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    Checklist: New School Year Admin

    School admin set up for the new year is a huge job. Get a jump on things.

    Must listen: The Teaching Gab

    EdSmart is proud to support this insightful podcast from veteran US educators.

    New feature: Process Module

    Automate your school processes with our latest Module.

    EdSmart Case Study: Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Primary School

    This Queensland school is getting back more time for teaching by using EdSmart to solve th...

    EdTech Due Diligence Checklist

    Don’t buy an edtech product without asking these critical questions of your vendor.

    Digital transformation in schools: why it can’t wait any longer

    The term ‘digital transformation’ is one used more and more to describe the changes techno...

    EdSmart Case Study: Launceston Christian School

    This TAS school is leveraging the EdSmart platform to deepen school partnerships.

    EdSmart Case Study: Stirling East Primary

    Educator Chris Bennie explains how EdSmart fits into Stirling's 21st century game-plan.

    Top 5 EdSmart forms in September

    What were the most popular forms send by schools this September?

    Interview: Why schools need a data strategy

    Data expert John Price explains why schools need to get serious about data.

    Report: Digital transformation benefits & barriers

    New study reveals drivers of digital transformation in public sector.

    New feature: Customisable dashboard & widgets

    We've made EdSmart even more personalised for school users.

    EdSmart to support South Australian schools

    EdSmart is joining Civica to support help free teacher time across 900 schools in SA.

    Join us at MITIE this October

    Join the conversation around Edtech in South Australia this October.

    New feature: Slip updates

    New functionality for Slips is now available.

    EdSmart partners with SIMON

    EdSmart has joined forces with SIMON to improve teachers’ lives across the country.

    What does agile mean for schools?

    Agile is the rage in business. But what does it mean in practice for schools?

    4 ways AI is changing education

    Artificial Intelligence is revolutionising industries, and eduction is no different.

    New feature: Improved staff forms

    We've released some enhancements to our staff forms to make using them even easier for sch...

    Risks of using social media platforms for school admin

    Know the risks of using social media for important school communications.

    Tips for upgrading school IT systems

    These principles will help you optimise your school's IT upgrades.

    EdSmart Case study: Carmel College

    This New Zealand school has changed how they do business.

    EdSmart Case study: Xavier College

    Xavier College lets us in on their secrets as an EdSmart school.

    EdSmart Case study: Macarthur Anglican School

    More engagement, less stress: this EdSmart school is transforming school life.

    EdSmart Case study: Oakleigh Grammar

    One of our first customers, this Melbourne school is ahead of the curve.

    Practical applications for Blockchain in education

    What can this buzzed about technology actually do for schools? A lot.

    Enough isn’t good enough: how schools are evolving

    Cloud Paper Group Chair, Tim Fry explains why schools must embrace change. 

    Top 5 EdSmart forms in June

    You might be surprised at what teachers and schools are sending...

    EdSmart case study: Scotch Oakburn College

    This college is on a winner with their EdSmart, Digistorm and Schoolbox integration.

    What is Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC)?

    EOTC stands for Education Outside The Classroom. 

    Leadership in educational technology

    What type of leadership does educational technology need to thrive in the 21st century?

    New feature: SAML2 Single Sign On

    We've made it even easier for school staff to get moving with EdSmart.

    Future proofing your school investment

    These tips will ensure you buy technology that will evolve with you.

    5 things smart schools do with technology

    What do smart schools focus on when using technology? We break it down.

    Essential steps for school emergency management

    Is your school emergency plan reliable in a crisis?

    Civica integrates EdSmart’s School Organisation System to improve engagement

    We're thrilled to have Civica join our holistic, cloud-based schools management solution.

    EdSmart Case study: Mount Carmel College

    Learn how Mount Carmel College uses EdSmart day-to-day and in emergencies.

    How can I add or remove a Student once a Slip is sent?

    You can easily add or remove students from a Parent Slip once the Slip has been sent. Here...

    Teacher workload: we need real solutions

    Real solutions, not tech bling, can reduce teacher workload.

    Checklist: Is your school ready for a new paperless digital system?

    Upgrading from paper to digital? Follow this checklist for a comprehensive guide.

    More ways to use EdSmart to power your school

    Did you know there are over 150 possible uses for our EdSmart forms? Thats 150 ways to cus...

    Reports say teachers are overwhelmed by paperwork

    "School teachers and principals are 'drowning in paperwork', costing them critical time fo...

    What will our future schools look like?

    So what do the Gonski recommendations mean in practice for our future schools?

