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AnneCordelia 11:46 AM 12-11-2011
I just joined the rest of the world and have gotten a cell phone. My husband is convinced my life will be immeasurably more enjoyable now...of course, he is a Blackberry addict himself so I'm not sure I can trust his word. LOL.

I got a Samsung Galaxy S Glide, so have access to android technology. Does anyone have any apps you use for your daycare?

How do you use your phone in relation to daycare? Do you have any guidelines for parents?

This is all new to me, but I know many providers find a cell phone to be a great asset to their business, so I'm hoping to discover how.
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laundrymom 12:04 PM 12-11-2011
I use the minute menu app. But it's for iPhone.
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Ariana 12:53 PM 12-11-2011
I have an Iphone and LOVE it! It's great for getting last minute e-mails from parents and taking pics to send to parents in an instant. I take it on outings and have the emergency contact list on there for all the kids.

I don't let the kids use any apps though, but my daughter uses a santa app and a fish app.
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Michael 01:12 PM 12-11-2011
Who's Got A Cell Phone?

I thought that was a trick question. Here, that's like saying "who has a car".

Many don't even use a land line anymore. Glad you've finally joined the club although I am biased toward iPhone. I have an app that allows my phone to take 360 degree pictures. When viewing the picture, you use your finger or mouse to turn/move the picture and it feels like your standing in the room. Would be a great way to show your daycare in online advertisements. Its called

Check this one out that I made a few days ago while hunting in Tule Lake:
(that's my friend Scott in the picture)
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Ariana 02:44 PM 12-11-2011
Originally Posted by Michael:
Who's Got A Cell Phone?

I thought that was a trick question. Here, that's like saying "who has a car".

Many don't even use a land line anymore. Glad you've finally joined the club although I am biased toward iPhone. I have an app that allows my phone to take 360 degree pictures. When viewing the picture, you use your finger or mouse to turn/move the picture and it feels like your standing in the room. Would be a great way to show your daycare in online advertisements. Its called www.PhotoSynth.net

Check this one out that I made a few days ago while hunting in Tule Lake: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=...0-a486745ed1c7
(that's my friend Scott in the picture)
That is too cool!!
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Michelle 04:40 PM 12-11-2011
I have a crackberry and I use it all the time!

I have my facebook app on it and fandango, etc.

Oh, I do use it for the daycare too
When we are out on field trips, we send them pictures of their angels instantly or we text them something neat or cute that their child said, in case I forget at the end of the day or I'm too busy.
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emmajo 08:00 PM 12-11-2011
I have a tracfone. I never remember to turn it on. no one knows the number. It''s for emergencies. I don't send parents pictures, text them, facebook, email them. sometimes parents call me but mostly we just talk to each other in person. I am so behind times!!!
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Abigail 08:50 PM 12-11-2011
Originally Posted by Michael:
Who's Got A Cell Phone?

I thought that was a trick question. Here, that's like saying "who has a car".

Many don't even use a land line anymore. Glad you've finally joined the club although I am biased toward iPhone. I have an app that allows my phone to take 360 degree pictures. When viewing the picture, you use your finger or mouse to turn/move the picture and it feels like your standing in the room. Would be a great way to show your daycare in online advertisements. Its called www.PhotoSynth.net

Check this one out that I made a few days ago while hunting in Tule Lake: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=...0-a486745ed1c7
(that's my friend Scott in the picture)
When I view to look down how come I can't see your feet? LOL

I have a cell phone I opened up just for daycare. I've had a cell phone for about 8 years I'm guessing. Daycare parents don't even know that I have a personal phone so I'm not even telling them it's the daycare phone. I'll just keep it to myself. If people ask, I don't text message much---I do, but not on my daycare phone--so they are not allowed to text me. Phone calls are what phones are meant to be used for.....calling. I always have just a basic flip phone. I will not go to using the internet or applications on a phone until I'm forced to my society and technology availability. I have a laptop for the internet and a cable tv for tv and that is how I like it.
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Michelle 05:50 AM 12-12-2011
Originally Posted by Michael:
Who's Got A Cell Phone?

I thought that was a trick question. Here, that's like saying "who has a car".

