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Real Time Communication to Parents via SMS with Groupcall
Following a successful launch and customer response to Emerge, the intuitive ‘App’ (for mobile access to MIS data) earlier this year, Groupcall, one of the education sector market leaders in communication and data extractions tools, have announced that Parental Contact System, Messenger, is now integrated with Emerge.
This will enable schools to take registration in the gym or on the field, communicate with parents or guardians whilst on a school trip, or send an emergency message from the playground where a school evacuation is necessary – perhaps due to a fire alarm being activated. Parents or guardians can also receive behavioural, attendance or general communication updates from schools in ‘real time’ by SMS, as issues or questions arise.
Designed for the Apple iPod touch with Wi-Fi, or an iPhone/iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G Connectivity, Emerge delivers up-to-the-minute Management Information System (MIS) data instantly and securely, with access on an anytime, anywhere basis. Messenger enables schools to send text, voice or email messages in any language to parents’ mobile phones or landlines, providing unauthorised absence and general parental communication. With Messenger now integrated into Emerge, it provides teachers with the capabilities of communicating with parents directly from the palm of their hand. The rich interface allows messages to be sent to any group or individuals at the touch of a button. As a result, parents/guardians can be informed of their child’s helpful and good behaviour on a school trip, any experienced delays when returning home from an organised museum trip, a goal they scored at a football match or a reminder for dinner moneyas each event happens.
Sir Bob Geldof, co-founder of Groupcall, explains why the new integration was a natural progression: “We are constantly improving our products and benefitting the end user is always a pivotal focus in our developments. While Emerge is hugely popular, we understand that streamlining products to increase and enhance functionality is important, which is why we have invested in this integration”.
Managing Director, Lawrence Royston, added: “Providing senior leaders, administrators and teaching staff with access to on-the-go key data from a compact mobile device was the key objective when we designed Emerge. Integrating this with Messenger means that communication with parents becomes easily accessible, as it happens in real time from the palm of your hand. Not only is the ability to communicate with parents at anytime, from anywhere a real advantage, it is also a response to user needs and indicative of the fast paced, technology driven world we live in”.
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