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.
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 developer.android.com/design, 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.