The Basics Of On-Page SEO To Help Search Engines

To step in the process is to optimize your pages and content. Your goal at this stage is to help search engines understand the context of your content and for which keywords you want to rank for.

The on-page SEO process can be broken down into two parts:

  • Optimizing page properties like the page title, page headings etc.
  • Content optimization

On-Page SEO Optimization

As the name implies, on-page SEO has to do with settings / rules that are applicable on a page level.

The most important on-page SEO factors are:

Page title 

Each and every page of your website needs to have a unique title. The title of the page was a very important SEO factor since the beginning of Google, and it is important today.The page title is what users see in the search results and the first element that crawlers read.A good title should be interesting for the users to click, descriptive of the page content and to have keywords that users (and search engines) can recognize. For Digital Marketing Services Check Vivid Digital

Page Description (Meta Description) –

The meta description is not visible to users but may be shown in the search results if it’s chosen by Google.The meta description of the page is a short summary of the page and unlike the meta-keywords (mentioned above), they are taken into account by search engines.

Main heading (H1) –

Besides the page title, another important on-page SEO element is the main page heading.In the HTML language, this is the <h1> tag of a page. Good SEO practices dictate that a page should only have one h1 tag.Sub headings (H2, h3) – Besides the H1, a post or page needs to have multiple sections to make it easier to read by users. The use of headings should be done hierarchical. In other words, the main title is H1 and then subheadings can be H2 or H3. Look at this guide for example and see how I used the different headings to make this really long post easier to read.

Optimization of images, audio and video –

Not all content is text. A website can also publish videos, audio (podcasts) and images.Google cannot easily understand what an image is all about or what kind of content is presented in a video.To make their job easier, there are some SEO rules to follow to make your images and other multimedia elements SEO friendly.

For example, when adding an image to a page, you can make use of the ALT text to describe the image in words. Search engines when they find the image, they will read the ALT text and add it to the appropriate category in their index.

Content Optimization (Content SEO)

Content optimization is all about the content and this is stage where you should spend most of your attention.There is a saying in SEO, ‘Content is King’ and this is tightly related with the reason Google has become so successful.Google has a very simple mission “to provide users with high quality results so that they can come back for more searches”.This means that if your content is not king, you will not survive from the quality checks made by the Google algorithms during the ranking process.

Even though your content is not going to be read by humans but by computer bots, their process is so advanced that they can easily identify good content from low quality content.To do this they use a number of signals including how users interact with the search results but I won’t go into the details here since it can become really confusing for beginners.What you need to understand at this stage is that the quality of your content is the most important ranking factor of all.A website with great content can do well in search with or without SEO. SEO Agency in Hyderabad visit here

What do we mean by quality content?

High quality content has the following characteristics:

  • It is unique for the particular web site and has not be published online before.
  • It’s thorough and explains a topic in detail. Take the guide you are reading now as an example. It’s 9000+ words long and covers SEO basics from start to finish.
  • It is well formatted and not just words thrown on a page.
  • It’s unbiased and tells both sides of a story
  • It’s authoritative based on experience, research studies and data.
  • It’s SEO friendly.

 

Tata Nexon Performance & First Drive

Tata Nexon Overview

Given With the rise in demand for cars with an automatic transmission, it was only a matter ofjust about time before  that an automatic transmission found its way into the Tata Nexon. Especially after it was showcased by Tata Motors at the 2018 Auto Expo. More than 28,000 Nexon shave hit the road since its launch, and it is one of the most sought-after and competitive crossovers in its segment. Furthermore, since the Nexon’s sales break-up between petrol and diesel mills is exactly 50 per cent, they’ve decided to offer the AMT gearbox on both engine options.While enthusiasts wait for this iteration to show up in showrooms, we got a chance to drive the Nexon AMT from Pune to Panchgani, and back. Here’s what you need to know. Tata Nexon price range in India is between 5,94,633/-  to 9,54,695/ check for detail pricing of Tata Nexon in Carzprice

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Tata Nexon Design

To begin with let us first inform you that the Nexon is based on the XO platform which is the same platform that also underpins almost all of their new generation compact cars including the Bolt, Zest and even the Tiago and Tigor.Take a look at the production variant of the Nexon, and you will instantly mistake it with the concept car which was showcased almost three years back at the 2014 Auto Expo with some practical additions. This compact SUV stands apart from the crowd because of certain factors which include its modern looking face, a sloping roofline like silhouette, big extended X like design towards the rear which has been finished in Ivory white ceramic type element that we can also find towards the side profile and also under the front fog lamps. The big 16-inch chunky alloy wheels, high ground clearance of 200 mm, projector headlamps and LED taillamps are some other highlights which make the SUV looks quite modern and well equipped and practical at the same time.

