Parent Booker has been working on an all new iPhone app that’s set to make parent volunteering even easier. Crafted by an expert UI / UX designer it makes school volunteering even easier than before…
Screens from the Parent Booker iPhone App
The new app provides great new features:
- view a single calendar that combines school holidays with the days you’re signed up to volunteer
- for recurring events sign up using a calendar view
- add and view your service hours right from your mobile
- track your service hours on a progress meter
The app is nearing completion and will still need to be approved by the iTunes store. It should be released in May.
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Service hour reports for specific classes do not show parents unless they have registered that they have children in that class. Some parents register without adding their children. If parents have not registered their children then they will see messages about all volunteer opportunities – not just the opportunities relevant to them based on the classes that their children are in.
Parent Booker now detects if a family does not have any children registered, and alerts parents to add their children with a warning message.
Parents can click on a button which will take them directly to the My Account page where they can register their children.
A number of new enhancements have been made to Parent Booker for the 2014/2015 school year:
Android is here!
Parents can now access Parent Booker via an Android application (in addition to the iPhone and iPad application)
Assigning Tasks Notifies Both Parents
When a coordinator or admin assigns a family to a task both emails registered to the family will be notified (not just one)
Importing Calendars into Apple iCal and Yahoo Calendar
The import calendar into Apple iCal and Yahoo Calendar function has been updated so that all school holidays now appear (not just opportunities for which you’ve signed up)
End of Year Reset Tools
New end of year reset tools have been implemented that make it even easier to reset service hours, volunteer tasks and to update student’s classes at the end of the school year
Parent Booker welcomes all of the new schools that have signed up to trial or use Parent Booker for the coming school year.
The create event screen lets you target events at specific families
One of Parent Booker’s most significant features isthat it allows events to be set up so that they are only presented to parents with children in specific classes. This feature can also let you set up groups – e.g. PTA members, altar servers… and selectively target events at members in those groups.
Parents can join these groups either when they register (they are shown as textboxes on the sign up page) or afterwards by going to My Account.
Admins can also go to the Admin / Manage Users page and add families manually to these groups.
Targeting Events at Specific Parents
When you create an event the very first page shows you checkboxes for every class and every group. Simply check the boxes for the parents that you want to target, or if you want every parent to see the event click select all so that every box is checked.
Your event will now only be displayed on the website, or in the app, to parents with children in the classes and groups that you designated.
This feature means that parents don’t have to waste time scanning through long lists of events that aren’t relevant to them – the app and site cut to the chase.
Schools using Parent Booker are finding significant savings since instead of sending out paper flyers they can easily email blast the entire school, or parents with children in specific classes. This means:
They save paper
They save time printing flyers
They save money
Parent Booker maintains a list of parents and which classes their children are in. So schools don’t have to waste time maintaining email lists or filtering out just the parents with children in specific classes.
With Parent Booker emails and apps schools are starting to find that they are finally engaging with many parents they previously hadn’t been able to. These parents are volunteering and becoming an increasing part of school fund raising activities.
Just more ways Parent Booker helps schools and makes parent volunteering simple!
Does your school have an event where there’s a roster of tasks such as a carnival or book fair? Parent Booker lets you set up a roster of tasks where you can set up:
- how many people are needed
- start and end times
Parent Booker lets you set up a roster of tasks at different times, such as for a carnival or book fair.
Parent Booker can send out email reminders and automatically record and track the hours that are served.
Just another way that Parent Booker makes it easy for schools to recruit and track parent volunteers and their service hours.
A new feature is available on Parent Booker. Now you can add a link to a page such as a Google Doc where you keep service hour guidelines. This link is set up by admins using admin / settings.
Using this setting a new link appears on the Service Hours page right where parents enter their hours. This helps ensures parents are clearly made aware of hours that will be approved or rejected up front.
Two new features have been added making supporting parents even easier for school administrators. These functions can be found in the Admin / Manage Users area of Parent Booker (only admins can access this):
User Logins are now displayed in a new column, so if parents ask, school administrators can now tell users exactly what their login is.
(This is in addition to the existing forgot login function available to users on the login page)
2. Resetting User’s Passwords
School administrators can now send an email with a reset password link to any parent. This is done by the same Admin / Manage Users page:
Simply click on a login and instantly an email with a password reset link will be sent to the user
The system alerts you which email address the password reset was sent to (as a double check) . Sometimes users may need to know which email address the reset has been sent to.
These new features will make the job of supporting parents having login issues easier.