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4 Apps and Tech Tools for School Parent Group Leaders

Did last year’s room parent get a bad rep for ‘reply-all’ emails? Does the former fundraising chair carry a torch for google spreadsheets? It’s ok to try something new this year – in fact, your school parents will thank you for it! Go digital, streamline communication, and get more parents involved – it’s easy with these apps & tech tools:

image001DirectorySpot: Take your school directory on-the-go with DirectorySpot’s online school directory app! Customizable with school colors & logos, DirectorySpot’s online school directories mean parents no longer need to hunt in the glove compartment or kitchen to find a number or email address. Plus, brand new for 2014, the DirectorySpot app includes a sponsorship page schools can sell to raise money from local businesses and groups! Learn more

Trello: Big projects for the year like the annual fundraiser, school service day & school-wide spirit week involve a ton of hands on school parent support. It’s super easy to organize committees, tasks and to-do’s with Trello’s (free) online project management boards. Customize assignments, tasks and alerts, track the progress of your project and even include links and attachments to your boards. Learn more

VolunteerSpot: Make it easier for more parents to get involved this year by switching from ‘reply-all’ emails and illegible paper sign-up sheets to online sign-ups with reminders! VolunteerSpot free, online scheduling tools make it easy for school leaders to create ongoing volunteer calendars and schedule help for big events & fundraisers. 24/7 access from a computer or mobile phone get more parents involved quicker and automated reminders keep everyone on track. Get started

Reward Volunteers: This free, downloadable app helps school parents track their volunteers hours, share photos, and communicate with one another. Parents who update their commitments are regularly entered to win prizes from Reward Volunteers – and schools can even embed widgets on the parent group website for parents to interact with the app. Learn more


Also see:

Social Media Tools for the Classroom

Top 5 Apps for Room Parents