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学习创意美术对小孩的益处

如果你问我,未来的20年后,哪一项技能是孩子必须掌握的?

我的答案肯定是创意思维。

如果今天,你还只是在为孩子的学术课业烦恼,而不是把培养重点放在提升创意思维上,那么这个孩子就真的会输在起跑点了。随着人工智能 (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE )的普及化,现在已经有很多工作被智能机器取代了,比如运输分类,餐厅点餐服务,机场系统等等。在未来,人工智能将更加占据我们人类的生活,那么意味着在未来,我们的孩子所面对的不只是人类的竞争,也需面对人工智能的竞争。

然而,不是所有工作将被人工智能取代,关于创意的行业反而在未来是很不可缺少的。以后的每个行业一定都会需要创意和审美观, 而每一个领袖或精英,也一定是拥有超强的创意和敏锐的审美观!

那么要怎样培养孩子的 创意和审美观呢?唯一一个可以透过想象力,把创意体现出来的学科就会美术。 美术包括绘画,手工,粘土制作,雕像等,而创意美术不是注重在美和技巧的呈现,也包括作品的原创性和创意的表达。今天,让我们一起来看看,创意美术还有些什么好处:-

1) 提高自信心

有自信心的人不一定是成功的人,但成功的人肯定有自信心。 画画,是宣泄自己,自我表达的最好方式。有些时候,当孩子的一些想法无法表达出来,就可以表现在创作上。

评价一个孩子的绘画天分,不能用 ‘像不像’ 来说,但在过程中,你的一个鼓励和肯定,会让孩子保持画画的积极性,可以一直坚持下去,并在这方面得到自信。除此之外,也让孩子讲讲自己的创作内容,从而培养语言组织和表达能力。

2)提升审美观

在绘画过程中的探索,能让孩子的智力和审美观得到一定的提升,从而发现世界的美,感受世界的美。审美的能力不是突然说有就有的,也不是花钱就能买到的。它是靠孩子从小的生活环境,艺术修养熏陶而得的。一个从小喜欢美术的孩子和一个从小只看电视玩游戏的孩子,在长大后气质会产生非常大的区别。

3)提升记忆力&想象力

学习美术,有利于发展记忆力和想象力, 特别是想象力。孩子的想象力是非常丰富,宝贵和奇特的,这些都是未来科技,文学创作,产品创新的最基本原料,所以我们不要当想象力的杀手,要坚持让孩子的想象力得到扩展。

孩子在画画的时候,除了观察事物,还要把一些特点记住。比如孩子画的是之前度假的情景 ,在创作是,需要孩子去回忆。为了画出自己心中所想的事物,孩子需要开动大脑,去回忆,去想象。而每当孩子看到想画的场景或事物,就会更用心地把细节记在脑海中。

4)提升观察能力

在画画的过程种,孩子会不断用自己的视角观察我们美丽的世界,并融入到自己的创作中。你会发现学画画的孩子看待世界角度比较不太一样, 通常比较感恩和更加注意一个东西的质感,更能欣赏和体会世界的美!

5) 培养儿童良好的学习习惯

儿童在学绘画的时候,当然少不了准备绘画的素材,还要自己构思画面,给画画塑造构型,给画面涂色等. 从开始到呈现的所有过程中,都是独立完成和独特的。所以绘画可以有效培养孩子独立思考和专注的能力, 根本没有任何一个活动能与绘画相比。

除此之外,在绘画的过程中, 儿童的细心,耐心和坚持都能被培养,从小画出好习惯。

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Education Centre owners, are you ready to grow your business? Here’s how the Malaysian Government can help!

Take advantage of their grant offer immediately.

According to research, almost 60% of the world’s population is online. We see people staring at screens without being aware of their surroundings. Teens texting on their phones instead of chatting with their peers. In this increasingly digitalised world, going digital is no longer a buzzword. It is a necessity. If you’re operating an education centre and are still managing your workflow manually, how do you prevent yourself from falling behind?

