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Student Privacy Pledge

We’re in! I’m pleased to announce we took the Student Privacy Pledge earlier this week. We’ve been compliant from day 1 but it’s nice to have our commitment publicly memorialized. I created the first version of our program as a parent volunteer at my boys’ school and the last thing I wanted was the kids in our community to have their information used for other purposes. Lap counts and mileage might not be as important as SAT scores but they are private nonetheless.

Student Privacy & Security has been getting more attention as a political issue. Last year there was some drama in the blogosphere but it at least advanced the conversation. It should be in the president’s State of the Union speech next week! I don’t think he’ll be talking about Lap Tracker before the whole country, that’s more Michelle’s kind of thing, but I do think he’ll speak about the issue and hopefully mention that edtech companies like ours have taken the pledge.

The pledge and a list of companies who have made the pledge can be found here:

http://studentprivacypledge.org/

And for more in-depth information, FERPA SHERPA is another great resource.


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New school year start up with ease!

Hello everyone,

Just had to post how easy it was to get the club back up and running this year. All I had to do was send class lists to our Laptracker friends and they took care of the rest! They sent us all the new student cards and blank back up cards for any new enrolling students.  Students from last year were already in the system and we were able to use the same cards from the previous year. All I did was change their sticker color on the sort those students into their new classes.

In just one month we’ve had 200 students run over 720 miles! I’ve coordinated our running club for 9 years and the Laptracker is the most motivating tool we’ve ever had!

Thanks for all the hard work!


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Park Orchard Jog a Thon

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_Y3A9078Students at Park Orchard Elementary in Moses Lake, WA participated in the first ever jog a thon. Thanks to Student Lap Tracker, students were able to immediately after the run see their individual results and class results with the awesome detaliled reports.

Student Lap Tracker is so vital to our lunchtime running program. Teachers and students love it…It motivates kids because they can see their individual results and teachers can log on and see their class data, and have used it for math lessons in their classes. When students get to work with personalized data and not just random numbers, it is powerful and impacting.

Here at Park Orchard, we LOVE Student Lap tracker!


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Thank you!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT STUDENT LAP TRACKER!

Ray Daily Elementary School in Houston, TX implemented the studentlaptracker.com running program during the Spring semester.  I am so happy and encouraged by the motivation and excitement this program provided our PE students!  Our kids were talking about running everyday as they entered school and checked their class rank, distance and the previous day’s results.  I also used the top 10 report to post running leaders for girls and boys by grade level.  The awards schedule report was also a favorite of mine so I could distribute shoe tokens in a timely fashion as the kids reached their grade level goals.  In addition to posting results in the hallway, I projected each class runners’ report on the wall with a powerpoint which helped immensely in getting kids focused at the beginning of class.  I am looking forward to our first full year of the Ray Daily ES Mileage Club beginning this fall!

GETTING STARTED

Jim and Hanna are organized, helpful and positive people.  Our mid year startup process was easy and fast.  The directions are clearly communicated and phone calls/emails were answered and returned quickly.  As a PE teacher time during the school day is precious and limited.  I was able to get everything going during my conference periods and did not have to spend any time after the school day throughout the setup process.  After I quickly became acclimated to the program I was able to print reports at the end of the class period while students were hydrating.

FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS

The return for students is immediate for this investment.  They compete against not only each other, but themselves, consistently asking me if I have updated their running data.  I also received positive feedback from parents and teachers who let me know that the kids were talking about running in the classroom and at home.

A few pics from Ray Daily Elementary School in Houston, TX enjoying studentlaptracker.com:

Thanks again!  Jason Van Alstine – PE Teacher

 

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scanner mc 3     mc-2     mc line up

top ten

 

 


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Successful Start-up at Albert Einstein Academy!

Albert Einstein Academy jumped on board the Laptracker train in March and we’ve experienced nothing but success so far! Tracking our 3rd-5th grade running club laps with Student Laptracker has finally given us the ability to run accurate reports on distance, participation, awards…

We post weekly top 12 runner reports next to our fitness center and class reports are posted in each classroom. The students are excited to see their Student dashboards and see how they match up to other grades! Click here for an example of a super star runner’s ‘Student Dashboard’ (note March is heavily weighted since we entered all previous laps from this year)  Click here to see our ‘Grade Summary Report’ as of May 16th. Jump on this train with us! It’s SO worth it and SO easy!

-Brian Nassif


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Jog-A-Thon Fundraisers

Raising money to fund supplementary programs has become an important role for parent organizations in these days of tight budgets. Student Lap Tracker is first and foremost a fitness program. A secondary but popular use of our program is for Jog-A-Thon and FunRun fundraising events. These are a great way to kick off a new running club and get the whole school involved in a fun, healthy event. About 20% of our schools use a small portion of the proceeds from their events to fund their subscription to our program.

We believe Jog-A-Thons and Fun Runs are community events that should be conducted by members of the school community. We just don’t think professional fundraising companies should be involved. And, as parents, we certainly don’t like the idea of a high percentage of our contribution going anyplace besides the school.

The Jog-A-Thon feature within our program is available to all of our schools at no additional cost. It is essentially a Pledge & Payment tracking tool for event organizers. It’s designed to complement, not replace, the process most schools use for their fundraisers. You’ll continue to use your current pledge sheet. There is no communication between us and your donors. In fact, we don’t even know they are. The school handles all funds, and families handle all interaction with donors.

Jog-A-Thons are large, busy events and our product makes them easier – without changing the community spirit of the event.

Loaner scanners are provided so you can have a big finish line with 5-10 parents helping. We ship the loaner scanners to your school before the event and provide a prepaid shipping label for their return. Loaner scanners arrive charged, configured and ready to use.

We want you to have a successful event and are available to help with planning and tips. Happy Running!