Today Pearson (NYSE:PSO) announced the launch of PowerSchool® for Parents and PowerSchool for Students, two new free apps for the iPhone®, iPod® touch and iPad®. Now available on the App Store, these apps provide real-time access to attendance, grades, assignments, scores -- and much more -- to the 10 million students and their parents whose schools use PowerSchool, the fastest-growing, most widely used web-based student information system.
"Our new PowerSchool app revolutionizes the way that millions of busy parents can stay in touch with their children's lives at school," said Jonathan D. Harber, CEO of Pearson's K-12 Technology group. "When I ask my children what they did in school today, the answer is usually 'I don’t know.' Now parents will have the power in their pocket to stay connected. As we replace textbooks with digital personalized learning environments, parents will have more real-time access to their children's lives, and students will have more ability to learn anywhere, anytime."
Both apps were designed for fast, easy "one-thumb" browsing, allowing students and parents to quickly access the latest school information from any location. For parents, a "Live Feed" streams all information for all students for the current week in a single view.
Parents who had the opportunity to test the PowerSchool for Parents app had high praise for its ease-of-use and ability to keep pace with their children's school lives on the go.
Michigan Mom Denise Wolff said, "I absolutely LOVE PowerSchool for Parents. I have three daughters in three different schools and it's so easy to see what is going on in their school day, and to switch back and forth between each child. I know what their test scores/grades are even before they get off the bus! I can also watch their attendance very closely."
Integration with social media sites, Facebook and Twitter, allows students and parents to proudly share official grades and scores with their friends and family.
"With our two new PowerSchool apps, we are moving the honor student bumper sticker into the 21st century," said Bryan MacDonald, chief technology officer for Pearson's student information systems. "Now by using the PowerSchool apps to post scores and grades on Facebook or Twitter, parents and students can share their academic success with their friends and family members."
To use the apps, students must attend a school that uses PowerSchool version 7.1 or higher. For more information about PowerSchool, please visit www.PearsonSchoolSystems.com.
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and learning technology, aims to help people make progress in life through learning. Pearson’s leadership spans pre-K12, higher education, and corporate learning globally. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about the K-12 Technology group of Pearson, visit www.PearsonSchoolSystems.com.
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