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6/9/2015

The right mix of tablets, applications and activities can enable new levels of personalized, mobile learning, particularly at the early elementary level. At the Challenge to Excellence Charter School (C2E) in Parker, Colorado, educators are using tablets and Google tools in surprising ways to foster creativity, collaboration and content creation in grades K-3, while also establishing a foundation of knowledge-seeking skills that students will use in later grades.

Today’s interactive parents are mobile and always connected, and they expect the same of their school districts. They want access to real-time, personalized information about their student, and they want to know that you can reach them when it counts. More and more, school communication plans must incorporate mobile to more effectively and efficiently connect with digitally fluent parents and students. In this web seminar, originally broadcast on March 3, 2015, presenters discussed some key strategies for successfully developing and implementing a mobile app for any district.

The ParentLink mobile app gives the school community a personalized window into what is happening in class. With this app, educators can post grades, assignments and attendance reports along with news, events and announcements. ParentLink also offers emergency messaging, custom messages, language translation and survey features.

Year: 
2014

The Planboard app helps educators plan their lessons throughout the academic year by aligning with school and classroom schedules. Planboard can provide a synopsis of weekly and daily schedules. A variety of academic standards, like the Common Core, can also be integrated and tracked on Planboard.

Reader Testimony: 

“I discovered Planboard this year and fell in love with the website immediately. It is the perfect teacher tool and I managed to convince my entire middle campus to use it as a lesson-plan template and now our principal made it mandatory. I have cut down on time spent writing lesson plans and submitting them to my principal, and I can spend more time working on my classroom concepts.” — Ashlee Castro, department chair/fifth-grade teacher, Alpine ISD, Texas

Year: 
2014

This automated messaging service allows users to automatically send voice and text messages—such as district announcements or emergency alerts. Administrators can send messages to designated groups or to all contacts. Messages can be scheduled ahead of time or transmitted immediately.

Year: 
2014

School and district administrators can connect directly with students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni through a school or district’s custom-tailored app. Apps by SchoolInfoApp feature a newsfeed, event calendars, contact directory, interactive maps, quick links, picture and document galleries, student tools, and social media integration. It works with iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Reader Testimony: 

“This app allows me to communicate quickly and effectively with my entire school community. The faculty, staff, students, parents and community continue to rave about this product. It’s not uncommon to hear comments such as, ‘I can’t believe every school doesn’t have this app.’ The school community has instant access to my posts, schedules of school and athletic events, student handbooks, photos, and anything else that I choose to share.” — Stenette Byrd, principal, Suffolk Public Schools, Va.

Year: 
2014

The ParentLink mobile app gives the school community a personalized window into what is happening at a school. With this app, educators can post grades, assignments, and attendance reports along with news, events, and announcements.

Year: 
2013

This mobile app enables parents, students, alumni, faculty, and staff to quickly access school information and announcements. Users can receive smartphone notifications, view event calendars, get directions to off-campus events, and view staff contact information. Schools can post grades, lunch menus, and important documents.

Year: 
2013

More than 50% of parents of children age 3 to 18 believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education, and 32% say schools should require them in the classroom, according to a new nationally representative survey. The survey from the research and consulting firm Grunwald Associates and the Learning First Alliance also found that 45% of parents say they have already bought or plan to buy a mobile device to support their child’s learning, and 71% believe mobile devices open up learning opportunities.

Small and medium-sized districts have unique challenges in establishing ongoing technology sustainability. However, even with limited funds and staff, it is possible for schools to have maximum functionality and ease of management with the latest technology products available. In this web seminar, originally broadcast on February 26, 2013, an IT manager from the Hamilton Heights (Ind.) School District shared how his school system was able to implement the Wi-Fi capabilities of a much larger district with a much smaller budget.

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