SchoolBzz is a multi-user platform connecting teachers, parents and the local community. The following release schedule highlights key features currently available to our pilot schools, or coming soon.
Phase 1 – August 2017
Our primary focus for our August release was simplification and consistency. We have aggregated the majority of the information a family receives from a school within SchoolBzz, which can be accessed by clicking the SchoolBzz link from your school website.
- Staff Profiles – pictures, bios and contact information for all school staff
- Class Profiles – static classroom (or team/group) information can be found on a class profile page. These are currently setup using a school template via Google Sites to ensure consistency in how information is displayed. Information includes about the class, assignments, calendar, links and contact information.
- Messaging (Channels) – all teachers have channels which parents can subscribe to for reminders and updates for a particular class. Each school also has a broadcast channel for school-wide updates and most Principals, coaches and club leaders also have channels for the teams and groups they lead. For a list of all available channels, each school has a Channel Guide on their SchoolBzz page.
Phase 2 – Fall 2017
While Phase 1 is being implemented at our pilot schools, we continue to finalize our new SchoolBzz Educator Dashboard and Administration module. Our primary focus for Phase 2 is improving the user experience for our educators, so they have one platform for all their parent communication needs – staff profile, class profiles and messaging.
New features will include: more comprehensive staff profile, Google Classroom integration (assignment view for parents), Google Calendar integration, analytics (list of followers) and QuickLinks for frequently visited school sites.
Phase 3 – Winter/Spring 2018
Phase 3 is our primary focus for the 2017-2018 school year with a focus on improving the parent user experience and connecting the local community. A development plan is currently in process for a native iOS and Android SchoolBzz app for parents. Additional details will be released this fall.
Want to be part of our research and development process? We are looking for educators, parents and business leaders to participate in focus groups this fall to provide feedback on the user experience during our development process. Signup here!