If you have kids, then you’ll know how hectic a parent’s life can be. A lack of time can have harsh consequences for parents & teachers, ultimately affecting the parent-school communication relationship.
Being a teacher, I’m sure your administration members get comments along these lines from parents:
- “I didn’t know that event was coming up!”
- “Oh, the school changed their policy on that? I didn’t know!”
- “How do I sign up for my kids school trip? There’s no information available!”
The most common response is:
“We sent you an email about it.”
“It was in last week’s newsletter.”
Parents schedules and email inboxes are packed to the brim, with dozens of obligations and organizations desperate for their time and attention.
Your school emails & newsletters can easily get lost in this digital nightmare. The average open rate of emails for the Education industry niche is only 23.42%, then only 2.36% of those parents will click on links within emails.
Just by using email as one of your digital mediums, that potentially leaves more than 75% of parents in the dark, about:
- Important announcements,
- Upcoming events,
- Crucial policy updates,
- School meal information,
- Term time dates…etc
Diversity is becoming increasing important within the education sector. It’s difficult to communicate effectively with all parents.
At least 1 in 10 people have dyslexia and some statistics suggest even 1 in 5. There are 350,000 people are registered as blind or partially sighted in the UK.
Parents with these disabilities struggle to read your communications or are simple not able to.
English is not the primary language
It’s a challenge for any parent whose primary language is not English to read & understand the visual communications your sending.
In fact it’s equally difficult for staff members to aid parents to break the language barrier & ensure important information is understood.
Maybe you’ve got one in your home, but if not, it uses a device called Amazon Alexa and when you ask it questions, it gives you answers.
Millions of people are already using Alexa to get information and advice on a day to day basis. Amazon have released several types of devices that have Alexa integrated. Even your Smart Phone can be Alexa enabled.
Alexa. It’s fast, seamless & convenient. Consumers don’t even need to move a muscle to request information. It’s lighting quick. Ask a question, get an answer. Give a command, get results.
Alexa is a part of peoples lives with 42% of people calling them ‘essential’ for day to day use in their homes.
Amazon has flooded the market with an array of different Alexa devices, visually, audibly or both:
- Hectic parents with limited time now have a fast & convenient medium to consume all your school’s content. Whether it be via Alexa devices or their own smart phone.
- Smart speakers are primarily audio based, this dramatically aids parents whom are dyslexic or blind. They now have a solution to listen to all of your communications with ease.
- Parents whose English is not their primary language can now listen to your content in their preferred language. The barrier has been broken & important information is understood clearly.
VoiceXpert has created a revolutionary communications advantage by providing the missing link between schools and parents. We’ve bridged the gap.
VoiceXpert for Smart Schools uses Alexa’s platform to distribute an array of important information, policies and updates for schools using skills.
Skills are comparable to mobile apps, easily found on the Amazon Skill Store and enabled via consumers Alexa devices.
Parents don’t even need to move a muscle to request information from your school with VoiceXpert for Smart Schools. It as simple as asking Alexa to start your skill and requesting the relevant information. It’s lighting quick. Ask a question, get an answer. Give a command, get results.
When schools communicate effectively with parents, everyone benefits. The school gains the trust of parents, parents achieve peace of mind, and children reap the rewards of everyone pulling in the same direction.
Easy & fast for your staff to update content
It’s as simple as updating a cloud-based spreadsheet. Your content is automatically sent to Alexa and instantly available for parents upon interaction. No difficult training and low human error It’s that easy.
Send parents global in-skill announcements
In-skill announcements notify parents as they open your skill about important school updates. Your staff can activate this action at a click of a button.
Send instant push notification to parents via Alexa devices notifying them of a new announcement. Instant communication on a technology that is moulding the future.
When poor weather cancels a parents evening or an after school club gets stopped at late notice, you need to spread the word fast.
Send branded email updates to parents email addresses directly from within our software.
Policy documents or other relevant files like Ofsted reports that parents may want to view, can be emailed directly to parents email address via Alexa, instantly upon request.
VoiceXpert for Smart Schools is inclusive for all parents and caters for diverse needs using a hugely popular technology communications platform – a BIG plus for Ofsted inspectors.
More than ever, schools need to embrace technology. Ofsted themselves have realised the importance of digital technology and that it needs to pave the way forward for schools.
From September 2018 Ofsted started to collect evidence on a digital tablet to make the inspection process more efficient. This speaks volumes on Ofsted’s expectations for the future.
Good technology is like electricity – it serves its purpose by making other things work without being the centre of attention.
Mobile app development investments literally cost an arm & a leg.
Mobile app investment can easily start from £5K minimum and range to as much as £100K for complex projects.
In fact the average mobile app project is just under £10K.
We’ve managed to the lower the price substantially compared to mobile app development costs.
VoiceXpert for Smart Schools is a fraction of the cost. Literally.
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