Staffordshire, UK (PRWEB UK) 6 August 2014
With almost 200 schools in the UK already subscribing, the branded apps that Jigsaw School Apps make for schools to keep in contact with parents are certainly proving popular. This is because the team at Jigsaw have looked at all the problems schools have with parental engagement, and solved them one-by-one. They are leading the field with their language translation feature launched at BETT 2014.
In order to be judged as outstanding by Ofsted, a school must show “highly successful strategies for engaging with parents and carers, to the very obvious benefit of pupils, including those who might traditionally find working with the school difficult.”
All schools have some hard-to-reach parents. For many, language could be a barrier as not all parents have English as their first language. With a Jigsaw School App, the parents can choose which language they would like to read the school’s information in. Over 70 languages are available, and the app automatically translates all the content entered by the school. What better way to keep everyone informed and feeling included in their children’s education?
Children often lose the notes with important information from school, only for parents to find them screwed up at the bottom of their bags at the end of term. These smartphone apps – which are free for parents to download on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone – will send the information right to their phones wherever they are. There’s a push notification too, so they are alerted to anything new immediately.
The apps have a survey feature where schools can pose questions with multiple choice answers and get parent feedback straight away. Jigsaw have had some very happy head teachers who – frustrated after sending home paper questionnaires for parents and receiving very few replies – set up a survey in the app and were amazed to get over twenty replies within minutes. Many are using the apps for Ofsted’s Parent View surveys.
There are many other features too – see the recent review by John Dabell for TEACH PRIMARY Magazine: http://www.teachprimary.com/tried_and_tested/view/jigsaw-school-apps
With smartphone adoption happening ten times faster than the PC boom of the 80s, two times faster than the internet boom of the 90s and three times faster than the recent social network adoption*, school apps really are the future of school-to-home communication.
*Source: Microsoft, June 2014
Contact Jigsaw School Apps for more information on Freephone 0800 999 7500 (+44 1782 305504 from outside the UK), email info(at)jigsawschoolapps(dot)com, or visit http://www.jigsawschoolapps.com.
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