The premium looking front grille has been finished in Piano black and has the Tata logo at the centre while a chrome slat sits on the base of the grille and extends all the way towards the side headlamps edges (Tata Motors calls it a humanity line). The Nexon also gets LED DRL’s positioned below the projector headlamps units. Towards the lower front face, the round fog lamps placed slightly higher to perhaps highlighting the high ground clearance.Towards the side profile is where you will witness all the crease lines and bulges. The muscular wheel arches and the big 16 inch wheels along with black plastic claddings further add to its muscular stance. Just below the window line is where you will also find the Ivory white strip which you will also notice towards the front and rear profile of the SUV. One of the other highlights of the side profile of the SUV is its coupe like sloping roofline which is further accentuated by the Contrasting roof colour.Towards the rear profile the Nexon gets an X shaped element which is positioned just below the rear windscreen. The floating roof spoiler towards the rear also features a LED stop lamps.

Tata Nexon Cabin

The dashboard of the Tata Nexon is designed keeping practicality and ease-of-use in mind. The steering wheel feels good to hold and comes with controls for audio and phone. The centre console gets a floating 6.5-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You get other features like climate control, 8-speakers for the Harman Sound System, voice commands, 2 airbags and rear AC vents. A lot of parts on the inside have been borrowed from other Tata cars. The Nexon also gets a wearable key which can be useful when you go for jogs.

The AC is excellent and even at blower speed 1, the throw of the air is extremely good. The doors open wide and the seats are set at a height, allowing easy ingress and egress. The front seats feel comfortable with good support for the lower back and under thigh. At the rear, it might get a bit difficult to fit 3 people, but nonetheless, both knee room and head space are very good. The front windows are large but the rear windows are set high up and there is no quarter panel, thus making short passengers feel claustrophobic. The cabin is also very practical with a number of storage spaces, including one in the centre console that has been inspired by premium cars. The boot is well-shaped and you can fold the rear seats flat to get a cargo capacity of 690-litres. Quality on the inside is good for most part but certain areas feel a bit cheap.

Tata Nexon Engine

Tata is offering all-new petrol and diesel engines in the Nexon. Both can be upgraded to BS-VI norms as and when the mandate comes in. While the basic architecture of the 1.2-litre indirect injection turbo-petrol engine is the same as the Tiago’s 3-cylinder motor, Tata says that they have used all the know-how from the Zest’s turbopetrol unit and incorporated it here. So while the block remains the same, the engine is lighter than the Zest’s turbocharged unit and also makes 110PS of power and 170Nm of torque. These figures in the compact SUV segment are lower than that of only the EcoSport’s 125PS turbo-petrol engine.The diesel, in the meanwhile, is a 1.5-litre unit that makes the same amount of power as the petrol but a significantly higher 260Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmissions, with AMTs to be slotted in at a later date. Tata also offers the aforementioned Drive modes in both the variants. The Drive modes can be accessed via the rotary knob and can be changed on the move. The good part about this dial is that whatever mode you’ve selected, there will be an audio note telling you the selection and the colour of the infotainment system too changes a la Mini Cooper style. The dial also remembers the last selection made and sticks to it even after the car has been switched off.

We had a go at the turbopetrol engine first. At start-up, the engine has decent refinement; however, on the move, it is audible. There is some amount of turbolag and the motor isn’t that happy sitting at high revs. What it is happy doing is cruising. At around 1,600rpm, the engine is doing 100 clicks in top gear. Good for those efficiency numbers then. It is also tractable and even at a higher gear and low revs, the engine is happy. For example – 40kmph in fourth gear is possible and the engine doesn’t really protest. But if you want quick acceleration, you need to drop a couple of gears before making any progress. The hairpins up Idukki dam were taken in second gear; however, the moment brisk acceleration was called for uphill, I had to downshift. Rowing through the gears though is pretty much fun as the gearbox is slick. Vibrations are present though and manifest through the pedals and gear lever. However, they aren’t at an alarming level.The diesel, in the meanwhile, sounds as refined as the Brezza’s unit. It, however, is the punchier of the two motors. The clutch is light and has a short travel while the gearshift too is smooth. Surprisingly, the diesel is a bit more eager to rev than the petrol. Tractability remains common for both with the exception that hurried progress doesn’t really require dropping a gear in the diesel. This will be the engine to watch out amongst the two. It has less turbolag and gets the job done in a better fashion.The Drive modes do alter the engine mapping and throttle setting, but over the years Tata Motors has refined it. The Sport mode no longer feels snappy. Instead it is quite linear. Around 70 per cent of our first drive review was done in this mode. City is the apt one for err…in the city while Eco dulls out the throttle response and requires a bit more of patience when hurried progress is to be made.

Tata Nexon Driving

Where the Nexon scores top marks, however, is in the ride and handling department. Ride quality isn’t pillow-soft and you do feel some of the larger bumps, but the suspension rounds off sharp edges brilliantly. The little bit of stiffness in the suspension also means there is not much pitching or bobbing and body roll is well contained despite the Nexon’s height. There is a bit more up-down movement in the lighter petrol car, but on the whole ride quality is really impressive. The steering, borrowed from the Zest, is spot-on and one of the best electrically assisted units we’ve experienced in this class of car. It has a reassuring on-centre feel and weights up perfectly as you pile on the lock. All of this translates to brilliant overall stability, and with a best-in-class 209mm of ground clearance, and lots of wheel travel you really don’t need to slow down for potholes.The stiff chassis, impressive brakes and generous grip from the fat 215/60 R16 tyres give a lot of confidence through corners. It doesn’t feel as keen to drive as an EcoSport and isn’t as surefooted either, but work up a rhythm, keep the engines in their sweet spot and you’ll be nicely rewarded.

