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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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SSO – Referral Program

Get 50% off SSO for referring us to a new school Those of us familiar with SSO know the time and paper it saves, anxieties it eases and sophisticated rules it is capable of enforcing. In light of the fast-approaching subject selection season, we are offering existing customers a discount if they spread the word… 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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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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    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 … http://educationtechnologysolutions.com.au/2015/09/24/optimising-education-administration/  

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    Getting buy-in for your new admin system

    Introducing a new administration system for your school is a sizeable task. Having staff on side makes the job easier and helps ensure its success. In this article we look at how to motivate staff to accept a new system and embrace change. I’ve lost count of the times that some new initiative has come… Read more »

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    Parent portal experiences

    Parent access to student data – Does it make “helicopter” parents worse or is it the best invention in recent times? There are mixed feelings in the community about whether or not we should be checking up on every move our children make and this extends into online access to school information. There are so… Read more »

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    How long is a parent teacher interview?

    With over 9 million interviews booked since 2006 through our Parent Teacher Online (PTO) service we have a wealth of aggregate statistical information that schools can benefit from. In this article we look at the length of time allocated to parent-teacher interviews and how this affects the effectiveness of the event. Statistics at the school… Read more »

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    Public Sector Watch: The big data and education privacy debate

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    The CountryNet Software Story

    Who is CountryNet, how did we get where we are today and where are we going next? This article looks at the company’s background, its services: PTO, SSO, SPO and Educonnex: why we’re doing these and the problems we’re solving. CountryNet is a specialist software provider based on the Central Coast of NSW about one… Read more »