Sickness at Bay with Thinking Health Card

Author: Chandana

“Don’t eat out, stay at home, rest well!

You shouldn’t fall sick… Exams are approaching!”

This is common advice we hear whenever exams are around the corner. The first thought parents or teachers have during the exam season is – ‘CHILD must stay HEALTHY!’ (However, students can only think about their upcoming (healthy) vacation!).

In any case, exams or not, at every stage of life, good health is a very precious asset, especially for the budding young generation. We at Report Bee already check on many vital aspects concerning a child’s overall growth. Now, we have come to the most significant wellness factor – health, which we also believe has a significant impact on learning.

Current Scenario in Schools

Observing the present day school health camps, we realized that these medical events are only conducted for namesake (or rather, regulation’s-sake) and provide no real actionable insights. Even in schools where they are done properly, the health data is not interpreted rightly to provide maximum benefits to the child. It’s only natural for us to think that something must be done!

Our Strategy

We decided to develop something that should be of minimal effort for schools and doctors, and still sufficiently scrutinise a child’s overall health and increase self-awareness.

Achieving that balance in health forms (i.e. to collect the ‘right’ amount of health information without it becoming a chore) was the biggest challenge. Obviously, when it comes to health, we want to check it ALL – but we can’t really do a ‘Master Health Check-up’ for 5000 students at health camps. This is where we collaborated with eminent doctors from reputed National & International Medical Institutes to help us design concise, yet comprehensive health forms. Following intense analysis and a number of iterations (which would probably be an interesting blog post by itself!), we came up with a neat process-flow that is just about right!

The Ideal Solution – ‘Thinking’ Health Card

Our health protocol is so comprehensive that it encompasses numerous parameters like physical fitness, nutrition, personal hygiene, behaviour and so on. Everything is represented in a typical ‘Report Bee-style’ (read brilliant) output: the ‘Thinking’ Health Card.

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 We then took the time to Pilot test our new product. Getting the timing right, we conducted a very productive Health Camp for students who were about to appear for their final-term examinations. With excellent co-operation from doctors, nurses and teachers, it was a promising start for our product.

 

Conducting Health Camp at School
Report Bee Conducting Health Camp at School
Conducting Health Camp at School
Report Bee Conducting Health Camp at School
Conducting Health Camp at School
Report Bee Conducting Health Camp at School

 

Powerful Health Data

Harnessing the incredible power of data, Report Bee has pioneered in multi-variant data analysis (with the aim of improving learning, teaching methods and so on). Our latest venture is with one of the most powerful forms of data – health data.

Now that we have meticulously developed the ‘Thinking’ Health Card that helps improve children’s overall health and consequently improves learning, parents and teachers should feel empowered to take the right action at the right timeearly intervention is the key.

 

The Ideal Solution
The Ideal Solution

 

Essentially, our vision with the ‘Thinking Health Card’ mirrors the popular saying – ‘A stitch in time saves nine’

To realize the full potential of ‘Thinking’ Health Card, it is crucial that parents, teachers and children constantly stay aware and take swift action on any health requirement that may have come up in Report Bee’s health analysis.

So, shall we start a healthy academic year with Report Bee’s ‘Thinking’ Health Card?

If you are interested, leave a comment below or email us at support@reportbee.com

                                                       We’ll see you soon!

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Image credit: http://www.holmen.k12.wi.us/domain/1099

 

 

 

Our First Student Visitation & A Lesson in Statistics

It was a casual evening around 3 PM and I was waiting at the reception of AMM Matriculation School to meet the Principal, Mahalakshmi Ma’am. As I entered and waited at the reception, there were teachers coming in and going out in hurry, some were signing off their out time (it was the end of that school day), some parents waiting outside to meet teachers and amidst all this some passers-by looking at me, smiling and wondering who I was waiting for. Needless to say, I was indeed doing the same! More in fact; eavesdropping a few conversations, actually! 🙂

There was a phone ringing somewhere in the corner of the room and that brought me back to reality. The receptionist looked and asked me to go and meet the Principal. As I entered the Principal’s office, she (like other school Principals) had a hundred things to attend to, with at least five people entering per minute to get her signatures, discuss  problems, and get her consent on school issues. This was nothing new to me. Having been visiting a lot of schools, I have gotten used to the busy schedules of the Principals.