Tata Nexon Safety

Tata Nexon comes packed with a plethora of safety features such as dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Immobilizer and Seatbelt with pretensioners and load limiters as standard. The high-end variants also boast of Park Assist with Camera, Front fog lamps with cornering assistance, rear fog lamps and speed dependent auto door locks features. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Tata Nexon Price

Tata Nexon Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,94,633/- (Nexon Revotron XE) to 9,54,695/- (Nexon Revotorq XZ Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Tata Nexon from Tata Dealers in India

Tata Nexon Verdict

Well! The Nexon is the new generation product from Tata Motors which is quite refined and gets quality materials and plenty of new and exclusive features both inside and outside. It looks good and will attract everyone’s attention on the road. Rumors are that Tata Motors will price this new SUV quite aggressively as well. The Nexon gets both diesel and petrol engines under its hood which gives it an edge over its rival Vitara Brezza along with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Lastly for those who want a well built and premium quality interior with plenty of modern features and practicality can always opt for the Nexon

Very Good News For H1B Visa Holders!

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has introduced a legislation in the House of Representatives which gives flexibility to H-1B workers to switch jobs and reduces the Green Card backlog by expanding education-based exemptions from per-country caps for H-1B holders.

Krishnamoorthi was joined by Republican lawmaker Mike Coffman in introducing H R 6794, the ‘Immigration Innovation Act of 2018′ in the House of Representatives Thursday.If passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President, the two lawmakers said it would reform and streamline the H-1B high-skilled worker visa programme while increasing investment in American Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education for students in K-12, post-secondary, or college programmes. For H1B Visa Process Visit UT Evaluators

“To develop the skills of our domestic workforce, our bill increases investments in our education system to guarantee that American workers are trained for high-tech jobs. It also reforms the visa system for highly-skilled workers which allows American businesses to compete in the global economy,” said Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat Congressman.

“Our immigration policies must fit with the economic needs of our country,” Coffman said. “One critical part of Congress’ job is ensuring that immigration laws match our country’s high-tech workforce requirements as well as meet the needs of H1-B visa applicants and their families.” The legislation also proposes to ban employers from hiring H-1B holders to replace American workers while increasing funding for STEM education at the K-12, post-secondary, and university levels.

Under the bill, fees collected for H-1B visas and conditional Green Cards will go to state-administered funds to promote domestic STEM education and worker training, including financial aid and research initiatives. These expanded investments in advanced training for the domestic workforce would ultimately reduce demand for foreign workers while helping the American economy grow, the two lawmakers said.The bill among other things removes existing annual exemption cap on H-1B visas for holders of US master’s degrees or higher, which is currently exempting 20,000 per year, for individuals who are sponsored for a Green Card; narrows education-based cap exemption to those with US PhDs.

It creates lottery prioritisation for cap-subject petitions in the order of: US masters or higher, foreign PhDs, and US STEM bachelor’s degrees and establishes a grace period to allow H-1B visa holders to change jobs without losing their legal status to permit mobility under qualifying circumstances.The bill subjects employers who have more than five H-1B employees to a penalty for each employee who worked less than 25 per cent of the first work-authorisation year and prohibits employers from hiring an H-1B visa worker to replace a US worker. It also provides work authorisation for spouses and dependent children of H-1B visa workers at the prevailing wage. H1B Visa Evaluation Check here

It proposes to eliminate per-country limit for employment based green cards and adjusts per-country caps for family-based green cards; and enables reassignment of unused visas from previous years. The bill exempts spouses and children of employment-based green card holders, holders of US STEM master’s degrees or higher, and individuals with extraordinary skill in arts and sciences from caps.

It creates new conditional Green Card category to allow US employers to sponsor university-educated foreign professionals through a separate path from H–1B. It also requires employers to attest that no US worker has been displaced for the Green Card holder, undertake recruitment efforts to fill the position with a US worker and offer prevailing wage not less than USD 100,000 per year.Referred to the House Judiciary Committee, the bill enables F-1 student visa holds to seek permanent resident status while a student or during Optional Practical Training. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

Is There Any Features That Operate Cloud-Based Phone System

The telecommunication technology has taken a quantum leap in recent times and businesses are looking for ways to improve their telecom facilities. Working with a service provider that can offer latest telephony through a Cloud-based solution is the option most business enterprises are vigorously exploring.With a Cloud-based PBX, the applications and management of the system is totally with the service provider, and voice connectivity made possible over a dedicated or shared IP connection to one or more locations. Check for Cloud-Based Phone System in Linkedphone

Cost savings is the chief attraction of a Cloud-based PBX service. The fact is you pay for only the extensions you actually use and minimize the charges for local and long distance calls. Businesses opting for cloud-based telephony are seeing advantages galore over in-house systems lower operating costs, automatic updates, built-in disaster recovery, and scalability.

