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EMSB ANNOUNCES A MAJOR UPGRADE TO THEIR HALLMARK MOBILE APP – HALL MONITOR

MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 17, 2014 – The English Montreal School Board (EMSB), emAPPetizer Inc. and Microsoft Canada will jointly unveil the newest generation of their hallmark mobile app Hall Monitor at a press conference on Tuesday, February 25 (10 a.m.) at Carlyle Elementary School (109 Carlyle) in Town of Mount Royal. This will be done as part of a made-for-the-media assembly meant to explain and demonstrate the system to the students. Veteran broadcaster and technology expert Bob Benedetti will serve as master of ceremonies.

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 all stakeholders.

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.

“The greatest change though has come with the migration to Windows 8 tablet technology,” explains EMSB Director of Information Technology Services Luigi Di Filippo. “We can take advantage of a more comprehensive user interface providing faster access to information and improved integration with key EMSB systems.”

"We are pleased to hear of the release of this application,” says Jocelyn Hamelin Account Manager, Education Sales Group at Microsoft Canada. “This is a great example of how Windows 8 tablets can be used in schools to provide insights to teachers and administrators about their pupils. This project illustrates the ease-of-use, and versatility for which Windows is known for around the world and in education environments more specifically."

Carlyle, Dalkeith Elementary School in Anjou, Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Léonard and Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount have been piloting Version II.  As for Version I, it was deployed in 15 schools using the IPad.

“This is a great tool for administrators,” said Vincent Massey Collegiate Principal John Pevec. “You can efficiently get detailed up to date information on students' attendance, marks and contact information.”
 
Added Anna Maria Borsellino, the principal of Carlyle: “This is a very useful App, providing us with a ton of useful information quite quickly and while we are on the go. I’m sure in a few years we won’t know how we go along without it. Having access to GPI on the go has uses we haven’t even thought of yet”

“Fantastic! The updated version of Hall Monitor is very user friendly and assists the administrator in tracking his or her students,” stated Nicholas Katalifos principal of Pierre de Coubertin.
 
Hall Monitor can be adapted to any existing Student or Education Information System by emAPPetizer and is available as a free download on either the iTunes App Store or the Microsoft App Store in demo mode only.

Former broadcaster and present-day technology expert Bob Benedetti will serve as guest emcee for the press conference. He writes about technology on his website, http://www.hometechmtl.com.

About English Montreal School Board

The English Montreal School Board is Quebec’s largest English public board. It presently serves more than 33,000 students through its 52 elementary and secondary schools, nine alternative outreach schools, seven social affairs institutions and 11 adult and vocational centres. 

About emAPPetizer

emAPPetizer is a Montreal (Canada) based full service APP development and publishing company focused on productivity applications for professionals. The company partners with productivity Use Experts worldwide using a unique revenue sharing model. For more information about emAPPetizer visit us online at: http://www.emappetizer.com.
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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca