Archive for August 2009
As they say in that television jingle “its the most wonderful time of the year…” No, not that time of the year, the other time. You know, the one when all the kids go back to school! While the idea of having the kids back in school might evoke visions of a return to peacefulness and sanity at home, it does bring with it some challenges of its own. All of a sudden there is a need to get organized again.
While summer is often a time for relaxation and forgetting about the calendar and clock on the wall, the return to school life is a return to organization, schedules and an attempt to keep family on the same page. Between homework, after school activities, dinner coordination, TV rules, shower times, etc.., family life with kids in school requires a bit more structure and thought than the lazy days of summer.
A fantastic way to cope with these challenges and keep them fun and creative is to create a family group on iZoca.
Each iZoca group has its own calendar where you can coordinate everything from morning shower schedules to after school activities. Does mom have the after school basketball pickup duty on Monday or Wednesday? When was that open house?
Often in my house, we have attempted to carry on “coordination discussions” over dinner. It’s a great way to bond and feel connected to the goal of family success. But, very often, it’s been tough to follow up on any of these dinner discussions. Unless dad takes out the Blackberry during dinner (which is not allowed right?) he is never going to remember that he committed to after school practice pickup. And, if you’re like me, with kids that are of college age, the whole “family dinner conversations” might be logistically impossible. iZoca discussions are a terrific way to continue these conversations away from the table. There is no substitute for family bonding over dinner, but how do you manage to remember what people committed to or started conversations about?
It is often tough to get everyone engaged in a family conversation or decision. Somebody has dishes, somebody has homework, someone is showering, someone is watching their favorite television program. And yes, somebody is doing something online. Teenagers do more of their homework on family computers these days. Mom and dad pay bills online, research and make household purchases and even stalk their kids on social networks like Facebook and MySpace. Additionally, with cell phone browsers, including iPhones and Blackberry’s, more and more of family life has an online connection.
With an iZoca family group, you can take advantage of today’s connected world. Whether it’s the follow up discussion from dinner, the morning shower schedule or sharing summer photos, an iZoca family group is a fantastic way to stay connected, organized and have fun. Additionally, with iZoca features like “My World On The Go” family members can have access to their family schedules on their iPhone, Blackberry or other portable device that accepts calendar subscriptions.
When you create your family group on iZoca, you have complete control over who is invited and its level of privacy. Its easy:
- Choose “Create a Group”.
- Under the “Visibility”, choose “member only – group content is only available to members”.
- Under “Membership”, choose “invite – an invitation is required”.
- If you don’t want others to know your family group exist, you can uncheck the “make this group searchable in the group directory”.
You’ll then be able to invite your family members to the group by their email address. There are other choices on the “Create a Group” page that allow you to determine if your family members can add events to the group calendar, create photo albums, etc. By choosing to create a family group with the privacy settings suggested here, you create a private environment for your family so when you post a comment, create a schedule or upload a photo to your family group, the information is shared only within your family. It doesn’t reach anybody else’s feed, wall, or roll-up.
So, as the summer winds down and classroom schedules arrive in the mail, let iZoca help. Create an iZoca group for your family. We make it easy and fun to Communicate, Organize and Share.
Some people like to receive notifications to their email within seconds of a new iZoca discussion or message being posted and others like to be contacted once a day. There are others who prefer to visit iZoca but not be notified via email to find out new stuff about their groups.
We have listened to your feedback about email notifications and now the choice is yours about how you receive it. You have an option to receive daily and weekly digests to stay updated with all your group activities. To configure your options for digests and notifications:
- Click on the “settings” link located in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Click on the tab that reads “notifications.”
The first section deals with personal notifications for messages and invitations. Just click the box if you’d like to be notified. You can choose your group notification options and even be notified when new members join!
We strive to create and refine our platform and hope you enjoy this new feature!