From: Chris Hren, Creator of ParentEdge
I designed this system because I saw a need for schools to communicate on a more personal level with parents. I have heard parents constantly complain that they want to be more involved with their kids classwork, but don't know how to begin. I thought about this and realized that in the parent-child school relationship dynamic, the child has all the power. The child has all the information about school responsibilities, assignments, daily study requirements, etc. Fact is, the child knows what is required in school for the next day: whether they have a test, reading to do, a workbook to complete. The parent doesn't know unless, quite simply, the child volunteers the information. Typically, the only time the parent has the informational edge is retroactively talking about missed assignments and failed exams. At that point, the academic damage has already been done.
My goal for this service is to completely change that failure dynamic and allow parents to be proactive with their kids daily school responsibilities. ParentEdge is designed to make it easy for parents to reach out to their children on a daily basis and have a conversation about school.
ParentEdge is designed to provide the catalyst for this conversation using what has become the standard for communication in many of our lives: the cell phone.
Over the past decade we have seen a slow but constant technology transformation from desktop to laptop to mobile (cell phone) communication. Peoples daily lives have become more hectic and driven by the realization that for good or bad, information and communication are instantly available anywhere and anytime. Our ParentEdge service acknowledges that concept and embraces it. That is why I designed the service to send information through email and specifically text messaging.
Many peoples lives (mine included) accept text messaging as the standard tool for daily communication. It is convenient, quick and easy. It doesn't require the time and focus needed for a voice call nor the length and formality of an email. Text messaging filters out the emotional baggage and provides simple objective connections to the people in our lives.
It is the perfect delivery medium for our service. It provides us with a quick, efficient, easy way to notify parents about what is happening in the child's school classes.
It is my hope and belief that as ParentEdge becomes the standard medium for parent-child school communication, academic success rates for students will increase dramatically. I know as a student, teacher and now as a parent, the number one reason kids do well in school is because their parent's are involved in their lives. I believe ParentEdge provides the tools necessary for parents to begin and continue this involvement starting in kindergarten all the way to graduation.
This is our belief; this is our cause; that is our mission.
If you have benefited from ParentEdge or would like more information,
please don't hesitate to contact me personally.
Who are we?
ParentEdge has been made possible by the hard work of many teachers and contributors. From our award winning service team to our outstanding developers, we are here to help! Below you can find information on the founders of ParentEdge and SchoolEdge Mobile Inc.
Chris Hren is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science and a minor in Chemistry. In addition, he has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from MSU with a focus in mobile educational technology.
Chris has spent five years teaching and has served on the technology committee of two school districts. He is an expert in the field of educational technology. Chris has always been interested in technology and its potential for improving education. He believes that mobile technology will have a transformational impact on the future of education both in the classroom and at home. The students and parents he teaches and works with today are digital citizens who rely heavily on their mobile connection to society.
Chris created ParentEdge and founded SchoolEdge Mobile with one goal in mind: To harness the power of the cell phone in education today. He designed ParentEdge to save schools money, save teachers time, and help students succeed academically.
Robert (Bob) Hren brings a strong business and management background to ParentEdge and SchoolEdge Mobile. Bob has been the president of a successful small business for many years. In addition, he has played a key role in making ParentEdge a reality. Bob is a strong believer in the use of technology in education.
He is committed to helping schools achieve a cohesive mobile technology plan and policy that supports student growth through technology. Bob is responsible for the financial operation of SchoolEdge Mobile along with sales and marketing.
He currently is focused on expanding the number of schools using ParentEdge to increase parental involvement and improve student achievement.
Laurie brings many years of teaching experience to the ParentEdge and SchoolEdge Mobile team. She has taught successfully at alternative schools and major public high schools in the state of Michigan. She holds two Bachelor's degrees in Human Biology and Biological Science from Michigan State University. In addition, Laurie holds a Master's degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University.
Laurie has been instrumental in developing the streamlined and easy to use ParentEdge interface. She has contributed to the overall design of the application in many areas. She currently is focused on improving the feature set of ParentEdge to better meet the needs of teachers in the 21st century classroom.
What do we do?
The conversation that parents have with their kids each night about homework and school is broken. In that conversation, the student holds the power because they have the information. To this point there has never been an effective and realistic way to communicate to parents what a student's homework is every day. Parents simply don't know. ParentEdge® fixes that. Every night at a specific time it sends a homework text message and an email directly to parents telling them what their child's work is for the night. Instead of relying on the child to provide them with the information we make sure the parent has received a communication directly from their child's teacher(s) with the info. Parents don't have to log into a website, they don't have to check a blog, or even check their email if they want. All they have to do is check their cell phone when they get a text.
Why do we do it?
ParentEdge and SchoolEdge Mobile embrace the idea that mobile technology has begun to replace the constraints of traditional computing and communication in our everyday lives. With the advent and incredible popularity of smart-phones and tablets in our world, it is our view that schools must accept these new technologies as essential tools to help student learning. Our goal is to help schools embrace this new technology and have a smooth transition as they begin using it. Mobile technology in education can play a significant role in improving communication with parents, students and the community. It also will begin taking center stage to increase student engagement in the classroom and improve academic achievement across all student demographics.