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October 23rd, 2013
New website helps schools manage educational travel
EdTrips simplifies the planning and management of field trips, tours, and other school travel
A new website called EdTrips offers an easy-to-use platform for simplifying the planning and organization of school-related trips—from one-day field trips to international tours and travel.
“EdTrips changes the way educational trips are organized,” said Laura Wallendal, co-founder and chief operating officer, in a press release. “You upload [your] itinerary, promote your trip, collect payments, [and] upload permission forms—[managing] your trip quickly, all in one place.”
She added: “We created EdTrips because we saw how challenging organizing a trip can be. It’s still very much a paper-based process for most schools, and there’s a real need for something that makes it simple, keeps payments in one place, and allows educators to focus on learning, not logistics.”
The Providence, R.I.-based service is free for educators to use. Like event-planning platforms, it charges a modest fee based on trip ticket costs, in line with most other services. (EdTrips adds 4 percent to the cost of the trip and 50 cents per payment to cover all transaction and service fees.) Trips with no cost are entirely free.
The service not only has a platform for registering attendees, but also integrates features such as reminder eMails, making it a truly efficient, modern channel for streamlining educational travel, Wallendal says.
In an endorsement on the EdTrips website, elementary Spanish teacher Hannah Wetmore of Rhode Island said, “I collected payments from 33 parents and tracked permission slips for all my students—all by spending less than 10 minutes creating my page. It’s a great tool.”