Field trips should be about learning not permission forms
July 17, 2014 Leave a comment
The world is your classroom – learning can and should happen outside the school. Field trips have been instrumental in education for hundreds of years. But a valuable learning experience takes significant planning and execution.
One of the most tedious aspects of a field trip is getting the requisite parental permissions. It means handing out paper forms to students, hoping that students bring them to their parents, collect the signature and return the forms to the teacher. It means following up with students and parents who forgot or lost the form. Wouldn’t you rather focus on the concepts and learning outcomes of the trip?
With frevvo, automating parental permissions is easy. Click a button to initiate the process. If your school uses Google Apps for Education, the list of students, parent emails and other relevant information can be automatically retrieved from a Google Spreadsheet. Fill in some field trip information and click to initiate the authorization workflows. That’s it.
frevvo will send an email to each parent with a link that they can click on. Student and field trip information is pre-filled. All parents need to do is fill in a couple of Emergency Contact fields, sign electronically (smart phone, tablet or desktop) and Finish.
A PDF will be generated and e-mailed to the teacher with a copy to the parent. It contains all required data including the parent signature. If your school uses Google Apps for Education, the PDF can also be stored in Google Drive in the appropriate location or to your document management system. No need to file away paper slips. Of course, if necessary, you can always print the PDF.