Schools have already started, or will be soon, the 2014/15 school year. This means the calendars get loaded up with athletic events, PTO meetings, music performances, homework assignments, school closures due to inclement weather, and more. If you're a parent, you know the drill! How do you keep on top of it all and run and organized household? If you're an educator, how do you keep your parents informed and engaged in a timely manner? Well, Schoolwires has the win-win solution: we offer an affordable mobile app that will save district parents time and clicks when getting the information that's relevant to them! And, district staff can update website content via their smartphones when they're on the move.
Over the years we've seen schools' channels of communication evolve from backpack fliers and home visits to group emails and text messages. From folded and stuffed envelopes mailed to homes to social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. Parents want information now - they don't want to hunt for it. It all comes down to real-time information -- easily available when your K-12 community needs it, where they are.
Many of our K-12 district clients realize the importance of having responsive websites that adapt automatically to the various mobile formats - laptops, tablets, smartphones - to provide the best user experience for their website visitors. And these beautiful responsive sites are being rolled out all across the nation. However, here's one thing to consider -- those websites can't do everything that a mobile app can do. That's why your district needs both a mobile app and responsive website template to ensure you're reaching your stakeholders and increasing parent engagement through all possible channels.
In our research, we've found the following are some most-needed pieces of information on-the-go parents want to access from their smartphones:
- Check lunch menus
- View athletics and extracurricular schedules
- Monitor student grades
- Receive weather alerts
- Locate school addresses and maps
Sure, they can find this information on your website. But, a mobile app provides this information with one click from the palm of their hand. There are benefits for both parents and your district.
Benefits for Parents:
- Choose from which schools in your district they wish to receive information
- Quick, easy access to information they want and need
- Notifications of events, news, and critical announcements
- One-touch access to school contact information
- Directions to your location from wherever they are
- Save time and effort from visiting separate web pages and drilling down to information
Benefits for your District and Schools:
- Build engaged relationships with parents
- Increase your visibility and accessibility
- Connect with on-the-go parents
- Enhance your social networking strategies
A mobile app will save your parents time and clicks when getting the information that's relevant to them. And, a mobile app is the most affordable and effective way for your K-12 district to reach out to parents these days! Click here to learn more and schedule a mobile app demo today!