Hi Udorami Community!
I’m Sara and the newest Udorami school liaison. Boy, I’ve been kept busy! I have met with a couple new schools over the past few weeks! Udorami’s newest members are Ernie Pyle Middle School and Rio Grande High School. Wow! Slowly but surely Udorami is covering zone 2 schools in Albuquerque. The Family centers are very excited to have a tool that can help get their kiddo’s some needed supplies. We hope to expand to all schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then some. There are many more schools in need of digitizing donation lists and needs. With my focus on reaching more local schools, Udorami will be teaming up with the APS Education Foundation and extending their grants beyond the money. We are also very proud about our success at Eldorado HIgh School and have added the case study to our front page for you guys to check out! Download Case Study
In other news, I can’t believe I am getting married next month! I am so excited for the wedding day! But there are still things I haven’t done…With wedding festivities just around the corner, I really need to create a list on my loose ends that need to be completed. This is a list of what I need to do, what I need to buy, and what deadlines are coming up. For any bride or anyone with an event coming up, it’s super important to stay organized when there are deadlines. Between working four jobs and wedding planning I can’t keep my thoughts straight! I’m loving my list so I can check the things I need to do every morning. Less than 30 days to go! Go check out my list! Link (Only available through April 2018)
Oh! Also, Udorami has a downloadable app for iOS phones…almost! Current members of Udorami who have lists and want to help us before we submit our app to the Apple Store, become part of our App Beta Community (ABC). Right now, you can see your items, lists, and shared collaborated lists using the, invitation only, iOS app. I’m super excited we are building out the rest of the app in full CRUD (Create, Review, Update, and Delete)! Sorry to get a little geeky, but hopefully some of you are a little geeky, too, and will sign up to help check it out here. But don’t worry, the computer version won’t change!
I bet you’ve already noticed Christmas is coming! I saw signs of it even before Halloween this year. Schools and non-profits are being inundated with gifts…but are they the right gifts? Yes! If you umi them. Continue reading “Gifts Between You and Me … and Schools!” »
What if that’s all you had to tell someone to be able to get what you need or want? I’ve always struggled to describe the service Udorami provides and so I decided to create a new verb. We’re familiar with that phenomenon these days…”Tweet it! ‘Google it” Well, now you have “Umi it!” Continue reading “Let’s Umi it!” »
You’ve been there from the beginning, cared for them through potty training (I dreaded it all three times), cried on their first day at school (until you cried on their first day of summer break instead), and listened daily to the little things happening in their day-to-day life. All in preparation for this grand migration of teenagers around the country. Yes, I’m talking about COLLEGE. I’m on my third one and each time it’s like losing a part of myself. Hey, hello there! they WERE a part of me at one time. The Japanese say that the rebellion of teenagers is to help parents let go. I don’t think mine rebelled enough.
In a week, I’m taking my third son for his second year and the only reason (so he says) I get to drive with him, Continue reading “Semi Empty Nester” »
These young men are not off to collect Pokemon characters or battle in a virtual gym, but to play YOUR game of….YARD WORK! They will get fresh air, exercise, and a little spending money while you get a nicer yard. I don’t know about you, but that sounds wonderful! And it worked for me just a few days ago. The trick was to take pictures, giving them clues as to where the work was to happen, parse them into short (20min) joblets and not give them all up front. I’ve included my list as an example below: Continue reading “Udorami GO!” »
Way before public schools, father’s taught boys after age seven about the “real” world. They took them away from the love and comfort of Mom and brought them to work in the family trade. Society has changed and though someone must closely care and guard a child from birth until at least 12, the lines are blurred as to whom and how.
Many male educators are also fathers and providers. I wonder if schools provide their students more supplies than their female counterparts? Do they ask for them? Or is it like asking for directions? I imagine they also reach into their household pocket to cover some incidentals, though maybe sleeves as handkerchiefs and dirty hands Continue reading “Father as Teacher” »
It snuck up on us this year. We’ve been so focused on schools and getting supplies for classrooms we almost missed an opportunity to remind you that Mom was your FIRST teacher. Here’s a list with heartfelt treasures gathered by Chrisula. She says, “Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the special women that helped make “Life “ possible for us. It is a time to honor the Ladies that raise and nurture us and guide us to fulfillment. Show them how much you treasure them by spending time with them. Take a walk together, make a favorite family recipe, create some art, or attend one of their favorite past times with them. This Mother’s Day List is a special one for sure. It has
Continue reading “Mother’s Day Treasures” »
Climbed our way to easier and more friendly? Heck yeah!! If you joined in the past month you probably won’t notice it, but we listened and rolled out “Version 1.1” with these features:
- Find ANY list easier with a title search – use one word or part of a word.
- Create a sharable link for non-member groups.
- Share lists via email to a circle.
- Udorami button remembers the list you are working on.
- Add friends is more intuitive.
- Hover over symbols for instructions – popup tips.
- More ways to “Like” a list.
- Total calculated for the printable list.
- Friendlier, less cluttered mobile view!
Overall a friendlier way to make lists, registries, and more. Next up….Apple Store for a downloadable App and extension to put the Udorami button on your mobile iOS device. Android users soon after.
Recently, I asked a teacher friend to take a look at what we were doing at Eldorado HS and their donation registries. Helen P. is a retired APS teacher from John Baker, a feeder school to Eldorado HS. She was thrilled and wished she’d had this App when she was in the classroom. She wrote me, “As a teacher of 35 years, I would like to thank every person that helps facilitate the learning of a classroom. High school teachers see 150 plus students a day and need to plan for every possible need of all of their students. Sometimes the resources of school funding cannot meet those needs. So we ask for help and try to provide as much as we can from our own resources. Paper, markers, poster boards and other materials are basic needs. But sometimes we need to provide special Continue reading “Eagles in the Sky!” »
Summer is coming! As I am writing this post, I am wiggling my toes to keep the blood flowing because I am stubborn and refuse to put on real shoes. It’s flip flop season, d*****t! Even if you have come across this post late in the year (LOL at you thinking I’m a total nut-case for wearing flip flops if you’re reading this in December…it’s March in New Mexico, I’m not that crazy, I promise!) save this list and add these items to your class list ASAP…It will ensure that you are prepared for the opportunity when it comes.
We all know kids get antsy after spring break. They are paying attention to you like squirrels at a Continue reading “Garden in the Sky” »