ParentPaperwork makes an impression at BETT

The BETT Show, held in London each year, is one of the largest education technology tradeshows in the world. It’s big and it’s exhausting.

Originally known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show, BETT has been running for more than 30 years, and attracts more than 35,000 visitors and hundreds of exhibitors. It’s held in the Excel, a vast exhibition hall on the banks of the Thames in the east end of London.

Nothing can completely prepare you for the sheer size of the event – walking from one end of the exhibition floor to the other takes 15 minutes, or longer, as you squeeze past hundreds of people packed along the aisles or hanging around exhibitor stands. Education and technology are rapidly colliding and sparking.

Anyone who is anyone in the EdTech universe is there, including Microsoft, Apple and Google, who each have large elaborate stands carefully designed to reflect their corporate image and brand.

Microsoft is all right angles, pale timber and slick video screens. Google is less formal and incorporates their ‘Google’ colours even into the benches. Apple has dozens of bright young things roaming around in trademark T-Shirts, jeans and runners.

Parent Paperwork at BETT

We spent the four days of BETT working with our UK partner Groupcall and meeting some terrific EdTech firms from all over the world.

Some countries, including Singapore and Israel, had stands showcasing groups of local EdTech firms. The United Arab Emirates had a stand devoted to recruiting British teachers to move to the UAE.

Special credit to Melbourne business Caremonkey who also made the trip. It was lovely to catch up with their founder Troy Westley and I’m hoping he found BETT as productive as ParentPaperwork did.

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The Groupcall stand at BETT was spectacular

Groupcall’s stand was fantastic, one of the largest at BETT, and definitely with the largest video screen, a 9m LED video wall across the back (and yes we played the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer a few times late one afternoon!).

The set up was perfect, with multiple seating areas with large computers where you could sit down with a group of school representatives and demonstrate products, as well as free standing touch screens also running the demos.

We even had a visit from Sir Bob Geldof. You may know him as a musician, but he’s also an original investor in Groupcall, and regularly attends to BETT to spend time connecting with Groupcall users and edutech innovators at large.

It was fun watching visitors walk past the stand and do a double take when they saw Sir Bob! (And of course immediately pull out their phone for a selfie).

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Sir Bob dropped by and was mobbed.

For us, it was our first major opportunity to showcase ParentPaperwork’s new integration with Groupcall’s Messenger school/parent communication platform.

We’re proud of this partnership – we’ve baked ParentPaperwork’s Parent Slips module deeply into Messenger, giving schools a seamless experience and all the benefits of replacing the paper forms they exchange with their parents.

I should also mention a fellow partner in Messenger, PEBS (Parent Evening Booking System).

Like us they have deeply integrated their parent teacher interview booking platform into Messenger, and their founder Will Mackenzie came down from Scotland to share time with us. He’s a fabulous guy, and already has hundreds of UK schools using PEBS.

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BETT is a remarkable experience.

I must confess, by the end of the last day my voice was almost gone, and my feet were killing me – I laughed I needed a foot spa to recover!

But this was a brilliant opportunity to talk to hundreds of people about ParentPaperwork, gauge their reaction, and solicit their feedback. We left BETT with a long list of interested school staffers.

Not one that I spoke with (and that was a great many) didn’t see the value of ParentPaperwork.

Once they had their ‘light bulb’ moment and connected in their mind the paper form problem with our solution, their enthusiasm was palpable. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Schools Technology Roadshow kicks off on Jersey

The Schools Technology Roadshow kicked off yesterday on the island of Jersey, with a group of local schools attending to learn more about opportunities to use digital technologies in the administration of their schools.

ParentPaperwork’s co-founder David Eedle (pictured) presented a session on using the ParentPaperwork platform to replace paper forms, along with Will McKenzie from Parents Evening Booking Systems, to the group gathered at the Jersey College for Girls.

While some of the schools present do already use various communication tools, the idea of an integrated suite, founded around Groupcall’s Messenger platform, is highly attractive, as it means dispensing with disparate software and instead enjoying best of breed technology accessed via a single sign on and easy integration to student and parent databases.

The next Roadshow is at Chulmleigh Community College in Devon on Wednesday 25 November – you can register now, it’s a free event. Or download a brochure.

ParentPaperwork announces new partnership with leading UK education technology company Groupcall Limited

New partnership sees ParentPaperwork available to more than 5,000 UK schools via Groupcall’s Messenger platform.

Melbourne-based start-up ParentPaperwork’s online forms platform will soon be available to more than 5,000 schools in the United Kingdom via a partnership with leading UK education technology company Groupcall Limited.

Groupcall Messenger is the system of choice for over 5,000 Primary and Secondary schools within the UK and Europe. Messenger is an on-line system that allows schools to send personalised text, voice or email messages, printed letter, via the Groupcall Xpressions app and even tweet instantly to parents, staff, students or other contacts in a variety of languages for a low annual subscription fee.

Now for the first time Messenger schools will also be able to distribute online forms to parents and capture data and responses using ParentPaperwork’s user-defined form templates. ParentPaperwork’s sophisticated platform is deeply integrated into Messenger, meaning a single login gives access to all of the features of both Messenger and ParentPaperwork within one seamless interface.

