Andrews ISD "Powering Parental Involvement" Through Technology 8/28/13
CBS 7 News
August 28, 2013
These days many parents have access to high speed internet or a mobile device and a lot of those people already use their devices for banking, shopping, and social media.
A local technology company, Star Tech Group, has partnered with Andrews ISD to launch a mobile software that will help parents use their phones to stay involved in their child's education.
Technology is changing the way we do things and now that includes parent-teacher communication.
"For schools and the teachers to succeed beyond this level, they need the parents to get involved," says Star Tech Group CEO Ravi Shakamuri.
Many parents are familiar with receiving the occasional note sent home with their child and it's usually not about how well they're doing.
"Traditionally, especially for the low performing students families, all they hear is negative news from the district. This gives a positive relationship for the parents to build and to connect to the school," says Shakamuri.
Star Tech Group has partnered with Andrews ISD to develop a software, called Acclaim Education 2.0, to improve parental involvement which they hope will increase student success.
"Positive reinforcement is one of the most important pieces missing not only for the children but also for the parents. This system says that there is a good something in your child, you are a good student, you are a good parent, and you're also needing some support...all through technology,” says Shakamuri.
Acclaim is an opt-in program where parents will receive instant notifications on their mobile device about their child’s performance, good or bad.
"The bottom line benefit is the classroom teacher will finally get the support of the parent."
Educators are not the only ones pushing the program, Texas State Senator...Kel Seliger is also a proponent of this hands on approach to education.
"A way for parents to be a little more interactive busy people who care about their kids and their health and education," says Seliger.
The only cost to parents will be the texting charges from their own cell carriers.
On September 16 all parents will receive a message, at which point they can choose to opt-in.
For more information about the program, visit Star Tech Group’s website at www.startechgroup.com