniyi Joseph, defeated Lagos State Model College, Kankon to get the star prize. Similarly, Lagos State Model Junior College, Igbonla and Ireti Primary Schools also won in their categories. They received prizes and trophies.

5 Mistakes Parents Make That Can Increase Kids' Risk of Drowning

With swimming pools across the country opening Memorial Day weekend, it's time for us parents to make sure we know how to keep our kids safe around water. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4 years old, according to the CDC, and sadly, between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2015, 209 children drowned in swimming pools and another 76 in lakes, according to the United States Swim School Association (USSSA).While teaching kids to swim can save lives, as parents, we have our own preferences and beliefs about at what age a child should learn and what techniques should be used. No matter your choice, Sue Mackie, executive director of the USSSA, suggests following these guidelines so you're not putting your kids at increased risk while they're learning to swim:

7 Weird Things Babies Do and Why They Do Them

To clarify, we're not just talking about your baby - really, it's all of them. Cute as they are, they're quirky, too. They've got immature nervous systems, zero life experience, brains that are still developing and, let's face it, not a whole lot of social awareness. Add all that up, and it's no surprise they do things that make no sense to us. (What our DH's excuse is, can't say. Maybe just the social-awareness part.)So what kind of head-scratchers will you be dealing with? These seven often pop up sometime in the first year or so of a baby's life. Now you'll be a lot less worried when your pride and joy lets his tiny little freak flag fly.

5 Ways To Effectively Use Facebook To Market Your Business

You probably have spent so much on your school’s marketing budget - hundreds of thousands have gone down for a website, printed beautiful 4-color newsletters, have run multiple email campaigns, done radio commercials, and even taken strategic billboards in town.The competitive landscape of schools these days requires a good mix of marketing tactics that reach your audiences at the right place and time. What about using Facebook advertising?

Bedtime Stories Series: The Turtle And The Rabbit

One day a rabbit was boasting about how fast he could run. He was laughing at the turtle for being so slow. Much to the rabbit’s surprise, the turtle challenged him to a race.The rabbit thought this was a good joke and accepted the challenge. The fox was to be the umpire of the race. As the race began, the rabbit raced way ahead of the turtle, just like everyone thought.

Best Graduating Student In ABU Receives NNPC Scholarship

Once again, academic excellence has been rewarded as the best graduating student of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria receives a full postgraduate scholarship up to doctorate level.The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) awarded Al-Amin Bashir Bugaje, a 23-year-old Electrical Engineering graduate a scholarship to study in any higher institution in the world.

A Look at Corona School, Agbara As They Turn 25

One of Nigeria's biggest school brands, Corona Schools, is celebrating 25 years of providing outstanding educational services in Agbara, Ogun state. The prestigious school has continued to maintain a culture of excellence among staff and students. The quality of graduates the school has produced over the years is a testament to the quality of education they provide.

ICPC Inaugurates Anti-Corruption Clubs In Secondary Schools

Students in public and private schools across the country have been urged to join anti-corruption clubs in their schools in order to fight corruption now posing as a threat to the advancement of the nation.The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Bako Abdullahi made the call at the State College, Ikot Ekpene, during the inauguration of the anti-corruption clubs for public secondary schools in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom State.

30 Tips On How To Improve Your Memory

1. Associate the memory with the environmentSo if for example, a joke is learned in the presence of a particular smell, that same aroma may cue the memory for that joke.“More simply, when in an exam, I advise my students to visualise the place in which they were revising as a cue to memory,” says Andrew Johnson, memory specialist and lecturer in psychology at Bournemouth University.

Bedtime Stories Series: The Cabin By The Lake

Annie, Martin, Nora and, William were camping out with their parents. They would be living in the cabin by the lake for three days and the children were very excited.When they got to the lake, they gazed in wonder at the water sparkling in the sun, at the bright blue sky and the trees standing along the lake. The cabin stood a little distance away, sitting right in the middle of the trees. It was made of wood and looked just right, almost like a part of nature.

#MySchoolVisit: A Look At Bowine International School (PHOTOS)

Bowine International School is a school committed to continually give qualitative education to children who will be globally relevant not just in the 21st century but beyond. 
They currently run a creche, nursery, and primary programmes.
The school began full operations in August 2017. It started with about twenty-five qualified staff who are also passionate about child's development. Located at Lekki-Epe Expressway, it is impossible to drive past without noticing the beautifully spacious environment.

