PSA App

Category: Apps for Teachers

Ages: 5-7 7-11
Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Keep parents updated about school events, dates, and news with this easy to use and secure app.  Both android and iOS devices are supported. 

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Teacher Review

Using children as deliverers of important information to parents was never an ideal system but, before technology intervened, it was the only choice that schools had.  Now schools can disseminate crucial and time-critical information to parents in an instant using PSA app.

This app ensures that information is shared effectively between schools and parents. Dates, events, policies, changes of plan and all sorts of other news can be passed to parents using it.  Schools use a web-based service to update and add the content and then it is pushed straight to the app for parents to see. The school can send push notifications (like texts ) as an alert .

It is possible, if your child's school is large or particularly active, that you might receive an overwhelming amount of messages with many not relevant to you.  To ensure that this remains manageable, users can subscribe to certain message groups and select only those that are whole school issues and those relevant to them.

The calendar of events from the schools can similarly be filtered.  No user will have to work out which dates and events they need to know. Parents can select only events applying to a single year group to be displayed.

There is one important proviso for these very useful filtering systems: the home school must be using them and marking each event item or message with the group(s) it belongs to.  If schools are going to make use of the convenience of this app, they do need to make good use of its features if they are to prove its value to parents.

The app seamlessly integrates with other web services e.g. calendar iCal and the ability to place the calendar in the app on a website so not increasing admin.  Existing Twitter and Facebook accounts can become part of the process rather than a separate one.  Maps are pulled into posts about events to make finding new locations easier.  The app can also work as a repository for links to important school services such as event booking and finances.  In these cases, the service's web page opens up within the app.

It all works very smoothly.  For anybody with a basic familiarity with other apps, this one should be very quick and easy to pick up and use effectively.

Each user will need to be the log-in credentials.  This adds an extra step when compared to other similar services but does provide an enhanced security aspect.  A school's events and, therefore, how and where children are spending their time, is restricted to valid users of the app.

The app is available on the two major phone platforms of iOS and Android.  There are some differences between the two versions but these are to keep consistency with the device's own look and feel.  By doing this, users will quickly be able to learn how to use the app as it matches their expectations and experiences with other apps on their phone.

PSA app covers everything you could expect from an app of this type and does it well.  Both parents and schools will appreciate the simplicity and effectiveness of its approach.

From the Developer

If you have a child at Primary School App you can have your own personal view of the full calendar of events, activities and school news.

No more out-of-date paper calendars, searching through letters from the school or browsing the website – everything you need to know, when you need it, at your fingertips!

Key features of the current version:
- View the school calendar and make it more relevant to you by using the calendar filters and save them to your calendar
- View the school news
- Receive important messages

How to Use the App

At the bottom of the screen there are five tabs:

Home:

See a summary of the latest news and today’s news. You can click on the event it will take you to the full event details. The latest five news items can be scrolled through to view the headlines, you can click on the headline to view the full news story.

Calendar

This can be viewed in two ways; as Month To View or List View. You can switch between these views using the icons in navigation bar at the top of the page. On the centre left is a small calendar icon and on the right is a small list icon.

When using the Month To View and one of the dates is marked by a dot, this indicates that there is an event on that day. If you tap on that date, you will see the event appear below the calendar. Tap any event to see more detailed information and a map of the event location (if applicable).

In the List View, you can scroll through all this months events, in date order. Again, you can tap any event to see more detailed information and a map of the event location (if applicable).

You can even import an event into your personal calendar from your app, if you select the import icon. Please note that if an event is altered in this calendar it will not change the details in your personal calendar unless you re-import the data.

Messages

Shows you all the messages for your school or organisation. Also within this section you can assign yourself to personalised message groups, simply click on message groups to activate and deactivate which messages you would like to see.

News

Shows all the latest stories from your school or organisation. If you tap on any news item you will be able to see more detail.

Information:

In this tab you can view the schools documentation (if applicable ) such as there prospectus, news letters and links to further website links to more information. You can also share the app via email and social media

Calendar Filters:

Clicking on calendar filters, this gives you the opportunity to only see those calendar items that are relevant to you by selecting the Departments and Activities the app will display.

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Primary School App is for iPhone, version 7 and above.

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In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No