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    Does your school have an app?

    I've been asked to look at the possibility of an app for our school. Nothing to fancy, calendar a few news articles and maybe push notifications.
    Does anyone have anything similar? Which company have you used? or have you made it yourself?

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    Not yet, im working on it.

    Currently using Android Studio to create it.

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    looking in to it here starting on win 8.1 as its across all the win 8.1 platforms then ios followed by android

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    Curious: If they're not retailing a product or service, I find that most 'company' or 'establishment' apps just mirror the website and are a wee bit pointless. What're you doing to combat that?

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    Currently exploring the idea. Experimenting on xCode.

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    I've done a few apps for grass roots football in my spare time

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    I think id have a rage moment if I was asked to create an app for the school.

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    If someone asked for that then I would ask them to think very carefully about what problem they were trying to solve with this app and the benefits of that vs. the ongoing support burden that an app could generate.

    If the app ends up just being an echo of data that's already available on the website then what is the point? And if people can't get to their email/calendar from the website, alongside dynamically updated news items via a twitter or RSS feed then why is your website from 15 years ago?

    I would suggest that simply making the website easier to use on mobile phones and tablets is probably less work than writing one app for one platform, yet would give you the benefit of being available to all kinds of users on all kinds of devices and won't require you to test and deploy app updates every time Apple, Google or Microsoft update an OS widget or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    If someone asked for that then I would ask them to think very carefully about what problem they were trying to solve with this app and the benefits of that vs. the ongoing support burden that an app could generate.

    If the app ends up just being an echo of data that's already available on the website then what is the point? And if people can't get to their email/calendar from the website, alongside dynamically updated news items via a twitter or RSS feed then why is your website from 15 years ago?

    I would suggest that simply making the website easier to use on mobile phones and tablets is probably less work than writing one app for one platform, yet would give you the benefit of being available to all kinds of users on all kinds of devices and won't require you to test and deploy app updates every time Apple, Google or Microsoft update an OS widget or two.
    If it was just a mirror of the Website, it's best to make the current Website Responsive. How Important Is Responsive Design?|John Rampton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post
    Curious: If they're not retailing a product or service, I find that most 'company' or 'establishment' apps just mirror the website and are a wee bit pointless. What're you doing to combat that?
    Indeed. Editing your website so that it scales properly to work on different devices would be a better option IMO. (I say this, even though ours doesn't, but then I don't have that sort of input into the site any more... Hence some of our pages being, wait for it, embedded PDF files *shudder*).

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    The only advantage I can see would be utilising push notifications for important messages re school closures etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machin05 View Post
    The only advantage I can see would be utilising push notifications for important messages re school closures etc.
    Create a Twitter account for that? Or make your news feed an RSS feed? No need for a site to implement anything special for notifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Create a Twitter account for that? Or make your news feed an RSS feed? No need for a site to implement anything special for notifications.
    Not all parents will have twitter accounts or an RSS reader installed on their phone nor would those methods push notifications/alerts. A school app is a handy way to enable this type of communication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machin05 View Post
    Not all parents will have twitter accounts or an RSS reader installed on their phone nor would those methods push notifications/alerts. A school app is a handy way to enable this type of communication.
    Add a twitter feed widget onto the schools website.

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