- October features
October is usually a frantic month with autumn social and fundraising activities starting to kick off. It’s also a time when we release lots of features to help you get your communities humming with the least amount of effort. In addition this term we’ve focused on features that help you adapt to the new socially distant and virtual environment. Here are some new features:
Mobile friendly newsletters
You’ve written your October newsletter full of useful information and interesting content. Unfortunately, an A4 attachment is a real turn off for parents. Especially when they are reading it on their phone. Now you can prepare your newsletter directly using Classlist’s announcement feature. Which means no need for attachments and it’s readable on every kind of device. Also, you can track in-app and email open rates. A great way of monitoring your community’s engagement. Read more
Control over comments
Based on the numbers of you that have asked us, we are pleased to announce it is now possible to lock comments on a post. Just use the 3 dots menu. Read more
- September 2020 product update
The new school year is a super busy time at Classlist HQ. So our dev team have been working hard over the summer to improve the Classlist experience for our members in time for the new term. Here is a preview of some of our new features:
Faster Group Updates
The homepage now displays new posts and comments instantly. Making it easier to see active conversations in your school groups. We’ve also made changes to our mobile app notifications so you’ll know quickly when parents post, comment and like messages in your groups. So you don’t miss out.
Getting Started Checklist
Particularly at the beginning of the school year, we know that new Ambassadors are keen to get their communities up and running. Plus, make the most of everything Classlist can offer their school community. A new ‘Getting Started’ checklist for Ambassadors is now available. Leading to a faster community launch and higher parent engagement. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
Bulk Parent Invitation
A new school year and a new tool to make it even easier for Schools to invite new parents. Whether you’re just starting with Classlist or on-boarding your new cohort. Ambassadors and Class Reps can now upload a list of parent emails and send out personalised, pre-approved invites with a few clicks in a matter of minutes.
Inviting new parents and making connections across your school is a key part of creating a vibrant, engaged community. With this feature Classlist is continuing to make it simple and quick for our users to grow their communities.
Check it out now and find out more in our new school year help guides.
- Free School Guides
Free guides for parents with kids starting school in 2020. As part of our mission “parent life easier, school communities stronger”
- What’s New June 2020
New Video Chat Feature
Classlist just reinvented the concept of Class Coffee Mornings by adding a new feature – video chat rooms. Described as “Houseparty for Schools” parents are invited to an event and then allocated to a room with 2-3 other parents.
It’s been designed to work like a real coffee morning but better. Where parents start off in a small conversation and then can circulate with the wider group by clicking into different rooms. No hovering around trying to join into a conversation. A fantastic way for working parents to participate in their community.
If you would like to try Classbudi out with your school join our waiting list
- Press Release: Houseparty for school parents
Get in line, parent no 25!
Remember when school parents milled together at the school gate for afternoon pick-up? That was then. Following Denmark’s example, from June schools are likely to enforce military-style collection rotas with parent chat strictly discouraged. Making it difficult to get close and personal with most families’ essential lifelong social group – their fellow school parents. GDPR throws a further spanner in the works as getting parent contact details from the school office has become mission impossible.
A nifty UK startup has come up with a neat solution – Houseparty for school parents. Classlist is now the UK’s largest social network for school families, having signed up 3,000 UK and European schools since 2016. Their app helps parents exchange contact details whilst complying with GDPR. They’re now launching a “Class Roulette” video linkup feature which looks a lot simpler to use than Zoom. Parents are nudged to connect in a single click to meet up over video in small groups. Over a couple of weeks they will be introduced in a completely secure environment, with everybody else in their class or year group using a clever algorithm. An improvement on playground cliques and a solution for at the end of the day what parents want above all else is – their children to be happy and make friends.
“With Zoom’s and Houseparty’s known security issues, parents definitely feel much more secure using this feature within Classlist.” Masuma Contractor, Rygaards International School, Denmark
If you would like to know more or join our wait list for this free service go to https://classlist.com/waitlist-instant-secure-video-chat-for-your-school-community/
Latest app update
We’re always improving Classlist and release a new version of the app every two weeks. Here’s what’s new in our latest release:
We’re excited to announce our new Ambassador Insight Report
This is the first report in our series of reports comprising data-backed insights on your school community’s performance. Each week you will see how your community is doing based on specific school community metrics, benchmarked against our top quartile of Classlist schools.
Over time we will add tips and tricks to help you achieve ‘best in class’ results 🏆for your school community.
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