Many don't even use a land line anymore. Glad you've finally joined the club although I am biased toward iPhone. I have an app that allows my phone to take 360 degree pictures. When viewing the picture, you use your finger or mouse to turn/move the picture and it feels like your standing in the room. Would be a great way to show your daycare in online advertisements. Its called www.PhotoSynth.net

Check this one out that I made a few days ago while hunting in Tule Lake: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=...0-a486745ed1c7
(that's my friend Scott in the picture)
is that app available on a blackberry? or just iphone
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countrymom 06:36 AM 12-12-2011
I have a HSC phone, we turned off the internet (we called the company and made sure it was completely turned off) because my kids would charge it up like crazy but it has wifi which is really all we need. We have free texting, in and out going. Its great cause dh and I text back and forth instead of calling and talking to each other, esp. when he's at work so if he needs to tell me something he just texts me. Now I did get the phone for my odd (she's 13) and next year she's going to highschool, I just wanted to make sure she can call me whenever she needs too. My mdd (she's 11) has a telus pay as you go texting phone, she brings it to school because apparently the principle doesn't let them call home if there is an activity after school and they want to stay, they have to go home, so she carries it. I have no idea what the phone numbers are. Oh on my phone I have a facebook button
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SilverSabre25 06:43 AM 12-12-2011
I badly wanted a smartphone to use for daycare until i got my Nook tablet this weekend. Now this does all but texting, calling, and taking/uploading photos.

I do not have a personel cell phone right now, but I don't need one that much. I would still like one though, for the reasons mentiones above.
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Sunchimes 08:15 AM 12-12-2011
I have a tracphone too. I'm not a phone person-never was. Probably the only 14 year old girl in America that didn't spend hours on the phone. We finally bought the pay-as-you-go phone when we had an old classic Corvette. It was gorgeous, but not something you wanted to take out without a way to call for back-up. Over the years, my grandkids got old enough to text or call, and we used it more and more. The only time we ever used up minutes was when my granddaughter was grounded from her phone, and when she came to visit from out of state, I let her have my phone to text her friends. Grandma's privilege.

I have a tracphone now just for daycare. I use a lot of minutes because my mom's have erratic schedules, requiring a lot of communication to keep us on the same page. I would love an iphone, but I just can't justify the expense vs the amount of use. I just love gadgets! I want apps.
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MarinaVanessa 08:38 AM 12-12-2011
Originally Posted by Michael:
I have an app that allows my phone to take 360 degree pictures. When viewing the picture, you use your finger or mouse to turn/move the picture and it feels like your standing in the room. Would be a great way to show your daycare in online advertisements. Its called www.PhotoSynth.net
That's awesome thanks Michael. I just downloaded the app and now I'm going to test it out. Too bad it's raining here, I'd love to try it out outside.
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Michael 02:29 PM 12-13-2011
I just came back to this thread looking for the link for the iPhone PhotoSynth.net app and saw that you had commented and that it was raining. You know I was getting the same rain here. I only live 20 miles from you in Moorpark.

I want to try to get a 360 of my house Christmas lights and an inside one of the tree and decorations to send to relatives.

Let me know if you need any tips on using it. Its not easy at first but you start to get an idea on the best way to "stitch" the photos. Environment shots are easier then close room shots, etc. Different techniqes for different shots.
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Country Kids 02:39 PM 12-13-2011
I do have a cellphone but really, really wanting to get rid of it. There are many more technology based things in my life I would like to get rid of also. Call me old fashion, vintage, old-careful with that one though-, I just want to slow wayyyyyyyy down with life lately.
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Unregistered 04:19 PM 12-13-2011
Originally Posted by Country Kids:
I do have a cellphone but really, really wanting to get rid of it. There are many more technology based things in my life I would like to get rid of also. Call me old fashion, vintage, old-careful with that one though-, I just want to slow wayyyyyyyy down with life lately.
This is how I feel about my toys that take batteries- daycare toys
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Unregistered 06:31 PM 01-19-2012
Just recently got an email about an iphone app called tadpoles which can be used specifically by daycares to track attandance and send daily reports to parents. Have not implemented it yet at the school but would like to know if anyone else has used it.
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Countrygal 04:37 AM 01-20-2012
I got my first smart phone this fall - I've had a cell phone since my kids were in High School - it's just cheaper that way, and when they were driving and out with friends, I felt better having a two-way form of communication (walkie-talkies are so passe)

The Samsung Galaxy was one I was debating about, but I ended up with the Motorola Milestone X. I got a great deal on it on black Friday

So far I'm loving it! I have a few apps, but none I've used with the daycare yet. Mostly things like weather (which I do use for daycare) and texting parents.

I also gave up my internet and use my hotspot exclusively. So far it's working OK, but I had really slow internet before. I was even able to catch some of the reruns of the Scottsdale Auction!

Mostly I'm just happy to be able to be texting and on the internet all on one device. Very convenient.
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Cat Herder 06:01 AM 01-20-2012
I can't get a smart phone until they float, are waterproof, fireproof, and can stand up to being run over by a literal freight liner truck..... I stick to Free Refurbs.

I am HORRIBLY destructive....

I lost one to a brush fire (mostly melted and still worked ), one to a mop bucket with wax, ran over one in a med unit after I dropped it, the neighbors dog ate one, two are at the bottom of the lake...... My current one has 4 letters that don't work in text from constant drops.

