HSP release notes, Bug Fixes and Announcements

 

Latest Release Notes

Additional FREE Month of Homeschool Panda - December 25th, 2019

 

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Dear Homeschool Panda Users,

We hope you are enjoying your holidays with your loved ones. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.

We are happy to notify you that we are extending FREE access to Homeschool Panda (HSP) until January 31. This will allow you to focus on spending quality time with your families during the holiday season.

A follow up email will be sent to you by mid-January with instructions on how to select your desired HSP plan.

Thank you for your loyalty and support.

Happy homeschooling!

~ Homeschool Panda Team

Homeschool Panda Referral Program & Introductory Offer - December 10th, 2019

 

Hey Homeschool Panda Users,

We are writing to you as a follow up to our previous communication from last month.

As mentioned previously, you can continue to use Homeschool Panda for FREE through our referral incentive program. Below are details along with a short video explaining how the referral program works.

Referral Program Details:

For every $1 your referrals spend, you receive 1 Panda Credit into your account on a monthly basis. This is NOT a one-time credit….you continue to accumulate Panda Credits every month for as long as your referrals are subscribed to Homeschool Panda. Please watch the below video for more details.

 

Homeschool Panda for FREE through Referral Program Video

Panda Credits can be used like money to redeem Homeschool Panda services or products such as t-shirts, mugs and other homeschooling goodies. For example, if you subscribe to a plan or purchase a product from Homeschool Panda, you can use a combination of Panda Credits and money to pay towards your purchase.

Introductory Offer:

After receiving your valuable feedback, we realize this is not an ideal time to roll out the changes we've announced, being the middle of the school year. However, due to growing business demands and financial constraints, we had to make the difficult decision to introduce a paid subscription model. With that being said, we are providing an introductory offer for YOU, our early adopters, supporters and users who have stood by us as Homeschool Panda evolved over the years. We will send you a follow-up email communication indicating when you can select your desired plan and can share your unique referral link with others.

For the remainder of the current school year (through July of 2020), we are offering discounted pricing on all plans:

  • 50% OFF Plan 3 - Homeschooler Pro
  • 40% OFF Plan 2 - Homeschooler Essentials
  • 30% OFF Plan 1 - Social Networker

NOTE: You have the option to prepay up to 2 years in advance at the introductory offer rate.

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NOTE: This introductory offer cannot be combined with any other offers/discounts.

Common Questions:

We recognize that this is a big decision for you and we appreciate the importance of clearly understanding the upcoming changes and their impact on your homeschooling regimen. So, we’ve compiled answers to some common questions which you might find helpful:

  • Why are you charging for Homeschool Panda?

In order to maintain and enhance Homeschool Panda and our growing community, keeping our users in mind, we carefully made the decision to adopt a business model where we will charge our users a small monthly fee. These fees will cover the application features, 24/7 support and keep you and your child’s data and privacy safe and secure.

  • When do I have to start paying for Homeschool Panda?

Homeschool Panda will remain free until January 1, 2020. At that time, you will be able to choose from 3 monthly subscription plans depending on your homeschooling needs.

  • When will I be able to subscribe to a plan and share my referral link?

We will send you a follow-up email communication indicating when you can select your desired plan and can share your unique referral link with others.

  • What if I cannot afford to pay for Homeschool Panda?

You can continue to use Homeschool Panda for free through our referral incentive program. Once you refer someone and they subscribe to Homeschool Panda, you will receive Panda Credits every month for as long as your referrals are subscribed to Homeschool Panda. The more you refer, the more credits you will earn to use towards your monthly subscription and other homeschool merchandise

  • What are you doing with the funds derived from paid plans?

The funds derived from the paid subscription plans are allocated towards the operating expenses and ongoing enhancements of the application and platform. Homeschool Panda will retain dedicated resources to support its development, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, graphics designing, technical support and other functions needed to provide a secure and stable platform along with 24/7 support. Homeschool Panda will continue to add enhancements, functionalities and learning tools in our commitment to become a comprehensive solution for the global homeschooling community.

