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2018 – The Year That Was 06 December, 2018 by Kieren Fitzpatrick Posted in: Blog - Once again I am reminded as I write this year’s summary, it has come round all too quickly. While I am not complaining, as most of us are about to enjoy some well-earned rest, time does appear to be speeding up – perhaps it’s a symptom of getting older? 2018 was a challenging and fruitful 

SchoolBench Spring Release Rabbit Season! Duck Season! No, it’s SchoolBench Spring Release Season… Fire! 06 November, 2018 by Kieren Fitzpatrick Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - Parashift is pleased to confirm SchoolBench Version 7 (aka Spring Release) will be made available next week. To upgrade, simply visit the Admin Panel and click the Check for Updates button after the 15th of November. As SchoolBench is a collaborative project with school marketers, the Spring release includes a number of new features and 

Australia’s fourth oldest school, Pulteney Grammar, has a rich history to share through SchoolBench 10 October, 2018 by Kieren Fitzpatrick Posted in: Case Study, SchoolBench® - Established in 1847, Pulteney Grammar School is the second oldest independent school in South Australia, and the fourth oldest in the nation. At its original Pulteney Street address, 27 students were taught geometry, spelling, geography, mapping, accounting and fretwork from 1848. The initial intake expanded to more than 250 by Christmas of that year. Whilst 

SchoolBench at the Educate Plus Conference in Auckland 28 September, 2018 by Kieren Fitzpatrick Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - Parashift’s Henri Guillaume and I attended the Educate Plus conference in Auckland this month, and what a fabulous conference it was! Coincidentally, being our first Education Plus, it was also my first trip to the land of the long white cloud, but alas, we were too busy to play tourist. We were there for four 

Tracking School Published Photos 3 Tips to Tracking School Published Photos 23 August, 2018 by Kieren Fitzpatrick Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - One of the challenges that schools face today is tracking their published photos. Considering how many times you post every week, and how many channels that you publish to, if faced by a parent to immediately remove all images of their child, how would you go about it? The reason for their change of heart 

5 Rules – Communication Strategy for Student Facial Recognition Technology 5 Rules – Communication Strategy for Student Facial Recognition 09 August, 2018 by Kieren Fitzpatrick Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - A common question we receive about student facial recognition technology with schools, is “what do we tell our school community, particularly the parents, and how?” Facial recognition technology is not new: we are all familiar with it – Apple and Samsung use facial recognition to unlock some of their phones. It’s when you consider just 

3 reasons SchoolBench integrates with Synergetic Student Management System. Image: Passport Control by Eric Fischer via Flickr. 3 reasons SchoolBench integrates with Synergetic Student Management System 17 July, 2018 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - There are three key reasons SchoolBench integrates with Synergetic Student Management System, and they all revolve around the role Synergetic plays in many schools as the “source of truth” and SchoolBench’s mission of making sure schools can use images of students appropriately. Let’s unpack the reasons so you can understand the comprehensive way these two 

You don't have to be Einstein to appreciate these smart updates to SchoolBench. Image: Genius - theoretical physicist - E = mc2 by Robert Sullivan via Flickr SchoolBench Update: 2018 Autumn Release – ‘Einstein’ 24 May, 2018 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - We are only weeks away from our Autumn release, and one look at upcoming changes to our digital asset management system for schools means you don’t need to be Einstein to appreciate these smart updates to SchoolBench. In our Autumn release of SchoolBench, code named ‘Einstein’, schools will soon be able to enjoy: Granular control 

Schoolbench: keep student photos safe online. Image: Security Cams by Andrew via Flickr. Security protocol to help schools keep student photos safe online: SchoolBench 02 May, 2018 by Henri.G Posted in: SchoolBench®, Technical - Schools often have policies for taking, storing, and using photographs but sometimes security protocols to keep student photos safe online are incomplete. For example, Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, has the following guidelines for schools: Schools should have protocols on the storing of videos and photos which require: secure passcodes/passwords for all devices to stop unauthorised access 