It is a fact that the number of service providers offering cloud based phone systems to business houses is steadily on the increase. This is because more and more businesses are switching over to Cloud phone system for the host of benefits it offers. As with every other product or services that you buy, it is important to check the different features and specifications and the price to ensure that the right deal is struck and the money’s worth is obtained.But the crucial question is – what features should those looking to get a Cloud based system looks out for? Before proceeding further, you need to ascertain the price and feel satisfied you can afford the Cloud phone system. Though Cloud systems are competitively priced and affordable, it is still worthwhile to shop around, as different providers may offer very different deals. There are different features that the different cloud based phone systems operate.

Some providers offer cost per call and others standard cost per month – make sure to check with both types of offers. Also, make it a point to check how many free minutes there are in the deal and there are no hidden charges. It is saner to first determine what you need and to then fit the best offer into your demands. It is pointless spending less money if the Cloud system does not deliver what you want. Try to ensure that you do not select features that you may never need or use, as that will be a waste of money as well.One crucial aspect to check when looking at the different Cloud based phone systems is whether the provider will offer unfailing support to their customers. Although Cloud based phone systems are easy to use and quite reliable, a well-trained and efficient customer service is nonetheless essential. A provider who offers prompt customer service also proves that they are professional and can be trusted.

Cloud based phone systems are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world and are helping a huge number of businesses to cut down the cost and hassles associated with installing and maintaining telecommunications equipment in their place of work. However, most consumers are still not fully aware about what a cloud based phone system is and the different types of features available.A well-known feature of most of the Cloud based phone systems is their ability to be integrated seamlessly with many of today’s most popular smartphones. Android phones, iPhones and Blackberries. The fact that cloud based phone systems are not based on geographical lines is another attractive feature that people will see when signing up.Another feature of most of the Cloud based phone systems is their ability to be integrated seamlessly with many of today’s most popular smartphones. Android phones, iPhones and Blackberries.

Yet another advantage of cloud based phone systems is the fact that they are completely flexible. Whether you like to work hands free, with a headset or using a traditional phone setup, a Cloud based phone system can be installed in the perfect way for you.The type of Cloud based phone system that is most common is an office based system. Basically this means that the whole place of work is connected through the cloud system and is not reliant on wires and other physical connections. It is also possible to get a cloud based phone system that supports mobile phonesFree Web Content, which is perfect for those who are on the road a lot with their business. The other major type of Cloud based facility that many people are using is a Cloud based fax solution.Looking into the different benefits that Cloud solutions can provide for your business is something that you should be studying before making your final choice

There won’t be any winners in the proposed US H1B visa rules

Commenting over the recent reports of the United States considering changing H1B visa rules, CUTS international stated that the new proposal is not going to do any good to anyone.According to reports, if a proposal by the Trump administration of not extending the H1B visa to Green Card applicants is implemented, then nearly half a million H1B Indian workers in the US may be on their way back home.Until now such workers were allowed to stay in the US till such time their green card application was under process even after their H1B had run its course. Reportedly, the proposal aims to make it illegal for such workers to stay in the US for the intervening time i.e. between the expiry of their H1B visa and issuance of the Green Card. For H1B Visa Process Visit UT Evaluators

CUTS international in a press statement discussed its argument.The organization said that it is essential to note that H1B visa is for skilled manpower and hence this may bring in unpredictability for the employers in the US.Even though the change in immigration regulations is still a proposed one, this may adversely affect existing and prospective H1B applications by forcing US employers to reconsider their employment policies for H1B holders. In the worst case scenario, it could also adversely affect the green card applications under the process.That said, there are challenges that even the Trump administration and US businesses could face. These may include pacifying such employers whose businesses will be adversely affected, for employers to find suitable replacements and for the administration to forgo the tax revenues coming in from potentially affected population, CUTS international said in a press statement.

In this week alone, there were other unpleasant news on this front. For instance, there are reports that the proposed US Bill on ‘Protecting American Jobs’ seeks to tighten the definition of visa-dependent companies, imposition of fresh restrictions on minimum salary and movement of talent. These developments could have the potential to vitiate the cordial India-US relations., the statement added.In the recent past, the issue of H1B visas was taken up by Commerce Minster Suresh Prabhu at US-India bilateral Trade Policy Forum (TPF) and separately by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his meeting with US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross.India’s argument is that the issue related to H1B is essentially a trade and services issue, and not a matter relating to immigration. Further, H1B pertains to temporary movement of Indian professionals while US’s position seems to suggest that H1B programme was meant to fulfil the shortage of skilled manpower but over the years has become a back door route to obtain US residency. For H1B Visa Evaluation click here

Be that as it may, this issue needs resolution at the highest level as there are no winners but only losers and colossal waste of resources. In other words, there is a mutuality of interests involved and this how this matter must be seen and resolved at bilateral level.CUTS International also known as Consumer Unity & Trust Society is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Jaipur. The organization addresses issues at regional and international levels through a network of 13 centres around the world.

