Communication between school and home should be effortless. At secondary level, many students are glued to their smartphone, relying on instant messaging, social media and text to communicate, with email increasingly seen as “old school”.
Schools are trying to engage with these new mediums, using Facebook or Twitter or other communication Apps to get the message out. However, these tools raise issues such as increasing administrative burdens for group leaders and teachers as they act as moderator, tackle inappropriate online behaviour and wrestle with ever changing privacy settings.
Parents and students can also be overwhelmed with the array of social media that they need to engage with – a Facebook page for rugby, a Twitter feed for events and cancellations, a Google page for class news and an email for school newsletters. Multiply the number of children, potentially attending different schools, and your parents will be looking back fondly on the days when their fridge was covered in bits of paper (or maybe the schools are still sending paper home too!).
School-links is now proud to release the new Beep App that aims to provide a universal platform for school to parent/caregiver and school to student communication.
Beep is an App that can be easily used by all school managers, teachers and activity leaders to share notices and newsletters, group message sports teams, clubs, departments and classes and receive parent absence notes. For staff it provides one uncomplicated safe communication hub. For parents and students, all school and extra-curricular notices are in one place.
Beep is also inclusive, combining flawlessly with our School-links software, ensuring texts are sent to those without a smartphone, especially in an emergency situation.