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Student Motivation and Engagement

Student engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of gains in learning for students1. The connection between young people’s engagement with school and their longer-term educational and occupational outcomes is well established. Students who are actively and authentically engaged with their schooling perform better academically and have a higher rate of school completion. Core… Read more »

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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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Student Led Conferences: Fresh Platform – Fresh Perspective

Parent Teacher Interviews are the ‘go-to’ structure when it comes to sharing a student’s growth and development with parents. It’s the tried and true method that we’ve all grown-up with. But can you imagine what could be learnt when we remove the “interview”? What will be revealed when you hand the reigns over to the… 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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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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    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 »

  • Getting more out of your school administration system

    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 … 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

    This linked article has some interesting insights into school data and privacy. Hangout video: Public Sector Watch: The big data and education privacy debate Audio only: IBM Public Sector Talks #5: Big data and privacy in education