eChalk has released a new mobile app designed to extend its school communication and instruction management software to more computing devices and give students, parents and teachers another way to stay connected. With versions for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices, the app helps school communities foster greater parental involvement and embrace mobile learning, according to the announcement.
The new app provides parents and students with mobile access to the eChalk online platform to receive timely notifications of school activities, and to view grades, homework assignments, learning resources, and class discussions. Parents with more than one child in a school or district can access all of their children's information in one place, and contact teachers in seconds. Teachers have the ability to view their accounts and easily send notifications to students and parents from their mobile device.
A recent study conducted by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory indicates that "children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and like school more" when their parents and communities take interest in their academics. Schools are able to create a connected, collaborative environment through eChalk. Schools easily create their own websites, host student-safe social networking, manage classroom workflow, and more - all to foster social learning, increase parental involvement, and ultimately improve student achievement, the announcement states.
The company recently released Version 12.0 of its online software. In addition to launching Version 12.0 and the mobile app, eChalk is enhancing its software to seamlessly integrate with Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Live@edu by late 2011.
Customers can download the mobile app by logging into their eChalk accounts online. For more information, explore www.echalk.com/browse/mobile.
Source: eChalk, www.echalk.com