Don’t give parents a Portal

Gary FalconParent Engagement

A lot of school management systems include a parent portal — a small opening or window through which parents get a narrow view of information selected for them. Although this is an okay start for getting parents involved in your school, what your parents truly want is to become part of your school community with access to so much more than what … Read More

Focus on these 5 areas to increase student retention

Gary FalconSchool Management

Student recruitment and retention are some of the most important indicators of successful schools. And of course without students, there is no school. Finding great students and families – and keeping them from year to year – truly hinges on one overarching concept: establishing an environment of open communication where families feel they are an important part of the school … Read More

The 10 most important qualities in online course materials

Gary FalconTeacher Resources

In a paper published in the Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, researchers from the Netherlands have established 10 major characteristics of online course materials that help improve student learning. The researchers compiled and analyzed data from 24 different experiments and studies, looking specifically at online and blended learning course materials and how student performance was affected by the presence or absence of … Read More

The best of both worlds: how a combined SIS/LMS can benefit your school

Gary FalconLearning Management, School Management

In previous posts we explained some of the major features found in two common types of school administration software: student information systems and learning management systems. (If you’re not sure what you need, our checklist can help.) What many schools find is that they need or want the features of both systems, but don’t want to deal with the daunting task of finding multiple vendors and juggling different systems … Read More

Is your student data safe and secure?

Gary FalconProduct Features, School Management

An important question facing all schools is how to collect and store student information. Many small or new schools start by using spreadsheets for student data, controlled and maintained by a staff member, and manually updated as needed. Although this is easily implemented, it can carry security risks, and become difficult to manage once the school has grown and there … Read More

Work smarter and keep parents happy with 2 new features from Twine

Gary FalconProduct Features, School Management

You may be familiar with many of the ways Twine helps keep parents in the loop, from class news and activities to school announcements, schedules, student grades, and more. For schools that want to take the next step, we recently added our Advanced Parent Communications option, providing two powerful new tools: Parent-teacher conference scheduling Many schools ask teachers to coordinate face-to-face … Read More

Make grading more efficient with Twine

Gary FalconProduct Features, School Management

For most schools, grades are the primary way to track their most important objective: student performance. Yet, too often the inefficient process of grading takes too long for teachers, doesn’t provide school administrators with the insight that they need and want, and isn’t available in a timely fashion to keep students and parents informed of progress. A school administration software like … Read More

3 unexpected ways to leverage attendance data

Gary FalconSchool Management

When it comes to school attendance, it is relatively easy to see that students who come to class more consistently are likely to perform better – students with a high rate of absenteeism miss valuable instruction time, instructions for assignments, and the opportunity to ask questions and get help. One charter school, New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math … Read More

Make your school’s software transition a breeze with these four tips

Gary FalconLearning Management, School Management

One of the biggest questions from schools taking on new school administration software is how to easily transition staff, teachers, students, and parents to the new system, particularly in the midst of a school year. It may sound like a daunting task, but with the right software vendor you’ll have the support you need to have a painless transition. Here … Read More

How you can make extracurriculars easy to manage

Gary FalconProduct Features

Your classroom and lesson plans are ready, students have arrived, and the school year is finally underway. As everyone gets settled into their routines, there is still one big hurdle for staff, teachers, and families alike: setting up school clubs and organizations. Decades of educational research have made the connection between student involvement in extracurricular activities and increased educational performance. As a … Read More