Online booking programs?

Online booking programs: Can you recommend  2 or 3 commercial, online booking programs for me to review. They are for the booking of science practical activities by teachers (for lab techs) within a senior school?

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Publication Date: 18 May 2016
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online booking programs?

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In brief, there are a number of commercial, online booking systems to choose from, some may be more user friendly than others. Below are some booking systems used by other schools for you to review.

  • BOOKITLAB—provides science equipment and laboratory scheduling and inventory management: www.bookit-lab.com
  • CaRob Computing—provides software for schools including booking systems and science stock management: www.carobcom.com
  • Ecosolve Australia—provides a template for risk assessments, automatic equipment ordering and laboratory scheduling: https://www.riskassess.com.au/info/about
  • SOBS—provides an online booking service for educational use, for rooming and resources: https://sobs.com.au

Note: Science ASSIST provides these links as a service and does not specifically endorse these products or companies. The companies have now been added to and can be found in our list of School science suppliers.

An alternative is to develop an in-house electronic booking system. Schools have sometimes developed this in conjunction with their school IT staff, although paper request forms still seem to be very popular.

Perhaps users of the Science ASSIST website might like to add further comments below.

by Merilyn Harris on 25 May 2016

We use Riskassess which is designed for schools and am very happy with it. For a lab assistant, the scheduling page is really useful. Makes it easy to see what needs to be put together each day. The risk assessments are time stamped when the teachers submit them, so no arguments about when they requested equipment/materials. I also use the program to prepare my own risk assessments for the prep room.

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