Boston One Card (Boston)
As part of the City’s effort to have its schools, community centers and libraries provide a seamless system of educational opportunities for youth, the City is piloting a single card that provides access to all these resources for Boston Public School students. This one card serves as a school ID, a library card, and community center membership card, as well as a transit pass. Pilot launched at the Josiah Quincy Upper School in October, 2010. In the 2011-2012 school year, it has expanded to 13 Boston high schools. This card will likely be available to all Boston Public Schools high school students in the 2012-2013 school year.
Discover BPS (Boston)
Through the City’s partnership with Code for America, it developed Discover BPS. This web app helps parents navigate the options of public schools available to their children. Inspired by websites that help you find the best travel options, Discover BPS incorporates tools to help you map, “favorite” and find more details on schools throughout the City. This platform was piloted in the 2011-2012 school year.
Where’s My School Bus (Boston)
Also through the City’s partnership with Code for America, it developed the Where’s My School Bus app. This app allows parents to sign up to see on a computer or smart phone the real-time location of their child’s school bus. This will help parents – particularly during snow storms – know when they should be at the bus stop. Pilot launched in October of 2011 with three sets of parent groups; full roll out expected in the fall of 2013.
Autism App/Assistive Technologies (Boston)
Through its partnership with Technology for Autism Now, the City is working with two local companies and an international robotics company to develop new applications to help children with autism learn. These new applications will take advantage of the visual interfaces of new products like iPads. First application in development; pilot expected in the fall of 2012
Another project conducted with Code for America, Classtalk was designed to help teachers send text message reminders to students about homework and tests. The idea was inspired by a BPS student who did this for her friends. The app was launched in the fall of 2011 and was piloted both in Boston and around the country, both in educational and other community settings. With the subsequent rise of several similar free and low-cost products, Classtalk has since been retired.