In October, Norman Public Schools introduced an innovative communications tool with School Connect, a mobile app for Android and Apple phones, which enabled users to access virtually any school-related information with a tap on their touch screen.
Since its inception, School Connect has blossomed into a Norman-based private company of the same name, currently serving almost 40 school districts and soon to be launched in more than 100 school districts in Iowa, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.
“This app is useful for many reasons,” said Shelly Hickman, public information and community relations director. “The Norman school district was the first to launch this app, and we believe the only district in the nation (at that time), which had push messaging.”
The push messaging feature, which Hickman calls the “crown jewel” of the app, sends automated text messages to subscribed users containing news updates from the district and individual schools depending on the user’s specifications.