VentureBeat: mParent launched in Silicon Valley
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DEMO: EME International introduces the mParent
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EME International’s mParent mobile application, which launches today at the DEMO conference, gives parents continuous access to information like a child’s grades, attendance, progress, activities and schedule. Parents can be alerted to homework, exams, absences and generally track their children’s progress.
Parental involvement in a child’s education has been shown to boost student learning and improve both behavior and attendance. One study from the University of New Hampshire concluded that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending by more than $1,000 in order to achieve the same results as those achieved by parental involvement.
mParent’s alerts pop up on the handset screen to highlight urgent information like school closures, safety alerts, illnesses, or even detentions. mParent also provides for greater parent involvement in school issues via surveys, comments and suggestions.
The application is currently available on the iPhone, Symbian devices like those made by Nokia, devices running Google’s Android operating system, RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones, and several others.
EME International was founded into 2004 in Egypt, is privately funded and has 20 employees.