The Virtual PBX System Which Will Really Help Small Businesses

in Voip Phone Systems, the Voice Is Transmitted Digitally Over the Internet. Voip Phone Systems Aid Small Businesses Reach New Heights in a Cost-Effective Manner as These Systems Do Not Require Any Expensive Equipment to Be Purchased by the User. with Hosted Ip Pbx System Implemented in Small Business Offices, the Employees Need Not Be in Their Workplace Every Time to Receive Their Calls. Check for  Virtual PBX System Which will Really Help Small Businesses in Linkedphone

In this competitive world of business, it requires effective co-ordination and planning to exist successfully. It is seen that many small business entities take measures to create an outstanding professional image to impress their potential customers. But in most situations, little attention is paid to their telephone systems and even if they have a telephone number, proper management might be lacking, such as not answering the call or answering with vague details. A virtual PBX system for small business firms can help the small business organisations to present themselves as superior and exceptionally professional.

In order to maintain a good communication system, small business organisations can opt for virtual PBX systems rather than premise based PBX systems, through which it is possible to maintain all the business communication requirements in an affordable manner. It is possible to achieve all the functions of a conventional PBX system without the installation of any PBX equipment at the site, because the service is offered by an Application Service Provider (ASP) and all equipments are kept at their site. A virtual PBX system gets rid of the necessity of employing a person to answer the incoming calls because it is provided with the auto attendant facility. Another significant feature of this system is the call forwarding, also known as find me, follow me call forwarding facility, which helps your employees to receive and answer the calls from any location.

Through the call forwarding facility, it is ensured that the business organisation will not miss any incoming calls. This virtual phone system for small businesses also features the voice mail system to help the customer leave messages in case the call could not be attended. Apart from these, it also has facilities such as on hold music, after hour greetings and many more so as to provide a professional touch to a small business organisation.In order to provide the customer with quality services and fault maintenance, all the service providers are making use of multiple PBX systems and extra equipements. These virtual phone systems are supplemented with automatic features to overcome the breakdowns, which can reversely affect the business organisation’s goals and its profits.A virtual PBX system can really help small businesses in acquiring a more enhanced outlookFind Article, so as to stay ahead in the competition.

High-Stakes Teacher Evaluations Increased Student Achievement

SCHOOLS ACROSS THE country, especially those in low-income neighborhoods, struggle to recruit and retain teachers, an effort made more difficult by the nationwide teacher shortage and a dwindling number of people entering the profession.

A growing body of evidence shows that teacher turnover, especially the high turnover rates in many of the most underserved communities, reduces student achievement.

So why is one urban school system proactively asking teachers to leave?

As it turns out, increasing teacher turnover for the right reason, like eliminating bad teachers, can have a significant positive impact on student performance, at least in the nation’s capital.

“Often when you look at teacher turnover we have this expectation that it’s going to be something negative for students,” says James Wyckoff, professor at the University of Virginia and an author of a new study on the impact of the District of Columbia’s teacher evaluation system.

“We are exploring what’s the effect of turnover in a place that has a rigorous evaluation system, and it seems to be more positive than what you’d expect,” he says.

D.C. schools officials evaluate the performance of all teachers through a system called IMPACT, which takes into account student test scores. Those rated “ineffective” are dismissed; those rated “minimally effective” have one year to improve; and teachers rated “highly effective” receive large bonuses and the potential for substantial increases in base pay. Check for Educational Evaluations in US at UT Evaluators

The system is intended to encourage high-performing teachers to stay and to induce low-performing teachers to leave.

Researchers from Stanford Graduate School of Education and the University of Virginia Curry School of Education examined the effects of teacher turnover at the District of Columbia Public Schools from the 2009-2010 school year through the 2011-2012 school year.

During the period of the analysis, the average teacher attrition was 18 percent, high compared to a recent study of teacher attrition in 16 urban school districts across seven states that found year-to-year attrition averages 13 percent but varies between 8 and 17 percent.

In addition to showing that teacher turnover improved student performance on average, researchers also found that exiting teachers who were identified as low-performing resulted in substantial improvement in overall teacher quality and student achievement.

Specifically, the report showed that teacher quality and student achievement in both math and reading increased substantially when low-performing teachers – those dismissed by the teacher evaluation system or who voluntarily left following their first “minimally effective” rating – exited the school system.

On average, the exit of low-performing teachers resulted in an increase in student achievement equivalent to four months of learning in math and reading.

“It’s not that there aren’t effective teachers leaving D.C.,” Wyckoff says. “When that happens, that has a negative effect.”

He continues: “It’s just that there are a fair number of less effective teachers leaving D.C. partly because what it has done around IMPACT. When they leave, the effects are seemingly so positive for students because the incoming teachers are so much more effective.”

