Smartphones have become a primary tool in our everyday lives, so much so that many schools have introduced mobile technology as a tool to deliver information to both staff and students. Nowadays, it is quite common for schools to use tablets and smartphones as devices for education in the classroom. Recognising the impact mobile technology has had in education, Digistorm identified the gap in the market for customised mobile communication apps for K-12 schools.
Fast forward since launching in 2011, Digistorm now partner with over 300 schools around Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Our fully customised mobile applications, online enrollment portals, websites, and customer relationship systems are rapidly becoming integral elements to school communication, admissions and lead generating processes.
Digistorm has an intimate understanding of the digital best practices for schools, we recognised the need to partner with educational learning management systems that allow us to provide a seamless integration and streamline the delivery of user-friendly school software. This prompted our partnership with Schoolbox, a leading LMS provider for K-12 schools in Australia.
Schoolbox provides an integrated virtual learning environment for school, staff, students and parents to communicate in one place. While Schoolbox has a responsive design, they recognised the need to produce a complimentary school app that would allow users to access the LMS on their mobile devices.
This kick started the partnership between Schoolbox and Digistorm. Schoolbox approached Digistorm for support on developing an integrated mobile school app that gave users instant access to real-time information and correspondence. In 2015, the Digistorm App for Schoolbox was officially launched and provided a platform to support the Schoolbox platform. Since its successful launch, over 90 schools have implemented the app and there has been over 300,000 downloads and 4 major update releases.
Our school mobile app is customised to suit the entire school community. The Digistorm App assists in the communication efforts made by schools, by allowing staff to instantly send out push notifications and report on relevant news and updates via the app.
Parents can be kept up-to-date with their child's schooling life, by accessing due work, timetables, class information, news updates and other relevant content in one place. For example, parents can choose to be notified when their child receives a grade, extra curricular support or a pastoral note.
One of the most common questions that we get is, 'why do we need a school app when Schoolbox is mobile responsive?' Using a mobile app makes accessing Schoolbox simple and easy, providing added benefits over using a web browser.
Digistorm and Schoolbox will continue to work together to give users the best school app experience possible, making it simple and easy for parents, staff and students to use. Our shared mission means the Digistorm App will be streamlined and will evolve over time to deliver industry-leading innovation and educational development.