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All About the School Community

It takes a village to raise a child.   We’ve all heard that proverb, but what does it mean? And what does it mean in 2017? In short, children have the best opportunity to become strong, confident and healthy adults if a range of people play a role in contributing to the child’s growth, education… Read more »

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The Subject Selection Process: How SSO can increase efficiency

Subject selection season inside school communities can be a dreaded time. Teachers and Head of Learning Areas managing complex and ever changing spreadsheets. Students misplacing and forgetting their forms. Parents not being aware of the pathways chosen by students. Notes not returned by deadline. Errors being made and missed on forms and spreadsheets. Students overlooking… Read more »

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Meet Melissa – Our Jill-of-All-Trades

A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman – Melinda Gates. Here at CountryNet we have a strong team, consisting of many team members all committed to our cause. One of the leaders in our CountryNet team is our Operations Manager, Melissa Kendall. After 8 years with us, Melissa is our Jill-of-All-Trades… Read more »

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CONNECTED COMMUNITIES GRANT – LAUNCHED!

In what we suspect is an Australian first, we have launched a new grant program for schools around Australia, in a bid to help build school communities and ease the burden of paperwork on staff. We’d like to introduce you to the CountryNet Connected Communities Grant. Our CountryNet Connected Communities Grant presents a unique opportunity… Read more »

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Products vs Platform

During the Christmas and New Year break, it dawned on me that as much as I was away from the office and the staff were all enjoying their holidays with family, today’s interconnected world meant that I was never really unplugged and was hugely integrated into systems that I expected to seamlessly talk to each… Read more »

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Educonnex App Released

CountryNet Software presents its new Educonnex app CountryNet Software’s new Educonnex app helps improve relationships between schools and families. It’s my pleasure to introduce CountryNet Software’s new Educonnex app. The app fully integrates with our Educonnex school management platform and is specifically designed to improve communication between schools and families. Schools can easily communicate with… Read more »

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CountryNet Connected Communities Scholarship

We are offering one budding Central Coast developer the opportunity to kick-start their programming career, with the CountryNet Software Connected Communities Scholarship. The scholarship, which is open to students who have completed their HSC at a Central Coast high school and have been accepted into a programming degree, will run for six months from July… Read more »

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SSO – Enhanced Experience for All Users

We’re so excited about this year’s first big upgrade! After 8 years of working with schools and gathering feedback about how we can help streamline the selection process, we’re launching the new version of SSO. There’s a lot of great things, but here are a few key areas to whet your appetite. Simplified Set-Up Process… Read more »

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Subject Selection – Why do people still do this on paper?

Hundreds of schools have reaped the time-saving benefits of SSO. One such example is Ocean Reef Senior High School, whose Deputy Principal Belinda Hall said “bringing SSO into Ocean Reef was a tremendous relief. It saved us time, reduced stress of staff and helped make the entire subject selection process smooth and efficient. I can’t… Read more »

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Flip Classroom – Giving the Students Ownership of Learning

The ideology of flip classroom is turning the traditional educational model of learning on its head. What is a flipped classroom? The flip classroom is a pedagogical model – changing the traditional method of a teacher initiating the first exposure to a new concept via a lecture or presentation and the student taking home work to assimilate… Read more »