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DeKalb school district launches new app
by Staff Reports
January 22, 2014 09:53 AM | 1616 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The DeKalb County School District just made smart phones smarter with a new app that arms parents with powerful, up-to-date information about their child’s school and the district as a whole.

“We’re all about getting parents fully engaged so that they always have the latest information and they always know what is going on in their school and in the district,” said Superintendent Michael Thurmond. “This app is a major step in that direction. We’re proud to have it up and running, and look forward to adding more features and usability in the months to come.”

The application, which is currently available at app stores for Apple and PC smart phones and tablets, strives to bring all of information technology into a one-stop shop on mobile devices. School calendars and events, news updates at schools and links to the district’s social media profiles on Facebook and Twitter are all accessible on the new app.

Need to shoot an email to a third-grader’s homeroom teacher? Parents will no longer need to sit at a computer screen and pull up the district’s website. The app’s directory will locate the teacher’s email address and create a template to send the message on-the-go.

Forget the date of a parent/teacher conference? No worries; simply look up the school calendar on the app. Or how about the win/loss record of a school’s basketball team? All sports information will be available on the app, as well as calendars for upcoming games.

The app also features direct links to the district’s Facebook and Twitter sites, allowing parents to tweet or see what’s new on Facebook. Parents can customize the app so they will always know what is going on at a school. And every school’s website is being updated so all new information posted on individual school sites is immediately available on the app.

In coming months, the app will add even more features. Plans are to incorporate student’s academic data so parents can receive instant notifications if their student’s grades fall below a certain level.

There are also plans to upload school calendars — plays, dance recitals, vacations and school closings — directly into parents’ personal calendar on their mobile devices.

“The app is a living, breathing tool,” said Thurmond. “It will improve and evolve as our communications needs change. But most importantly, it will provide a closer link between parent and school. It arms parents with the information to get involved and to stay engaged. And with parents as actively engaged partners, we know that academic excellence is at hand for every child.”
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