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Partnership highlight... PowerSchool plugin, what it is and how it works

2/13/2019

Wordware has worked tirelessly to provide our customers with the best possible experience. With our development of our PowerSchool Plugins we give schools and parents single sign on capabilities. To give your school district and parent’s a tight integration and a user-friendly experience. Your PowerSchool parent can sign on to their parent portal with their username and password. That’s all a parent needs in order to sign in and check their lunch balance, pay school fee’s, or make a real time online payment with their credit or debit card. One location, one login. No more multiple locations or usernames and passwords to remember.

Plugin... click install and go!

How do you get started? We work directly with your PowerSchool Admin to get the plugin installed. The plugin will be shared with your admin in a zip file in Google Drive. After installation, and you enable the plugin, we create a secure API connection using id and client secret. We have support staff that will assist you with the plugin management configuration in the plugin management dashboard.

Why use our plugin? Parents don’t want to remember multiple logins, they want to have a centralized location to do their business. Our plugin gives them that. Not only the parent experience but for the district itself. We sync your student information from PowerSchool to Wordware. No manually creating student data in two systems. Our goal is to make our customers life easier. Any roll we can take that helps do that is one we gladly except.

Our development team worked tirelessly to develop a plugin that would assist school districts to operate efficiently and data to import seamlessly. Not sure how to get started? If you are a new customer looking to see what our plugin can offer you. Schedule a demo today by calling Julie Lindem at 651-964-2224 or via email at julie@wordwareinc.com. We can show you the seamless integration from a parent’s perspective along with what a school district admin experience would be.

Don’t have our system for your food service? We would love the opportunity to demonstrate how Wordware can make your life easier. I know from experience! I came from a school district in Wisconsin. After working for this district for 12+years, I know Wordware. How their support guided me through and assisted me in any question I had. I knew when I called, no question I had was too small or unimportant. Think of it as the show “Cheers”, where everyone knows your name. That is how I felt as a customer of Wordware. I was always treated with respect, and in a friendly, helpful manner. For free and reduced processing, the efficiency of the process saved time and man hours. I was able to use my other full-time offices worker in another manner, because my free and reduced process was so efficient it cut time off our day.

We are here to support, whether it is with installing your PowerSchool plugin or any other question with our products or services. We have a multitude of products and suites of products to help make your life easier and offer those conveniences onto your parents. Whether it’s Point of Sale software, or our eCommerce solution. We pride ourselves on making or software something the customer wants and that fits their needs.

Parents that have experienced our Powerschool plugin, love having everything at their fingertips. Being able to set restrictions on spending limits, to checking their account balance or transaction history. All from right inside Powerschool. Or if they need to go to one of our suites of applications, all they need to do is click on the icon inside PowerSchool to redirect them to the spot they want to land. One location, one password, one goal. Make your experience the best it can be.

Moving forward… Always advancing

1/24/2019

Wordware Inc. is dedicated to continually advancing our lunch software. We understand the needs of school districts and school food service departments are always changing and advancing.

Our in-house development team works hard to keep us in the forefront of the lunch software space. Whether it is working on a mobile app so your parents can do everything from applying for free and reduced benefits, to making an online credit card payment, or just advancing our lunch software based of our customer’s needs or wants, we have you covered.

We have also, with the help of development and customer need, created a Consumer Front End (CFE). Wordware Inc. knows not all schools have a large technology department or budget. Our consumer front end offers a solution to this by giving schools the opportunity to create their own public space for parents and schools to communicate important information to the public, such as documents, food service information or department contacts. Read more about the Consumer Front End and how it came about in our quarterly newsletter, located on Wordware Inc.’s website.

Wordware Inc. is always advancing partnerships, working hand in hand with companies like Vend-ucation, a school vending solution for school districts that allow students to purchase reimbursable meals through a vending machine. Or our SmartSchoolK12 collaborative which includes a suite of products with seamless integrations, along with add-on modules such as athletics, community education and childcare. Our goal is for you to have a one stop shop, the best possible full-service solution.

Wordware Inc.’s tech support team members are easily accessible and knowledgeable, providing fast support to answer your questions and offer prompt, friendly assistance when you need it, allowing you to get on with your work quickly.

School lunch is a vital part of a student’s day. Making sure students get their school meals and are charged correctly is an important part of what we do best. Fast, efficient, customer focused software is what Wordware Inc. is dedicated to, so your experience with our software is the best that it can be.

Easy to use… Easy to manage

1/24/2019

Wordware Inc. Cafeteria Software cannot only process students through the point of sale quickly and accurately; it offers real-time lunch payments as well.

Student data can automatically import with your student information system, making the need to enter data in multiple locations obsolete.

