The Private Lives of Students – Data Security and Privacy in Schools

How did you celebrate Data Privacy Day this year? Did you change all of your passwords? Or did you enact two-step verification on your login data?

Chances are you’re not even aware of what day it falls on (it’s 28th January for those playing along at home).

Despite being around for almost a decade, Data Privacy Day doesn’t get much news coverage. Like a lot of our personal data that we give out freely online, we don’t give it a lot of attention, even with fresh headlines each week of social media hacks, stolen personal images of the rich and famous, and whole corporations being held to ransom.

All of us would readily say we have concerns about what happens to our data and who has access to it. But very few of us, if any, will read a privacy policy before hitting the ‘Accept’ button and handing over our information to companies we know very little about.

Whether it’s convenience, laziness or lack of education, our willingness to trust companies to not mine our data is at its peak.

Recent experiments that have raised awareness of the dangers of using free Wi-Fi networks from unknown providers include:

These examples highlight the dangers inherent in systems we use every day, albeit, extreme ones. Luckily, the six people who signed over their firstborn were given a reprieve.

What about student data?

It has taken a while for us to realise the importance of protecting the data and privacy of students.

Schools have long kept records on their students that included personal information, health issues, grades, suspensions, absentee and truancy records, etc. But, as school administration systems have moved to digital, storing this information on databases and in the cloud, the issue of how secure this information is and what should actually be recorded and retained has become of greater concern.

It’s not just school records in the spotlight either. Teachers using apps to monitor behaviour, school cafeterias using palm scanning technology to purchase meals, and social media sites being used to trade information on classes and school sports are all causes for concern when it comes to privacy.

Alarmingly, a recent survey in the US by Common Sense Media showed that only 13% of respondents knew “a great deal” about how their schools collected, used, stored and destroyed student data. Their results can be seen in the infographic below.

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The backlash and response

The good news is that data security and privacy for students is an issue that is starting to garner more awareness in the media and with parents.

Recent cases around the world that have made the news include:

  • Concerns about a new primary school database that keeps students’ personal details, including religion and ethnicity, on file until their 30th birthday; and
  • A $100 million database used to store “test scores, learning disabilities, discipline records – even teacher assessments of a child’s character” being scrapped after an outcry from parents and civil liberties groups.

In response to growing fears of student data being sold to third parties, identity theft and personal information finding its way into the public domain, governments are finally taking action.

Last week in the US, President Barack Obama unveiled the Student Digital Privacy Act to ensure that data collected by schools is used solely for educational purposes and cannot be sold on. It’s legislation based on a recently introduced Californian law “prohibiting educational sites, apps and cloud services used by schools from selling or disclosing personal information about students from kindergarten through high school; from using the children’s data to market to them; and from compiling dossiers on them.”

Australia also updated its privacy laws last year to regulate the collection, storage, use and disclosure of personal information by independent schools.

What can parents do?

For anyone concerned about student privacy and data, there are a number of things you can do to help keep sensitive information safe.

  1. Educate and get educated

The number one thing parents can do is to learn about the data collection practices and student privacy issues at their child’s school. Find out what systems are currently used, and read up on the company’s services and policies.

Keep abreast of any new technologies or systems being used by the school.

You should find out what data is collected, for what purpose it is used and with whom it is shared. Look into your rights to access the information or to opt-out of such services and ask about what policies are in place if these systems are breached.

It is also important to teach your child about keeping their information safe and the dangers of sharing it with others.

  1. Know your rights

A quick search online will help you understand your rights when it comes to data collection and storage. Ensure the school and third party vendors are adhering to them. Schools should be transparent when it comes to your child’s information. If they’re not, question why. 

  1. Watch the news and be vocal

Follow any story about changes to laws and new legislations that may affect student privacy. Let your school know of any concerns you may have with new laws or with new and current systems being used. The closure of the aforementioned $100 million database shows the power that parents and lobby groups can wield.

It doesn’t have to be Data Privacy Day for us to keep the issues of data privacy and security in our sights. Being aware and raising awareness of the safety of you and your child’s personal information should be an everyday concern not only for you but also for your child’s school. Technology can make a teacher’s job much easier, giving them more time to spend with students.

It’s our responsibility collectively to ensure the products that make our lives easier are also safe for us to use.

ParentPaperwork takes privacy seriously. For more information on how we handle data, please read our privacy policy

Modern Parenting: it COSTS a village to raise a child

For our Australian clients, it’s that time of year when battling outgrown uniforms, cries for new stationery and lunchboxes, and the general everyday cloud of gloom descends over their children as they prepare to return to school for another year.

