How School Mobile Apps Boost Parental Engagement

Published: October 15, 2018

Technology has already had a massive impact on the education sector, and none more so than mobile technology. We almost take for granted the fact that all manner of information is at our fingertips via mobile phones nowadays, but this can be hugely beneficial in an educational environment. Huge numbers of apps have appeared which are intended to improve the experience in education for pupils, parents and teachers alike. And that there is no doubt that these particularly resonate with young people.

Smartphone Dominance

Considering how culturally ubiquitous the smartphone has become, it is easy to forget that the concept is little more than a decade old. Indeed, the first iPhone only appeared in 2007, yet there are already more mobile devices in the world than people. And with technology on the horizon such as the Internet of Things, we can expect a lot more engagement with a wide variety of devices in the future.
If education is to remain relevant, let alone inspiring, to young people then it must harness mobile technology and the revolution that it represents. Businesses in all industrial sectors are taking advantage of the 24-hour accessibility that mobile phones offer. With the average person spending 90 minutes daily on their mobile phone, and many young people probably exceeding this figure, it is clear that mobile apps already have a captive audience.

Ease of Engagement

So an immediate advantage of mobile apps for schools and educational establishments is the ease of engagement involved. Mobile applications are precisely designed to be accessible, and easy for both parents and young people to both comprehend and utilise. There is no doubt that young people particularly enjoy using such technology, but school mobile apps can also boost parental engagement as well.
One of the big problems for many parents is simply juggling the commitments of their hugely busy lives. Very few of us are in a position where we can solely look after our children, without the need to earn a living. Unfortunately, this can often leave parents in a position where they are unable to engage with their children’s education to the degree that would be preferable.
This is where mobile apps come in. by providing and are easily accessible template, mobile technology can make it easier for parents to participate in the educational process, without having to make a massive commitment. Half an hour can invested here and there with any mobile platform, and young people can begin learning, and engaging with their parents as well, quickly and easily. Aside from bonding and connecting with their children, parents often even learn something from the process; enhancing their own knowledge of technology, and familiarising themselves with new concepts and information.


Another attractive aspect of mobile applications is their affordability. The potential for mobile software to effectively provide additional educational support should not be underestimated. Before the advent of technology, such a role could only be performed by an adult guardian or carer. This would mean parents would either need to be in possession of a significant amount of technical knowledge on a certain subject, or else they would need to hire a specialised tutor. Needless to say, this would turn out to be more expensive, and often time-consuming, than utilising a convenient mobile app.

It should also be stated that mobile apps are particularly intuitive, and deliver an immediate interactivity that appeals to all users. Research indicates that people of all ages learn more quickly and effectively when they are able to interact with information, and this is undoubtedly one of the major strengths of mobile apps. Computer software is precisely designed to be interactive, and this can result in better educational outcomes for pupils, while parents can also pick up the information more readily as well.

Direct Interaction

Mobile apps also open up the possibility of direct interaction between children, parents, and schools. The connectivity of technology means that schools can be copied into the learning process, meaning that it is often possible for parents to communicate directly with teachers, and for the progress of young people to be monitored more easily. This sort of integration was, again, impossible before the advent of mobile technology, and represents a massive advantage of the niche.

Vast Information

And another obvious advantage of the mobile revolution is that it offers children and almost limitless palette of information and subjects to digest. Just a few decades ago, the subjects taught within school environments may have been rather limited, but mobile technology opens up massive possibilities in this area. There really is no boundary to what can be accessed and understood via mobile apps, with the process always being enhanced by rich interactivity and learning environments.
Research indicates that interacting with technology enhances the intelligence and cognitive processes of young people. When coupled with the sheer depth of data that mobile applications can deliver, this means that we are breeding a smarter and more well-rounded generation of young people. As more mobile apps become available, so this process will be enhanced.

Budget Pressure

With pressure on budgets in education departments and schools all over the world, it is clear that mobile apps, and technology in general, can play a major role going forward. If students are to gain access to the best quality of educational material, mobile apps are certainly one of the best sources of this information. Furthermore, they deliver teaching in a form that is compelling and easily comprehensible for young people, and encourage interactivity between children and parents.
It is no wonder that schools are enthusiastically embracing school mobile apps, and classrooms of the future will feature this technology as an inevitable fixture.

Best School Mobile App from Webanywhere

Category: Jotter Mobile

Published: September 27, 2018

Webanywhere’s School Jotter mobile app offers your school a versatile and bespoke digital gateway that enables engagement with stakeholders and the local community, promotes your school’s ethos and serves as a fantastic way to stay connected.
Linked to our School Jotter system, the mobile app now means access to all your tools on the move. Compatible with a range of devices such as phones and tablets (both iOS and Android) users are no longer tethered and can take everything they need with them. With customisable options and an unbeatable level of customer support, a school can truly make the app their own, giving it a unique identity and setting it apart.
Whether it be creating links to the local community by making content available, streamlining work processes by using organisational tools, or sending alerts about important school events, Webanywhere’s school mobile app makes these tasks effortless and mobile, all in a digital environment that is as unique as your educational establishment.

Why your school needs its own app

  • Send free instant messages (no more buying text credits)
  • No character limit, unlimited messages
  • Add multiple contacts
  • Read receipts show the school when parents have read messages
  • Deliver the latest school news, events and updates to parents
  • Go paperless by sending letters and newsletters home
  • Send surveys for parents to complete
  • Parents can synchronise school calendar to their own device
  • A secure and reliable platform
  • DfE/Ofsted Compliant
  • Cheaper than 90% of current text message platforms

With the School Jotter mobile app, you can extend your school brand into the hands of your parents’ and send school messages and updates instantly to their mobile phone for free! We have found that for every hit on a school website a school gets around 6 hits on our mobile app.
The app is free for all end users (parents, students etc) to download from either the iOS App Store or Google Play.
Join over 4,000 schools in the UK that use School Jotter websites, mobile apps and school software.

[Press Release] School Jotter App Trending on the Apple App Store

Published: June 22, 2018

Webanywhere’s school mobile app, School Jotter, is trending on the Apple App Store as one of the best Education apps in the market.
School Jotter, a UK school mobile app has been trending at #16 for Education on the Apple app store. The app is increasingly gaining popularity thanks to its ability to connect primary school teachers with parents. School Jotter as the most downloaded school mobile app in the UK is also available in multiple markets including the USA, New Zealand, Australia and more.
The user friendly School Jotter mobile app became a hit with schools as they use it to contact parents and share their latest news, events and updates. Cool features such as push notifications, school calendars and instant communication with parents to name a few are included in this app.
Schools can contact and be contacted by individuals and groups of parents for free, reducing the amount spent on reprographics as school communications like Headteachers’ newsletters can be accessed via the app. With school budgets being reduced, the app helps schools to be more efficient and save time and money.

Currently, there are over 100,000 people using it in the UK making it the most popular school website and communications mobile app in the country. On top of that, School Jotter has received over 100 of 5-star reviews from parents on Google Play describing it as the best method of communication between school and parent.
“Best form of communication when you don’t always get letter on time from the kids, the calendar is fab!” a user wrote.
“Much easier than trying to keep on top of letter that teachers stick in the kids school bags.” said another user.
The School Jotter mobile app has the ability to automatically sync with a school website, meaning this is quick, easy to implement and can transform parental engagement. Using the app is so simple that even the least tech-savvy teachers can update it.
As Ofsted is becoming more and more focused on parental communication and engagement, the School Jotter app makes sure schools effectively meet the requirements that helps them get an outstanding rating.
This application is built by Webanywhere and is part of the School Jotter suite of products. To find out more visit or call them on 0113 320 0750.