The results are notable as they provide the first empirical evidence of the effects of a high-stakes teacher assessment system on the composition of teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Such teacher evaluation systems got a big boost from the Obama administration’s hallmark competition, Race to the Top, as well as its waivers from then-federal education law, No Child Left Behind, both of which asked states to evaluate teachers based in part on student test scores.

The federal programs also incentivized states to tie those evaluations to compensation and find ways to reward great teachers with bonuses while creating pathways out of the profession for ineffective teachers.

Since 2009 – the year the administration launched Race to the Top – more than two-thirds of states have altered their teacher evaluation systems to include test scores, though not nearly as many operate under the type of high-stakes system that’s in place in the District of Columbia.

The swift move toward adopting such policies resulted in significant pushback, including from the two national teachers unions.

In arguing against the new evaluations, critics claimed reformers peddling such high-stakes proposals were trying to eliminate the tenure system – an argument that many supporters embraced, noting that a system that protects bad teachers shouldn’t exist. Educational Evaluations in US visit UT Evaluators

 

Prior to states revamping their evaluation systems, many schools rated their teachers simply with a single classroom observation. And in many cases, teachers in schools where large numbers of students were below proficient in math and reading were being rated as top-notch.

But critics also maintained that using student data, like test scores or another variable that represents the amount of academic progress students make over the course of a school year, produce inconsistent results and present a host of problems when it comes to evaluating educators who don’t teach core or measurable subjects, like art.

States and the District of Columbia have struggled with different aspects of implementing new teacher evaluations, and in the twilight of the Obama administration, some are even beginning to pull back on their years-long effort.

Acting Education Secretary John King addressed the issue in a speech last week, apologizing for the role the Department of Education played in fueling the polarizing and politicized environment surrounding education and teacher performance, in particular.

Wyckoff is adamant that the report is not an evaluation of IMPACT, and he’s careful to suggest that the findings in D.C. may not be transferable to other school systems, even those with similar profiles. That’s partly because of the uniqueness of the evaluation system and also, Wyckoff says, because the nation’s capital seems to have a ready supply of good teachers.

“I don’t know if you’ll find that anywhere else,” he says.

But for those pushing ahead with their new systems, like Washington, the report offers a look at the potential upside.

“This is really exciting news,” says Jason Kamras, the chief of human capital for the District of Columbia Public Schools. “I think four months more of learning in reading and math is life-changing for our students. Those are enormous gains.”

Notably, student achievement in several high-poverty schools in the district remains low.

Kamras notes that the evaluation system hasn’t been an easy undertaking for the school system, and that even after several important tweaks to its overall formula, it’s continually changing.

“This work is tough, complicated and complex, and there is no single lever,” he says.

Cloud Based Phone System Is Advantageous For Business

Prior to VoIP technology, phone calls were made using the public switched telephone network (PSTN), which was composed of copper wires. With a cloud system, all data is stored on a secure server, also known as a “cloud,” that can be reached via the Internet. When you speak during a cloud call, your voice is transformed into digital information and sent across the Internet, just like an email, a chat or any other form of data. Check for Cloud Based Phone System Is Advantageous For Business in Linkedphone

The telecommunication technology has taken a quantum leap in recent times and businesses are looking for ways to improve their telecom facilities. Working with a service provider that can offer latest telephony through a Cloud-based solution is the option most business enterprises are vigorously exploring.With a Cloud-based PBX, the applications and management of the system is totally with the service provider, and voice connectivity made possible over a dedicated or shared IP connection to one or more locations. Cost savings is the chief attraction of a Cloud-based PBX service. The fact is you pay for only the extensions you actually use and minimize the charges for local and long distance calls. Businesses opting for cloud-based telephony are seeing advantages galore over in-house systems lower operating costs, automatic updates, built-in disaster recovery, and scalability.

To facilitate better understanding and greater appreciation, it may be worthwhile to list the pros of Cloud-based phone system:

1.Cloud phone system provides you with greater speed. Because the data is housed all over the place your data will choose the fastest path to follow.

2.Cloud based PBX offers redundancy. If one server breaks down for whatever reason, another server is there ready to handle the load. This means uninterrupted reliable service.

3.By switching over to a Cloud-based PBX you can save significantly on your monthly phone bills. This is especially true if your business makes frequent long distance calls, or has a heavy trunk setup with your traditional PBX.

4.With Cloud based PBX phone system you are not required to purchase any bulky hardware nor worry about its maintenance. Without a phone closet, switchboard, or wiring system, Cloud phone system save you investment in infrastructure, overhead expenses and eternal maintenance cost.

5.Cloud telephone enables you to make/receive calls from anywhere and all from the same number. It forwards calls from your office to your cell phone, to your home or wherever you are.

6.Cloud based phone systems offers greater flexibility. Remote workers can easily be added to the phone system and you can also configure your mobile phone to connect to the hosted phone system.

7.Your cloud voicemail can be accessed through your phone, email, smartphone app, or the web. Many services providers allow voice-to-text transcriptions so that you can check your voice messages like you check your email.

