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Useful apps to boost your productivity
Today, I did a hands-on workshop in the Summit Public Library about apps that will boost your productivity in your
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How the app is designed for the best user experience
School Directory App: The Anatomy of an Intuitive and Easy-to-Use Mobile Directory
The goal of this article is to highlight the design elements that go into the creation of a school directory
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A more-connected school with a MobileArq school directory
Forget Paper Directories, Wilton Schools are Going Digital & Mobile!
This article was reproduced with permission from  Heather Borden Herve, Editor of the Good Morning Wilton newspaper. By Heather Borden
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How this school directory app and membership management software helped my district PTA?
This article was first posted on the National PTA Blog at http://onevoice.pta.org/?p=6784. Below is a case study presented by a
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Find a family easily in your school!
As a parent, we meet other parents briefly at school events, class events, soccer, baseball and sports games and other
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Online Organizational Tools for the PTA/PTO/Non-Profit: Calendly
  Scheduling software for the PTA, PTO or Non-profit Organizations The Problem: Scheduling meetings one-to-one can be difficult. Scheduling meetings
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The PTA mom can use some help
Thoughts swirling in a PTA Mom’s head at the end of the day!
  The work of a PTA Mom is never done. She is a multitasking woman staying on top of all
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How to successfully launch an online school directory for your PTA?
The PTA Directory Chair at your school is tired of compiling the school directory year after year with hand written
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Commitment to Community Service Beyond a Single Day
The Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. holiday has come to symbolize a day of service in the US. From
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August 11, 2016

Mobile School Directories and the ‘Go Green’ Movement in US Schools

Every year thousands of schools in states across the US continue to go through the grueling process of compiling and printing school directories for parents.   These directories include names and contact information of families, students and teachers and represent a valuable school resource for parents.   However, the print directories consume significant levels of paper and ink products, a ‘tradition’ that is at odds with the School’s mission to ‘Go Green’. The production and use of paper contribute towards significant pollution of our environment, affecting, air, water and land. Even paper recycling can be a source of pollution due to the sludge produced during de-inking (remove ink from the paper being recycled).  The increasing demands for paper consumption has led to deforestation of ‘old growth forests’, compounding the ecological impact of increased Greenhouse gas production and global warming. The digital directories represent an ideal ‘Go Green’ solution to the drawbacks of […]
March 19, 2016

How this school directory app and membership management software helped my district PTA?

This article was first posted on the National PTA Blog at http://onevoice.pta.org/?p=6784. Below is a case study presented by a Westport PTA President on how database software helped her district with a school directory app and membership management software. My name is Denise Baer, and I have been an involved PTA member for over 13 years. I have served on PTA executive boards in many capacities, including being elected PTA president twice. My town of Westport, Conn. has eight schools‚ Äîfive elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Each school‚Äôs PTA operates independently, but we work collaboratively through a town-wide PTA council. A longstanding challenge in Westport was how to manage our student, parent and teacher directory. Each school used their own software such as Microsoft Excel, Word or some combination. None of these systems interacted with the school databases, and there was no easy way to track […]
March 10, 2016

Find a family easily in your school!

As a parent, we meet other parents briefly at school events, class events, soccer, baseball and sports games and other extra-curricular activities. However,¬†connecting with them again, especially if you met them once only, is very difficult. You might remember a name vaguely although you recognize their face from previous encounters at the school. It takes a village to raise a child so the better you bond with families in your school or team, the easier it is to get playdates, arrange carpools and be a part of the community. We all agree that we are not all that good at remembering names and associating them with the many faces we meet at school. Greeting someone with their first name makes a huge impact and starts off conversations much better. Finding a family in your children’s school should not be that difficult. If you have an online school directory or school […]
March 3, 2016

Online Organizational Tools for the PTA/PTO/Non-Profit: Calendly

  Scheduling software for the PTA, PTO or Non-profit Organizations The Problem: Scheduling meetings one-to-one can be difficult. Scheduling meetings with multiple participants is exponentially more difficult, e.g., an impromptu PTA board meeting. The major task in scheduling is to find a time that works for everyone. From experience, we know that exchange of emails to schedule optimal meeting time can quickly get out of hand. So, is there a better way? The Solution: There are a number of online meeting scheduling apps that can make the scheduling of a meeting much easier. These scheduling apps come with the basic functions of scheduling a meeting and following that up with creating event invites. The most suitable app for you is the one that is compatible with the online calendar that you use and at the same time does not limit the calendar applications used by your meeting invitee. Our Recommendation: […]