Want your parents to have the ability pay for meal payments from one centralized, user-friendly location? With our SmartSchoolK12 collaborative, parents not only can make payments for school lunch, but your school district can put items in your own eCommerce solution. Whether you want to pay for a parking pass, Chromebook insurance, have a fundraiser for your school or more, the ecommerce solution makes that possible.

If your student wants to make a payment in the serving line with their debit card, we have credit card swipers that are easily installed in your school cafeteria. Your food services department will have the ability to take payments in the serving line with credit or debit cards. This offers flexibility for students, staff and parents in paying for their purchases, which in turn, increases revenue. There no need to worry if a student forgets their cash or check at home. They will always have peace of mind with the ability to use their debit/credit card.

Everyday, schools and food service departments work hard to make their lunch program successful. Successful does not always mean revenue driven. Successful can mean ensuring students eat a healthy, well balanced meal and have time to enjoy it. With our cafeteria management system, your lunch program will be successful, efficient and your students will get through the line quickly and accurately, so they have time to eat their meal without rushing.

If you are part of the National School Lunch Program, we do know that revenue is necessary to keep the lunch program moving forward, because reimbursements from meal purchases help fund the program. Our free and reduced module gives you accurate and efficient tracking of your free and reduced meals. Accurate reporting to your state agency is important because this is where your reimbursement revenue stems from. We have reporting that is easily generated for this purpose, including our monthly summary report for your total meal counts and revenues, and our Accu-claim report which gives you the edit checks you need to make sure you did not over-claim for meals.

Have a list of students who did not get charged for a meal? Or an upcoming field trip? Charging out students after your serving line is processed is simple and easy with our batch editor tool. Have a student who was approved for free and reduced meals and you want to adjust transactions? No need to go back and edit each day, one by one. Use our group change status price in the batch editor to do this, all with the click of button.

Our cafeteria management software has a multitude of reports to make your day to day life easier. We also have customizable reporting for you to be able to generate reports with only the information you want to include.

Satisfied customers are our number one goal and assisting you with our informed support staff is our priority! Contact us today to see what Wordware Inc. can offer you.

What we do best... School Lunch Software

1/17/2019

Fast, dependable, easy to use cafeteria point of sale… those words when using lunch point of sale software are imperative and what schools and food service departments rely on to move their students through the school cafeteria line. If you are part of the National School Lunch program our POS software efficiently and accurately reports free and reduced so you can process your claims for lunch meals to your state.

Whether your school district has multiple schools or just one location we have a lunch POS system to fit your needs. If your school is looking for school lunch pre order, our order software we can assist!

Our system makes parent’s ability to make a lunch payment online with our online payments option, and the ability to fill out a form for their free and reduced lunch benefits all in one online location. Once the parent applies online for benefit, they will receive an email stating their submission has been received.

Our customer service is unparalleled. Our knowledgeable food service support team strives to assist you, on any issue that may arise, in a fast and timely manner, either by phone or by contacting us through our ticketing system.

Wordware’s unique integrations with a multitude of different partners make our offering a complete suite to fit your needs: Food Service, Community Education, Sports Registration, Childcare or School store. Parents can login to one spot and pay for multiple products all from the comfort of their home. Want to sell spirit wear? Take a lunch payment? Collect money for a fundraiser, pre-ordering for ticket sales? One user, one password, one location.

Our ability to integrate with your student information systems takes data entry in multiple locations out of your hands. The process can be set to automatically update daily.

As someone who worked as an assistant to a Food Service Director for over 12 years, I understand how important having information at your fingertips is. Having used Wordware during those 12 years, I had multiple situations where a parent would call about last year’s information, either disagreeing on a balance or stating their student did not make a specific purchase. Our quick access to the nightly backups, gives the ability to go back to previous dates, generate statements, view purchases, and multitudes of other information.

Our customers love the ease of use of our lunch software, and our friendly, caring and informed support staff. Many times, you will have companies say their support is unparallel, only to find out after purchasing the product, customer support is the last thing on their mind. Not Wordware. We treat our customers with the respect they deserve and with the urgency they desire. You are never on an island by yourself; you can be certain we are there to walk you through the process from initial set up, to training and going live. With our ability to team view into your computer system, we can see exactly what you are seeing and work with you like we are sitting next to you.

With our batch edit tool, you can charge a whole school a meal in the push of a button. No more tedious entry of individual items. Having a field trip where the whole class is getting lunch? You can run that all quickly without having to individually charge each student. Have a student who qualified for free and reduced meals and you need to back date their transactions? No problem! With our group change status price tool, put in your range of dates you want adjusted and press run! It’s as easy as that.

Interested in learning more about Wordware and what we have to offer? We would love the opportunity to show you more! To schedule a free demo via GTM, please call Julie Lindem at 651-964-2224 or contact me via email at julie@wordwareinc.com. We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate our offering.

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