The meeting ended well, with her bubbly self, always teasing us and ensuring we always leave with a smiling face. While I was leaving, she was looking at insights, one of Report Bee’s smart features and said with a twinkle in her eye, “hey Sharanya! Why don’t we have the AMM kids visiting your office to make them understand how you use data and generate these Report Cards? Will be interesting for them to learn!” I thought to myself, hmmm! Not a bad idea at all! Also we will get to know how well children understand our reports and more importantly if they like them! 🙂

The date was fixed to be 25th March 2015 and it was decided that 90 students from Class 8 will visit Report Bee’s office.  This was something really exciting for us here at Report Bee to plan up and ensure the children leave our office with a smile! 🙂

The purpose of the visit was to get the children to understand statistics and its usage in everyday life, very similar to how Report bee helps schools, teachers and parents to understand the students’ better through data visualization. On 25th March, the students came in 3 different batches of 30 each, one after the other starting at 9:45 AM. We had an activity to explain the concept of Measures of Central Tendency (Mean, Median, and Mode) and how they can be used in everyday life.  We had Arvind explaining the concepts while I just entertained the students with all my talk! It does work at times! 🙂

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At the end of the each session, all the students left with chocolates and a certificate of participation. It was great to interact with the students and I can certainly say that Report Bee has made them happier. They love their reports! They find it colourful and love the designs! They are also really happy that Grades are shown in place of marks because that that means less lecturing from parents! 🙂

We thank AMM Matriculation School for arranging this visit and the students for visiting our office and interacting with us! A morning well spent for RB-ians! 🙂

Creation Cricket League

We do love cricket. Just like Obama worries why US productivity goes down by 5% when Sachin bats, our productivity too goes down when some tournament is going on. We may be so-called nerds, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t having any coffee-break talks on cricket. But, if you are expecting this article to be some “pure cricket” article about Sachin’s paddle-sweep or Dhoni’s helicopter-shot or some cricket matches that are played by the RB Creation Team, then you will be disappointed.

This article is purely on how we leverage the sport to keep ourselves (Creation Team) creative, motivated and inspired. Above all, it keeps us in love with what we do.

As a Creation Team member, nothing is more exciting than:

  • Solving challenging problems with software programming (or)
  • Observing our customers consume our freshly brewed coffee … er,  code (or)
  • Getting into new challenges (projects).

Usually, by the general psychology of a developer, their motivation, interest or productivity reduces when a project duration increases. The project may become big or tasks may become monotonous.

All Project Managers, remember the formula: Productivity is inversely proportional to project duration or monolithicity of project.

Project vs Productivity

To avoid this we came up with three ideologies for approaching new projects.

“Test Match” Projects

These generally take 10-14 days for completion.

Any big project which we do – we logically separate it to smaller projects in such a way that the longest small project won’t exceed a duration which will make the developers lose interest. Instead of bombarding developers with the entire mission impossible target, we set smaller targets for the metaphorical morning session, post-lunch session and post-tea session. This keeps the developer’s mindset focused and clear. Generally, one to three Creation Team members are involved in these projects.

“The ODI” Projects

These generally take one to three days for completion.

These are usually small enhancements or feature requests from the customers or internal requirements. We sometimes take up these projects between Test Match projects so that the developers get an opportunity to refresh their minds for the next one. Generally, one to two Creation Team members are involved in these projects.

“The T20” Projects

We call these 111 Projects: One Day, One Team, One Challenge.

We sometimes stop all regular projects for a day. On that day, we take up one fresh project that would normally take around 14 days to one month for completion by a small team. The entire Creation Team sits together at the start of the day (we start really early on that day 🙂 ) and does everything.

  • Ideation.
  • Features brainstorming and freezing.
  • Wireframe.
  • Design.
  • Dev plan; smart task separation / delegation.
  • Front end architecture and development.
  • Back end architecture and development.

That is pretty much everything related to a project execution. It’s kind of a pure fun slogging where we might face unexpected turns and bounces in the wickets. We keep this project a secret from the other teams (Happiness and Growth). At the end of the day (a really looong day), we have something to surprise them and our customers with.

The “Practice Sessions”

Do we only play matches? No! Along with these projects, support tickets and small bugs are bound to come along. Usually, these won’t take more than one to two hours for completion. All developers are bound to work on such tickets along with their regular matches. They do these ticket/bug fixes either at the start or end of the day so that they can stay focused on their important match.

Till now, we are happy with this approach and the team is winning matches. All this can be brought down to one quote by God:

Any active sportsman has to be very focused; you’ve got to be in the right frame of mind. If your energy is diverted in various directions, you do not achieve the results. I need to know when to switch on and switch off: and the rest of the things happen around that.” – Sachin Tendulkar

Do you follow something different at your workplace? Do you have suggestions for us? Let us know below.