School Apps

4 Important Questions to Ask When Implementing a School App

April 6, 2020

A note from Digistorm: This post was originally published in May 2017 and has since been updated to include more up-to-date information. 

Introducing any new software into a school's existing digital ecosystem can be challenging, but trust us, it's well worth the effort. Mobile apps have been around for a while now, but it's school apps that are on the rise for streamlining internal processes and fill some major communication gaps between parents and schools. If you're currently considering a school app, but aren't too sure where to start, here are four key questions you should ask yourself to guide you in the right direction. 

 

1. Who's your target audience?

First and foremost, it's important to start by establishing who the target audience for your school app will be. Are you looking to better communicate with staff, parents, students, or perhaps a combination of all three? By understanding who the key users of your app will be, you can begin to determine what modules and features will be useful. Now's a great time to review your user personas for a quick refresher on key topics and values that are important to them. Remember, every user group is different, so it's important to also consider their technical abilities (or limitations), demographics, psychographics, preferred channels of communication, and any other aspect that could influence their potential adoption and usage of a school app

 

 

Illustration: User personas

 

 

2. What's your key objective?

Now that you've identified your key user groups and have assessed their needs, you can use this information to help set an objective for your school app. What's the key problem or challenge your are looking to solve for your school community? Think about some of the common roadblocks your school is coming up against – do you need to reduce the number of emails you're sending to parent? Are you looking for a way to send urgent information to parents in an instant? Do you need to centralise your communication into one, easy to access location? Although you probably already have a fair idea of what communication you're hoping to solve, don't forget that you can always leverage your community by creating a survey to learn more.

 

3. What specific functionalities does your school need?

So, you've figured out what communication challenges you'd like to solve for your school community, now it's time to determine how you're going to solve them. Within the Digistorm App, we've built a range of custom and standard modules to help you reach your goals.  Here's just some of the modules you might like to think about including in your school app:

 

4. Could an integration boost the user experience?

The final (and arguably most important) question when considering a school app is establishing whether an integration with your exisiting learning management system (LMS)  or student information management system (SIS) could boost the overall user experience? Integration is a key focus for us here at Digistorm. While it can take a little work to get an integration set up and running smoothly, there are a number of tangible benefits once it's done.

The Digistorm App offers a number of key integrations with partners such as; Schoolbox, Clipboard, TASS, Edumate, and Edsmart. These integrations are a powerful way to further improve efficiencies within your by creating meaningful links between your existing software systems. 

 

Are you ready to take the next step with a Digistorm App? Get in touch with our friendly team to book your free demo.