It’s hard to believe, but the weather is cooling down, school supplies are lining the displays at major department stores, and another school year is fast-approaching. In fact, for some, classes have already started and another academic year is in full swing.
In a previous post we discussed the value of building an app for your school by providing some compelling statistics about the relationship between mobile devices and education. In the first part of this two part series we want to take a look at some additional benefits of signing up for an app from a communication and community perspective:
1. Get Important Info in Front of Parents
The first days and weeks of a new school year can be a chaotic time for many parents as they try to set their children up for success by preparing them for everything from wearing the right outfit, to coming to class with the right colored markers.
A study by the National Education Association shows that student achievement is directly correlated to parent involvement, so with great tab features like supply lists, dress code information, and notifications of important parent/teacher meetings, creating an app can help parents stay connected with their school like never before.
2. Share School-Wide Events
Events can play an important part in the culture of any school; but keeping up with all of the athletic events, volunteer opportunities, and the like can be overwhelming and confusing.
A custom app for your school will make your newsletter and events available front and center on mobile devices. Smartphone users spend 85% of their time in apps, which gives you an opportunity to meet your community where they are at.
3. Share your Content (and Save Money!)
Having a blog or newsletter right in your app will save you the extra dollars it takes to create and print them out for families who want to stay in the know. It also removes the hassle of taking the time to send them out.
For private schools, we've provided a convenient "Giving" tab that can act as a reminder for parents that they have the option to support the school by donating.
Stay tuned for the second part of this School App series: 3 Ways to Build Community with a School App.