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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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January 19, 2014

LCJSMS Changes Student Directory to Online Format with MobileArq

The new web-based and mobile tool, developed by a local mom, changes district communication How are parents at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School taking advantage of the new PTO-provided web-based and mobile student directory since it was made available to them last September? MobileArq, the brainchild of Summit resident Niru Mallavarupu, a parent at LCJSMS, has changed the way parents contact each other. MobileArq allows parents to be better organized, and helps them become more engaged in the school community, Mallavarupu said.The mobile and online apps allow parents to communicate more easily with each other and with the school.   Gone are the days, she said, where parents have trouble locating the elusive directory that never is where it should be, and having to purchase extra copies for the car.   In September 2013, instead of receiving a traditional directory, parents were told to sign up for the online […]
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 […]
January 22, 2013

School Directory App invaluable tool for parents

Why do parents need a mobile school directory? All parents are always balancing their commitments to work and other responsibilities with their children’s activities and school events. Their school directory and calendar is an invaluable tool for them to communicate with other parents in their child’s class/school/sports team. Parents are mobile and on the run dropping and picking up kids at various activities. However most of the schools do not publish a mobile school directory. The school directories continue to be printed on paper. Take the case of Allison, a working Mom with 2 children in elementary school who lives in our neighborhood. She relies heavily on her babysitter to pick up the children from the school at 3 and take care of them until she comes home in the evening. When Allison’s babysitter’s car breaks down, she has to find someone to pick up her kids and keep them […]
December 20, 2012

Mobile and Online School Directory for School Parents – Top Ten Reasons

Do we use the printed copies of the Yellow Pages? Years ago, after search engines like Yahoo, Google and Bing put businesses on the internet highway, the paper Yellow pages have grown extinct. We no longer refer to the paper directory as much as our mobile apps or the online white and yellow pages. Our schools however continue to churn out a paper directory year after year after year. A Mobile and Online Directory is not common yet.  Schools are generally cautious in their approach to technology and rightfully so. However, we offer several compelling reasons to adopt a mobile school directory below. The school directory contains the contact information of all the parents, teachers and staff in the school, the school calendar and the school rules/regulations. Here are Top Ten simple reasons to move all of the directory information to a mobile and online directory. 10. Updated Real time […]