NYC Schools Add an App Developer from Toledo, Ohio

The Apps for Schools Division of WhizFish Interactive has been awarded Vendor Status with the New York City Department of Education. This will allow the mobile app company to design, build and publish mobile apps, used with smartphones and tablets, for individual NYC schools from pre-school to high school.

WhizFish has already contracted with several NYC schools and is in negotiations with many more to assist them with their mobile outreach to parents, staff, students and the community.

Mobile Apps, published in the iTunes App Store and Google Play are popular with school administrators because most parents, staff and some students use smartphones and tablets as their main communication device. Apps for Schools streamlines all communication and outreach and improves how well the message is received.

Here are some examples of how schools use iPhone and Android apps for outreach and communication:

  • send push notifications to alert parents to everything from grade cards to weather emergencies

  • school social media integration

  • collect fees

  • post pictures and videos including virtual school tours

  • post class schedules

  • provide principal and teacher messages

  • publish sports and other event calendars

The New York City School Department of Education is the largest in the U.S. serving more than 1-million students through 1,800 school locations.
WhizFish is a top developer of mobile apps for schools with client schools across the U.S. It serves both public and private schools and school systems.

Questions Schools Have to ask Before Getting a Mobile App

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Schools are publishing mobile apps in record numbers and with good reason—it is the most direct way to reach parents, faculty and students. But before building an app there are some questions that should be answered.

Is it a good fit? Mobile apps are best when information needs to be pushed out to users quickly and sometimes based on specific location. They are also best when you need to offer convenience factors such as filling out and submitting forms, checking on student progress or paying fees all from a mobile device.

Are your users and team members in the loop? Make sure you know what features your users want. Involving teachers, deans, school support personnel and athletics is important.

Is your App company up to the task? Choose a vendor that is established, has developed similar applications, truly understands the scope and intent of the project, and provides proven customer service.

Will an App add to your workload? An app will reduce workload and streamline communication by doing away with duplication of efforts and offering time-saving features to parents and administrators.

What about cost? A mobile app for a school shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. An app published in iTunes and Google Play will cost a school between a few hundred and few thousand dollars depending on features selected.

Have you designed with the user in mind? Ultimately, success will depend on the user experience, which should be simple, intuitive and highly responsive. The app also should deliver regular, relevant updates.

How will you publicize it? Your target audience won’t use it if they don’t know about it, so make sure you develop a campaign that includes traditional communication, as well as your website and social media channels, to get the word out.

Are you prepared for tomorrow? A mobile app isn’t a one-and-done venture. Make sure your app company will maintain it, apply ongoing upgrades and provide customer support.

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The takeaway here is conversions, plain and simple. Two-thirds of shoppers who research a product or service on a phone or tablet buy almost immediately. For restaurants, the conversion rate is even higher at nearly 80%. The message is pretty clear—build a meaningful mobile experience for your customers and do it now.