Principals Today #103

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Learning Space | School Tools

Staying connected with school-specific apps Tailor made, fast and efficient, SnApp Mobile’s customised School Apps are designed to keep everyone up to date and in the loop. Don’t waste time sending out hundreds of emails or printing newsletters, the School App is not only a great tool to stay connected, but is also a step in the right direction for schools who want to rid of its paper trail. Making waves in schools across the country and abroad, School Apps is the logical choice for schools who want to smarten up the way they communicate with teachers, office staff, parents, students and the wider community. Whether there’s a last minute change for school events, upcoming deadlines, notifying the school of absences or looking to access or provide personal

information, all this and more can be done using a School App which ensures important notifications get through at the right time and to the right people. The app has high visual appeal and a user experience design that people can navigate easily. It can be customised to suit schools requirements and be downloaded for free from Google Play or the iTunes store by students and parents who own iPhones and androids. The school pays a monthly fee to SnApp Mobile to update and modify the app when needed. The Hawke’s Bay-based company SnApp Mobile was established in January 2013 by Steve Butler and Joshua Woodham, and has since grown to employ a staff of nine. While SnApp Mobile also designs applications for small businesses, it started developing apps for schools late last year and has become an exciting focus for the company.

With new schools coming on board every week, SnApp Mobile is currently working with around 70 schools in New Zealand, Australia and the UK from pre-school through to tertiary. One school on the School App band wagon is Christchurch Girls’ High School. “We have developed apps for 17 schools around New Zealand including one for Christchurch Girls’ High School, which went to number one for New Zealand education apps in the iTunes store only two days after its launch. We are currently developing apps for two UK schools,” Steve says. “It’s absolutely becoming a focus for us. Referrals are frequently world of mouth, with parents, students and staff appreciating the pluses of such an app.”

Hawke’s Bay and building a great team and business from the ground up. “With the growing workload in mind we expect our business will treble in the next 12 months.” SnApp Mobile is aware of how important communication software is and is able to integrate with a majority of the newsletter software, school websites, student management systems and learning management systems that New Zealand schools are currently using. The best way to get an app for your school is to go to SnApp Mobile’s website and fill out the free quote form. schoolappsnewzealand

After eight years in Wellington, Steve thought it would be difficult moving back home. However, he’s found nothing beats living in beautiful

WORLD WAR I CHANGED THE FACE OF BANKING FOREVER Find out more at Bank of New Zealand Museum When Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, there was no question that New Zealand would support Britain in the war effort. There was a rush for men to enlist. Women were employed by BNZ to fill the gap, a move that permanently changed the workplace. Bank of New Zealand Museum offers a unique view of New Zealand since 1861, providing insight into the way our country has evolved both socially and financially. Explore life on the home front with our flexible programmes for school groups aged 8 and over. Students are invited to use typewriters, sealing wax and cheques in our 1800’s teller’s box, while learning how individuals contributed to daily life during WW1.   Term 3, 2014 | 25