This week Parent Booker launched a new feature letting schools inform parents about positions.
Until now when a volunteer event was created a date and time had to be specified. With Parent Booker’s new positions feature schools can inform parents that they have positions that they need to fill that are not date or time specific:
Setting up a position in Parent Booker
To set up a position you must be an admin or a volunteer coordinator.
go to volunteer opportunities
create an opportunity as you normally would but for the type choose position
On the next screen prompting you to enter tasks or roles you can specify a date. The positions will be available for sign up until this date. Then you can enter tasks without specifying dates or times.
Users can sign up for positions on the website, or using the iPhone and Android mobile apps.
Using Positions for Bringing Items to Events
If you have an event where you need people to sign up to bring items – such as cookies, cakes or lemonade – then positions lets you create a roster prompting users what they need to bring
The new Parent Booker app for iPhones and iPads is launched and available for free to parents with children at schools using the service.
Using the app, parents can:
- view a filtered list of volunteer opportunities tailored based on your children’s classes
- view a calendar showing school holidays and dates then they’ve signed up to volunteer
- receive push notifications whenever the school posts a new volunteer opportunity that’s targeted to parents based on their children’s classes or group memberships (e.g. PTA, clubs, altar servers…)
- enter service hours
- view your progress towards service hour targets via a progress bar
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.
Schools can try out Parent Booker for an entire quarter for free - sign up and use promotional code NEW APP here:
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.