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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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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 4, 2012

Mobile and Online School Directory App Helps Parents in a time crunch

Why did we build this mobile and online school directory app? Parent Teacher Organizations build a school directory for the parents in their school using simple tools – Microsoft Excel and Word mostly. Some of them use a directory software tool which needs knowledge of some programming/building macros and still requires several hundreds of hours of work massaging the data. At the end of this time consuming exercise, the print directory is out of date almost immediately, as some new families have joined the school, some of the parents have changed their phone numbers or address. Mobile and Online School Directory Apps can solve all of these issues. My PTA goes through the same process each year. They collect addresses/phone numbers/get permission slips from parents, all of which can be automated on the web. I developed a mobile school directory app, MobileArq, to solve this issue for PTAs/PTOs/HSAs. To solve […]