As a tuition centre owner himself, our founder, Darren, realised a few years ago that the old way of filing papers and updating Excel sheets is no longer a viable solution. In order to thrive, we needed a better system. That’s why he came up with AOneSchools – a management system that streamlines administrative tasks for education centres.  Back then, switching to a completely new way of doing things was nerve-wracking, to say the least. We did not have many precedents to refer to, and resources were scarce. Developing a brand new software and convincing other centres to give it a go was a daunting experience. However, in the past couple of years, other industries have started catching up. More and more digital solutions have popped up in our country, and now, we are proud to see that even the government is starting to realize the need to make a change.

In Malaysia’s 2020 Budget presentation, the Ministry of Finance announced that it will provide a new grant initiative, to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country adopt more electronic solutions in their operations. They called it the SME Digitalisation Initiative.

What is the SME Digitalisation Initiative?

As mentioned above, the Malaysian government is hoping to encourage local companies to incorporate modern technology to manage their businesses. The SME Digitalisation Initiative is a grant to give these enterprises a boost. A 50% matching grant of up to RM5,000 per company will be awarded to eligible businesses that purchase digital service(s) from designated provider(s). For example, as a music school owner, you’ve decided to subscribe to an electronic point-of-sale software for RM8,000. With this grant, you can get up to RM4,000 of the fees subsidized by the government. This allows you to upgrade your operations without taking on too much financial risk. No fees are required for the application, and the grant will be valid for a period of 5 years beginning from February 17 2020, or upon reaching 100,000 applicants, whichever comes first.

What can you purchase with this grant?

The Ministry of Finance has identified 7 types of services that the SME digitalisation grant can be used for:

  1. Electronic Point-of-Sale System (e-POS)
  2. Human Resource (HR) Payroll System / Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System
  3. Digital Marketing / Sales
  4. Procurement
  5. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) / Accounting and Taxation
  6. Remote Working Solutions 
  7. E-commerce
  1. Electronic Point-of-Sale System (e-POS):

An electronic point-of-sale system, or e-POS, is a software that can help companies manage sales and cashflow data efficiently. One of the biggest time drains for education centre owners, whether it be tuition centres, sports academies, or art schools; is having to deal with billing and cash management. Having to track each student’s enrolment, fee information, and payment method; not to mention tracing fees collected through online banking to match them to the right payees… these tasks can make even the most organised person want to pull their hair out. One of the most rewarding feelings of being an educator is being able to watch students learn and grow under your tutelage, but even the most passionate of teachers can feel like drowning at times when dealing with financial paperwork.

At AOne, we recognised this problem early on, and strove to develop a solution for it. With our software, you can rest easy knowing that invoices are being generated automatically to students, based on the packages that you offer. There is even an in-app payment feature available, so you won’t have to process payments every month – or worse still, go through a pile of cash deposit and bank-in slips to figure out which students they came from. When customers make payments through your app, their receipts will be issued automatically, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your freed-up time doing things you love. 

2. Human Resource (HR) Payroll System / Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System:

To operate an education centre, you not only have to manage your students, but also the teachers that you employ. If you think organizing student data is hard, try tracking teacher payroll. Going through attendance records, calculating employee hours, totalling payment amounts – these could easily take up days of an administrator’s time. That is time that could be better used for marketing your business, preparing for lessons, and thinking up ways to better serve your students. If you employ many teachers and need a solution for this tedious process, consider getting a software that simplifies it for you.

3. Digital Marketing / Sales:

A business without customers is just a hobby. A good digital marketing service provides solutions for you to promote your school to a wide range of students, and helps you manage advertisements effectively.

4. Procurement:

Procurement software offers a more competent system for businesses to purchase and sell supplies. This includes sourcing suppliers, corresponding with them, and performing transactions through the internet.

5. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) / Accounting and Taxation:

As Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” As enterprise owners ourselves, we know that doing taxes can be the death of us. Accounting used to involve calculators and lengthy ledgers; but if you’re still doing that, it’s time to level up. An accounting software can help educators manage their books efficiently, which makes filing taxes a lot easier as well. 

What about ERP? ERP, or enterprise resource planning, is software that can handle multiple functions within an operation, such as product planning, development and manufacturing, warehouse management, financial management, sales and marketing etc – all in a single system. 

Since most enterprises have their own operating systems, ERPs are often customised to suit each business’s needs. 

6. Remote Working Solutions:

Since the announcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO), citizens have grown used to the new normal of working from home. While challenging to adapt to at first, remote work has gradually become a regularity in our lives. A good number of AOne’s clients switched to online teaching during the MCO period, and many mentioned that it was a tough transition. For companies used to offline operations, having to pivot online in such a short time can be extremely difficult. Therefore, the government included remote working solutions, such as software that enables effective data exchange and communication between remote staff, in the SME Digitalisation Initiative to ease the process.

7. E-commerce:

Even before COVID-19 hit, e-commerce has taken the world by storm. Pioneers like Amazon and eBay have shown us how easily goods can be purchased with a few clicks of a button. With their success, other businesses have followed suit, whether it be clothing retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, even food services. Now, with stringent rules on social distancing, the ability to buy goods online has become an integral part of our lives. E-commerce digitalisation services allow SMEs to use technology to sell their products online, while providing them assistance in fulfilment, marketing, and other activities.

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What are the companies affiliated with this grant?

You can browse through the list of approved vendors here: https://www.mybsn.com.my/formdownload?formDownloadId=2112

How do you know if you are eligible?

You can apply for this grant if:

  • At least 60% of your company is owned by Malaysians.
  • Your company is registered under the relevant laws of Malaysia, and is classified as a small or medium enterprise.
  • Your business has been in operation for at least 1 year.
  • If your company has been in operation for 1 year, you are required to have a minimum annual sales turnover of RM100,000 for the first year.
  • If your company has been in operation for 2 years or more, you are required to have a minimum annual sales turnover of RM50,000 for the preceding 2 consecutive years.

How can you apply for this grant?

For those of you who are eligible, you can go through the following steps to submit your application.

  • Appoint 1 to 3 approved vendor(s) to provide digitalisation services to your business.
  • Compile the following documents for submission:
    • Completed SME Digitalisation Initiative Application form (downloadable at https://www.mybsn.com.my/formdownload?formDownloadId=2111 )
    • Copy of Identity Card or Passport of Director(s) / Partner(s) / Proprietor(s), whichever is applicable
    • Copy of business registration licenses (CCM, Form A/B, Form 24 & 49 and M&A or any similar forms under the Companies Act 2016)
    • Audited financial statement for the last financial year and the latest management account (if any) or evidences of sales turnover (if any)
    • Company’s bank statement for the last 2 months
    • Company’s profile (if any)
    • Invoice/billing and service agreement from authorised vendor listed by MDEC
    • Any other information and documents as and when required by the bank
  • Submit the documents above to any of BSN’s (Bank Simpanan Nasional) branches. You can search for the nearest branch from you here: https://www.mybsn.com.my/location.xhtml?menuId=6
    • Keep in mind that only the SME is authorised to complete and submit the application documents. Appointment of any third party for collection and submission to the bank is not allowed.
  • Before applying for the grant, you will need to pay the price after deducting the subsidised amount from the grant to your service provider(s), and submit proof of payment to the bank.
  • When your application is approved, BSN will make a direct payment of 50% of the total invoice amount, or up to RM5,000, to your appointed service provider(s). Depending on the total invoice amount, this payment may be made in one lump sum or in stages, based on the bank’s discretion.

For more information about this initiative, visit https://www.mybsn.com.my/content.xhtml?contentId=1561

Digitalisation is a process that all businesses have to embrace in order to thrive. Here at AOne Schools, we strive to support you in your efforts to do so, by providing solutions and resources that can help you grow. If you are interested in finding out how we can assist you, please feel free to contact us or schedule a demo.

It’s time to leave the days of manual paperwork behind, and start using a more elegant system for your education business.

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6 Guidelines: Tuition, Daycare & Any Learning Centres Need For The ‘New Normal’ of Offline Classes

Malaysia Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced that almost all economic sectors and business activities can resume operations under a conditional MCO (Movement Control Order), starting 4 May 2020. Many of us are wondering if we can resume our centre operations. With some of the guidelines like keeping our business premise less than 10 people, perhaps we can start running our learning centres once again while ensuring safety as the number one priority.

However, we also have to take into consideration on the safety of our students, teachers and ourselves if we decide to operate our learning centres in this uncertain times. We also need to spend sometime to prepare our centres following the latest SOP rolled out by the Government. Has your centre been disinfected? There are a number of parties mentioning that childcare centres are not expected to open for about another month as operators have to undertake a series of stringent precautionary measures before they can resume operation.

We will resume the operation of our learning centres sooner or later. However, we should start preparing and be ready right now. Here are some suggested guidelines that the AOne team has prepared for you!

(1) Body Temperature Scanning for Everyone

Make it compulsory to measure body temperature of all students, teachers, parents, business owners and anyone who comes to your centre. Looking for a non-contact infrared thermometer? Do let us know by filling the form at the end of article if you need one!

(2) Regular Usage of Hand Sanitiser

You should provide hand sanitiser for students or anyone before they come in the centre. Place it at the counter and classrooms wherever that is convenient for everyone to use. As a good practice, you should always sanitise the tables and chairs after each class.

(3) Use of Face Masks

Make it compulsory for students and teachers to wear masks. As a business owner, we too should be setting an example for them. Prepare more masks for standby in case some students do not bring maks when they come for classes.

As #AOneJagaCentre, if you need any help in sourcing the necessary items and services, do fill up the form below and we will see how can we help:

(4) Seating Arrangement 1 Meter Apart

You may arrange one table for one student with at least 1 meter between students. Minimise the contact between students, and maintain the size of class to a maximum of 4-6 students .(*depending on the size of your classroom.)

(5) Social Distancing

We know it’s hard to keep “social distancing” among those naughty students, but you can do it by marking some lines and “personal space” allowed for each student. Give the awareness to the students on the importance of social distancing. Meanwhile, educate all teachers within your centre to follow the social distancing even outside of centres. Encourage “take away” food rather than dine-in. Minimise the contacts with other people and stay at home when there is no urgent errands to run.

(6) No Waiting for Parents In The Centre

You may need to add a new policy that states that non-students are not allowed to be waiting in the centre to minimise the risk of infection. Parents, drivers, maids etc should pick up and drop off students only. Encourage parents to come and pick up right away after the class. Discourage students to wait in the centre.

For payment related matters, you may encourage online banking (paperless + contactless) OR implement in-app payment using AOneSchools mobile apps for Parents. We will implement auto-billing for lesson fee collection in May 2020.

WHY should you go for e-receipts and in-app payment now?

  • Parents, students, teachers, admin and business owners can avoid touching paper receipts, cash
  • Automated and easier way of collecting and tracking of lesson fees
  • Cashless and contactless payment
  • Reduced contact between parents and staff

The government has announced the SME Digitalisation Grant (up to RM 5,000) for all learning or education centres to adopt any digitalization measures. No matter if you are running a tuition centre, kindergarten, dance school, swimming school, music school or any kind of learning centre, you will be eligible for the claim!

You may fill in the form below if you wish to know more about the grant

SME Digitilization grant - AOneSchools

Do comment below if you have any suggestion or practice that may share to us. Stay safe everyone!