“Gone are the days of parents searching for newsletters in school bags, for trying to find out if a sports event is ‘rained out’, or for trying in vain to find the location of a non-school based event” explained Active School Apps MD, Leigh Kostianien.
“This information can be loaded to our school apps, with pop up messages sent immediately to parents” she continued. “We are seeing a growing trend for progressive schools to move in this direction for school-parent communications.”
However, she explains, the communication is not one way. Schools that have had their own mobile apps are able to streamline their admin processes considerably by securely receiving absent notes and permission notes from parents.
“As well, several schools have asked that we include the option of building online payment systems into their apps, to further reduce their administration costs” said Mrs Kostianien.
Ms Kostianien makes it clear that School Apps are not SMS messaging services. Apps are pieces of software, with each being created specifically for each school. Those from Active School Apps (http://www.activeschoolapps.com.au) work across different platforms and are suitable for both iphones and android phones.
“Active School Apps will potentially save many thousands of dollars every year for schools that currently SMS services, who print school newsletters, and who manually process notes from parents” said Ms Kostianien.
A Growing Trend Fuelled By Referrals
“We have found that the response from forward-thinking schools has been tremendous” she continued. “Those who have been using Active School Apps for several months now are our biggest advocates - and we reward them for their referrals”.
“We now have 80 schools using our free demo - and the number grows daily.”
With Australia approaching the end of the school year, Mrs Kostianien believes that this is an ideal time to request a free demo - and get it up and running in time for the start of the 2013 school year.
Request An Active School Apps free demo.
Active School Apps make school mobile apps to enhance communication with parents. By providing the latest information at parents’ fingertips, it makes lost notes and misinformation a thing of the past. The company's school mobile app is customisable to individual school requirements and provides a versatile and instant way for schools to communicate with parents.
The apps allow pop-up messages and instant alerts to remind parents of upcoming events or changes. They allow parents access to the school newsletter, whether they are by the school gate or at their child’s after-school activity.
Active School Apps are native apps that parents install on their phones, in a format that most parents feel comfortable using.
More details are available at ActiveSchoolApps.com