New Feature: Parents can now download calendar entries from ParentPaperwork online forms

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A frequent request from schools on the ParentPaperwork development roadmap has been downloadable calendar entries for parents, so parents can easily add their childrens’ activities into online calendars.

Today we’ve released our Calendar Entry feature. When adding a new Slip you’ll now be presented with some new fields:

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You’ll notice we’ve added a More/Less toggle, and also moved the Limit Responses option into that area.

You can enter the Date/Time From/To of your activity using the Calendar Entry fields, or just leave them blank for no Calendar Entry at all.

The Dates/Times you select will show on the View page:

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You can check the Calendar Entry by clicking the icon, the calendar file will download and open in your electronic diary.

When parents click through to respond to a Slip, they will also be shown the icon:

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Over time we see this as expanding to enable a school to subscribe to a calendar feed of all their activities for which  ParentPaperwork Slips exist which could be a big time saver, having an easy overview in one place of all activities the students  are participating in.

 

Great new default values features for ParentPaperwork forms

2_4_work_lessWe have a general theory around the ParentPaperwork office that our users, whether schools or parents, should have to do the minimum amount of work when using the ParentPaperwork system. Less work definitely equals more fun!

Today we’re pleased to announce a terrific new set of features to help progress towards that goal.

The Form Builder is at the heart of ParentPaperwork, enabling schools to create an unlimited number of fully customised form templates, this gives ParentPaperwork unparalleled capability to deliver to schools exactly the form they need.

Long Description fields

Text Box fields can now have a default value set. This value will be pre-filled into the field for the user when they first open their Slip form.

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Text Box Fields

Text Box fields can now have a default value set. This value will be pre-filled into the field for the user when they first open their Slip form.

Alternatively you can check the Read Only box. This means the actual field will not be displayed, and instead the Field Name text will display read only. It’s a great way to display a piece of text amongst the fields on your form.

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Option Lists and Checkboxes

Similarly you can now set the default value(s) for Option Lists and Checkboxes. For Option Lists you can select one default, and the drop down list displayed to the user will be pre-filled with that value. For Checkbox fields you can select one or more options by default, and these will be already checked when the user opens their Slip form.

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Multiple Google maps for ParentPaperwork online excursion and field trip forms

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ParentPaperwork’s online forms can now include multiple Google Maps, instead of the previous single map. We’ve made this change after learning that at least one state education department requires permission forms to have a map for each and every location students will visit during an excursion, and the parents are required to give consent for each specific location instead of a single overall sign off.

So for something like a school camp, where the students might move from one place to another during their time away, each needs to be documented, and mapped, so parents are completely clear where exactly their children will be.

There are now six address fields available when you are designing your form.

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When you create a new Slip based on your template the system will try and map each of the addresses, and display a Google Map if an address match is found.