This Photo Of How Secondary School Students Celebrated Their Graduation Has Got Everyone Talking [LOOK]

These secondary school students took the word 'unique' to a whole new level with their graduation celebration. To students, the last examination day is the day they graduate from school. After their last paper, they are technically graduates. To commemorate this event, students usually plan parties, wear branded T-shirts, and engage in other creative rituals.

9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child (by a mom)

I was trying to do two things at once—cook (in the kitchen) while deciphering some paperwork (in the next room). I'd been interrupted a thousand times with requests for snacks, shrieks over spilled paint water, questions about what squirrels like to eat, and arguments over whether clouds could be blue and flowers could be green. And did I mention that a ruptured disk in my back was throbbing even worse than my head?Still, nothing can excuse my behavior that afternoon.I erupted like Mount Momsuvius: "Enough! Get out! Stop bothering me!" The look on my daughters' faces said it all. The 2-year-old's eyes widened. The 4-year-old furrowed her brow and jabbed her thumb between her lips.Immediately I wished I could stuff the hot-lava words back into my mouth. They certainly hadn't come from my heart, or my brain.

3 Winners Get N2.3 Million In The UBA Essay Contest (PHOTO)

It was an all-female affair as 15-year-old Samuella Sam-Orlu of British Nigerian Academy Abuja, emerged the overall winner of the 2017 edition of the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition, winning an educational grant of N1,000,000.00 to study in any African university of her choice, as well as a laptop.Samuella clinched the first position at the grand finale, which was held at the UBA Head Office, Marina Lagos, ahead of 11 other finalists selected from over 1,000 entries received by the UBA Foundation from students of senior secondary schools across Nigeria.

132 Students Graduate With First Class From UNN

132 students made their families proud as they graduated with First Class degrees from different faculties of the University of Nsukka, Nsukka during the 47th Convocation of the university. The vice-chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, announced this on Friday during the ceremony, adding that the total number of degrees and diplomas was 7,830.

Greensprings School Scholarship Entrance Exam Holds December 16 (APPLY)

Greensprings school is pleased to announce its annual scholarship examinations for entry into Year 7 and the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Here at Greensprings, we are consistently redefining education in Africa and we believe that every child deserves a world-class and well-rounded education. Children need a solid foundation to become global citizens, achieve their dreams and contribute immensely to their communities. This scholarship will enable students to develop personal integrity and leadership skills which they can draw from for the rest of their lives.

24-Year-Old Nigerian Doctor, Toluwalase Awoyemi, Wins 2018 Rhodes Scholarship

It is yet another proud moment for Nigeria as a 24-year-old Nigerian doctor, Toluwalase Awoyemi emerged as the winner of the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship. Awoyemi is a graduate of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ibadan. He emerged the best graduating student in the class of 2016.

FG Approves 6 New Private Universities

The federal government of Nigeria has approved the establishment of six new private universities in the country. The decision was reached during the Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

10 Ways To Determine A Quality School

How do you know if the school where you are teaching is the right one for you? How can you tell before you even take a job there? What are some of the key characteristics of effective schools? Here are 10 ways to know if your school is a quality one.1. Attitude of the Office StaffThe first thing that greets you when you enter a school is the office staff. Their actions set the tone for the rest of the school. If the front office is inviting for teachers, parents, and students, then the school leadership values customer service. However, if the office staff is unhappy and rude, you must question whether the school as a whole including its principal has the correct attitude toward students, parents, and teachers. Be wary of schools where the staff is not approachable. Look for a school where the office staff is friendly, efficient and ready to help.

6 Reasons Your School Is in Need of a Well-Executed Brand Strategy

Your school’s brand is how you are identified and remembered. Individuals' perception of your school depends on how you showcase your school to them. That is, what you make them see. Your logo and school colourscan evoke feelings of profound admiration or detachment. You get to decide your own narrative.There are many schools providing quality education in the same area your school is situated; your brand is your chance to differentiate your school from the crowd. You decide what you want your school to be known for and then translate that into your school’s branding.

