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Benefits of Volunteering

For thousands of years, scientists and researchers have documented the power of volunteering. Studies in more recent years have taken this research even further in finding new ways that volunteering benefits both individuals as well as larger systemic work forces. What hasn’t seemed to change is the idea that the benefits connected to volunteering go […]

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What Is an SIS?

Any school administrator will tell you that balancing a productive and solid culture of learning with running an efficient organization is extremely difficult and requires incredible amounts of time, patience and management. Student Information Systems (or a SIS as they’re often referred to), offer school administrators a tool to streamline organizational systems and records to […]

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Inspect What You Expect

The first thing you learn as a leader of an organization is that you can’t do everything yourself, so you have to delegate. A side benefit of delegating tasks to students is that it shows those students that you trust them to do important work. This has all kinds of benefits, from raising the self-confidence […]

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Back To School

With the start of a new school year shortly upon us, I thought it would be a good time to talk about some of the bare essentials that I have learned through my experience leading youth organizations. Respect and courtesy earn courtesy and respect. If you follow this rule, you’re 90% there already. Students really […]

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A Second Look At The Totals Report

We’ve made some improvements to how the Attendance Totals report works. Just a side note, Best Attendance has a wide array of attendance reports, showing you attendance data from any perspective. You can view attendance by member, event, event type, date range, group, guests, members, and any combination of the above. The particular report that […]

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Best Attendance To Attend Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Conference

As part of this year’s launch of our Student Loyalty Program product, we will be attending the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Conference in St. Cloud, on March 24-25. Our Student Loyalty Program software is already being used by Brandeis University to improve attendance and school spirit at home athletic games. Students earn points for […]

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How To Scan Barcodes With Your Smartphone

Question: Can I scan barcodes with my smartphone? Answer: Yes! It’s super easy! Question: How? There are many ways this can be done from a technological perspective, but by far the fastest, easiest, and most reliable way to scan barcodes into your smartphone is to get yourself a good, quality, Bluetooth-enabled barcode scanner. After thoroughly […]

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How To Learn Student Names

When you get a new group of students, what’s the best way to take attendance when you don’t even know their names yet? For five years, I taught business classes at the high school and college levels, and these are some of the tricks that I used. Use a seating chart There are two ways […]

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Limitations of SMS in Online Applications

Limitations of SMS in Online Applications SMS (Short Message Service), better known as texting, is like a technology right out of Star Trek. Really, 20 years ago, could you have imagined that we’d all be walking around with little personal communication devices that let us send instant text messages to anyone at any time? I […]

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Fall Update: Videos and New Features

There’s never a dull moment at the offices of Best Attendance. We’ve launched several initiatives this summer that are all underway. Here’s what we’ve been up to: How-To Videos We’ve created a series of how-to videos that provide a step-by-step walk-through of each area of the application, from the basics of adding members, to advanced […]

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