Coaches, activity directors, secretaries, and other school staff spend a great deal of time contacting parents to inform them of the many changes to a school’s events schedule. To improve communication between schools and community organizations and the families they serve, Vision Ventures of Lake Forest, Ill., has released a new software solution called scheduleUs.

The software is available in two versions. scheduleUs Publisher allows educators to create, update, and communicate schedules to students and their families easily through their classroom, school, or district web sites. scheduleUs Family allows families to download the events and their details–including important notes and reminders–to their personal computers. Families can view color-coded calendars, sync to Palm OS handhelds, and print calendars for the entire family or just one individual. No server software is required.

scheduleUs Publisher runs on the Windows or Macintosh platforms with a folder on the school’s or district’s web server. The software lists for $189, but it’s free to schools through Nov. 13 courtesy of a special promotion from Vision Ventures. Multi-user licenses also are available. scheduleUs Family costs $49, and Vision Ventures will donate $5 from every scheduleUs Family copy purchased to the corresponding school or organization.

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