Today's Newsletter: Back-to-school apps

Plenty of new tools for students, teachers, and parents for the fall have been released just this week. Class DoJo messenger enables private chat between approved users, presumably teachers and parents. Google Classroom is what I would call a DIY LMD (Do-It-Yourself Learning Management System) for those who have a Google Apps for Education account. Then there is the Utah Department of Transportation’s Walking School Bus app, which, “assists parents in forming groups, coordinating chaperones and organizing schedules. It sends an alert to parents when their children arrive safely at school and also tracks the distance walked, the calories burned and the emissions saved by avoiding vehicle travel.” How cool is that? —Kevin Hogan, Content Director