For some, the prospect of returning to a familiar routine is welcomed, no longer having to entertain the kids 24/7 or bribing other family members to take on that chore for them. But, for many, the new school year brings with it new costs for an already tight budget.

Modern parenting is fraught with social pitfalls and hidden expenses. Forget to tell your child’s friends that you won’t make their birthday party can mean being slapped with an invoice. Childhood is a serious (and costly) business.

A recent survey by UK charity organisation 4Children shows a rise in childcare costs of 30% in the last five years with many parents opting to reduce their work hours to look after their children themselves. This trend is shared across both the US and Australia where according to a report by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, low income mothers returning to work can end up earning as little as AUD$3.45 per hour once the loss of government benefits, taxation and childcare costs are considered.

With some Australian childcare centres charging as much as AUD$170 a day, a jump of 150% since 2004, most parents will be happy to cart their child off to school when the time comes just to save a few dollars. Unfortunately, the cost of a child’s education only rises higher from the moment they enter the schoolyard.

According to Australian charity The Smith Family, parents can be spending upwards of AUD$700 before their child even reaches the school gate with education costs equalling around AUD$2000 a year per child. Even public schools are not without the sneaky, unexpected expenditures. Uniforms, books, excursions and field trips, voluntary contributions, not to mention computers and Internet connections, all add up to leaving poor parents – well – poor.

Not-for-profit education savings provider Australian Scholarships Group estimates the cost of a government primary and secondary school can be as high as AUD$65,829, which includes tuition and all ancillaries. If you choose a private education, that estimate rises to AUD$428,723 per child. Their infographics below show how that cost is set to grow for children born in 2015.

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Looking at these alarmingly high figures, we also have to take into account that most families choose to have more than one child, doubling or tripling the numbers. The old saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ might need to be amended to read ‘it costs a village to raise a child’.

The cause of this increasing rise in education costs is hard to pinpoint. There are a number of factors that compel schools to raise tuition costs. Usually, a price hike has nothing to do with profit. Most schools find themselves with more students than ever and a waiting list a mile long.

Bigger classrooms, overworked teachers (as we covered in our recent blog post Teachers Don’t Work Hard Enough? Think Again!), reduced funding and rising living costs all add weight to an already strained system.

For a school, reducing organisational stress through streamlined systems can help their bottom-line and ease the financial burden passed onto families. For modern parents juggling all the challenges that come with raising and educating a child, ensuring you’re adequately prepared for these costs ahead of time can also help make the transition back to school that little bit easier.

Australian teachers work harder than many others around the world

Today’s blog post is a follow-up from last week’s article regarding teacher workload and the misconceptions surrounding the hours teachers really work.

Sally Baker, a primary school teacher, has posted an intriguing blog post on the Australian Education Union’s website. Her post came a few months after a report ‘ACT Teachers Work Longer Hours Than OECD Average‘ , also published on the AEU website, which presented statistics on the workloads of Australian teachers in both the primary and secondary sectors.

The report draws on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) analysing the hours worked by teachers internationally and the resulting annual publication  ‘Education at a Glance’.

The OECD reported that on average Australian primary school teachers have 871 face-to-face hours with students annually. That compares with the OECD average of 782 hours per year.

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Sally says that she was prompted to write the article after many non-teacher friends of hers constantly commented on her work hours and how she only works from 9am-3pm, when in fact, this was not the case at all.

Us teachers, and anyone who lives with us, knows that the idea of a teacher only being at work from 9 to 3 is not only madness but also quite impossible if we are doing our job properly.

The article focuses heavily on what is done outside of the classroom, rather than what actually happens during school hours. Sally notes that it would be ‘impossible’ for a teacher to do their job properly within a 9-3 time restraint, and that the job takes a lot more devotion than just turning up to school each day.

As her post is about life as a primary teacher, some of the activities and things Sally has to do for her job aren’t applicable across secondary teachers also, but it does give an interesting insight into some of the rough things that primary teachers have to deal with (cleaning up ‘accidents’ for example). Whilst last week’s infographics and post  gave a brief overview on how teachers spend their day, Sally’s article really dives much deeper and gives a full, detailed recount of exactly how a teacher will spend their time.

