Burnie High School

Info app is cool for school


COMMUNICATION TOOL:  Burnie High School's ICT co-ordinator Ben Lohrey displays the Skoolbag app, a resource to keep students informed.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

An innovative mobile phone app is providing communication between a North-West Coast school and its students.

Burnie High School is embracing modern technology through the use of the Skoolbag app, which is a resource for important information and reminders from the school to students and parents.

The app, which is available on an iPhone, iPad and android, features the school's newsletters, calendar, policy documents and other information.

It also offers push notifications, which are messages sent to the device with new or updated information.

"If a sport training is on or an event is cancelled it lets people know straight away," information communication technology co-ordinator Ben Lohrey said.

The app also provides links to the BHS and The Advocate Newspaper websites, when relevant documents are uploaded, and students just have to tap on the link on their device, which will lead them to the website.

"You don't have to sit down at a computer and type in the website, which people aren't as likely to do," Mr Lohrey said.

"This improves communication as more people will know what is going on."

The app was developed by and Australian company and is used by more than 1100 schools across the world.

BHS pays a small price for the app and has it tailored to use the school's information and suit its needs.

"It is very cost effective, just $1 per student per year after it is set up."

Mr Lohrey said utilising the app was just one way of staying up to date with modern technologies and engaging effectively with students.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate