January 17, 2018

The complete PTA Software guide

Are you confused with the myriad school and PTA Software solutions available on the market? How does a Student Information System differ from a School Portal solution? What are the options available to a parent organization as opposed to a school district? Do you want to adopt a website for your PTA or a mobile app or both? Do you need something different for meeting your various needs? In this article, I will give you a brief overview of all the different types of PTA software that is available today. In a series of posts coming up, we will delve in detail about each area and the vendors that provide software in each specific area. An important constituency in the public school systems is the parent organizations who are the liaison between the parents and the board of education or department of education. They arrange all of the fundraising, after-school […]
October 6, 2017
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‘Crush it’ with these three school fundraising hacks for PTAs/PTOs

School Fundraising takes time and it is a lot of work! Organizing a school fundraiser is no simple task. You need to find sponsors, recruit volunteers, arrange a location/activities, spread the word about the fundraiser and hope the weather cooperates. The list is endless and ticking off each item requires multiple hours of volunteer work.  Overall, school fundraising takes time and it is a lot of work!  What if you could do away with 80% of your school fundraisers? Over 76% of schools in the US have 5 or more fundraisers/year. With this flood of fundraisers, it is not surprise that parents have become weary of these PTA organized events. Clearly, the standard fundraisers are not working! The three hacks to ‘CRUSH’ your school fundraising goals Compile a school directory app and give that away to parents in exchange for PTA membership dues Parents are BUSY and they are the school […]
March 11, 2017

Tech Tip #4: Safeguard your phone with encryption

This article was originally published on at In this article, I will introduce you to encryption, the why and how of encrypting the data on your phone. What is encryption? Encryption is the science of scrambling data or messages into an unreadable message. The purpose of encrypting data is to protect sensitive data to keep unauthorized users from reading your data or messages even if they were to get their hands on your phone. A simple word such as “password” can be encrypted through an algorithm to result in a long string of letters and numbers  “5f4dcc3b5aa765d61d8327deb882cf99”. Encryption on your phone  On Apple iPhones: Apple iPhones have an operating system installed on it called the iOS.  All data on your iPhone with iOS 8 or later are encrypted by default, once you set up a passcode. What this means is that no software can read the contents of your phone […]
January 18, 2017

Secure Your Email From Hackers

A Gmail phishing* attack has been perpetuated on millions of users in which the hacker sends you a fake email with an attachment that appears to come from one of your friends. Clicking on the attachment takes you to a replica of a Gmail login page. Once you enter your login and password, your email account is successfully hacked. A single step authentication, i.e., using only your password to unlock your account, can be readily compromised by the ‘phishing’ attacks as described above, enabling hackers to access your account. However, the use of an additional layer of security in form of ‘two-step verification’ will prevent an unwanted individual to access to your email when your password is compromised. In these days, it has become an absolute must to set up 2-step verification on all of your email accounts as well as other Internet-based accounts. If you are interested in making your […]