Teachers arrive early to school and also leave late, with their lunches and breaks often occupied with work-related activities and odd tasks to finish. Setting up, packing up, creating worksheets, finding suitable textbooks and learning materials, including online instructional videos, decorating the classrooms with students work, cleaning up after arty or messy activities, dusting cupboards and wiping down desks…the tasks never seem to end!

If being in charge of 20+ young children wasn’t a lot of work already, teachers must account for all of their work as well, marking assignments on time and tailoring work to suit each student whilst also catching up with parents if there are any issues.

Combine all these small tasks with teacher meetings, parent-teacher meetings, constant emails, planning lessons, assessing, formally reporting and being aware of students social and emotional development and it is hard to argue a case against the real workload of our teachers.

Another insightful piece of information published by the AEU was a research report from Tasmania in 2012 and 2013 focusing directly on teacher workloads in Australia.

The research was conducted through three online surveys and also focus groups, individual interviews and work diaries. What they found was that heavy teacher workloads aren’t just isolated cases, with 70% of Australian teachers strongly agreeing with the statement that “Teaching involves significantly more work or more complexity than it did five years ago”.

More disturbing was that 87.5% of the teachers also said they were not satisfied that their work tasks could be completed within their work hours. Only 27% of the teachers interviewed agreed that their workload was manageable that year.

If there was anything to support Sally Bakers article earlier, this report definitely reflects her feelings towards her workload, and shows us that Sally is not the only teacher having this experience.

Teachers don’t work hard enough? Think again!

There is a long-running myth perpetuated in some quarters about the laziness of teaching and educational roles, in particular classroom teachers in primary, middle and high schools. Busy Teacher has compiled this great infographic that puts a teacher’s working year in a much more realistic perspective.

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Although the average yearly salary for a teacher in the United States is $49,000, a good $5,000 above the median household income, the money is well-earned. Teachers are not only working the average teaching day of 6-8 hours, they also arrive to school early and leave late, in order to have parent/teacher meetings and help students with work. Once a teacher goes home their work continues, grading papers, assignments, attending teacher meetings, making phone calls and answering student emails. These activities can take anywhere from 3-5 hours per day to complete.

By adding up all of these small tasks, a teacher’s working day can look like anything from 12-16 hours per day! This is a massive commitment, when a teacher is in charge of so many kids and classes, there are always more needs to be met.

One of the most common comments made about teaching jobs is how they are only working for nine months of the year, as student’s aren’t in school for three months during the summer. This misconception jumps to the conclusion that teachers spend no time during the summer planning for the coming year, but in reality, teachers are spending most of the summer break in preparation for the coming year.

These statistics only encompass the United States, so how does it compare to the rest of the world?

Knewton has compiled another great infographic which compares the amount of work teachers are putting into their work all over the world.

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For example, we are shown that the United States has the highest number of statutory work hours, 1,998 hours a year for high school teachers, when compared to the likes of South Korea, Japan, England and Brazil. The United States also has the highest number of teaching hours when compared to even more countries all over the world, with New Zealand in second place and France in third.

These numbers can deduce that all over the world, teachers are working up to as many as 11 hours per day. This is broken down into sections of work like classroom teaching, which takes up 40% of teachers time, grading work and administration, such as paperwork, which takes up approximately another 30% of a teachers time each day. These hours really do add up quite quickly, as it seems there is always something a teacher could be doing to improve their lesson plans, organise their paperwork or support their students.

What makes a teacher’s life even harder is that there are other factors which are now making teaching even more challenging in our modern society. These factors include things such as growing class sizes, recognition that each student deserves personalised attention, every changing standards and regulations of teaching plus the portrayal of school in a negative light by peer and pop culture.

These two infographics are great tools to show that many teachers are justified in expressing concern about their workloads, and education administrators must continue to seek ways to provide support and tools that can lighten the load for teachers around the world.

Poorly communicated student information threatens school excursions

Liability continues to be an ever increasing front of mind issue for schools around the world. In countries where parents particularly tend towards the litigious, such as the United States, some schools are even reducing the frequency of off campus excursions, opting instead for alternative experiences.

School administrators also cite cost as a concern, for transport and chaperones, and suggest the money can be better spent on more time in class.

In Israel this week this week high school students are skipping classes in protest over sanctions by teachers that have led to the cancellation of all field trips. The teachers want legal immunity  from lawsuits and criminal charges in the event of a student being injured on a trip.

