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The New Permission Slip

Permission click Shot 1We will never be able to get rid of signed permission slips for after-school activities or field trips, but Permission Click has an app that can make getting permission the easy part. The software can create regular old paper (actually .pdf) forms or digital ones that have embedded routing information. The blank gets emailed to parents who return it with their approval as well as any fee that the school is charging. 


Hear it All

Pa283As classes get bigger, the danger is that the teacher won’t be heard by all, but Califone’s VoiceSaver PA283 can make sure everyone can listen in. The $150 kit is all you need to get the word out with a 3-watt amplifier and built-in speaker that can be clipped on a belt and connects to a headset via a Bluetooth link. It has a lithium ion battery pack that should last the whole school day. 

One Stop Classroom

Engrade aYou can end the wasted time and effort of logging into every classroom activity separately with McGraw Hill Education’s Engrade. The software lets you consolidate lesson plans, while interacting with educational software and online apps. There’re places to post grades and go over results as well as a behavior section for tracking trouble-makers.

Freebee Friday: TabPilot’s Sneak Preview

Tab manThe next step for iPads is using them to control all aspects of digital education and that’s the idea behind TabPilot’s Tablet Manager for iOS. The software is under development and combines classroom management with Mobile Device Management (MDM) techniques for allowing a single log-in for multiple online activities. The software is free for schools that use 25 pads or more until the end of the school year. The final app should cost between $5 and $10 per pad when it’s released.


Mimio Goes Mobile

MimiomobileWith the latest updates to Mimio Studio and Mimio Mobile, the teaching software now runs on Android and iPad tablets.  In addition to providing a classroom space for collaboration, MM3 can control an interactive whiteboard and put any student’s system on the big screen as well as let kids answer quizzes using MimioVote. It’s a free upgrade for Mimio users.

Parents Now Welcome

Regular PSPKickboard’s classroom management system is a great way to consolidate everything needed to educate kids, but one thing was missing: parental oversight and involvement. That changes with the company’s Parent Student Portal, which delivers easy to read behavior and progress reports as well as assignments that have not been completed. 


Freebee Friday: All in One

Attendance2LearnBoost may not have all the bells and whistles of other school software packages, but the price it right. The program is free and can handle everything from attendance and grades to sharing lesson plans and letting parents see grades as they are posted. There’s even an analytical section for making comparisons.




Teach Anywhere

Screen480x480These days, education happens wherever there’re students and teachers together and Boardmaker Online’s iPad Student Center helps bring it all together. The app lets students display lessons on their iPads, do assigned activities while teachers can monitor progress that toward educational goals. Plus, the Boardmaker community has thousands of pre-made lessons and multimedia content for you to use. It’s free for individual teachers, but if you want to track students, you’ll need the Professional version, which costs $200 a year, although there’s district discounts.



Auto Attendance

William-Floyd-Security-ScholarChip and ShuttleBy hiding a smart chip inside a traditional ID card, you can automatically keep attendance for every classroom at school. The Scholarchip cards have passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) circuits that can be programmed to not only open those doors that are appropriate, be used to pay for lunch in the cafeteria and the school can issue temporary guest cards.


Two-Generation Education

Main menuGetting parents involved with a local school is half the battle towards achievement and SunGard’s eSchoolPLUS Family App can bring them into the loop. An adjunct to the company’s K-12 Student Information System, eSchoolPlus Family is free but schools and districts will need SunGard’s Connector software to get the data into the right place. eSchoolPLUS works on iOS or Android phones and tablets, allowing allows parents to view their child’s attendance, grades, schedule and classwork. In fact, everything from the school’s calendar to after-school activities can be made available by clicking on one of several large icons on the main screen. The software costs $2,859 for a district with 2,500 students or $7,708 for 10,000 students.




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