    Data privacy and security at EdSmart

    EdSmart takes the security and privacy of personal data seriously. We are bound by our int...

    What is a School Organisation System?

    The future of schools is a School Organisation System (SOS).

    New Feature: Amending the closing date for a Slip after it has been sent

    Do you ever need to set, update or remove the closing date for a slip after you've sent it...

    New Feature: Creating a Broadcast based on Parent Slip responses

    You can now use our Broadcast feature to message parents/students based on their Responses...

    How to Be a Good Digital Citizen: a guide for teachers and students

    Navigating the online world can be a bit of a minefield, even for us adults, so when it co...

    New Feature: Reporting Module

    Our new Reporting Module delivers you serious smarts. There's no need for you to take a st...

    Data duty of care: what happens when things go wrong?

    What happens when data security is breached - and how can you avoid it?

    Changes to EdSmart's Terms of Use April 2018

    We've made some changes to our terms that it's important you read.

    EdSmart Case study: KIPP Unity Primary

    This Texas school saves time and money with EdSmart.

    EdSmart Case study: Saint Ignatius College

    St Ignatius College explains the impact of EdSmart on school life.

    Smart Reads on Data Security

    Don't miss these useful resources on your school's data security.

    Have you got a Data Breach Plan?

    Download your free data breach plan.

    New Feature: Waitlists (aren't just for fancy restaurants)

    We've added a great new Waitlist feature to Parent Slips, complementing the existing Limit...

    EdSmart to partner at ASBA Darwin 2018

    EdSmart is proud to be a Partner of the Association of School Business Administrators (ASB...

    Meet: Customer Support Engineer, Rizad Akar

    We're so pleased to welcome Rizad Akar as our specialist Customer Support Engineer.

    Goodbye ParentPaperwork, hello EdSmart

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

    Meet: Customer Support Engineer, Theresa Klunk

    Theresa is in charge of customer happiness at EdSmart, and she makes us smile too.

    EdSmart integrates with TryBooking for ticketing

    EdSmart adds ticketing tools with school favourite TryBooking. Over 3,000 schools already ...

    How to make school excursions safe – and fun – for everyone

     Introducing our Activity Care Module.

    Announcing the EdSmart Activity Care Module

    EdSmart has cemented a reputation as the world’s most powerful and comprehensive online fo...

    EdSmart nominated for World Summit Award

    EdSmart has been nominated as Best National Digital Solution for Australia in the internat...

    Parent stress over permission slips goes off the charts

    We've always known that permission slips are a constant bugbear for both parents and schoo...

    Smart Partnership – Ayra Analytics

    We're excited to welcome Ayra Analytics to the EdSmart ecosystem.

    Smart Partnership – Digistorm

    Edsmart is now fully integrated with the Digistorm schoolAPP for Schoolbox.

    New feature: Access controls & permissions

    Data security and access are extremely important in environments such as schools, which of...

    Send EdSmart Broadcasts to Students

    Earlier in 2017, we launched Student Slips, allowing schools to send ParentPaperwork's (no...

    A lack of school data interoperability leads to inoperability

    Written by David Eedle, CTO, ParentPaperwork

    New Reopen Slip function now available in Parent Slips

    We have added a neat little feature that we know will be valued by everyone using Parent S...

    New feature: Customise your SMS text message 'From' name

    SMS Text messages sent from an unknown or anonymous sender have a higher chance of being i...

    EdSmart Case study: Windsor Community Children’s Centre (WCCC)

    Windsor Community Children’s Centre Co-op Ltd (WCCC) Location: Melbourne, Australia

    How does EdSmart import data?

    EdSmart manages a significant amount of data from schools. This post is a summary of how t...

    Parents can now manage their EdSmart forms inside Schoolbox

    EdSmart now integrates with leading LMS Schoolbox

    Parents can now use the Digistorm schoolAPP for Schoolbox to receive and submit online forms

    A key goal for us at EdSmart is ensure we are a cooperative part of the education technolo...

    New webinars to help you get the most out of ParentPaperwork

    Part of my role at ParentPaperwork is supporting our existing customers to experience the ...

    Send Slip and Broadcast notifications to school staff members

    Communication within a school is very important, to ensure activities and resources are co...

    A new Analytics Dashboard for ParentPaperwork

    The ParentPaperwork Dashboard has been completely overhauled with a new analytics-based ve...

    ParentPaperwork launches game-changing new online forms feature for students

    We have big news for ParentPaperwork schools to kick off 2017! We are pleased to announce ...

