We are looking into using tablets or IPads for check in stations. I'm looking for any recommendations on what is better/easier. Thank you in advance.
Charlene SmithDatabase CoordinatorSt. Andrew's UMC
We use touch screen kiosks in our kids building gathering area so we can print labels - but our student ministry uses iPads fairly well. There is some issue with getting the url to stick - I have to delete the extra characters in the end of the url to get past the error message.
We have 8 kiosks for 300+ kids (birth to 4th grade), we print child and parent labels and this works very well for us.
We have 4 iPads for 150+ 6-8th graders to checkin but do not print labels.
We are self hosted
We went through this debate last year too. We chose to use Microsoft Surfaces. They have been awesome! Both types of tablets cost about the same. Set up is typical with the Surfaces. Makes life easy.
Thank you. I've been researching tablets, I'll make sure I look at the Surfaces. Do you use them only for check in or for giving and event registrations also?
We mostly use them for check in but have used them for a variety of things. They definitely work for event registration and giving too.
Most of the time, we encourage people to use their phones for event registration and giving for the simple reason that their phone has their basic contact information saved and auto fills it when they start the process. It saves them time and energy. If someone doesn't have a phone that they can use to access the web, then we make a tablet available for them. We have the links bookmarked so it is quick to get them ready to register or give.
Thank you. Are you using the members portal or Shelby Next Giving?
Both. Registrations are through the members responsive portal and giving and payments for events are through ShelbyNext Giving.