Fort Worth school district launches app for mobile devices

Posted Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- The Fort Worth school district launched a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets Monday. It is a free download from the Apple Store for iPhone users and the Google Play store for Android phone owners.

After opening the app icon, which is red with a white apple, users can see district and campus news and notices, see upcoming events on a calendar, look up sports scores and tap into campus websites and the district's social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The app, created by vendor ParentLink, sends voice messages to a queue on the phone, allowing parents to review messages when it is convenient for them, rather than interrupting them with a phone call.

Only people who are registered for the district's online services have access to student information through the district's Parent Portal. Parents can also access the website for My Lunch Money to add funds to student cafeteria accounts. There's also a Tip Line to send officials money-saving ideas and opportunities for improvement.

Users can sign up to follow certain campuses and get messages and calendar information from a particular campus. Users can also transfer calendar data to their own calendars in their smartphones.

District officials say they hope the app, available in 70 languages, will make it easier and more convenient to communicate with parents, especially during emergencies such as bad weather.

Crowley schools' mobile app launched in April 2012 with lunch menus, athletic information and online gradebook access. McKinney schools' misdGo app includes videos, information on job openings and access to online libraries. It is available for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326

Twitter: @jessamybrown

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