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5 Ways Tablets Improve Student Safety

5 Ways Tablets Improve Student Safety

Tablets have become increasingly popular in classrooms for enhancing education, but did you know that they can also improve student transportation safety? Here are five ways that tablets with live GPS can help keep students (and drivers) safe while

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Route Optimization Software for Safe Student Transportation

Route Optimization Software for Safe Student Transportation

Route optimization software helps Transportation Departments plan their routes more effectively and efficiently, potentially reducing annual costs by $500,000. And although saving time and money are major incentives when choosing a software system,

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3 Reasons Why Clear Parent Communication Saves Time For Transportation Professionals

3 Reasons Why Clear Parent Communication Saves Time For Transportation Professionals

In a perfect world, things would always go as planned when it comes to bus routing. But as a wise transportation director once told us, "A plan is great for a sunny day, but it's been raining cats and dogs on student transportation for years now."

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How Does Routing Software Help You Respond to Driver Shortages?

How Does Routing Software Help You Respond to Driver Shortages?

This blog was published in 2022 and was updated on June 15th, 2023. School bus driver shortages and high gas prices are forcing districts nationwide to reevaluate their budgets. As the number of bus drivers declines across the country,

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Can Parent Portals Help with Driver Shortages?

This blog was updated on October 27, 2023. Using a dedicated parent portal to communicate with parents can help ease the challenges associated with driver shortages in multiple ways. Below, we explore: How schools can utilize a parent portal when a

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Characteristics of an Effective Substitute Teacher

Characteristics of an Effective Substitute Teacher

When a full-time teacher is unable to be in their own classroom, an effective substitute must step in, often with minimal knowledge of what to expect. When substitute teachers are prepared with a passion for sharing knowledge as well as many

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Emergency Procedures for Substitute Teachers

Emergency Procedures for Substitute Teachers

Emergency Procedures for Substitute Teachers and How to Best Prepare Them Every day, teachers struggle with the thought of being out of the classroom due to sickness or other reasons for fear that the substitute won’t be prepared to handle all

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Working With Different Age Groups As A Substitute Teacher - Continued

Working With Different Age Groups As A Substitute Teacher - Continued

As a substitute teacher, knowing how to work with different age groups is very important. The App-Garden’s Online Substitute Teacher Training program instructs potential substitutes on how to work with various age groups. For this specific post, we

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Working With Different Age Groups As A Substitute Teacher

Working With Different Age Groups As A Substitute Teacher

As a substitute teacher, knowing how to work with different age groups is very important. The App-Garden has created a Virtual Substitute Training program that instructs potential substitutes on how to work with various age groups. For this

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Why University Based Field Trips Jump Start Success | software for school administrators

Why University Based Field Trips Jump Start Success | software for school administrators

Parents and teachers alike are always thinking of ways to get their students/children prepared and excited for their future education. Many parents plant the seed in their children starting from a very young age that they are going to attend a

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Make Your Field Trip Driver Bidding / Selection Process Drama Free! | software for school administrators

Make Your Field Trip Driver Bidding / Selection Process Drama Free! | software for school administrators

Every other Friday, Marci Cox, transportation director at Hopkins County Schools, KY, had to conduct a field trip driver bidding and trip selection meeting. These meetings lasted for two to three hours on average and were dreadful to sit through,

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Common Challenges for Substitute Teachers And How To Manage Them

Common Challenges for Substitute Teachers And How To Manage Them

Being a substitute teacher is not easy. Dealing with an unfamiliar environment difficult students are some of the common challenges for substitute teachers. Try these tips to enhance your substitute teaching experience.

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The Benefits Of Field Trips | software for school administrators

The Benefits Of Field Trips | software for school administrators

School trips can be a valuable part of the curriculum for K-12 students. Whether they visit a zoo, a museum, an historic site, or a local business, these trips can allow students to experience first-hand what they might be studying in the

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Incomplete And Illegible Trip Requests Waste Valuable Time And Energy | software for school administrators

Transportation directors tell us that paper field trip requests cause them to spend a lot of extra time and energy processing these requests. Watch this short video to understand why.

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Even Smaller Districts Benefit From A Cloud Based Field Trip Software | software for school administrators

We hear many times that a district thinks they are too small to benefit from an automated field trip solution. Our experience, however, has been that even small districts find the Travel Tracker to be a great fit. Smaller districts also have fewer

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A Former Teacher's Perspective On Substitute Training | software for school administrators

A Former Teacher's Perspective On Substitute Training | software for school administrators

Our staff features multiple former teachers that help us fix real-time problems school districts face! At the App-Garden our staff is made up of a number of former school district employees ranging from Assistant Superintendents of Human Resources

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Why is funding approval important for field trips? | software for school administrators

Why is funding approval important for field trips? | software for school administrators

Funding Approval Can Make or Break a Field-Trip, Here’s How The Travel Tracker Can Help! Keeping track of who is paying for various field trips can be time consuming for transportation and sometimes leads to trips that nobody wants to claim when the

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5 Ways To Help Build Your School's Volunteer Program

5 Ways To Help Build Your School's Volunteer Program

This blog post was published in 2017 but was updated on May 9th, 2023. Anyone that works in or with school systems today already knows how important volunteers are to their school's success! With all the budget cuts today, it would be almost

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Emergency Procedures and How to Best Prepare Your Substitute Teachers | software for school administrators

Emergency Procedures and How to Best Prepare Your Substitute Teachers | software for school administrators

Every day, teachers struggle with the thought of being out of the classroom due to sickness or other reasons for fear that the substitute teacher won’t be prepared to handle all aspects of the classroom including emergency procedures. Teachers often

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Keeping Your Cafeteria and Nursing Staff is What The Travel Tracker Does Best!

Keeping Your Cafeteria and Nursing Staff is What The Travel Tracker Does Best!

When large groups of students are out on field trips the cafeteria staff may be making more food than is needed on that particular day if they are not being notified that students are out for the day. You may also find that sometimes students get

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How To Keep Your Volunteers Coming Back For More

How To Keep Your Volunteers Coming Back For More

This blog post was published in 2017 but was updated on May 9th, 2023. Shirley Kirsten, president of the year-old National Substitute Teachers Alliance (NSTA), tells Education World that although the demand for substitute teachers is increasing,

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Field Trips And Lifelong Success In Academics: A Correlation That Shouldn't be Overlooked | software for school administrators

Field Trips And Lifelong Success In Academics: A Correlation That Shouldn't be Overlooked | software for school administrators

Field Trips can lead to lifelong success for students!

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Travel Tracker provides a safety aspect | software for school administrators

Travel Tracker provides a safety aspect | software for school administrators

The Travel Tracker Provides a Safety Aspect Unlike A Paper Process Imagine if you are the transportation director and get a warning that a tornado is coming into your district. Do you have time to go to the office and find out where all of your

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