Three mobile devices have been donated to Austintown Fitch High School from the developers of DRUND, a private mobile application used to increase communication between schools, parents, teachers, and students.
The school joined DRUND at the beginning of this school year, and has been working closely with the developers to improve and promote the service's functionality in schools.
"We are so excited that Fitch has embraced DRUND that we decided to donate mobile devices to two teachers to give to students," said Adam Magana, Austintown graduate and lead mobile engineer.
Bri Brocious, one of the Talon Journalists advised by Fitch teacher Nicole McBurney, was the winner of the Netbook. Brocious, left, is pictured with Austintown graduate and lead mobile engineer for DRUND.
Magana presented the mobile devices to Steve Ward and Nicole McBurney. Ward received a Kindle Fire and decided to enter all the names of students who donated to the Teens for Jeans charity drive in a contest to win the device. The winner will be announced Jan. 15 at the Creative Arts Night at Fitch High School.
McBurney received a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and a Netbook. The Samsung was raffled off to Fitch students or staff who donated toward the Salvation Army fund. Sheila Henline, the Fitch Media Center Librarian, was the winner. The Netbook was raffled to one of the Talon Journalists, who has been an avid broadcasters on the DRUND application. Bri Brocious was the winner of the Netbook.
DRUND offers several features including but not limited to: assignment and collection of homework assignments, live updates for school sporting events, notifications through push technology, parent interaction, fundraising capabilities and general communications.
"We decided to move forward with DRUND because all of the features are controlled completely by school officials," said Austintown superintendent Vincent Colaluca. "Its a private mobile communications application for schools that can only be accessed by invited guests."