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Burke Ward gets own app

Monday, 12th August, 2013

Burke Ward principal Brad Lyne with the school’s new app. Burke Ward principal Brad Lyne with the school’s new app.

By Emily Roberts

Burke Ward Public School has stepped into the new technology age with their own “app”.

Principal Brad Lyne said they made the app because social media was now such a big part of daily life.

“We were just trying to make sure we were connected with the parents,” Mr Lyne said.

“Social media is a massive factor in our lives. Through this app we can send out a message and engage with the community.”

“App” (an abbreviation of application) is a piece of software that can be run on the internet, a computer or a smartphone.

Mr Lyne said with the app, parents can send in absentee notes, make requests for interviews and be reminded about events.

“Hopefully, soon they will be able to pay for things with the app,” he said.

“Parents can also take photos at events and send it straight through to us. It goes on our Facebook page and our website.

“It is just instant.”

Mr Lyne said the app was an extra tool and people who don’t have smartphones would still be given information via printed newsletters and notes.

“We just wanted to use this to communicate with the community,” he said.

The app was designed by Active Schools Apps.

“We worked closely with them to design the app,” Mr Lyne said.

“I am very pleased with how well it has been received. I would encourage all schools to look into it.”

To search for the app, look up Burke Ward Public School on iTunes or on your Android server.

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