However, others in the education field are fighting back, saying field trips provide valuable opportunities for students, with improved learning outcomes. For example a study by Jay Greene, a professor at the University of Arkansas  found that students who attended a live theatre performance scored significantly higher on a vocabulary test incorporating language from those plays, in comparison to a cohort of their peers who only read the play or watched a video.

Taking students off campus does of course carry a risk, hence many schools are now required to compile risk assessment plans and communicate fulsomely with parents to ensure the parents are fully informed about the nature and content of a proposed activity, and that consent has been properly secured from the parents.

The paper forms sent home to parents have consequently become even more prevalent and detailed – as any parent can attest, they are subject to a constant barrage of what at times seem repetitive requests from teachers to read, complete and return forms for all manner of activities. Yet this process is intrinsically fraught, for example:

  1. The parent might not complete the form correctly, they might omit or miss key information;
  2. The teacher might find it difficult to transcribe the parent’s handwriting, leading to mistakes or incorrect data being recorded.

As has been seen sadly on occasion, if vital information is not communicated, students can be placed at risk, especially with regard to health information such as allergies. As every parent can tell you allergies in kids are on the rise – and that’s backed by research.

According to Allergy UK the latest surveys show that the rates of all allergies are increasing throughout the world, affecting up to 30-35% of people at some stage of their lives. What’s even more alarming is that other Allergy UK studies are showing a significant increase in the incidence of food allergies amongst children. Currently in the UK, it is estimated that up to 50% of children are diagnosed with an allergic condition.

Many schools now have blanket bans on food products such as eggs, dairy and nuts even if only a small percentage of the student body has allergies to avoid, as much as possible, any risk. Unsure of what the best solution is to deal with this issue some schools seem to be going really overboard in their strategies, according to John Collard, clinical director of Allergy UK.

“Food allergies can be deadly, and every death is clearly a tragedy so we need to do what we can to prevent them. But you have to balance that against the impact on the quality of life of everyone else.”

“I heard a story in the UK about a school making children wear gowns over their clothing during meal times so there would be no contamination fear from milk. There is a tendency to go over the top.”

Clearly it is important that the school elicits, and clearly understands, information provided by parents, whether for allergies, or other aspects of a child’s personal information whilst preparing for any activity involving students. And this is where giving consideration to an online communication tool should be high on the agenda for school leaders.

A digital online forms system can address the flaws in paper based systems:

  1. Online forms can be designed to ensure that parents correctly complete the required information, for example using elements such as drop down lists with a closed set of options ensures only legitimate options are selected;
  2. With no handwriting to decipher the data will be legible and usable, and because it’s in digital form archiving and searching is simple.

These are two of the primary reasons why we created ParentPaperwork – and not just for schools, but for the parents as well. Because it’s in everyone’s interests that information about our kids is communicated reliably and securely.

As a bonus, the time and cost for managing the process can be drastically reduced, further helping schools in the battle against the workload challenge facing teachers and school administrators.

 

Four major benefits for your school to eliminate the paper chase in 2015

Schools are often seen as conservative in their adoption of new process and ideas, but if there is one habit that schools around the world need to kick in 2015 it’s their significant paper consumption.

Even with all the modern ICT tools deployed in schools today staff and students will still use paper for some tasks, but there are significant savings in both time and cost available to schools that transition their paper-based processes to online tools.

For example each year tens of millions of parents sign hundreds of millions of paper forms on behalf of their children or relatives. It’s a labour intensive, unreliable and inefficient process – and there are clear advantages in considering electronic alternatives.

Here are four major benefits for your school to eliminate the paper chase in 2015 as part of the Workload Challenge

Saving money:

Apart from the obvious expense of purchasing paper plus photocopier and printer consumables, most of the time schools don’t realize the hidden costs associated with staff administrators and teachers managing paper trails.

Transitioning paper forms to an online system makes a great deal of sense.

Document retention policies often require schools to archive their paper forms for a considerable number of years – we’ve heard of some schools whose legal advisors have told them to keep their paper forms indefinitely. Over time storage can become a real cost burden, to ensure the paper forms are held securely and safely.

Not only are online forms quicker to fill out and easier to read, staff will can keep them on record without having to worry about damaged or lost forms – with the ParentPaperwork system the data remains available at the click of a mouse for as long as the school decides.

And of course any cost savings can be redirected into teaching time and resources.

Saving time:

Sending out paper forms such as permission slips is extremely time consuming for administrators and teachers. Creating, approving and copying the forms can involve hundreds of pieces of paper and many hours of work. Then there’s all the stress and hassle that follows when students forget or are late to bring back their forms,  causing headaches for the teachers, principals and administrators.

