The Edmond Sun

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January 10, 2012

Edmond Public Schools to launch free mobile app

EDMOND — Edmond Public Schools is preparing to launch a free mobile app for the district.

Edmond is one of dozens of school districts scheduled have their apps activated in coming weeks as they join Norman Public Schools, which was the first to launch its app on School Connect on Oct. 18.

The School Connect application for schools is available for free at the Apple and Android stores beginning Jan. 17. School Connect’s app development and hosting services are free to the school district, and there will be no download charges for mobile users, said Susan Parks Schlepp, director of public information/community involvement for the school district

Edmond Superintendent David Goin said in a recent press release the new mobile app will enhance school-to-parent and school-to-community communications.

“Since so many people have mobile devices, it only makes sense to communicate and connect with parents, students and community members that way,” Goin said.

“We believe this mobile app will provide our stakeholders with all the tools they need in the palm of their hands to receive important school information in an efficient, timely manner.”

The app also features push messaging from both the district and individual schools and many other features including GPS mapping and navigation, grade book access, video, social media channels and much more.

Each district on the app controls its own push messaging and its individual school sites’ push messaging.

It also has complete control in what information it shares on the app. For example, while one district might upload their entire staff list and include all email addresses and phone numbers for tap screen functionality, another district might choose to limit tap screens to just emails.

Company President Nick Migliorino said there was so much interest in the Norman app (top 25 free education app at the Apple app store within 24 hours of its launch), the company saw there was a great need for one platform for all school systems.

The app will be financially supported by school-friendly sponsors.

To access the Edmond School Connect mobile app visit the Apple or Android app store and search for School Connect, download the application and select Edmond Public Schools and then select the “on” button to activate the application.

For more information about School Connect, visit www.schoolconnectapps.com and for more information on Edmond Public Schools, visit www.edmondschools.net.

THE DETAILS:

The app will feature:

Push messaging from both the district and school site levels

GPS mapping and navigation

Google calendars to which parents can subscribe

Online grade book and attendance information

Tap screens for email and phone for district staff and board of education members

Lunch menus

Athletic information

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