A digital travel diary for school trips

In the old days, teachers used answering machines to give news to parents. Then digital work spaces made their first appearances, where teachers could post content (text, photos, etc.) during school trips so that parents could see their children. However, virtual learning environments are often judged by teachers as not very interactive and not always practical to use on a smartphone (source).
The simple, free and secure alternative is Memotrips.

What is Memotrips ?

Memotrips is a French startup that is reinventing the travel diary by making it mobile, social and fun. Originally designed for travelers, it can also be used by teachers to create a digital, secure travel diary during field trips, school trips, or summer camp. Students' parents can sign into the travel diary to follow the adventures of their kids from day to day.

How does it work?

In concrete terms, Memotrips is a website and a mobile application (Android and iOS) that allows you to create and view a travel diary. Memotrips takes back the spirit of a travel blog, while removing all of its inconveniences such as the page layout, the necessity of having a PC and an internet connection, the complex security to put in place, etc.

From one side, the teacher creates the travel diary for their class, then sends it to the students' parents by email or invitation. Next, the teacher can add stages to it by providing the locations, photos, comments and thoughts.

The parents who choose to subscribe to the travel diary will be notified by email or by push notification each time a new stage is added to the travel diary. The families of the children can then leave comments on the stages, or communicate with the teacher using the private messaging service.

Why use Memotrips?


For teachers

A simple way to give news to parents
No specific computing knowledge necessary
A smartphone is enough for updating a travel diary
Only people invited can access the travel diary
Communicate with parents via the private messaging service
One account can be connected on several devices

For Parents

A simple and intuitive way to follow their children
Email notifications as soon as a stage is posted
A new way to communicate via the comments
A private messaging service for talking with the teacher

Free

Simple

Interactive

Secure

Priority to security

  • Memotrips' priority is security, especially concerning the photos of children. Therefore, at the creation of the travel diary, the teacher will be able to set the visibility parameters to 'Restricted'. This means that only the Memotrips friends of the teacher will be able to view the travel diary.
    Anyone who doesn't have an account or who isn't friends with the professor will not be able to view the travel diary with restricted visibility.

  • To improve the security of your personal data Memotrips separates the hosting of personal data and photos onto two different web hosting services. That way, it is impossible to link a photo and a user's account.
    The collection of personal data (accounts, stages, travel diaries, comments) are hosted in France. The anonymous photos (no link with an account) are hosted with another web hosting service outside of Europe.

  • A declaration was made with the CNIL on September 17, 2015. The CNIL is the National Commission on Informatics and Liberty in France. This institution professionally ensures the informatics and liberty law is applied from the moment that you share your personal data.

  • Nous avons longuement étudié les préconisations eduscol.education.fr avant de proposer Memotrips aux enseignants dans le cadre d'un voyage scolaire. Nous conseillons les professeurs de lire les préconisations décrites sur le site de l'éducation nationale.

  • At any moment, the teacher can delete a photo, a comment, a stage or the entirety of the travel diary. The deletion is immediate and irreversible.

The 5 steps to creating a travel diary and sharing it with parents.

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The teacher creates an account

The first step is to create an account for free on Memotrips. To create an account, simply provide a username, an email and a password.

Create an account

The teacher creates a travel diary

Once the account is created, the teacher can create their travel diary by adding :
- a title and a description to describe the travel diary
- the visibility of the travel diary, which must be restricted so that only the friends of the teacher can access the travel diary
- and other details like the start and end date of the trip, the locations visited and a cover photo

Create a travel diary
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The teacher invites the parents

Next the teacher can invite the group of parents to whom they want to give access to their travel diaries. To do so, they must provide their email addresses.

Invit friends

The parents join Memotrips

Each parent will receive an invitation by e-mail allowing them to sign up and to automatically become friends with the teacher. The parents will also automatically be subscribed to the travel diary of the teacher.

The trip begins!

The teacher adds the first stage

At any moment the teacher can fill out their travel diary by adding stages to it via their Android or iOS smartphone, or via the website.
The mobile applications manage the offline mode, which means that an internet connection is not required for the teacher to add stages.
A stage is a moment of the day (a visit, a meal, etc.) defined by a title, description, location, time and date and eventually photos.

The parents subscribed to the travel diary are notified

As soon as a stage is entered and synced with Memotrips, the parents are notified by email or push notification. They can then view the new stage and the photos, and leave a comment on them.

The teacher is notified with each new comment

As soon as a parent leaves a comment on the travel diary, the teacher is notified by email and by push notification. Teachers can directly respond to them or use the internal messaging service for more confidentiality.


Muriel F.
Parent d'élèves et
accompagnatrice de voyage scolaire

Je me suis renseignée autour de moi sur un moyen facile pour créer un "blog" permttant de montrer les activités des enfants par des photos, et aussi leur permettant de s'exprimer via qq phrases (ceci fait partie de l'aspect pédagogique). J'ai ainsi découvert Memotrips.

L'expérience est réussie car l'ensemble des parents et des membres des familles a apprécié le concept. L'application sur le smartphone est très pratique et nous a permis de mettre la dernière journée et le retour directement en ligne.

Dans cet esprit de simplicité, professeurs et parents pourront facilement entrer en contact, exactement comme sur les plus grands réseaux sociaux. Les professeurs pourront échanger avec les parents et réciproquement. À chaque nouvelle étape du voyage, les parents seront notifiés par e-mail.