What Is Hall Monitor?
Hall Monitor is a mobile application developed by emAPPetizer in collaboration with GRICS (Société de Gestion du réseau informatique des commissions scolaires).
What Does It Do?
Hall Monitor enables educators to access information pertinent to students, teachers and schedules on mobile devices. This application will allow educators to:
- Communicate with students, other teachers and parents using the mobile platform
- Improve levels of safety within the institution
- Retrieve information about a student’s bus
- Access absence information
- Obtain emergency contact information
- View allergy and health issues that a student may have
- Make a note about a student
- Locate a teacher or classroom
- Obtain the list of all the students within a classroom
- Look at which classes are active
Who Is Hall Monitor Made For?
Hall Monitor is made specifically for educators. This includes:
- Vice Principles
- Administrative staff
Through the mobile application, these individuals can be more efficient and provide a safer environment for the children they are taking care of.
How Does The App Deliver Value?
By empowering educators with significantly faster access to information, teachers, principals and administrative staff can benefit greatly from time savings and more effectively cater to the needs of students. In cases of emergencies, educators also are given resources to increase the level of safety in their school. This is true for:
- The speed at which emergency contact information can be attained
- Being able to confirm that all students have been accounted for during a fire drill
- Knowing if a student is having an allergic reaction or another health issue
In addition, the app will also help increase the transparency of operations within the school and may help prevent delays in the school’s routine. This hopefully will lead to fewer errors involving scheduling and much greater levels of safety with regards to the actual movement of students while they are on school property.
Where Will The Application Be Deployed And How?
The partnership between emAPPetizer and GRICS has enabled the launch of the project within the province of Quebec for free for the first year. The distribution of the project is scheduled to happen very soon, during the 2014/2015 school year.
Hall Monitor has been made available for all popular Tablet and Smartphone platforms. This includes:
- Windows 8
This means that the application should be very easily integrated into the schools systems and if necessary the educators’ personal mobile devices.
How Easy Is Hall Manager to Use
According to the emAPPetizer website, Hall monitor requires no training and is very intuitive. This is then reinforced by customer testimonials which describe the product as “very user friendly”. It can therefore be assumed that upon its launch, most educators will not experience major issues adjusting to the new technology.
Items That Must Be Considered
What are the security measures that the app has to protect the personal information of students and teachers from those who should NOT be accessing it?
Will teachers be bringing their own devices to work? If so, how will the app work on their devices?
If teachers are using their own devices to launch the application, how can the school be sure that they are not accessing the information for themselves beyond school hours and how can it be guaranteed that they are using their devices for work purposes?
Hall Manager has potential to significantly improve the accessibility of information to educators, however if users are not monitored correctly, there are a number possible challenges that would need to be addressed if it is deployed under BYOD policies. In order to guarantee that the application and devices are used solely for their intended purpose, certain guidelines must be implemented in order to ensure a smooth operation.
Before implementing a BYOD one should consider:
- The hidden costs of BYOD
- Five MUST-HAVES for any BYOD policy
- Concrete Steps in Developing your BYOD policy
- BYOD alternatives and hybrids
In “A Practical Guide to BYOD”, these points and more are looked at in detail and can help you better understand the best practices and what to reflect upon before implementing such a system in your institution or business.
If you have any additional questions, would like to learn more about BYOD or other IT and telecom expense management software options available to you and your company, feel free to contact us at Cimpl!