A new app that enables schools to locate relief staff with a simple tap on their smartphone will be released across Australia this month.
The Tap for Teachers application aims to reduce the amount of effort needed to replace a teacher in a shorter period of time. Run by Adelaide-based company teachers.on.net, it is the only available push notification teacher relief program.
Company owner and app creator Petrah Harslett, told The Newsroom that the app, which alerts all available teachers in the area when a relief job became available, would make communication between teachers and schools much easier and quicker.
“I see this as being the key way to communicate with relief staff,” Ms Harslett said.
“Schools use it to alleviate morning stress … [the app] provides an avenue for schools and teachers. Our aim for the app was to stop the numerous phone calls early in the morning and make it simple.”
Ms Harslett said the company had reached out to most of the Catholic Dioceses in NSW and would begin proposing the application to them in coming weeks.
“With Tap for Teacher, it is so easy – you send a request which goes directly to the smart phones of teachers who are registered with your school and they tap back to respond,” she said.
“Our demonstrations have shown that principals receive a response in a few minutes, or less. Once a position is confirmed, the app notifies other teachers that the position has been filled.”
Ms Harslett thinks the app would provide schools with an easy alternative to relief staff, rather than having to rely on part-time teachers to fill a position.
“Research has found schools are employing part-time staff just to deal with daily staff shortages and the app will ensure schools do not waste resources.” – Luke Rufford
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