    Making parent live's easier - quicker access to incomplete Parent Slips

    Many parents will be sent multiple Slips to be completed at various times, so it's likely ...

    Helping Australian and New Zealand schools get ready for 2017

    If you work in a typical school then you’re about to begin one of the largest and most imp...

    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 ...

    An easier way to select Student Lists for Slips and Broadcasts

    The current Student List selector has been a little problematic for schools with many Stud...

    Send School Forms to multiple Staff

    ParentPaperwork allows you to create a School Form and send it to multiple staff members f...

    EdSmart Case Study - I CAN Network, its mission and its activities

    James Ong is the Director (Central) of the I CAN Network, Australia’s first social enterpr...

    We've updated our tutorial videos!

    ParentPaperwork is a constantly evolving product, as new exciting features are continually...

    Display charts and graphs of parent online form submissions

    The online form submissions from parents using ParentPaperwork can now be analysed with ch...

    Archive ParentPaperwork Student Lists

    Student Lists are a great way to organise groups of Students to whom you will be sending P...

    Customise your school branding on the ParentPaperwork Parent Slip form page

    Recently we introduced the ability for your school to select the header and footer colours...

    Important information about pricing changes for ParentPaperwork

    ParentPaperwork CEO and Co-Founder Fiona Boyd reflects on the past two years and outlines ...

    New 'Weekly Update' to help ParentPaperwork Administrators monitor usage

    This week we sent out our first 'Weekly Update' to all the main Administration Contacts fo...

    Powerful new feature on ParentPaperwork's School Form Workflows

    Schools are continuing to implement ParentPaperwork's School Forms module to handle intern...

    Calculate how much ParentPaperwork can save your school

    Paper forms are a major resource and labour expense in schools, and recently we embarked o...

    Parents can now 'sign' ParentPaperwork's online forms

    Today we are pleased to launch a new feature for our Parent Slips, enabling you to capture...

    Organise ParentPaperwork Slips and Forms into Folders

    A common request from ParentPaperwork schools has a way to organise Slips and Forms into F...

    ParentPaperwork email notifications can now be customised with your colours

    Email is a key function in ParentPaperwork, and the primary way we communicate with parent...

    Date pickers are now available on ParentPaperwork's online forms

    Today we have added date fields to our online slips and forms, expanding the list of avail...

    You can now Not Approve ParentPaperwork's Slips and Forms

    We're rolling out a number of improvements to our online forms over the next week or so, a...

    6 simple reasons to invest in digital data management

    Good digital record maintenance for educational institutions isn't just an opportunity, it...

    What is the cost of paper forms in schools?

    Paper has served an important role in education for hundreds of years. It's been an enable...

    Send Parent Slips forms to individual Students as well as Student Lists

    We're celebrating the start of a new week with a great new feature in ParentPaperwork - th...

    Your ultimate library of school form templates

    There's nothing worse than staring at a blank piece of paper waiting for inspiration to st...

    New technologies can save teaching, if we let them

    Finally someone has solved the annual student record update

    What is the most important element in your school’s administration? Apart from your wonder...

    Improvements to form workflows in ParentPaperwork

    New feature: Student record updates just got smarter

    How are schools managing innovation?

    ParentPaperwork makes an impression at BETT

    The BETT Show, held in London each year, is one of the largest education technology trades...

    Innovation: Are you ready for it?

    How working outside the box pays off

    Learn how one Australian school makes innovation a habit.

    Helping Australian Schools with Back to School 2016

    Welcome back to school for 2016 for our Australian customers of ParentPaperwork!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from ParentPaperwork

    The team at ParentPaperwork wish all of our schools, customers, partners, affiliates, frie...

    How risky are paper forms in schools? Seven significant points of failure with paper-based forms sent home to parents

    Risk and liability management is a significant and growing issue for schools around the wo...

    ParentPaperwork announces new partnership with leading UK education technology company Groupcall Limited

    New partnership sees ParentPaperwork available to more than 5,000 UK schools via Groupcall...

    ParentPaperwork joins the Schools IT Roadshow around the UK

    ParentPaperwork will be part of the Schools IT Roadshow around the UK in coming months, ki...

    New Parent Slip and School Form User Permissions available

    We've had a bunch of feedback recently from schools piloting our new School Forms module a...

    New ways to sort and filter Parent Responses in ParentPaperwork

    The Responses List displayed when you view a Parent Slip is a terrific real-time view of t...

    ParentPaperwork now makes RSVPs for school events and functions super simple

    We've significantly improved the 'Limit Responses' feature for Parent Slips. In the past t...

