Slack workspace for PowerSchool

tpaul
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Slack workspace for PowerSchool

Is anyone aware of a Slack workspace for developers/users of PowerSchool? If not I'm considering creating one.

 

Thanks,

Paul Shippy

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Dave_Tchozewski
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@tpaul I am not aware of any Slack groups for PowerSchool. What is you intent by creating one and not using these forums? I am a Slack user and not sure how I would leverage that tool for the work I do in PowerSchool.


Dave Tchozewski
Director of Information Technology
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
Grand Rapids, MI

JeromeO
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PowerSchool Champion

Additionally, would it have greater benefit than the PSUG mailing list/forum? 

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Troy School District, Troy, MI, USA
District Size: 13,000+
Server Config: On-prem/Self-hosted 3 app+1 db+2 test

I am not a PowerSchool employee

Dave_Tchozewski
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@JeromeO I agree to an extent. Forums have their place as do "chat rooms". I consider the free version of Slack as more of a chat room with instant messaging and notifications. Forums, for me, provide more of a historical transcript of topics. In Slack, topics can get intermixed so quickly that messages trails can get lost.

 

My 2¢


Dave Tchozewski
Director of Information Technology
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
Grand Rapids, MI

JeromeO
PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

That was what I had found when I was part of a Windows system deployment Slack channel. While the leaders of the group were definitely the industry heavyweights to learn from, I always felt like I was jumping into the middle of a conversation and had no idea what was going on, especially if the latest message was "hey, thanks for the assist!"  "NP."

 

Huh?  What did I miss?  **scroll scroll scroll....**  Wait, this is a side-conversation.  Who's talking about what now?

 

I suppose if it was more internally managed with more closely aligned teams and specific projects in mind, then it could be useful.

 

I'm not poo-pooing the idea of a PS dev/customization Slack channel entirely.  Just speculating on the "value-add proposition," so to speak, since I suspect that for many of us, we wear many other hats in our respective schools & districts 🙂

 

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Troy School District, Troy, MI, USA
District Size: 13,000+
Server Config: On-prem/Self-hosted 3 app+1 db+2 test

I am not a PowerSchool employee

Dave_Tchozewski
PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

@JeromeO  @tpaul  Hey, if a Slack channel opened up for PowerSchool users, I'd jump in just to get the experience and make my own decision about the value for me. I am always looking to learn from others.


Dave Tchozewski
Director of Information Technology
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
Grand Rapids, MI

tpaul
Hobbyist

@JeromeO @Dave_Tchozewski Thank you for your interest and questions!

 

I think anyone who has used slack understands the value proposition for it as a communication tool. A few reasons I think it could be useful:

  • Near real-time collaboration.
  • Private/one-on-one communication that doesn't involve email.
  • Well designed mobile/desktop/web apps
  • Dynamic channels that don't depend on administrators to create a "board"

Ultimately, I personally prefer the user interface of slack to email and web forums. So that's the primary driver for me. 

 

Is anyone else interested?

 

Thanks,

Paul

nickg20
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PowerSchool Champion

@tpaul I'm in.  What's the status on this one?

tpaul
Hobbyist

Never got around to setting it up and didn't see much interest. I will see if I can set it up soonish if you don't beat me to it.