Online Room Booking System

Every school should have a good online room booking system such as Freeperiod.

Ten years ago when I introduced Freeperiod I met with a small amount of resistance from some teaching staff. The grumblers tended to fall into two categories. The first group believed the good old ring binder in the staff room met all their requirements. Dispatching students to the staffroom for room availability was good for the student’s health.  The second group were the spreadsheet lovers. They created beautiful tables hidden somewhere on the school network. If only staff would leave their lovely sheets alone.

Ironically I recollect that the same individuals who seen no need for an online room booking system went on to become the biggest advocates of Freeperiod. I remember one occasion when there was a problem with the School’s Internet and Freeperiod was unavailable. “How can I work in these conditions”, one of the ex-grumblers said.

If your school does not have an online room booking system then either you are not managing your resources well or some poor individual is doing a lot of manual work. Give Freeperiod a try.

 

 

Teachers and Technicians, they love you then leave you

I had some negative feedback from Teachers and IT Technicians when I first created Freeperiod. Some commenters on the TES forums asked “Why should we pay for an online booking system to manage our school’s IT resources when our current solution is free?” Maybe a better question to ask is, “How much of my time will this free solution take up and can my school manage the solution if I leave? Continue reading