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Districts move to single sign-on solution

By Laura Devaney
November 4th, 2015

Schools extend access to multiple web resources with a single sign-on system using one user ID and password

single-sign-onSchoolMessenger, a platform for school community engagement, has launched SchoolMessenger Passport, its new K-12 single sign-on product.

SchoolMessenger Passport allows districts to provide teachers, staff, parents and students with quick and secure access to online learning applications, open educational resources (OER), and a variety of school management and administration software programs using a single sign-on.

“Passwords help protect individual and school data, but they can also be a frustrating obstacle to accessing tools for student learning, classroom management, and school administration,” said Robert Iskander, general manager. “With SchoolMessenger Passport, schools can make it easy for authorized users to access the web-based school administration and learning applications they need in a simple, safe and secure way.”

SchoolMessenger Passport is built to offer maximum flexibility to K-12 districts in need of a single sign-on solution. The product helps districts establish user accounts, define and manage groups, initiate single sign-on connections with hundreds of applications, and provide role-based provisioning of web resources.

Districts can establish connections with open educational resources such as Curriki, HippoCampus, and other free digital content; applications they have already licensed for student learning and classroom management, such as learning management systems and classroom mobile apps; school communications services like the SchoolMessenger Communicate notification system and SchoolMessenger Presence website/CMS product; and school productivity applications like Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 Education.

In addition, SchoolMessenger Passport supports access to student information systems, family portals, school social media tools and more.

Passport also allows districts to extend single sign-on functionality beyond the school walls to include parents, who need access to grades and assignments, school notifications, and other web-based school services that may currently require multiple log-ins.

A standard version of SchoolMessenger Passport is available for free to all K-12 school districts across North America, even if they do not currently use a SchoolMessenger product. A premium version with additional features is also available. To learn more about SchoolMessenger Passport, ]visit www.schoolmessenger.com/k12-single-sign-on-solutions/.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura