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January 13, 2015

Your all-in-one school and personal calendar at your fingertips

My BFF from college, Sangho who lives in Bloomingfield, MI has a child in 4th grade who is a gifted violinist and plays the orchestra in school. Sangho is a meticulous and dedicated parent, who travels the world as a senior manager for Owens Corning. She adds every event for her child’s school to her calendar, arranges playdates for him, cooks every meal in advance so he has his favorite food when he gets home. Despite all of her organizational skills, last month, her son missed the school concert. The concert was on a Tuesday in December, however due to fat fingers or a typo, Sangho had put the event on her calendar on the next day. Lo and behold, they missed the concert and she felt very guilty about it. As parents managing multiple calendars, we are sometimes overwhelmed with the sheer volume of events that are coming at us. […]
January 9, 2015

What did we learn from a recent Parent Survey on the MobileArq Online School Directory?

  User feedback is extremely important in helping to make MobileArq a very useful and valuable communication tool for K-12 school parents.  Towards the end of 2014, a simple multiple-choice survey was sent to over 2,000 users of MobileArq School Directory.  From the user feedback, we learned what resonated with the parents and what did not. Summary of the results are highlighted below:   Over 85% of the participants chose the option that they would be very disappointed if MobileArq services were discontinued. A similar number would recommend MobileArq to another school or a friend to use. Most of them commented that the convenience of having the entire phone book of the school on their phone is the most attractive feature.         Several of the benefits of the MobileArq School Directory as provided by the parents include the following: Quick access to phone numbers and teacher emails. Don’t […]
December 16, 2014

Five Top Tips to extend the battery life on your mobile phone on your travel days

It’s the holiday season and you are traveling to meet with family. Here are some tips on how you can save the battery life on your phone so it can survive the entire trip. 1. Shut off those annoying power-hungry apps!! Apps are the hog precious resources on your phone. These days everyone has apps ranging from Angry Birds to a favorite banking app on their phone. Even when you are not using them, they are working in the background occupying memory and the processing. So quit out of apps when you are not using them. 2.Turn down the noise!! Turning off the push notifications on apps for which you don’t want to be reminded is a great battery saver. You can turn off polling and set your apps to manual to disable ‘Push Notifications’. See below for more explanation on ‘Push Notifications’. Go to Settings and then Notifications. Your […]
December 13, 2014

Why is it not too late to do the school directory app in Winter?

Every PTA/PTO/HSA loves to compile a school directory at the beginning of the school year in August/September. To get a directory published by the end of September, you need to collect the permission from parents and their updated contact info to be published in the directory during the summer months. This includes finding volunteers willing to chase the parents and organize the information. With all these requirements, the directory usually does not get done in time for distribution to the parents in September. For some schools, the directory is simply not produced even by December. Or you could have the parents simply update their information in an online directory. With, this problem in mind, MobileArq helps out the PTAs and PTOs with the preparation of the online and mobile school directories. So, if you have not yet compiled your school directory, then, below are the top ten reasons your PTA/PTO […]