The little school calendar bearing handwritten updates on exam dates and notes from teachers will soon be a thing of the past, tucked in our memories, as parents of school-going children migrate to a technology-savvy era.
In Mumbai’s top schools, the information and communication from the school management is not even via email or WhatsApp anymore, but through a mobile application, built and managed by the school.
Apart from providing general information including news, events, schedules of PTA meetings, etc, parents even receive updates regarding a child’s specific progress vis-a-vis subjects, exams, class tests and more, all on Android or iOS applications that they can downloaded on their smartphones.
“The application provides ready news and event updates. It further informs guardians and parents regarding courses, timings, class schedules, school policies, etc. Apps can provide a good avenue to get information on results and individual student information,”said a spokesperson for the Billabong group of schools.
“From tracking your child’s attendance record to reading a teacher’s comments, one can remain updated on a child’s education with just one click,” the spokesperson added.
The Ryan International School has a parent portal for interaction.
“Both students and parents can log on to the portal. It has everything from news, events, information to updates. For example, we put up important dates such as when students can collect their Class X board exam hall tickets to announcement of results. It becomes convenient for teachers, parents and students,” said Anjali Bowen, principal of Ryan International in Kandivli.
Some other schools that have developed their own apps are Campion School in Colaba, Divine Child High School, Holy Family School, Children’s Academy, Don Bosco High School in Matunga, St Agnes High School, St Xavier’s in Fort, Apostolic Carmel, Canossa High School, Vishwajyot High School, Birla School, D G Khetan International, Gundecha Education Academy, Thakur International, Thakur Public School, St Dominic Savio High School, St Mary’s School in Andheri and Witty International School, among others.
“Normally, most guardians hesitate to go to their child’s school regularly to keep a check on their child’s improvement. Most of the time they are themselves reeling under professional pressure and work stress. Now, thanks to these mobile apps, we are constantly in touch with whatever is going on in school. We keep getting regular updates,” said Veena Pandya, mother of a student at Gundecha Education Academy.
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