Photos photos everywhere and not the one we want: Rethinking media file storage in schools to support marketing and communication teams, by SchoolBench. Image: Music CDs by Indi Samarajiva via Flickr. Get that old scholar photo, now! Rethinking media file storage in schools to support marketing and communication teams 23 April, 2018 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - Like it or not, the speed of school communication to their community has dramatically increased. From 1980’s physical annual school books, to regular term-based website updates and now to weekly, if not daily social media communications. And this trend shows no sign of abating. This development is why rethinking media file storage in schools is 

When managing school photos, make digital media your servant, not your taskmaster 05 April, 2018 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - Recently, in #EdChat, the popular Twitter feed for educators, there was a quote that summed up why our software for easily managing school photos and other digital assets, SchoolBench, is important for teachers’ career paths. Anyone who aspires to be a school leader should aim to be a digital leader too. It’s just the world 

Seymour College student photo management best in class thanks to SchoolBench and Synergetic 28 March, 2018 by Henri.G Posted in: Case Study - Seymour College, in recently adopting SchoolBench as their best in class student photo management system, is greatly assisting  their visual communication in their school community and beyond. Seymour College produces photos and videos of their students at an exponential rate, and required a modern solution to help manage this growing challenge. Staff were processing the 

How to use your school calendar to organise student photos automatically 20 March, 2018 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - If you manage school media like photos and videos of events and class activities, it’s time to make a date to learn how to use your school calendar to organise student photos automatically. This breakthrough has been made possible because Parashift’s school software solution ‘ SchoolBench ‘, integrates the time and date information captured automatically 

How Facial Recognition Technology makes media files School Ready 20 February, 2018 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - It’s only February, and already there are schools worried about managing ever-expanding libraries of photos – that’s why we’re sharing this behind-the-scenes look at how Facial Recognition Technology makes media files School Ready. The technology at the heart of this process is SchoolBench, a secure digital management web application developed in Australia, by developers with 

How to process class photos in the NIT of time: New school web app helps teachers reclaim Non-Instructional Time 18 December, 2017 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - There is a juggling act going on in most schools as administrators try to balance maintaining quality teaching time while helping teachers reclaim Non Instructional Time. Non Instructional Time, or NIT, is crucial for teaching staff because it allows them to complete lesson plans, mark students’ work, and carry out a slew of administrative tasks. 

A picture of a student is worth 1,000 minutes of admin: SchoolBench web app dramatically unlocks efficiencies for school communication officers 12 December, 2017 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - At the end of any school year or term, parents and teachers need efficiencies for school communication officers as they demand highlight packages of school events and student milestones. However, it is not uncommon to see walls in school offices plastered with student photos, waiting for staff to connect names and contexts for newsletters and 

Facial recognition in schools: How the new SchoolBench™ web app identifies student images more accurately than humans 30 November, 2017 by Henri.G Posted in: SchoolBench®, Technical - Facial recognition in schools is the next inevitable step for this technology, which has taken substantial steps forward during the past decade, and major leaps since Woodrow Wilson Bledsoe pioneered the field in the 1960s. Back then, Bledsoe used a RAND tablet to manually trace facial features, such as eyes, nose, hairline, and mouth, and 

Take my child off the school website? New student image web app manages usage rights and parents’ demands for privacy 20 November, 2017 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - It’s the nightmare phone call that keeps principals up at night in this era of parents’ demands for privacy, ‘take my child’s photo off the school website!’ As school administrators well know, images of children that risk identifying them, should not be published without explicit consent from the child as well as their parent or 

Digital Asset Management for School Photos 19 October, 2017 by Henri.G Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - Capture the moment-school photos It’s an early morning in March. It’s barely 7:30am, and the school oval is still covered with a fine mist, but already a small army of students and staff begin setting up shade tents and the equipment for the day’s program. It won’t be long before the students will arrive. The 

Parashift announces SchoolBench™ partnership with Seymour College 13 October, 2017 by Kieren Fitzpatrick Posted in: Blog, SchoolBench® - Parashift is pleased to announce our new partnership with Seymour College, one of the leading independent schools in South Australia. Seymour College selected Parashift to assist with Seymour’s digital information management needs, becoming the first SchoolBench™ client, a digital asset (media) management system designed for schools. For details regarding SchoolBench™, please visit our https://www.parashift.com.au/products/ For more information relating