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 »


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 »


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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PTO – Utilising the Class Multi-Book Function

  The flexibility and easily customisable functionality of PTO can be the key to hosting a successful event for parents and staff. Whether you’re planning a collective parent conference, one-on-one interviews with teachers, booking uniform shop visits or hosting any other event which requires parents to come into the school, you can use your PTO… 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 »

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How PTO Saves Time for Schools

Parent Teacher Online (PTO) helps parents make bookings with teachers at the times they need. But PTO also helps school adminstrators and teaching staff by streamlining the process of organising parent-teacher school interviews. In this article we look at the specifics of how this works. Parent teacher interviews are an undeniably integral component of student… Read more »

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New Australia-wide school terms visualization

If you’d like to see how Australian Government School Terms for 2016-2017 line up across states, try this new visualization on our Australian school terms page. Have you ever tried to get information about school term start and finish dates? This can be difficult, especially if you need to see this for more than one… Read more »

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    CountryNet is at eduTech

    Come and see us if you’re at eduTech – we’d love to see you!

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    PTO Mobile Apps Released

    We’re excited to announce that the mobile apps for PTO have now been released and are available for both Apple and Android. Parents can now choose to make bookings in PTO using their phone or tablet device or with their browser as usual. Information about the apps is displayed prominently on the login screen for… Read more »

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    New status page for CountryNet services

    We’re pleased to announce the availability of our new service status page at As our services have grown, both in customer base and types of services offered, it’s become necessary to have a single place where our customers can see the status of all our services. While we make every effort to keep everything… Read more »

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    Five significant challenges in education technology

    As modern day educators saturated in an ever-expanding world of technology we have had it firmly drummed into our agendas that our pedagogy and curricula need to incorporate technology in meaningful and effective and ways to meet the outcomes of our students. While we intellectually agree that this is a good and necessary practice, many… Read more »

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    Why a private cloud?

    Educonnex is the premier cloud-based school administration system. As discussed in a previous article, there are many benefits and challenges of implementing an administration system in the cloud. This article focuses on the cloud itself – where exactly is this cloud? Does it matter where it is? These are important questions, not just for CountryNet… Read more »

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    Welcome to innovatEd

    Hi and welcome to innovatEd – our new information site for schools. We’re excited to launch this site as a place where you’ll find useful and thought-provoking information about school administration, education and technology. The articles posted here will come from us and from other sources, but if you have an idea for something you’d like to read… Read more »

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    Taking a school administration system to the cloud: Benefits and challenges

    In 2013 our development team embarked on a new project to create a school administration system called Educonnex from the ground up. Right from the start we decided that this new system would be totally hosted online – in the cloud – aka software-as-a-service (SaaS). Delivering a school administration system like this is a radical… Read more »

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    10 ways to get the most out of your school administration system

    In the ever-challenging and busy environment of a school it can be hard to find the time to ensure you’re using your school administration system to its full potential. But the rewards of this effort can make it worthwhile. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your administration system: Don’t… Read more »

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    Getting started with cloud computing

    This week I attended the DiG2015 conference in Newcastle with some great talks and workshops about surviving and thriving in a world where “digital disruption” is happening all around us. This means being flexible and agile enough to embrace the rapid pace of change that’s constantly coming our way through innovations in internet technology. Think… Read more »

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    Optimising Education Administration

    The following article from Education Technology Solutions provides some interesting perspectives on trends in education administration system …