  • Why don’t you run ads to generate income instead of charging users?

Security and user experience are high priorities for us. We want to ensure that our users’ data and privacy is always protected when using Homeschool Panda. We have chosen not to run ads for this reason because we believe in keeping our community wholesome and safe.

  • Do you share my data with 3rd parties?

No, we do not sell any data to 3rd parties.

  • How can I cancel my Homeschool Panda subscription?

You will be able to cancel your subscription through your profile section. Should you choose to cancel your Homeschool Panda subscription, you must cancel within 24 hours before the renewal of your next billing cycle.

  • Are there refunds for annual prepayments?

There are no refunds for annual prepayments. We offer a free 30-day trial for you to use Homeschool Panda before having to make any payments.

  • Why do you charge for access to your social network when others are free?

We want to keep our homeschool community safe and only accessed by homeschoolers. In order to keep your family in mind by not promoting ads or mining data we must charge for these services.

  • What payment methods do you accept and how do you protect my payment information?

We accept all major credit cards as a form of payment through PayPal and Amazon Pay.

  • How’s my data and privacy protected and secure?

Security and safety are our top priorities. Homeschool Panda is designed to protect its users and their respective data from vulnerabilities. Each member profile is pre-screened and monitored to track any misconduct. All data sets starting from chat messages to calendar entries; from lesson plans to profile information are end-to-end encrypted with 256 bit SSL encryption. What this means is we employ bank-level security measures throughout our application.

  • How long do you save my data?

Homeschool Panda will save your data unless you cancel your Homeschool Panda subscription. You have up to 30 days after canceling your subscription to retrieve your data from Homeschool Panda. We back up your data on a daily basis. Various redundancies are incorporated into Homeschool Panda to ensure data integrity.

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Important Announcement – November 7th, 2019

 

Dear Homeschool Panda User,

We hope your homeschooling year is off to an exciting start. Here at Homeschool Panda, we have been working diligently to meet your family’s educational needs. We are committed to supporting your child’s development, by providing a safe and secure platform while protecting your privacy & data and keeping the application ad-free.

Over the past three years, as our community has grown, we have touched the lives of many homeschoolers around the world. We currently have over 15,000 HSP users across 113 countries. How cool is that?! We are grateful to you for helping us grow our Homeschool Panda community. 

Our comprehensive solution continues to evolve with your input, guidance and support. We have established the world’s first social networking application dedicated to homeschoolers with the addition of Panda PostPanda Groups and Panda Messenger. We’ve redesigned the Budget and Expenses functionality while implementing additional features into the My BooksLesson PlannerGradesAttendance and Portfolio sections. We will be introducing customized lesson plan templates which will be available for our users to import and we will be increasing our support hours to provide around the clock assistance.

We are cultivating a team at HSP that is here to meet the needs of the growing homeschooling community. In order to best serve the HSP family of users, we made the decision to adopt a sustainable business model where we will charge a nominal monthly fee. The monthly fee will cover the use of the HSP application based on your required features and will include 24/7 support. We will remain diligent in keeping the operating costs to a minimum while continuing to enhance our application’s functionality and support capabilities. With that logic, we have come up with the following plans and pricing for your reference. 

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While paying for the use of our application might not be exhilarating news, we ask that you please consider the amount of effort and cost it takes to develop and operate an application of this magnitude and complexity. We want to maintain a safe and secure environment which respects and protects your privacy & data. The below comparison chart illustrates how HSP provides more value at a lower costs than other solutions available. 

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Homeschool Panda will continue to remain FREE to our existing users through the end of this year, as well as through our referral incentive program. More details to follow in the next several weeks. Please look for our follow up email which will contain additional details and answers to some common questions. We are committed to supporting your child’s development, by providing an affordable, safe and secure platform, while protecting your privacy & data and keeping the application ad-free.

We wish you well in your educational journey and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

- Homeschool Panda Team