We are thrilled to announce that the Technology Innovator Awards have kindly awarded us (Netmedia Ltd) and our Parents’ Evening Booking System two prestigious titles for 2015, following this year’s awards process: Best Bespoke Digital Solutions Provider for SMEs and Most Innovative Education Website Solution, “Parents’ Evening Booking System” These awards are gratefully received as we enter a new academic year with our customers. We are looking forward to schools using our latest product innovations and we hope to demonstrate our award winning credentials with another very successful year for our customers and through further development this academic year.
An exciting and game-changing software development has been turned ‘on’ today. We call it the Automated Booking Wizard. And we’re excited to bring it to you. As customers will know from our communications prior to the holidays, we have been working hard on this latest innovation for some time. We’re very pleased to announce this innovative booking option for parents which moves the concept of online booking forwards and further into the twenty-first century.
Parents will now be able to make their appointments in one click (without having to make them one teacher at a time, although this option will still exist for those who prefer it). Those parents with a number of children, or those parents who are late to book and who find availability difficult to come by, need only click the ‘Make My Bookings For Me’ button to be send the most efficient route around their appointments in one click. Anyone who has spoken to us, either when signing up, enquiring, through our support team or just as part of a general chat, will know that our ambitions for this, our flagship product, are boundless.
The Automated Booking Wizard is simply an example of the ways in which we’re continuing to innovate and broaden the scope of online booking when it comes to parents’ evenings. We will look to our customers and their feedback, their suggestions for further improvements and we look forward to you seeing our future developments once they’re a little further along the development process.
It’s a double-edged sword, but as our software becomes ever-more advanced and intelligent, handing all sorts of new data and school needs, the technology and information that it can import can both become more complicated in turn.
While we are committed to making it as easy as possible to export and upload your school data, either through a 1-click import or via a Report Generator, we sometimes find that schools want to perform clever tricks on their spreadsheet of data, or format/edit their spreadsheet of data in clever way. Recently we’ve been making a list of all the common (and unusual) ‘data help’ queries. We decided to put our Excel expert to task, filming videos of how to perform all sorts of simple and/or complicated tasks. The idea is that any Excel spreadsheet data issues schools have will have a solution in our video vault. We hope that that you will be able to find the solution you want for any future problem you may have in our vault of ‘Data Help Videos’. The link for this is below, but can also be found in pride of place on the Admin’s “Upload Data” page.
Last week we visited Lasswade High School to film recommendations from the staff and parents about how the new online booking process for the parents’ evenings has been. All at Lasswade High School were delighted with the impact the software has had and all the changes that it has brought to the process. Parents are delighted to be able to book online, school office staff have found the system much easier to use, teachers much prefer parents’ evenings this way and headmaster Alan Williamson describes in detail it’s great impact.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all at Lasswade High School who took the time to organise our visit or who gave their time to speak to us. We’re very grateful and of course glad that the new process, using our system is going really well. This video is available on Vimeo, or can be viewed by clicking play below:
After an enormous amount of hard work, the development team tonight launched the much-anticipated new version of the Parents’ Evening Booking System. This version is comprehensive in its changes. Not only has the design been given a major overhaul, but functionality is significantly extended, bugs are fixed and new tools and gadgets have been added. We are proud to announce that we have added further integrations, allowing us to service even more schools and colleges, while also breathing new life into the help files and video tutorials.
This update has been the brainchild of our customers as much as our own team and it would not have been possible without the input of all those who continue to help drive the product forward. From the major functionality changes or additions, every single item was a school suggestion. Of course, we have put our own twist on these and we’ve built everything with one eye on what current customers need and another on what we think they should have. We develop this way to stay ahead of the curve because we are true innovators and online parents’ evenings are our passion. We want to revolutionise how parents’ evenings are run in the UK, as customers will tell you.
Current customers, and all the e-mail addresses which we have for the colleagues at their schools, have been sent an e-mail tonight detailing all changes and what action to take in order to benefit fully from the changes. A number of schools will be required to download new Report Generators before running their next data update. Other schools will need to delete their data one last time before uploading new data. This will allow these schools to take advantage of our new parents and student linking system which, we hope, will be full-proof. The e-mail also details the many changes which we have made, allowing customers to click through to private pages on this website which will let them read more about the new or changed features.
We all hope that our exciting new update is a fantastic addition for customers. We hope that all of our customers and their parents enjoy the changes and we hope that this helps us take a strong step towards being the UK’s solution to parents’ evenings.
We are delighted to announce that the EdTech Digest has nominated us as a finalist in its Awards for 2014. The distinguished awards program’s modus operandi is to recognise and award outstanding solutions—and, as they say, the best and brightest minds—in education and technology. We have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Cool Tool award which recognises new, emerging and established technology solutions for education. It’s fantastic to have been shortlisted and simply for being considered along with a series of other fantastic education solutions. A full list of this year’s award finalists can be found at http://www.edtechdigest.com and the winners will be announced on March.
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