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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

MCPSS featured on new mobile app

Posted by Comm. Dept. in General  |  Comments (9)

Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) has partnered with locally based web hosting provider, SCHOOLinSITES, to offer a new mobile app that allows users to access school and district information directly from an iPhone. The free app, SiS Connect, will enhance communication efforts made by MCPSS.

MCPSS encourages parents and students to download the SiS Connect mobile app as an extension of their district and school websites. SiS Connect allows parents and students to access homework, lunch menus, current news, upcoming school events, staff details, parent information and more.

Users are also given the ability to add multiple schools to a personalized list of favorites. “Our new app benefits parents who have multiple children attending different schools within Mobile County, now they have the ability to quickly access all of their children’s information within one app” said David Akridge, Executive Manager CIO for Mobile County Schools.

The free app is available to all of the more than 6,000 SCHOOLinSITES schools across 48 states. The user friendly interface is designed to view information in no more than three clicks. The information is presented differently on the iPhone and the iPad to make the best use of the form factor of each device type.

“We are quite proud to be the first K-12 web provider to have an app in the iTunes Store. It’s a credit to our development team and all of our school partners across the country to be the first company to provide this service.” said Gabi Constantine, SCHOOLinSITES CEO.

SCHOOLinSITES is the industry leader in providing the most cost effective solutions for schools and districts for all of their online communications. For over a decade SCHOOLinSITES has worked hand and hand with educators to truly understand what tools it takes to be successful. SCHOOLinSITES has used that relationship to create a collection of tools which focuses on improving communication between schools, districts, parents and the community. SCHOOLinSITES proprietary software provides easy to use online controls to develop and maintain individual websites and online communities.

Comments on "MCPSS featured on new mobile app"

2/21/2013 4:27:36 PM CST

1. Cassandra Tyler said...

Seems as if it's time to go back to the drawing board to make the app smartphone friendly.

2/19/2013 1:42:56 PM CST

2. Angela said...

2/6 post from School Insights says Android version is coming...will an update be sent to notify parents of the Android Version?


2/19/2013 12:04:03 PM CST

3. Sonya Bryant said...

It will not work with Iphones that don't have iOS 5. :(

2/13/2013 8:34:51 AM CST

4. G.C. said...

While it was said in the comments that an Android version is being developed, can I please ask the SchoolInSites developers to design it following Android's design principles set forth by Google?

While I understand that the apps must function alike, we must acknowledge that these are two different platforms and that an iPhone user will not pick up their friend's Android device to see how the SchoolInSites app functions.

I would like the app to follow the Holo design principles found on, and "plug-in" to common Android functions like Intents. If I press the share button in the iPhone app, I would expect to be taken to an e-mail form. If a press the share button in the Android app, an Intents share menu needs to pop-up and ask if I want to share the article through my Twitter, Facebook, or any other app I have that accepts URLs.

2/7/2013 8:42:19 AM CST

5. Lisa said...

I downloaded this app on my iPhone, and it's great! I can look at info for MCPSS and for both of my children's schools without having to go to separate web sites. It's all in one place. Nice!

2/6/2013 12:53:05 PM CST

6. anon said...

Time spent making an iPhone app but not a droid.

2/6/2013 12:23:39 PM CST

7. Ginger Chambliss said...

Very good!

2/6/2013 10:57:00 AM CST

8. shelia lee said...

Disappointed that I can not get this on my droid and that it is only for apple users. 

2/6/2013 10:30:54 AM CST

9. DY Eldridge said...

So there's an iPhone app. What about non-iPhone smartphones?

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