8.Most of the Cloud based phone systems are capable of seamless integration with many of today’s most ubiquitously used smartphones. Android phones, iPhones and Blackberries.

Cloud Telephony, simply stated, delivers automated telephone applications to any phone, any place, anytime. Businesses are clamoring to avail Cloud phone system to improve their communication facilities and overall productivity and thereby to edge out competition.

Some Of The Features of Virtual Phone System for Business

in Voip Phone Systems, the Voice Is Transmitted Digitally Over the Internet. Voip Phone Systems Aid Small Businesses Reach New Heights in a Cost-Effective Manner as These Systems Do Not Require Any Expensive Equipment to Be Purchased by the User. with Hosted Ip Pbx System Implemented in Small Business Offices, the Employees Need Not Be in Their Workplace Every Time to Receive Their Calls. Check for Features of Virtual Phone System for Business in Linkedphone

Proper and Clear Communication Between the Company Representatives and Customers Is the Key to the Success of Any Business Organization. Earlier, Small Businesses Were Left with Limited Options as Regards Affordable Office Communication Devices Available on the Market. But, Now with the Advent of State-Of-The-Art Ip Technology, the Situation Has Changed.

in Voip Phone Systems, the Voice Is Transmitted Digitally Over the Internet. with Voice Over Ip Technology, Voice, Data, Images, and Videos Can Be Transmitted Over a Single Network. the Services of Such a Telephone System Can Be Received from Any Part of the World If You Have a Pc with an Internet Connection.

the Voip Phone Systems for Small Businesses Are Advantageous in a Number of Ways. Voip Phone Systems Aid Small Businesses Reach New Heights in a Cost-Effective Manner as These Systems Do Not Require Any Expensive Equipment to Be Purchased by the User. All the Hardware, as Well as Software, Is Maintained at the Service Provider’s Premises Itself.

the Cost of This System Is Far Less Compared to the Traditional Pbx Communication Systems. with Hosted Ip Pbx System Implemented in the Offices, the Employees Need Not Be in Their Workplace Every Time to Receive Their Calls. the Incoming Calls Can Be Redirected to the Employee’s Present Location in Real Time Through Dedicated Connections. International Calls Can Be Made at Much Lower Rates Utilizing This Technology.

the Hosted Voip Phone Systems Come with a Number of Sophisticated Features Such as Dial by Name, Dial by Extension, Auto Attendant, Virtual Receptionist, Caller ID, Call Screening, Find Me Follow Me Call Forwarding, Voicemail and Fax Mail. the Auto Attendant System Can Be Personalized to Handle the Incoming Calls in a Professional Manner with a Greeting Message.

Multiple Calls Can Be Simultaneously Answered with the Help of These Hosted Voip Pbx Systems. If Any Call Remains Unanswered, It Will Be Automatically Redirected to a Voicemail System, Where the Callers Will Be Asked to Leave Behind Their Messages. the Users Can Have Their Voicemail Messages Sent to Their Regular Email Account as Well.

Owing to the Greater Scalability of This Device, Small Business Owners Can Add Additional Features and Extensions as They Grow Their Business Without Making Any Further Investments. Thushealth Fitness Articles, These Advanced Voip Phone Systems for Small Businesses Are Excellent Solutions to the Rising Communication Cost.

Hyundai Eon Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Eon Overview

Small cars are very popular in India and to counter Maruti Suzuki’s dream run in the entry-level A-segment, Hyundai launched the Eon in 2011. The impact of the Eon was immediately apparent, within no time it became Hyundai’s best selling model in India while Maruti Suzuki could feel the heat and had to update its bread and butter model, the Alto, which was being sold unchanged for more than a decade. Everybody who drove the Eon was impressed by the car, Hyundai engineers (the car was jointly developed by the company’s R&D centres in Korea and India) had done a fantastic job of packaging everything so well in this small size that this entry-level automobile never felt basic or cheap. However, there was always one gripe, the 800cc engine which produces 55 BHP of power and 75 Nm of torque, made the Eon feel a bit underpowered. To address the issues of performance, Hyundai has plonked in a bigger 1.0-litre motor in the Eon, sourced from the European i10 and Kia Picanto. Hyundai Eon On road price starts from 3,27,391/-. Check for price details of Hyundai Eon in CarzPrice.

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Hyundai Eon Design

The Eon is built on a completely new platform and to say that the Eon is good looking would be an understatement. Of late Hyundai has adopted their ‘Fluid’ design philosophy and we have seen the results of that on theVerna and the next generation Sonata and Elantra will carry the same design theme. The Eon too uses the same Fluidic design philosophy with the characteristic hexagonal face and the swept back headlamps. The elaborately designed headlamps, massive wheel arches, creases on the bonnet and the triangular fog lamps look cool. All these elements also add visual bulk to the design of this small hatch and this car is sure to appeal to a broad cross-section of people. At the side the shoulder line is prominent and it swoops up along the rear window. At the rear are the massive comma-shaped tail lamps and an integrated rear spoiler which carries on the overall funky look. The rear wind screen in large and the shut lines around the hatch are tight. Hyundai wants its customer to think of the Eon as a modern car which carries a small tag and overall the appearance is swanky it is really hard to think of the Eon as a budget hatchback.