This Is Why Mosquitoes Are Attracted To Some People More Than Others

Mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others, but if you fit their dinner menu, there are a couple ways to become unappetizing.First and foremost, mosquitoes are looking for an easy, safe meal, therefore they prefer hosts who are unaware they’re being bitten so they don’t interrupt the feeding process.

What Age Is Right To Give Your Child A Smartphone? (CLICK)

It’s the time of year when kids are thinking about their holiday wish lists. So what’s a parent to do when a child, possibly a very young child, asks for a smartphone?We hear that smartphones can be addictive, that screen time can hurt learning, but can’t these minicomputers also teach kids about responsibility and put educational apps at their tiny fingertips?

#MySchoolVisit: A Look At Lagos Preparatory School (PHOTOS)

Lagos Preparatory School (LPS) is a school that needs no introduction. Its pre-school is one of the best in Lagos, and its academic standard is proving to be no less.

Gov. Ayo Fayose Approves Secondary School For Ilemeso Community

Ekiti State Governor Mr Ayodele Fayose has approved a secondary school for Ilemeso Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of the State. The school which is to be called Elimeso Community High School will be the first in the history of the town.

The 6 Most Annoying Things Kids Do (by a mom)

by Rosemary Black
At a birthday party for one of the toddlers in my daughter's playgroup, Miranda, then 2, would have won the prize for unhappiest guest. It was a beautiful day; the other kids were running through the sprinkler and finger-painting. But Miranda spent the afternoon with her arms wrapped around my thigh, refusing to budge even for cake and ice cream.
When the party ended, I was annoyed -- and then guilty for feeling that way. Of course, by the time we got home, my daughter was her usual outgoing self again. So why had she acted like an extension of my leg all day?

10 Ingredients Every Good School Website Must Have

Do you have questions about website best practices like: What information should go on our school’s website? Should we use videos? What layout will work for the homepage? How do we get the best content for the site? These are questions our website deployment team get to answer every day.
When it comes to building a school website, the questions are endless. But we will streamline it to the most common question: What makes a good school website?

Bedtime Stories Series: Dino and Yoyo

Dina the elephant was returning home one day in the forest when a fierce storm started raging. It was almost evening.
Dina hurried, suddenly passing by a tree she heard a loud cawing. She stopped.
Looking at the tree Dina saw a nest. A young crow was crying for its mother.
The branch on which the nest had been built was swaying dangerously. Any moment it could fall. Dina felt pity for the young crow. She thought of her own baby Tina.

Top 3 Schools That Have Produced Notable Nigerians

A strong academic foundation can help today’s students become leaders in various fields tomorrow. Students don’t have to attend the most expensive schools to build career success. The powerful men who run the top companies in the nation, our top politicians and founding fathers all attended a variety of schools.
What sort of education does it take to climb to the top of Nigeria’s largest companies?
If there’s one thing that can be gleaned from the educational backgrounds of the most prominent men in Nigeria - past, and present - it is that there are many paths to success.
So, here are 3 secondary schools that have produced notable Nigerians.

8 Things Schools Need To Give Up On

So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not. Looking around most school facilities - even those that aren’t old and crumbling - it’s obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in wide use.

12 Things Kids Desperately Want From Their Teachers

As adults, each of us has a chance to make a positive and impactful difference in a child’s life.
But in order to do this, we must carefully consider this question:
What matters most to our children? 

Students were asked what they want most from their teachers and their responses are worth considering.

10 Tips To Boost Your School's Social Media Presence

When you go online you will see everyone competing for social media recognition for their business and brands. The highly active social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google are all yours to leverage on to gain brand recognition for your school.
Here are a few tips to get your social media presence game on track:
1. Complete Your Social Media Profiles
This is very essential and indeed the starting point for your social media campaigns. Your social media profiles should be complete with all the information you want people to know about your school. Feel free to blow your own trumpet.

Recession: Ondo State Gov't Stops Payment Of WAEC Exam Fees For Students

Ondo state government said it has stopped further payment of West African Examination Council (WAEC) exam registration fees for students in public schools.
The state commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Mr. Femi Agagu, who disclosed the decision of the government, blamed the present economic situation in the country and the paucity of funds responsible for the development.