The last thing teachers need is to waste time standing in front of a photocopier, stuff forms into students’ school bags and chasing parents.

ParentPaperwork lets teachers send out their forms with a click of a button. The forms are delivered directly to parents via email, and are tracked and delivery errors noted, so school staff have  confidence forms have reached the parents. Parents are even automatically sent reminders if they are overdue submitting their forms.

Staff can log into ParentPaperwork at any time to view real time reporting about which parents have responded and submitted their forms. Then all the relevant data can be exported into a single spreadsheet file – no more carrying bundles of paper forms on field trips and excursions.

Saving the environment

There are many great opportunities for schools to adopt environmentally friendly practices, and saving paper is a positive way to contribute to ensuring our kids can look forward to a healthy planet for many decades to come.

A school with 2,000 students could be using 80,000 pieces of paper a year just to send forms home to parents – that’s around ten trees a year that need to be sacrificed just so parents can give permission for their children to attend a sports carnival or other school activity! Using online forms will save those trees and set a positive example to students.

Schools can sign up for a free 30 day trial at www.ParentPaperwork.com

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Classroom

Before 2015 gets underway for teachers there’s nothing like spending some time on reflecting back on the events of 2014 and thinking of some new resolutions for the upcoming school year.

We’re sure you’ll come up with plenty of ideas –  from tweaking the lesson plan, to playing interior decorator and rearranging the tables in a more productive manner.

Here are some fun ideas and resolutions for your class room/school in 2015:

Setting the classroom up for success

It can be an exciting challenge to think through how to organize your students surroundings in order to inspire and excite them about learning. For many teachers 2015 will be an opportunity to start with a blank canvas and strategically arm their classroom walls with posters, decorations and information. We’ve all been in those classrooms where the plain unimaginative surroundings create a dull atmosphere for students. That’s a situation that is easily remedied.

Here are some ideas to help glam up your classroom and make it interesting to learn in:

Dress to impress

Use the holiday period to find yourself a couple of new clothing pieces for next term. Never underestimate how feeling good and wearing something that you love can lift your mood and give you more self-confidence when dealing with students. There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a couple of fun pieces to add to the collection for school dress up days or to just get the kids laughing on a long grey day.

ASOS is a great website for online shopping with free shipping around the world- www.asos.com.au

Look through a selection of fun and colourful puppets that you can purchase for 2015- http://www.thepuppetstore.com/

Get some fun costumes for dress up day – http://www.costumecollection.com.au/pirates-costumes.html?gender=male&for=adults

Don’t let Admin get you down

One of the most strenuous and least productive to the teaching/learning process, aspects of teaching can be the mountain of administrative paperwork tasks that accompanies the job. Apart from the constant grading of papers and projects there are usually plenty of excursion and other forms you produce, distribute, collect and collate that can be an administrative nightmare.

Take a moment and have a look at ParentPaperwork and see how we can easily save you time and stress when the time comes to  take your students on the next excursion. No more waiting for parents to respond, worrying about forms not making it back or having to print off excessive copies that need to be marked off and taken with you.

Learn more about Parent Paperwork for your school and classroom and consider taking advantage of our free trial  for your next excursion here – https://www.parentpaperwork.com/

ParentPaperWork supports the UK workload challenge

Here at ParentPaperwork we were extremely excited to hear about the “workload challenge” introduced to UK teachers in late 2014. The Workload Challenge is an initiative created by Nick Clegg, the UK Deputy Prime Minister which is looking to find ways to reduce the overwhelming workload problem for Teachers. This is a fantastic process – and in a sign of just how much school staff have taken this to heart over 40,000 teachers have filled out an online survey contributing more than 50,000 examples and suggestions.

Some examples of ideas already brought up include:

  • More planning, preparation and assessment time
  • Reducing data collection requirements
  • Clear guidance about what evidence is expected during Ofsted inspections
  • Realistic expectations for marking pupils’ work
  • Improving IT systems and programs to make them more user-friendly and efficient
  • Trusting staff to plan lessons effectively (unless there is evidence of an issue with planning)
  • Short, effective meetings and fewer of them

A study done by www.busyteacher.org determined that a real teaching day is between 12-16 hours a day! That includes 8 hours of a standard teaching day, 1 hour before or after school and 3-5 hours for day by day planning, grading, attending meetings and doing paperwork.