Hyundai Eon Cabin

Hyundai Eon has very well-thought interior. It is airy and has a cheerful feeling to it. The materials used inside are of very good quality and the finishing of everything is done in a very nice way. Being tall, there is a lot of room inside. The legroom and headroom is ample for four adults and a kid to sit in the vehicle comfortably. Hyundai has used a lot of beige colour to make the car feel premium from the inside. The dashboard has been designed in a curvy and flowing way, and the car feels amazing, especially with the price tag it comes with. Hyundai has tried to keep things very simple and as informative as possible. The instrument panel, for instance, has only three neat pods displaying every information about the vehicle. The steering wheel feels proportionate to the interiors and feels good to hold.

The storage inside the Eon is well managed. On the centre column, the Eon gets a good audio system with premium features. The highlight of interior would be the gear shift indicator that aids the driver in saving a lot of fuel. The small budget car also comes with tilt-steering and front power windows for easy access. The centre console features tiny chrome dipped buttons, which looks snazzy. However, Hyundai could have done a better job on this part. Hyundai Eon has good quality seats and they don’t easily fatigue the occupants. The cabin space, however, is smaller than that of Alto or even Nano. With a boot space of 215 lires, the Hyundai Eon offers a good amount of space for the price it comes at. Even though the Hyundai Eon is an entry-level hatchback in the market, it is equipped with advanced features. The car gets integrated music system with many advanced features, like radio, CD player, AUX-in, ipod connectivity and USB. These features are often missing from most of the expensive cars and Hyundai has done a good job by providing these unexpected features in the vehicle. There is a set-up of four speakers in the car, which plays the sound relatively well. To manage the space in a better way; Hyundai has installed accessories, like rear parcel tray, cup holders and bottle holders around the vehicle. There are also map pockets and floor console storage for additional space. Hyundai has really thought well about the Eon and its space management.

Hyundai Eon Performance

The Hyundai Eon in India gets a 3-cylinder engine that was developed at Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. It’s the same engine as in the i10 with one cylinder removed to reduce displacement. It makes 56PS of max power along with 75Nm of torque which is the best in class. Driveability isn’t great with max torque being generated at a fairly high 4000rpm which means you have to constantly shift down to lower gears. In urban areas you will find yourself using second and third gears constantly and that also keeps the revs high.

At engine speeds above 3000rpm it sounds buzzy and scratchy and the sound only dies out considerably when you shift to higher gears and keep the revs low and that largely happens on the highway. Yet its NVH is within comfortable limits and unless revved hard this engine is a quiet operator. It’s also very similar in feel to the Alto’s 800cc engine, in first gear there is a small flat spot under 1500 rpm that intermittently also shows up in second gear. At times unless revved hard it feels like the engine is dying out even though you’ve engaged first gear and released the clutch. The 5-speed transmission is smooth to operate, however on another car it felt notchy. I guess these are some of the consistency issues that Hyundai will have to sort out. The ratios nonetheless are spaced out quite a bit to provide the best fuel efficiency rather than performance, yet first to third gears sees the Eon gain momentum quickly enough.

Hyundai Eon Driving

The old Eon wasn’t a handler and the new one is no different. The steering is light at low speeds but just doesn’t weigh up at high speeds and that really robs away confidence even at 80 km/hr. In fact, the steering is so numb at high speeds that there is almost no feedback felt by the driver, this is simply not the car to drive enthusiastically. The brakes are strong though but again, the car doesn’t maintain its line on hard braking and twitches a lot. Ride quality is good, the suspension is softly sprung which makes the Eon bob at high speeds, robbing away stability and bad bumps do unsettle passengers. For city speeds though, the Eon’s suspension is more than up for the task to insulate all that’s thrown at it.

Hyundai Eon Safety

Driver airbag is optional from D-Lite + onwards and is a standard provision on the top end variant while missing out on the entry level trim. Other safety features like central locking, keyless entry, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, seat belts in front & rear and inside rear view mirror are offered on the hatchback.

Hyundai Eon Price

Hyundai Eon Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 3,27,391/- (EON D Lite) to 4,56,201/- (EON Magna O Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Eon from Hyundai Dealers in India

Hyundai Eon Verdict

That the Eon is the entry level hatch to buy is no question about. The interior and exterior styling makes this hatch look stylish and gives it a wide appeal. Because of how it is styled, you’re made to believe you are paying less for it. Interior space while not as good as the Tata Nano, is good enough for four passengers and the feature list for a hatch of its price is good. The engine isn’t as refined as the Alto K10 and neither is the performance as strong as its rival, but it’s good enough to get by and the fuel efficiency is good. Ride quality is one of the Eon’s strength and the handling is good as well. Hyundai has packaged the Eon brilliantly and its swanky appearance makes you believe that you’re buying not a budget hatch but a modern car and therein lies its appeal.