56New@BETT 2012 sponsored bywww.espresso.co.ukwww.channel4learning.comparental engagementReaching Beyond the School GateGroupcall (stand E46) will demonstrate how Emerge, the newest addition to its portfolio of communication products for education, will integrate with Messenger, the company's popular system for parental communication. Emerge delivers up-to-date information from a school's MIS system on an anytime-anywhere basis to a teacher equipped with any WiFi or 3G iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Integration of the two programs will let teachers communicate with parents in real time.Scholabo (stand I-N7) is a new online paperless communication system designed to connect schools, teachers and parents. Scholabo makes school to home communications available to parents anytime, anywhere, from quick updates, email reminders, uploading and sharing documents and newsletters, checking homework assignments, managing school and classroom events, to private documents such as reports..Oxford Owl is a newly expanded website from Oxford University Press (stand F110), designed to help parents with childrens learning at home. Originally launched to help with reading up to the age of 7, the site now incorporates maths resources and extends the age range up to 11 years.Oakford (stand D155a) will showcase Parent Portal, a parental engagement solution that extracts data such as attendance and assessment reports from the school MIS system and presents it to parents in an accessible form. ParentMail (stand A16) will launch a portable iPad version of its eponymous software, which will allow teachers to communicate with parents and the school from remote locations such as a field trip, as well as to handle registration and electronic payments.RM (stand D60) will show the latest version of its Learning Platform, which has been reconfigured to allow parents to log on at home and access information such as learner feedback, exam results, forthcoming events and advice on how to help with homework. Parents can also use an electronic 'note' tool that lets them communicate with teachers.Contact Group (stand A31) will be showcasing its portfolio of automatic notification systems, including a new version of its Call Parent solution that lets schools send emails and text letters directly to parents. Other systems on show will include Truancy Call, Text Someone, Term Time Tracker and e-Mentoring.First-time exhibitor Epraise (stand IN-8) will showcase a new online praise and rewards system that not only motivates pupils but also allows parents to access and share achievements. Schools can also widen the scheme by setting up charitable contribution schemes and prize draws.Parent power: Scholabo keeps parents in touch with all aspects of school life and activities.
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