The Parent App - The New Indian Express

The Parent App

Published: 27th February 2014 08:25 AM

Last Updated: 02nd March 2014 09:01 AM

Are you a parent who wants to stay updated about your child’s learning graph, attendance and grades on the go? Then there’s an app for you. In a trend that shows how digital advanced society is becoming, schools and colleges are now adapting new and innovative ways to keep parents in the loop when it comes to their child’s education.

Joining the force is Oakridge International school that recently launched the Oak app. Available for parents all across, the app lets one check up on their wards activities in school, both academic and extra curricular.

“The app is already being used in the Oakridge schools in Bengaluru and Delhi and we are hoping that the app will receive a similar response here as well,” shares Pawan Kumar, spokesperson, Oakridge International school. The app is free for download from the App Store and runs on both Apple and Android operating systems.

“Parents of Oakridge’s students can log in with a personalised user ID and password to access internal information while others can log in as guest to benefit from features like Ask Your Kid and Progress Tracker,” explains Pawan.

Through the Oak app, parents can stay updated about their child’s attendance, progress, learning, events happening at the school, access the school’s diaries, transport system, fee and holiday alerts to name a few. Other features include ask your kid, feedback, polls wherein parents and guests can give their opinions and suggestions towards the betterment of a course, check on events schedules taking place in the school, etc. The app can also be used for parents looking for campus directions, keeping track of the school directory and so on.

Another unique feature of the app is the Hour Glass tool which allows parents to set goals, short and long term priorities for their child and track them on a daily basis.

“Unlike others who may be more concerned with the attendance aspect, I want to know how well my child is learning what is being taught in class. With the new app I will be able to track my daughter’s progress. It’s very nice to be included in the program and be able to give suggestions in addition to the usual parent-teacher meet,” feels Padmaja Ambaty, parent of a class one student, Newton Campus, Gachibowli.

For parents, the app has become empowering as it doesn’t require them to set aside time separately from their schedules and can instead multi-task with their phones to keep an eye on their children. Parent-teacher meets also become easier as the conversation has already been initiated through the suggestions forum.


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