    ParentPaperwork announced as one of the 23 innovative Australian tech companies

    Thank you!

    ParentPaperwork Form Templates can now be organised by category

    As more and more schools come on board, and use ParentPaperwork more frequently, we contin...

    Loopy & downright loony school forms

    Those of us with school-age children will appreciate how much of a hassle the seemingly en...

    Clutch of improvements and enhancements now available in ParentPaperwork

    At its heart ParentPaperwork is the sum of suggestions and recommendations from our school...

    ParentPaperwork now integrates with Denbigh School Administration system

    We're pleased to advise ParentPaperwork now integrates to the Denbigh School Administratio...

    ParentPaperwork uses GroupCall's Xporter system to automate the update of data from your SIMS or CMIS school management database

    We've recently brought on board our first schools using GroupCall's XPorter system to auto...

    Why the sad face? The loss of morale in teachers

    Everyone in every job in every country at some point thinks, ‘I hate my job’. It’s one of ...

    ParentPaperwork announces the launch of new School Forms module

    ParentPaperwork is pleased to announce the launch of our new School Forms module, expandin...

    ParentPaperwork's School Forms module expands the Parent Slips module to encompass a wide range of forms within your school

    The School Forms Module expands the Parent Slips module to encompass a wide range of forms...

    ParentPaperwork is pleased to introduce Australia's leading publisher of teacher and student diaries and planning accessories

    Createl Publishing is Australia’s leading publisher of teacher and student diaries and pla...

    ParentPaperwork’s mission to change the world

    When we founded ParentPaperwork a little over year ago we had one simple idea, to tackle t...

    Tweaks to the Form Template Builder in ParentPaperwork

    We've added a couple of new features to the Form Template Builder in ParentPaperwork this ...

    Schools should be red-faced if they're not going green

    Climate change isn’t a buzzword, it’s a call to action. The world’s environmental situatio...

    A student's perspective on technology in her school and classroom

    Clea Boyd-Eedle is in her final year of high school, and offers her perspective on technol...

    ParentPaperwork is now available in the Microsoft Office Store

    We're pleased to announce that ParentPaperwork is now available in the Microsoft Office St...

    New permission feature is the perfect solution for Class Parent Representatives, and private music and drama teachers

    In many schools parents play a key role promoting community amongst parents and students b...

    New feature: Send newsletters and alerts to parents

    Our new Parent Broadcast feature lets schools interact with parents even more conveniently...

    Guide: How long do schools need to retain data?

    A handy global guide to student data storage for your school.

    ParentPaperwork named as one of the Top 40 EduTech startups in Asia-Pacific

    Exciting news here in the ParentPaperwork camp today! We have been named as one of the Top...

    New Feature: SMS Text Message Notifications for Parents Online Forms

    We are pleased to announce the availability of SMS text notifications to parents for our o...

    The Virtual Field Trip Experience: part two

    Last post's review of several virtual field trips showed that, when it comes to learning o...

    New Feature: Cut off date for Parent Responses to ParentPaperwork online school forms

    We have released a new feature in ParentPaperwork, the ability to configure a cut off date...

    The Virtual Field Trip Experience: part one

    Our recent article on the rise of the virtual field trip helped introduce the concept of a...

    ParentPaperwork announces Single-Sign-On for Google and Office 365 users

    ParentPaperwork is pleased to announce the availability for both Google and Office 365 Sin...

    What makes a good teacher?

    With an ever-growing list of challenges and the daily juggle of competing demands, the tea...

    Are problem parents becoming a bigger issue?

    There was once a time when the word of a teacher was final. If you were unlucky enough to ...

    New Feature: Duplicate Form Templates

    The Form Templates in ParentPaperwork are extremely flexible, enabling you to capture all ...

    Stressed parents create stressed children

    Each one of us strives to live a stress-free life. Some of us even succeed. But, no matter...

    Tackling Bureaucracy: a lesson in cutting through education's red tape

    The myth of the seven-hour workday for teachers has well and truly been busted with the se...

    Virtually There: the rise of cyber field trips

    Recently, we shared the experience of one high school student (the daughter of ParentPaper...

    New Feature: Resend Slip Log, plus Resend from Student View page

    Back in November last year we announced a new feature, Resending Slips, which enables you ...

    New Feature: Managing Parent and Student Identifiers

    We've introduced a new feature to ParentPaperwork that should make life easier for schools...

    Photocopying Money: printing expenditure in schools

    One of the main areas where schools have traditionally bled money has been the humble phot...

