Just having a good website is very yesterday. Mobile apps are the key for schools to great stakeholder communication today and will be well into the future.
Ruston, La. (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
Dr. Stenette Byrd, III, principal of Smithfield High School in Smithfield, Va. believes every school in America should have their own mobile app in the next few years. "If we truly call ourselves educators, then we need to be educated on and using the technology that many students already have in their hands," says Byrd after partnering with SchoolInfoApp earlier this year to develop the Smithfield HS app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Kelly Snell, Activities Director for Eaglecrest High School in Colorado, agrees, “Our app is an integral part of our parental involvement and communication plan. We use it to post news, send announcements and make it easy for today’s on-the-go parents to stay connected and informed about our school and events.”
Byrd & Snell may be exactly right according to a recent report by mobile app tracking company, Flurry. U.S. consumers spend an average of 2 hours and 38 minutes every day on their smartphones and that 80% of that time is spent using mobile apps. International Data Corporation expects tablet shipments to surpass desktop PC’s this year. According to Flurry, "It’s an app world. The web just lives in it.” What does all that mean for schools? According to Jordan Riggs, co-founder of SchoolInfoApp, a leader in mobile app development for K-12 schools and school districts, “Just having a good website is very yesterday. Mobile apps are the key for schools to great stakeholder communication today and will be well into the future.”
SchoolInfoApp began as a simple answer to a real-life problem for Riggs and his wife, Julie. “Our six kids participate in literally every activity possible with their school, and we just went looking to see how we could work with the school to create a mobile app to make it easy to keep up with everything. We were surprised that we didn't find a good solution, so we created it," Riggs says. Two years later, SchoolInfoApp has partnered with over 200 schools in 33 U.S. states and 3 countries. Looking to the future, SchoolInfoApp rolled out a re-designed and re-built platform in January. Since then, the company has seen a 268% increase in new school signups over the same period last year and expects to be in over 3000 schools and 10 countries by the end of the year.
SchoolInfoApp’s new platform includes features like push notification capabilities, social media integration, a TipLine to promote campus safety and more. It allows school administrators to broadcast a unified message to app users, the school’s facebook pages and via twitter – all at the same time, from any device, anywhere, anytime. But what really makes SchoolInfoApp unique is how easy they make it for school administrators. Amanda Hartle, communications director for North Hills School District in Pittsburgh, Pa. says it was "surprisingly simple" and "painless" to develop the North Hills app by SchoolInfoApp which was released earlier this year.
As schools and school districts look to develop their own mobile app, SchoolInfoApp is poised to help them make that happen. Visit http://SchoolInfoApp.com to learn more.
SchoolInfoApp gives K-12 schools and districts a simple, affordable way to provide parents, students, staff and all stakeholders with a custom-tailored mobile app that can be accessed on any iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet. Using native device features to provide real, time-saving value, apps by SchoolInfoApp include push-notification capabilities, event calendars, contacts, maps to events, documents, pictures, a TipLine to promote campus safety, a digital assignment notebook and more.