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Nominate PowerPTC @ District Administration

We would like to invite PowerPTC users to nominate PowerPTC for the 2016 Top Products at District Administration (www.districtadministration.com).  We try to make the best products possible at an affordable price, so if you are happy with PowerPTC, we ask you to take a couple of minutes to fill out the nomination form by September 6th, 2016.  We really appreciate your support… Read more →

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Try PowerPTC and we’ll pay YOU!

Would you like a free Amazon gift card? All you need to do is be one of the first 50 schools or districts to sign-up for a free trial with PowerPTC.net, the most intelligent Parent-Teacher conference scheduling solution! There is no obligation to buy and no payment information is required. The first 50 organizations that register with an email address… Read more →

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Reduce Your District’s Costs with PowerPTC

Does your school or district send out parent-teacher conference information via traditional mailings? If so, you could likely use PowerPTC for less than the cost of your mailings. With PowerPTC, you can send your Parent-Teacher conference account information via Email to your parents and Guardians, potentially saving money by reducing the number of information packets you sent. This savings is… Read more →

Not Another Login!

The problem of information silos is one that plagued most industries and education is no exception.  It is not uncommon to hear from districts complaining that their parents might have 5 or more unique logins for the various systems required to stay involved in their child’s education.  School districts may have a student information system, learning management system, online registration… Read more →

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Filtering YouTube with Bind9 Using a Response Policy Zone

In the educational world, YouTube has been considered a ‘bad’ word.  This is a bit troubling considering the wealth of information that is available on YouTube which could be used for educational purposes.  Many school districts are unaware of the tools they have to filter YouTube which may reduce the likelihood of a student stumbling across content that may be objectionable.  One of the… Read more →

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5 Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

Disclaimer:  CWS Software LLC sells a Parent-Teacher conference scheduling solution called PowerPTC, but the tips mentioned below should be helpful regardless of the scheduling method your organization uses.   1. Give Your Teachers Space Many school districts do not have enough classrooms for each teacher to have their dedicated space, so teachers must share classrooms.  This can make scheduling Parent-Teacher… Read more →

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PowerPTC – Configure Guardian Scheduling with Counselors & Coaches

With PowerPTC, it is possible to have guardians & parents schedule with faculty members who are not directly tied to their student’s schedule.  This feature, called Open Scheduling, can come in handy if your district would like parents to be able to schedule Parent-Teacher conferences with counselors, principals, deans, activity directors, coaches, department heads, etc.  Open Scheduling is another way to keep… Read more →

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HA Proxy Configuration for Powerschool

Powerschool is a popular Student Information System in use by many school districts.  If your district is larger than a few thousands students, you will likely need to scale out your installation to include multiple application nodes.  Often it will be recommended that you pay a consultant to perform a high availability setup, but in my opinion this is something… Read more →

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Open Gate Client for Chrome

Content filters are expensive, they can degrade the user experience, add to your IT department’s work load, and generally they don’t work that well, especially with the rise of SSL traffic.  For school districts, they are a necessary evil, the best we can do as an IT department is make them as minimally invasive as possible.  For districts using Fortigate… Read more →

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PowerPTC – Summer Sale!

School’s out, but parent-teacher conferences will be here before you know it.  We want to help make your next parent-teacher conferences successful by offering 50% off PowerPTC.  The reduced rates are available until July 15th, so create your PowerPTC.net account at https://www.powerptc.net today! Read more →