PTO Directory App
Searchable Directory - Your family members will be able to search your directory by last name. Tap on a name and you will be able to call, email or text that person.
The Directory App brings everything together for schools using the Paperless PTO.
The school directory app immediately becomes an extension of your Paperless PTO website while offering many of the same website features for any of your family members that have a smart phone or tablet device.
The PTO Directory App runs on both Android and iPhone smartphones and tablets and includes these great features:
Classroom Directory - The Directory App also displays each classroom by grade and teacher last name. Tap on the teacher name and you will be presented with a list of all students in that class. Tap on that student and you will be able to call, email or text the parent of that student.
Board Member List - You can view a list of your group's executive board members. Tap on any of their names and you will be able to call, email or text that board member.
The Paperless PTO Directory App
For Android and iPhone Smartphones
Calendar - View a list of all events as they are entered on your Paperless PTO website calendar. You will be able to pick and choose which events on your Paperless PTO website calendar should be displayed on the Directory App.
Communicate - Want to look back at an email or text blast that was sent several weeks ago? All you need to do is scroll through the list of all email and text blasts sent in the past. They will be listed in your Directory App.
Collect Payments - Anything that can be bought on your Paperless PTO website can also be purchased from the Directory App. Membership, dues, lunches and more can easily be purchased with a few quick taps.
Directory App Features
The directory app is a new tool that will prove beneficial to your group and your parents. The initial version includes these features:
A complete directory listing that is always in sync with the directory on your website
A directory search by last name
The ability to call, text or email anyone in your directory
A classroom list that includes the teacher name and all students
A list of your group’s board members
A list of events that have been posted to your website calendar
A history of all email blasts sent to your parents with 100% guaranteed delivery – no such thing as spam filters or junk mail blocking email blasts
If enabled, a security code that will need to be keyed in every time you start the app.
Multiple directory listings – if you are a parent of more than one group that uses the Paperless PTO, your one directory app can hold each directory
Local merchant advertising – ads placed on your website will also appear in the app. These ads will also appear in your email blasts now too
Instant contact with help desk technical support
Ordering of items for sale from your website will be included in subsequent versions
Plus much more
Directory App Benefits
Do you ever get frustrated by errors or omissions in your directory? Not anymore! Simply make the correction on your Paperless PTO website and it will immediately be corrected in the directory app.
How The Directory App Works
The directory app will be downloadable from the Google Play Storeand the iPhone app store. Users can install the app on their smart phone, however, a registration key will be required for the app to function. If the user has installed the app, but does not have a registration key they will not be able to use the app.
The registration key for the app can only be obtained from your group’s Paperless PTO website. To activate the app, the user will be required to enter their email address, website password and the registration key. If these three items do not match what has been issued from the website, the app will not be activated. If the three items are entered correctly, the app will begin to function properly.
What Does Our Group Need To Do To Create Registration Keys
Nothing! All of the work related to the directory app that goes on in the background will be performed by the Paperless PTO help desk.
How Do Parents Obtain Their Registration Key
During the current beta test period, registration keys will be assinged to each user who will be notified by the help desk. When the beta test period is over, registration keys will be associated with a directory app item for sale from your website. Parents will add the item to their shopping cart and complete the order. Once the order is paid for, a registration key will be generated and sent to the parent via email. It will also be displayed in their website account for future reference.
Do Parents Have to Pay for the Registration Key?
During the beta test period, no. Version 1.1 of the directory app will be free to everyone and each parent will be issued a registration key. It will remain free while your parents give it a thorough workout during this break in period. If any adjustments are needed we will begin to work on them. When our staff feels that the app is stable and functioning as expected with hundreds and thousands of users tapping away, we will then launch version 1.2 with the needed adjustments.
Do Parents Have to Pay for the Registration Key to Versions 1.2 and Later?
Yes, and this is where it will benefit your group. You can offer the app as an item for sale that will generate additional revenue for your group.
How Much Will The Directory App Cost?
We are suggesting a price of $10 per registration key. Your website will be setup with a directory app registration key as an item for sale priced at $10. You can change this to whatever price you decide. However, your website will enforce a minimal price of $5 per registration key, so it will be in the best interest of your group to price the item greater than $5. The Paperless PTO will retain $5 per registration key to help continue to support the app as well as continue to add additional features to future versions of the directory app.
Please Explain Local Merchant Advertising?
The local merchant advertising feature that each Paperless PTO website offers has been integrated into the directory app and also the email blast. Here is another robust way of generating revenue for your group. Ads that you sell to local merchants will appear on the website, in the directory app and also in the email blasts. This is great exposure for your local merchants that is a win-win scenario which will certainly give a significant boost to your group’s revenue.
What Do We Do To Get Started?
Nothing! Our help desk is taking care of everything. All you will need to do is decide how you want to price the app and change it if necessary. One thing to keep in mind is that there will be an upgrade to the back end of the Paperless PTO program that coincides with the release of the directory app. During this upgrade both local merchant advertising and the directory app will be enabled on your site. It is up to your group to disable these features if not needed.
A Paperless PTO website is already a tool that enables your parent teacher to conduct all of it business in one central locations. The Paperless PTO Directory App takes it one step further by bringing all of these great features to any Android or iPhone smartphone or tablet.