By Emma Jane Hade
A small, rural national school with a total of 56 pupils and three classrooms has just launched its own app.
Parents of pupils at Inch National School in Co Tipperary will be able to send and receive messages, have access to the school calendar and newsletter, as well as a photo sharing service.
The homework feature allows parents to see what their young scholars are working on in school, and what they should be doing at home.
School principal Martina Blake says that the decision to create the app was about "keeping up with technology".
Ms Blake confirmed that the school was conscious not every parent would have access to the app, so the "traditional methods" of communication would remain in place. "Not everyone has a smartphone or an iPad, so we certainly have to keep all of that in mind."
Rosita Callanan has two young children, Grainne (8) and Pádraic (6), enrolled in the school.
She admitted that there was an air of curiosity surrounding the new technological platform among the parents at the school gate, but that it was all "positive".
"There are a lot of elements in the app that will definitely be useful.
"I hate to see the soggy note at the end of the schoolbag coming home. It eases the line of communication. I think there is a great advantage there."
The mother of three says that she also believed that it would help teach her children how to engage with the internet and phones in a positive manner.
"It's nice technology – it is giving them a nice, gentle introduction to how it should be used in a positive manner," she added.