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Cashless payments remove administration woes The start of the school year is a hectic time for staff as they settle students into classes and timetables. And one of the busiest places in the school is the office where payments are processed for fees, donations and stationery. Given our love affair with eftpos – New Zealanders use electronic payment more than almost anyone else in the world – it is surprising how many schools still process cash payments, but change is happening with schools across the country shifting to cashless payments solutions. Sandra Finlay, founder of e-commerce system Kindo, and online lunch service Ezlunch, says cashless payments take the work out of processing parent
Parents can pay at any time, from anywhere, and they love not having to fill in names and room numbers over and over again.” payments and permission slips.
“Kindo integrates with some Student Management Systems (SMS) to provide a completely hands-off process, updating account information on the fly.
The system enables parents to view and pay for all their school expenses in one place whether they’re SMS-managed, sports payments with permission slips, lunches, uniform or fundraisers.
This saves hours of administration, as do the online permission slips and volunteer requests that accompany sports, trips and other payments. If forms are needed with a payment, we gather that as part of the transaction, which saves a huge effort in collation and
invite suppliers in with their lists to take orders directly. The SMS integration automatically displays the latest account information to parents and posts payments into the SMS. For other things, administrators can click to print out labels, lists or download spreadsheets with all the details they need to efficiently run a uniform, lunch, stationery, fundraiser or show ticket ‘shop’.
Ms Finlay says parent feedback is very positive. “Parents can pay at any time, from anywhere, and they love not having to fill in names and room numbers over and over again.”
Kindo, currently in 100 New Zealand primary, intermediate and secondary schools, also handles merchant accounts so there are no additional costs or delays, and offer parents all ways to pay. Some use the system as a savings account making regular deposits throughout the year to manage bigger costs such as camps and donations.
Schools can easily add or remove items themselves or
The charge to school is the lowest of 2.5 per cent + gst or
The Education Review Office further commented saying that “Achievement information shows that most students are achieving above national norms in many areas of the curriculum. This high achievement has been sustained over several years and students show good progress in their time at the school, especially in writing.” (http://mle.education. govt.nz/assets/Uploads/MLE/ Case-Studies/AucklandNormalIn termediateCasestudy-July2014. pdf). Gisborne Central School is another example; a recent retrofit of existing buildings into ILE has been welcomed by staff, teachers and students alike. Noise had been recognised as an issue prior the transition – students were easily distracted so teachers would have to raise their voices to compete the external noise sources. Post retrofit teachers have noticed that students are more focused disruptive noises were no longer a distraction. Though these popular ILEs have been widely accepted, naturally there has also been
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St James the Apostle School some negative responses and resistance to the change. One element that is important to bear in mind whether you for or against ILE, are acoustics. Competing background noise can be very disruptive, causing students to miss key words, phrases and concepts. Research conducted into US classrooms revealed that speech intelligibility rating is at 75 per cent indicating that on average, every fourth word is misheard (Seep,
Benjamin., Glosemeyer, Robin., Hulce, Emily., Linn, Matt. Aytar, Pamela). This is very detrimental to a student’s ability to learn and communicate. Acoustics are highly important in any learning environment whether it be traditional or modern. So it is important that schools consult an acoustician or ministry guidelines before implementing an ILE approach. By Caroline Page, Autex
References: Dumont, H. & Istance, D. (2010). Future directions for learning environments in the 21st century. In Dumont, H., D. Istance and F. Benavides (eds.), The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice, Educational Research and Innovation (pp. 317-338), OECD Publishing, Paris. Seep, Benjamin., Glosemeyer, Robin., Hulce, Emily., Linn, Matt. Aytar, Pamela. Classroom Acoustics – A Resource for Creating Learning Environments with Desirable Learning Conditions, August 2000.