A National Union of Teachers survey of more than 16,000 teachers in September last year revealed that 90 per cent of teachers had considered giving up teaching during the last two years alone, because of workload

The UK Department of Education’s own Workload Diary Survey from March 2013 revealed the average primary teacher is working nearly 60 hours per week – a 10 per cent increase since 2010.

Finding the solution to helping reduce teacher workload won’t be easy however ParentPaperwork is excited to join with British schools to tackle the challenge and make a difference to schools throughout the UK.

How is ParentPaperwork going to make a difference in the #workloadchallenge ?

ParentPaperwork will be able to tackle a number of key issues coming out of the #workloadchallange survey.

Speeding up the permission slip process

Each year millions of students travel off campus on excursions and field trips. One of the big issues taking up teacher time is the drawn out process of putting together a paper based permission slip for their classroom. These slips need to be created for every excursion which can be very time consuming, and as they are paper based give no guarantees that parents will receive them – school bags are not the most reliable courier system!

The teacher must design a form, photocopy one for each student (and often multiple pages) and distribute them to students in class. And then the returned forms must be collated and results recorded.

ParentPaperwork provides an easy-to-use system that lets teachers quickly put together an online permission slip which is sent directly to parents in a click of a button. It’s quick, simple and gives parents the ability to approve the slip in a matter of seconds. No more copying. No more chasing students and parents.

Forms not being delivered to parents or brought back on time will no longer be an issue taking pressure of students, parents and teachers. Plus ParentPaperwork gives teachers increased confidence that it’s actually the parent completing the form, rather than a student.

Reducing Data Collection Requirements

One of the most stressful moments for teachers can be right before an excursion takes place. It’s time to leave however a number of students still haven’t brought back their slips. The process of counting through the slips and making sure everyone has brought theirs back can be very difficult especially for those teachers with large classroom sizes.

ParentPaperwork’s form tracking gives teachers confidence that parents have received the forms, and delivers real time reporting and easy export of the information provided by parents via the online forms.

Teachers can see which parents have responded to the forms and which haven’t, giving a clear picture of the students will be attending on the day. Parents  who forget to reply are automatically sent reminders, and because they can complete the online form from any device – computer, tablet or phone – ParentPaperwork helps ensure parents respond promptly and their kids don’t miss out.

All of the information relating to an excursion including student details, the parent responses, and the parent contact information can be exported to an easy-to-read excel document, removing the need to carry folders of paper forms on the bus.

“Only Introduce new software for teachers which is so intuitive it doesn’t require long training sessions to learn, saving time.”

 

ParentPaperwork is a simple easy to use online system which doesn’t require parents or teachers to download any additional apps or go through lengthy difficult training sessions.

Being able to integrate ParentPaperwork with data sources such as your school management system will allow you to automatically transfer date with out having to manually import it.

 

 

Keep Calm. Save Paper (and trees). Use ParentPaperwork

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How many reams of paper does your school use each year copying and distributing paper forms to parents and students? Did you know one ream of paper equals around 6% of a tree? Conservatree estimates that each tree that’s processed into paper yields around 16 reams (500 sheets each) of paper.

Let’s try some math. For a school with 1,000 students let’s guess each student is given 20 paper forms a year, each with two pages. So that’s 1000 x 20 x 2 = 40,000 sheets of paper, which is 80 reams of paper. And five trees. Not withstanding the cost of the paper, the cost of copying the forms (all that toner, photocopying charges), distributing them to students, collecting and chasing the returned forms, collating and reporting the responses…..

That’s why schools turn to ParentPaperwork, our mission in life is to replace paper forms with an online system that’s super convenient for both schools and parents.

 

Book your ParentPaperwork demo at SchoolsTechOz (free Expo)

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ParentPaperwork will be exhibiting at the SchoolsTechOz Conference at Firbank Grammar in Melbourne 12-14 September.  The conference is for all staff in the K–12 school education sector, and 750 delegates are expected. There are 240 breakout sessions, and a bunch of high profile speakers. It’s going to be an exciting few days.

Please come and meet the ParentPaperwork team on our stand, we can show you how ParentPaperwork can save your school time and money by replacing your paper-based forms.

The Expo is free, you do NOT need to have a paid registration for the conference. Head to this link and book your free ticket.

If you are attending the conference, or just coming in for the Expo, we’d be happy to book a specific time to demonstrate ParentPaperwork. Please email support@parentpaperwork.com and we’ll schedule an appointment.