Really, there is an App for everything – from child education to news, weather updates, we can never seem to have enough apps in the world. But, having an app that alerts your parents when your child does not show up in class is quite intriguing! That is the software tool that Core Principle of Indianapolis developed with the Class120 app.
The idea behind the app is to help in boosting class attendance as research has shown that going to class correlates with better grades, which implies a greater chance of graduating from college, said Jeff Whorley, founder and CEO of Core Principle.
Class120 leverages on GPS and WiFi technologies to map out the campus’s layout, while allowing the student to enter the class information as well. If the student does not show up at the location where the class should have been held, a message is sent to the parent with this type of description: “Hi Joseph Montgomery, Class120 was unable to detect Amy Montgomery at the following class today: Biology101.”
Van Castren, one of the volunteers at Lynn University that agreed to try the app told NBC Nightly News: “Showing up to class is half the part – and then besides that, going from there, participating in class. You can’t participate in class if you don’t show up.”
Worley projects an estimated number of 5,000 users to be using the app across the country by next fall. Also, regarding privacy concerns with this type of app, Worley said the use of the app is voluntary, as users will have to make a decision to have the app installed or not.