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August 5, 2014

Top Three Planning Tips to Help You and Your Child Prepare for Back to School

1. Prepare paperwork for back to school. One of the most important pieces of documentation required by the school is the child’s updated vaccination and health record.  These forms are required for participation in athletic activities in schools. 2. Learn about the upcoming curriculum for your child before they get back to school.  This is also the time to review your child’s upcoming curriculum as well as the report card from the previous year to see where your child might need help. 3. Explore ways to get involved in your school this school year.  There are a number of various committees in your school PTA.  These committees are responsible for a number of activities to raise money and or to educate the students with out-of-class events.  Becoming a member of these PTA committees will be the one of the most satisfying ways for you to better connect with your child’s […]
February 19, 2014

A Mobile Website or a Native App for Your Mobile School Directory?

A web app or a native app to access a mobile school directory? Mobile School Directories are generally accessed via mobile websites.  While this process requires users to login and to have access to the Internet, mobile websites or web apps are also considered to be a more secure means of providing users with privacy-protected content.  In the age of apps‚ where software programs or applications covering a wide range of usage can be readily downloaded and stored on a mobile device, the questions is often asked if the school directory can also be downloaded as an app. Efficient access, operation and Internet independence are the major arguments in support of having the school directory as downloadable ‘native app’.  So, why are the school directories not generally provided as native apps.   The main argument against going the native app route is data security.  Storage of the data that is […]
March 2, 2013

School Directory Production

School Directory Production can be a torturous process I was talking to the “PTA ex-Directory Chair” in one of the Elementary Schools about the school directory process in her district. She told me that after three years of producing the school directory for her elementary school, she was “BURNED OUT” and stepped down last year. Let me call her Mrs. Directory Chair. Mrs. Directory Chair was very frustrated about the problems she faced in the school. They used archaic systems to collect the information, namely paper forms. Although the district collected the information, they would not give her the updates she needed for the existing parents. This was in part due to the “privacy policy”. Each time she would walk into the office to get some information, they would ask her for all her details ALL OVER again. And she was visiting them three to four times a week! Although […]