I am pretty sure they won't even sell me the insurance anymore after this year....

Do they have an APP for that??????????
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AnneCordelia 07:17 AM 01-20-2012
Typing from my phone! I love it! I have the cozi and flylady app. I am waiting for the mmk android app now!
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Blackcat31 08:01 AM 01-20-2012
Originally Posted by Catherder:
I can't get a smart phone until they float, are waterproof, fireproof, and can stand up to being run over by a literal freight liner truck..... I stick to Free Refurbs.

I am HORRIBLY destructive....

I lost one to a brush fire (mostly melted and still worked ), one to a mop bucket with wax, ran over one in a med unit after I dropped it, the neighbors dog ate one, two are at the bottom of the lake...... My current one has 4 letters that don't work in text from constant drops.

I am pretty sure they won't even sell me the insurance anymore after this year....

Do they have an APP for that??????????
They do make smart phones that are military grade for people like you My DH has one. It is shockproof, waterproof and sort of indestructible. I don't think fireproof is in the list of things it covers though so you are outta luck with that one....

This is the one DH has:http://www.coolsmartphone.com/2011/0...hone-by-casio/
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Cat Herder 08:26 AM 01-20-2012
Thanks, Blackcat!! DH needs one like that, too...
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littlemissmuffet 09:01 AM 01-20-2012
Originally Posted by Michael:
Who's Got A Cell Phone?

I thought that was a trick question. Here, that's like saying "who has a car".
HUbs and I don't have cell phones. No car either. And no credit cards. Everyone thinks we're insane... but really, I think we're much saner because of it
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PitterPatter 09:22 AM 01-20-2012
Originally Posted by littlemissmuffet:
HUbs and I don't have cell phones. No car either. And no credit cards. Everyone thinks we're insane... but really, I think we're much saner because of it


I don't have a car but did when I was married. I don't drive due to a phobia. How do you and DH get around? My Mother lives close by so we do our shopping and things together.

I've had a cell since they were about the size of a coke can! And a home landline. The cell is great for me I have all the kids numbers in there for when we go out. The parents and I text which I don't mind but sometimes some parents abuse it sending stupid fwd jokes and chain letter crap. I love being able to have it so I can take pics anytime of the kids and send them to parents or email them to my PC and use them for crafts and newsletters.

No credit cards here! If I can't afford it then I don't need it. Too much trouble and yes it does keep us saner!
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Countrygal 09:53 AM 01-20-2012
Originally Posted by Catherder:
I can't get a smart phone until they float, are waterproof, fireproof, and can stand up to being run over by a literal freight liner truck..... I stick to Free Refurbs.

I am HORRIBLY destructive....

I lost one to a brush fire (mostly melted and still worked ), one to a mop bucket with wax, ran over one in a med unit after I dropped it, the neighbors dog ate one, two are at the bottom of the lake...... My current one has 4 letters that don't work in text from constant drops.

I am pretty sure they won't even sell me the insurance anymore after this year....

Do they have an APP for that??????????
Are you my daughter in "disguise"???? She got the "good" insurance on her camera because she and electronics have the same issue - with her camera it was a mud puddle, and her wrist strap broke once (the insurance has definitely paid for itself)

The last incident with her phone was chicken soup - yep - it ended up in it. Chicken soup does NOT cure a phone virus. I promise.....
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Blackcat31 09:56 AM 01-20-2012
Originally Posted by Countrygal:
Are you my daughter in "disguise"???? She got the "good" insurance on her camera because she and electronics have the same issue - with her camera it was a mud puddle, and her wrist strap broke once (the insurance has definitely paid for itself)

The last incident with her phone was chicken soup - yep - it ended up in it. Chicken soup does NOT cure a phone virus. I promise.....
They make waterproof, drop-proof and freeze proof cameras too!
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Cat Herder 10:34 AM 01-20-2012
Originally Posted by Countrygal:
Are you my daughter in "disguise"???? She got the "good" insurance on her camera because she and electronics have the same issue - with her camera it was a mud puddle, and her wrist strap broke once (the insurance has definitely paid for itself)

The last incident with her phone was chicken soup - yep - it ended up in it. Chicken soup does NOT cure a phone virus. I promise.....
She's living life to the fullest, it sounds to me......
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e.j. 11:33 AM 01-20-2012
Originally Posted by emmajo:
I have a tracfone. I never remember to turn it on. no one knows the number. It''s for emergencies. I don't send parents pictures, text them, facebook, email them. sometimes parents call me but mostly we just talk to each other in person. I am so behind times!!!
Same here. I'm beginning to feel like a dinosaur! I have a pay-as-you-go phone that costs $20 every 3 months. I bought it for emergencies and use it every now and then for convenience - that's it.
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