Imagine this, you are a teacher in an elementary school and come across a student in distress in the hallway or schoolyard. Your only choice would be to take the student to the office to consult computer and or paper records to get important information about this student before deciding how to proceed with the student’s issue. Things would be much simpler if you were a teacher in a number of English Montreal School Board (EMSB) schools.
Hall Monitor is an app developed by Montreal based developer emAPPetizer in collaboration with the EMSB enables teachers and administrators to access student information including class assignments, emergency contacts and any special needs directly from a tablet and soon a smartphone.
Hall Monitor allows school administrators to quickly identify and look up student and classroom information within their daily rounds, during meetings or in emergency situations. By having a consolidated view of the entire student’s information, previously only accessible through legacy systems, school administrators can easily help students outside of class, provide information to parents regarding their child’s progress, and create a safer environment for everyone.
Previously available only for iPad Version 2 is now available for Windows 8 Tablets. With the introduction of this second version of Hall Monitor, not only has the basic functionality been improved, but new highly requested features have been added. These include the displaying of busing information, ability to navigate to any data from anywhere within the app, and the ability to add special notes such as allergy information on a student.
[su_quote cite=”Luigi Di Filippo, EMSB Director of Information Technology Services”]The greatest change though has come with the migration to Windows 8 tablet technology. We can take advantage of a more comprehensive user interface providing faster access to information and improved integration with key EMSB systems.[/su_quote]
I had the pleasure of participating with the launch of the latest version of Hall Monitor and you can see highlights of the event in this video: