Smartphone Apps send notifications to a user's smart phone. Many schools in Gippsland are now using smart phone apps to keep parents directly informed of school events, important notices etc. With a smartphone app you can target individuals or groups so only those who need the information get it. The feed from your App may also be embedded on your school website.
Some smart phone apps allow the feed from the app to be embedded on your school website. This means access to your app feed notifications is also available to those parents who do not have a smart phone. See the link below to Woodside Primary School to see how this looks embedded on a page.
Web Feats for Schools is not associated in any way with any of these businesses. I have included links to these websites below only because Gippsland Principals have spoken positively about their usability. Some are simple notification apps and others also offer management platforms for schools as well as an app.
The primary audience for an app is your school community and its purpose is to communicate important, often urgent, information. This might be notifying parents that swimming is cancelled for preps today or the school buses are cancelled.
Your school website's primary audience is parents looking for a school for their child. As such, the main focus of your school website should be to promote the great programs and facilities your school offers through the use of beautiful images and well crafted language.