STLtoday.com reports that St. Louis area schools are increasingly using technology that allows administrators to reach thousands of parents by phone in minutes–marking the end of calling trees and notes home as the lifeblood of school communications. Now, all an official has to do is record a voice message and click a button, and that message will be broadcast to thousands of parents simultaneously. If they so desire, administrators can even send text messages. This new technology has two major applications: the emergency notification and alerting parents to important events, such as report cards are being sent home or parent-teacher meetings. Services associated with the technology can even track whether or not parents are listening to the messages, or hanging up early. The immediacy of such a system is a major plus, as phone chains take longer, and as any child who has played “telephone” knows, the message sometimes gets distorted by the end of the chain…