Our Favorite Apps for Room Parents and Classroom Leaders
We live in a digital world and chances are you’re a digital, well, room parent! Smartphones and tablets are the norm these days, and what better way to enhance your classroom and engage class parents than with the interactive tools that are available right at your fingertips. Check out our top 5 apps for room parents below and let us know yours in the comments!
1. Pinterest: This visual inspiration platform is a go-to resource for everything “room parent.” From class party ideas and teacher gifts to bake sale recipes, parent teacher conference resources and more, Pinterest is one the best social platforms out there that you can access from all your digital devices. Pin great ideas and get fellow class parents in on the fun! See: See Pinterest for Your PTO/PTA
2. “Clipboard” by VolunteerSpot: Turn your iPad into a virtual sign up sheet that lets parents sign up as classroom helpers on the spot. This new app turns your iPad into a familiar clipboard sign up sheet – powered by VolunteerSpot’s powerful coordination engine so parents receive automatic confirmation and reminder messages and the schedule is always current in real-time on VolunteerSpot.com. Never forget when it’s your turn to read to the class or bring snack again!
3. GroupMe: Changing the date of the class party last-minute and no time to call everyone involved? Quickly send group messages to the people already in your contacts. GroupMe is great for organizing parents not just from class but in your carpool, Scout troop, soccer team, fundraising committee, etc. When you send a message, everyone instantly receives it – it’s like a private chat room that works on any phone.
4. Cozi: Room parents are BUSY parents! Keep your school commitments and family schedule managed with a Cozi family calendar. Set up and share your family calendar, sync your VolunteerSpot commitments, manage to-do and shopping lists, keep notes, set reminders and alerts, and more! Cozi’s app for iPhone and iPad saves you time, stress and helps keep your family on track!
5. Evernote: Don’t struggle to remember that great idea you had last week again! Jot it down in Evernote and access on all your digital devices. Encourage the teacher and fellow parents to share their ideas for field trips, class parties, service learning projects, you name it!