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Using ParentPaperwork school staff can create and send online forms to 50 or 5,000 parents in a matter of minutes; with analysis showing close to 60% of parents return their online forms within 24 hours. Information is stored in a secure data centre and any form can be retrieved in seconds, no matter how long ago it was submitted.

ParentPaperwork CEO Fiona Boyd says this is a significant opportunity for her start-up:

“A key element of our growth strategy is to form strong relationships with key players in a range of markets around the world. We’re extremely pleased to have secured this partnership with Groupcall, and bring the ParentPaperwork platform to such a large captive market of school customers. It’s an exciting opportunity, the Groupcall team have been terrific to work with, and we’re looking forward to a continuing close relationship as we work together to welcome thousands of UK schools to ParentPaperwork.”

An marketing road show kicks off in late November to commence introducing ParentPaperwork to schools in a number of locations around the UK.

About Groupcall

Launched in 2002, Groupcall provides communication and data solutions to the education, public and private sectors. Groupcall is one of the education sector market leaders with its parental communication system, Groupcall Messenger, which is currently used in more than 5,000 schools throughout the UK and Europe. Co-founded by Sir Bob Geldof, Groupcall’s product portfolio comprises of Messenger, Emerge, Xporter and Alert. Groupcall was initially created to improve general and emergency communication between a school and its parents. Since then, Messenger has proven to successfully reduce unauthorised absences in schools, as well as improve parental engagement and lower costs. It is their communication solution which provides the technology behind the enhanced Child Rescue Alert system in the UK.

About ParentPaperwork

ParentPaperwork is an Australian software-as-a-service online forms platform for schools. ParentPaperwork’s mission is to replace paper forms in schools around the world by providing an online solution that enables schools to capture, manage and report data from across their enterprise. Schools in half a dozen countries use ParentPaperwork to improve productivity and efficiency and enhance parental engagement. For more information, and a free trial please go to www.ParentPaperwork.com.

More information:

David Eedle    +61 (0) 419 876 942
david@parentpaperwork.com

ParentPaperwork joins the Schools IT Roadshow around the UK

ParentPaperwork will be part of the Schools IT Roadshow around the UK in coming months, kicking off on Jersey on 18 November, presenting a range of tools and services to groups of schools that can assist in improving efficiency and productivity.

Today, access to technology and IT, both in the home and at school is more prevalent than ever. We now use apps, where once we might have used websites and the hardware we use is changing from desktops to smart phones and tablets. IT influences our daily lives, and teachers and students naturally bring these influences with them into school.

This opens up great possibilities to improve the way schools engage with parents, students and staff through communications, surveys and events such as parent’s evenings.

To help you with this, three IT providers, Groupcall, NetMedia and ParentPaperwork have launched a roadshow of school based meetings to guide local schools in how technology is evolving and improving the running of schools and helping to cut costs and increase efficiency. The three businesses cover:

Communications: Groupcall helps schools communicate and engage with parents, students and staff quicker, through Messenger and help staff with registration, reporting and analysis through Emerge.

Events: NetMedia helps schools to connect better with parents through more effective parents evening, using the Parents’ Evening Booking System.

Forms and Surveys: ParentPaperwork enhances parental engagement and helps schools to free up time through online forms and surveys replacing notes in book bags and flyers handed out at the school gate.

If you are looking at ways to improve parental engagement, communication and deliver cost savings and efficiencies in your school, then why not explore a number of areas of opportunity at The Schools IT Roadshow:

Channel Islands: Jersey – Wednesday 18th November, @ Jersey College of Girls, Le Mont Millais, St Saviour, Jersey C.I. JE2 7YB

South West: Devon 25.11.2015 @09:00

North West: Manchester 3.12.2015 @09:00

East London: Waltham Forest 27.01.2015 @09:00

North Midlands: Nottingham 10.02.2015 @ 09:00

Register to attend one of the roadshow meetings

Explore what is happening with technology in schools, and find out, what is helping them to cut costs, improve efficiencies and ultimately help to drive parental engagement, student attainment, and achievement.

Register today to find out more: http://schoolsitroadshow.eventbrite.co.uk

ParentPaperwork uses GroupCall’s Xporter system to automate the update of data from your SIMS or CMIS school management database

We’ve recently brought on board our first schools using GroupCall‘s XPorter system to automate the update of data from their SIMS and CMIS school management systems to our platform.

Groupcall Xporter provides an automated solution to securely collect and deliver data to a chosen location or system. The system allows Local Authorities, Academy Groups and 3rd party organisations to define what data is collected and how frequently. Xporter runs in each school to extract the required information from the MIS system and transfer it securely and in a uniform format to the desired location regardless of the source MIS type.

The solution is currently installed in over 17,000 UK schools and is used by over 65 Education Authorities and academy groups, as well as being the data provisioning agent for over 60 3rd party commercial customers – including ParentPaperwork. Once installed, the Xporter client requires no further maintenance as its built-in update facility ensures it is never more than 3-4 hours out of sync with the very latest version of your data extraction specification.

Xporter integration is a fantastic feature of ParentPaperwork. It means that any of the 17,000 schools around the UK and the world using Xporter don’t need to worry about manually handling parent and student contact information -each night Xporter sends us your current parent and student contacts, so any changes you’ve made in SIMS or CMIS are automatically transferred to ParentPaperwork.

Is your school using SIMS or CMIS? Please contact us for more information about how ParentPaperwork + Xporter = easy to use online forms!