The Student Lap Tracker Blog


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Working with the iOS App

Welcome to the iOS App support page!

Download and install here

The app is intended for Student Lap Tracker subscriber schools. At this time, there is no functionality for non-subscribers. Sorry! If your school is running, get in touch! I’m sure we can help.
The first release of the app allow you to scan runner ID cards with your iPhone or iPad. This is a great alternative to the Symbol CS3000 handheld scanners.

To use the app:

  1. Login. You must know your username and password. If you don’t, you can reset it here.
  2. Select the Track (or course) where your students will run. These are set up in advance in the Lap Tracker web application here. The default for your school will be pre-selected but you can change it by pressing the grey button.
  3. Start a run –
    Untimed Run is  generally for clubs and the number of laps and distance are recorded.
    Timed Run is generally for the One Mile Run in P.E. Class. In addition to laps and distance, the time of the run is recorded.
  4. Scan the Runner ID cards when students cross the finish line. After you’ve scanned a barcode, an on-screen notice will be shown and a confirmation chime will sound.
  5. Stop Live Scanning when the run is complete. Your scans will be uploaded immediately provided your device is connected. If your device is not connected, your scans will be uploaded when you reconnect.

That’s it! Happy Scanning!

Update Oct 17:

Duplicates Prevented: there is a 15 second delay before a card can be re-scanned.

Testing: you can try the app out with some test scans then delete the test scans so they don’t affect your students. Here’s how to delete your test scans:

  1. Log in to laptracker.net (not the iOS App) as an admin for your school
  2. Go Scans > Scan Batch Review. Here you will see a summary of the imported data.
  3. Click on the batch # in the first row, this batch is your test data. The Scan Detail page show each scan’s timestamp, ID number, runner and status.
  4. Click the Delete Batch link and confirm to delete the test scans.

Eligible Accounts: All Admin, Reporter and Parent accounts can use the app. There is no limit and no fee. This makes the iOS App a great option for Jogathons!


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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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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!


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Friday shout-out to …

Today’s post is a shout-out to Coach Lynne Knowd at the Ramona Community School… she’s put together a fantastic program with LOTS of positive reinforcement. They’ve run a collective 7,000 miles this year, an average of over 20 miles per student. Here’s the best part: 88 percent of the school is participating! Now that’s a healthy community.

Here’s her message to their team:

Great job today! We had 20 runners ranging from Kindergarten to 6th grade who completed a mile in 11 minutes or less. They all earned 1 extra mile toward their charms and running totals. Our Gatorade Runners of the Day were runners who continually have a great attitude at Running Club. I love to have these kids out there each week. They are Madeline L. and Madison S. along with Cruz C. Congrats to you!

All of our runners are out there each Wednesday for various reasons; some want to get faster, some enjoy exercising with their friends and some are giving their best effort to run. Please remind your children to encourage ALL of these participants and classmates. Ask them to tell two people each week, “Good job.” A little encouragement goes a long way!

Next week endurance… run, run as MUCH as you can!! I can’t wait to see them out there next week. Attached is a printout of the awards which are due to the runners.

Kudos to Coach Lynne!!


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Ready to Run

Got kids who need more exercise? Our spring promotion Ready to Run is now live.

For some schools, the months of March and April are an ideal time to start our program. Here’s why:

  • Students need something new and fun – our technology will perk up your club or PE class.
  • The principal isn’t as busy as they are the beginning of the school year.
  • Parent organizations are likely in a better position to help you with funding.
  • You can roll out the program in pilot mode and on your own schedule.
  • You’ll get our great software and service and up to 4 months FREE, an average savings of $200

Here’s the link: Ready to Run


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Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Does your club need a new track? This program emphasizes parent involvement. “This year, as a foundation, we are challenging ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.”

Deadline is 2/14/2014 so hurry! http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/index.html