    School excursions are the favourite part of being at school for this high school student

    Clea Boyd-Eedle is 17 years old and in her final year of high school, she's also the eldes...

    Crunching the Cost: the hidden price of education

    Teaching. It’s the only profession where you steal supplies from home and bring them to wo...

    Paperless Office, Paperless School, Paperless Future

    The idea of going paperless is nothing new. In fact, BusinessWeek helped coin the term 'Pa...

    Education technology startup ParentPaperwork announces Indian distribution deal

    Education technology startup ParentPaperwork today has announced it has signed an exclusiv...

    Heavy Workload, Heavy Burden – Teachers Leaving Industry Over Unworkable Hours

    The myth of the 9am to 3pm workday for teachers is finally being busted as more and more s...

    Tips for keeping your student data safe & secure

    These tips and insights will help you better guard your student data.

    Modern Parenting: it COSTS a village to raise a child

    For our Australian clients, it’s that time of year when battling outgrown uniforms, cries ...

    Australian teachers work harder than many others around the world

    Today’s blog post is a follow-up from last week’s article regarding teacher workload and t...

    New Feature: Archive Slips

    We've launched a new way to manage your Slips.

    Teachers don't work hard enough? Think again!

    There is a long-running myth perpetuated in some quarters about the laziness of teaching a...

    Poorly communicated student information threatens school excursions

    Liability continues to be an ever increasing front of mind issue for schools around the wo...

    3 New Year's Resolutions for Your Classroom

    Before 2015 gets underway for teachers there’s nothing like spending some time on reflecti...

    ParentPaperWork supports the UK workload challenge

    Here at ParentPaperwork we were extremely excited to hear about the “workload challenge” i...

    Education Technology Startup ParentPaperwork Announces Funding Round

    Australian education technology startup ParentPaperwork has announced today that it has cl...

    Lessons to Teach your Kids Over the Christmas Break

    The holiday season has always been a bonding time for families around Australia. Being abl...

    3 Ways to Keeping your Kids Motivated During the Summer Break

    There is no doubt that December is one of the busiest months for Parents with the holiday ...

    New feature: ParentPaperwork now remembers parent responses from one online form to the next

    New features: Resend forms, add more Students to forms, paging for Response lists

    EdSmart's data now stored in Australia

    EdSmart's data now stored in Australia

    Great press: Startup gets ready to bin paper-based permission slips for schools

    StartUp Smart has published a lovely article today about ParentPaperwork:

    New Feature: Parents can now download calendar entries from ParentPaperwork online forms

    Product update: Personalisation, tracking & more

    New tutorial videos showing you step by step how to perform many of the common tasks in ParentPaperwork

    Great new default values features for ParentPaperwork forms

    We have a general theory around the ParentPaperwork office that our users, whether schools...

    Multiple Google maps for ParentPaperwork online excursion and field trip forms

    ParentPaperwork wins at StartUp Victoria Pitch Night

    Updated email templates in ParentPaperwork

    Months ago when we first conceived of ParentPaperwork and built the initial version of the...

    New Feature: Send reminders for Slips to Parents; Clone and Delete options moved

    Today we have released a great new feature for ParentPaperwork, the ability to trigger add...

    The Timetabler can now export student data to ParentPaperwork

    Parents now see the full ParentPaperwork form after submitting their response to school

    Until now after parents completed and submitted their form to school they were shown just ...

    Product update: Data is now exported from EdSmart as an email

    Parent Contacts now included in ParentPaperwork Slip exports

    We've released a small improvement today for the Slip exports, which now include the Paren...

    ParentPaperwork now has two factor authentication for parents submitting forms to school

     

    Exporting data from Slips sent from ParentPaperwork in a date range

    UPDATE: We now email the file instead of showing you a download link

    Melbourne startup takes the paperwork out of school excursions

    ParentPaperwork - the Melbourne business helping teachers get back to teaching

    New feature: Managing your form template workflows

    Workflows are a powerful tool in ParentPaperwork to ensure that the proper permissions are...

    New feature: Email from name and address

    We've released a small update today in response to feedback from schools, the ability to c...

    New feature: Limit the number of responses from parents

    We're pleased to announce a new feature for ParentPaperwork, the ability to limit the numb...

    New User permissions feature

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    "Our parents love the immediacy of EdSmart and we now average between 95% and 97% response rate within a week of sending out a notice. Lost paperwork is almost unheard of now, but if a parent has accidentally deleted a slip it is very simple to resend it." Burnside Primary, South Australia