To build the app, I used The App Builder, which is a very intuitive and user-friendly tool. To be truthful, most of the work involved was in gathering information and planning the layout, not in actually building the app itself. With the minor exception of having to insert some HTML code into text fields to insert links, the tool contained absolutely everything I needed.
The CommonCoreResources app provides some reference points for my staff within the larger context of a professional development program. It was only when the dust settled on this effort that I began to realize some other potentially promising opportunities for a school app. A Willard School app, which has been completed and is awaiting launch, offers the following:
- Much like the CommonCoreResources app is designed to be a one-stop-shop for all things Common Core, the Willard School app serves a similar function relative to information about Willard School. Any announcements and upcoming events can be shared with the school community and updated immediately.
- The app provides increased communication and contact with our school families. While I make weekly calls to parents to provide an overview of the upcoming week, the app provides our families instant access to any school-related information, whenever they are looking for it. It ensures our doors are always open to them.
- Although I am looking at Schoology as an exciting option for our school's Learning Management System (that offers a plethora of communication options), the app also provides increased contact points for our staff, both with our families and with each other.
In short, there are lots of benefits for having an app for your school. It is fairly easy to create and update using The App Builder. I'll keep you posted on how the app is received by the school community once it's launched. Also, the logo above was created using the InstaLogo app. Design elements are particularly challenging for me, and although a bit pricey, the app did produce exactly what I was looking for with minimal hassle, which made it worth the cost.