Raising the bar

Every now and then something happens in a school that really excites me. Today I read about the iPhone app that IS Porchester Junior School in Nottingham. Following on from their ‘mobile website’ ideas and their excellent ‘vodcasts’ this is the next step along their creative road. From the school web site:

If you’ve got an iPhone, or an iPod touch, then you need to get the Porchester App. Yes, that’s right, we have our very own App, designed and created by Mr. Widdowson, available for free from the App store that brings you the latest website articles, videos and audio from school.

We think it’s brilliant, and we’re not sure but…we might just be the first school to have our own App.

Ultimately, there is no denying that Web Apps are having a profound influence on so many different sectors, and therefore we are excited to see what the future might hold for our App. We already have a few ideas in mind about how to use the App to improve our marketing efforts.

Above all, developing the App has been a fascinating process, and I am so happy with how it has all come together. If you would like to learn more about how Web Apps like ours are developed, you can look here.

Last evening Simon Widdowson tweeted: Exciting times at Porchester Junior. We’ve just launched an iPhone app for the school website;http://j.mp/5Dobvs , http://twitpic.com/yzjdy and many people downloaded and took a look.

I don’t know of any other school who has their own iPhone app for communicating with children and parents and this seems to me to have raised the bar for everyone else.

I had a long conversation with Simon at BETT last week and he was excited about the potential of new ideas (particularly interested in video podcasting) but he didn’t let on about this development. I think that this has opened the door for other schools to think about their communication with their communities – I feel sure that, like the four-minute mile or climbing Everest now that it has been done, many bwill follow.

Well done Simon – you spotted an opportunity and took it and well done Keith Harrison (head teacher) for having an open, creative approach to the technologies.

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by: Kevin Dooley

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