Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling Tools OnlineEdit

For scheduling parent-teacher conferences:

  • CiviCRM Free, open source relationship management tool for the civic sector.
  • EdvalPTN Online -- A batch-scheduled booking system based initially on parent preferences and then booking specific times
  • Meet the Teacher - Seamlessly synced with your Student Information System. Meet the Teacher parents can choose their own appointment times from any internet connected device. 
  • PowerPTC An intelligent parent-teacher conference scheduling solution.
  • PTCFast free web-based conference scheduling with no ads and lots of features.
  • PTC Scheduling web based conference scheduling.
  • PTC Wizard Cheap, easy and amazing support. Offers scheduling possibilities for almost any conference set up including team scheduling and multiple time intervals. Can connect to almost all student-information systems. Syncs with Google Calendar and Google Education Suite.

See also: Parent Teacher Conferences

For scheduling meetings or events

  • Doodle - online poll for finding the best common free time for multiple participants.
  • Pick-a-Time
  • Sched - online tool for organizing events

Course Scheduling SoftwareEdit

Discussion of School & Class SchedulingEdit

Retrieved from ISED-L list-serv 10/08, CC3.0 a, s-a, nc license Subject: Re: Scheduling Software

THE SHORT ANSWER: Being deeply involved in some scheduling work over the past two years, I have found that the rules about scheduling software parallel an old adage... You can have scheduling software with the following properties:

1. it's easy (or fast) to use

2. it can accurately express your school's scheduling needs

3. it will actually work (i.e., produce a schedule you can use).

Choose two. The third will be the opposite of what you want.

THE LONG ANSWER (includes recommendations):

Really it depends what you're looking for the scheduling software to do. There are several situations schools find themselves in:

1. You know what the "master schedule" will be. That is, you know which courses will be taught by which teachers in which rooms during which periods. You just need to be able to plug students into it based on the courses they need to take. For this, we use PowerScheduler (a product of PowerSchool, now a Pearson Education product). This works well for us because it is part of the whole PowerSchool system which we use to manage most of our student data (enrollment, directory info, accounts, transcripts, etc.). 2. However, if you need to DEVELOP a master schedule, that's a whole different ball game. Usually the situation is this: you know which teachers will be teaching which courses, and maybe you even know which rooms some of those courses need to be in (science, P.E., and music tend to have specialized space, for example). You also know the periods of each of your days. Now, what you want is to FIND OUT is whether or not there exists a possible way to schedule these courses into the periods you've got with the rooms you've got. And assuming a solution does exist, you want to find the most efficient one (or the one that results in the fewest conflicts for students). For this, I have not found anything terribly good, and certainly nothing easy to use. This is for a good reason: it's a terribly difficult problem to solve (computationally speaking). If you are a fairly high-tech person** (or you know one who you can swindle into helping you) and you have some patience and don't mind learning a new system, I might recommend FET (Free Educational Timetabling Software) FET is pretty versatile for this task, but it is open-source and was written by a German software engineer so the support is...well, hit or miss. The developer himself is very active in the online forum for users of this software and he was able to answer many of my questions. As you learn how to use this software you will learn a lot about the German educational system. I believe FET has readily downloadable applications for PCs. For macs you have to compile the code from source using a non-standard compiler. It's a little hairy if you're not used to doing that sort of thing. I recommend FET over the PowerScheduler product that does the same thing (I think it's called Schedule Builder) because FET is much more flexible and allows you build up a schedule incrementally. After a week of struggling we were not able to get the Schedule Builder part of PowerScheduler to produce anything, and we couldn't get answers to our questions from Pearson support. This is what sent me to the internet looking for alternative solutions.

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