| Syafiq Affendy |
SERI Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS) yesterday launched ‘Sarjammer,’ the school’s latest electronic communications and collaborations network which was coined from the phrase ‘where Sarjanians jam on Yammer’.
Yammer is Microsoft’s Social Enterprise Network which the school adapted for the purpose of providing an electronic network service for parents, teachers and students to communicate easily.
SMSS CEO Dr Mary Lim, SMSS Director Sophia Lim, principals and parents turned up for the launch.
The school’s Corporate Affairs Manager, David JhoySasis V, discussed the importance of school-family communications. In his talk, he mentioned that one important factor in establishing effective communication between the school and families is the development of mutual trust and respect between parties, and that the ultimate goal of which is the success of the students.
He further added that effective school-family communication benefits not only the student, but also the parents who become comfortable in sharing ideas with the teacher, who in turn gets stronger support from the parents.
Information Systems and Technology Department Manager Eric Yang explained how Sarjammer works and delivered a live demonstration on what members can do.
He said that through the network, school announcements can easily be received by parents on their mobile device, laptop or PC. Parents in turn can easily communicate with the school, teachers or anyone in the school network with just the push of a button.
Messages, especially during an emergency, can easily be sent and received, giving parents more assurance of staying informed all the time.
The re-introduction of a new and revised website was delivered by Faith Yang, the school’s web developer. She explained that this version is packed with more information and regular updates. With its clean and inviting interface, finding the information needed has never been easier. She said that it is also designed with a responsive web interface that makes it viewable on any device.
Apart from these two services, the school continues to provide other communication channels through their e-mail and e-news updates, Facebook page and mobile apps such as WhatsApp and Viber.
The event ended with a question-and-answer session and e-collaboration games to encourage the attendees to explore and experience the latest addition to the Sarjana E-Communications Network Services or SECoNS.