Completely Redesigned Parent Booker Android App Launched

A completely redesigned version of the Parent Booker app for Android has been released. It can be installed here:

Parent Booker on Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.parentbookerapp&hl=en

The new Parent Booker App includes parent directory functionality that lets parents quickly look up the email address, physical address or phone number of other parents. They can search by last name, first name, children’s class(es) or group.

Parent Directory

Parents can instantly send an email or initiate a phone call just by clicking on a link in the app. Schools must elect to activate the parent directory feature to make it available to parents.

Parent Booker parent directory

Parent Booker parent directory

Parent Booker Android Homepage

Parent Booker Android Homepage

New Feature: Email Signed Up Volunteers

Today Parent Booker launched a new feature letting admins and volunteer coordinators send emails and push notifications to volunteers who have signed up for a specific volunteer event.

This can be a great way to provide more information just to those people who have signed up such as updates and more extensive information.

Emailing Volunteers

Emailing Volunteers

To email volunteers who have signed up:

  1. Click on Volunteer Opportunities
  2. Click the View button for the specific opportunity
  3. Click on the new Email Volunteers button
  4. You are now taken to a screen where you can set:
    1. From (Name) – The sender’s name that will appear in their inbox.
      To comply with Internet mail regulations to prevent spoofing – faking originator email addresses – all emails will originate from donotreply@parentbooker.com but will contain a note at the end of the email telling recipients that they should reply to your email address, and giving this email address.
    2. Subject
    3. Message Body
    4. Push Notification a short message of up to 109 characters that will appear on iPhones and iPads of all targeted users who have installed and logged into the Parent Booker app.
    5. Attachment - you can optionally add a file attachment to be sent with the message
  5. Once the message has been composed there are two options:
    1. Send a test email so you can get a preview of how the message will appear
    2. Send the email to all volunteers who have signed up for the event

Thanks to St Patrick School in Larkspur, CA for this great feature suggestion.

Parent Booker launches new Shield the Vulnerable functionality.

Now schools can set up opportunities so that only parents who have a Shield the Vulnerable certificate can sign up.

Parent Booker already offers the ability to optionally restrict sign up access based on:

  • background checks
  • tuberculosis tests

This now adds to the security checks that Parent Booker can implement for schools.
Your school can try out Parent Booker for free for an entire quarter. After that it’s just $59.95/month for the entire school.

Sign up for a free, no commitment trial.

Shield the Vulnerable

Shield the Vulnerable

The New Parent Booker iPhone App Is Almost Here

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

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:

Sign up for a free quarter long trial of Parent Booker for your school >>

New Enhancement: Alert Message to Register Children

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 AddChildrenWarningadd 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.

ChildrenAdded

New Enhancement: Resend Confirmation Emails

A new feature has been added allowing administrators to resend confirmation emails to parents who have registered, but who have not yet clicked on the activation link in their confirmation email.

To Resend a Confirmation Email
(Note this function is only accessible to admins)

  1. Go to  Admin / Manage Users
  2. Navigate to the user by clicking on the first letter of their last name, or clicking “all users”
  3. Click on a user’s name (in dark blue)

What will then happen…

- if the user has not confirmed their account they will be resent the activation email

- if they has confirmed their account they will be sent the password confirmation email

Parent Booker Helps Schools Go Green, Save Time & Money


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!

  • Parent Booker lets you set up Volunteer Rosters

    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:
    - tasks
    - how many people are needed
    - start and end times

    Roster

    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.