Goodbye ParentPaperwork, hello EdSmart

The company is extremely excited to announce its relaunch under the new name, brand and mission – EdSmart.

Having expanded into eight countries and been implemented in 400-plus schools, the full potential of the original ParentPaperwork label has been reached. EdSmart is now the new place for ParentPaperwork and encompasses the huge milestones achieved in a short amount of time while strongly positioning this global edtech company for its future.

“It’s been a big and satisfying journey since we first developed an online platform that helps take schools paperless by digitising the forms and correspondence they exchanged with parents,” says Fiona Boyd, CEO of EdSmart. “But we’ve developed into so much more than just a piece of software for parent forms – we’re a complete and integratable administration solution that helps schools run smarter.”

Many schools currently think of their major software needs falling under two banners – that of the student management system (SIS or MIS) and the learning management system (LMS). However, there is a third category of software – a school organisation system – that replaces traditional burdens shouldered by administrators in schools, automating and streamlining the daily tasks of school life. That system is EdSmart.

“It made sense to have a new look & feel to reflect our development into a refined, personalised, easy and efficient method of routing workflows, collecting data and managing the administration between schools and of all their stakeholders,” continues Fiona Boyd.

While this brand change signals a major leap forward for the company, current users of the EdSmart platform under the ParentPaperwork name will not have to alter anything – all logins remain the same and will automatically reroute to EdSmart, the new place for ParentPaperwork. Current users are just reminded: wherever they see the EdSmart name and logo, this now represents what was once ParentPaperwork.

EdSmart has created a cloud-based School Organisation System (SOS) that is unlike any other other school administration system on the market. Why? Because it functions by integrating with all school databases and transfers data between systems. Data interoperability is the key that increases the potential of the EdSmart platform and makes it so powerful.

“It has been statistically proven that student improvement is linked to teacher-student contact time and parent engagement,” says Fiona Boyd. “The education arena, as a whole, has tighter budgets year on year, which makes delivering student improvement targets exponentially difficult.”

“The long-term solution is to embrace software that genuinely supports valuable teaching and reduces non-teaching staff time,” she concludes. “We feel that EdSmart meets that need.”

For more information about EdSmart, please email [email protected]

New EdSmart logos are accessible here.

 

What is a tree worth to your school community?

Your school, your values

What a school places value on can say a lot of about the culture and community of that school. How much you value trees and the environment is about more than being a tree hugger or hippie.

It’s the time of year, in Australia and New Zealand, when everything in school just seems to get busier and busier. Exams are done and dusted. Transition to the next year level will be happening soon. Teachers and students are gearing up for end-of-year performances. And administrators are working hard to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on the school year.

In the US, UK, Canada and the other countries where schools use ParentPaperwork the school year isn’t ending but the calendar year is. Students and teachers attention is moving towards Christmas and/or the holidays and spending time with family and friends.

For those in the southern climes, the focus in December is around back to school and being ready administratively for the new school year.

In the midst of all this rush and bustle, it’s good to take a step back and ask yourself what the values driving your school will be in 2017?

So many schools we reach out to still use antiquated processes, particularly when dealing with governance and compliance matters that could all be dealt with in a much more organised, efficient and effective way by using an online platform like ParentPaperwork.

Costs of the old way can be hidden from view

And continuing to do things the old way has hidden costs. Earlier this year we took a look at these hidden costs and created our cost calculator. Want to know how much you could be saving in financial, environmental and labour costs by using ParentPaperwork to handle all your forms? Just plug your student numbers in to our calculator  and take a look.

Something that rides a trend wave of interest and then at times disappears from view, is the effect schools have on the environment. Just what impact does your school have on the environment? Could things be done differently or better? What are some easy ways to reduce environmental burden in school settings? What is the low hanging fruit you could pick in terms of making your school fully sustainable?

ParentPaperwork was created out of a philosophy that schools are important and special places in our communities and that how we run them can have a material beneficial impact to the environment and sustainability.

Since the beginning of the year ParentPaperwork has handled over 1.2 million forms on behalf of our schools customers. Consider that many of these are multi-page if sent by paper. We estimate that in 2016 schools using ParentPaperwork have saved the planet circa 2.5 million pieces of paper.

In a school with 1000 students, using ParentPaperwork as your forms solution will be a huge step towards taking your school paperless. And it will also mean that 7 trees didn’t get cut down this year. If you use ParentPaperwork for 5 years, that’s 35 trees, a copse or small forest.

If you’re not swayed by the cost savings argument yet, maybe you’ll think about your values and how much a tree, copse or forest matters to your school community?