2020 has been ‘the’ year that changed the world in a million ways, and when we talk business, it has impacted EVERY industry. Even education has not remained unaffected, but owing to the evolution of smartphones and mobile applications the pandemic did affect the way learning and teaching took place but could not ruin it. This led to the rise of school mobile apps for learning. And who knows that this might be a much better way of learning and soon becomes “the new normal”. After all, advanced technology has bridged the gap between learners and teachers.
Also, with this plethora of educational apps, learning has changed tremendously becoming far easier, simpler and engaging both for the students as well as the teachers. The best part is that the students or the teachers don’t have to be at one place together as the apps can easily be accessed from anywhere and at any time.
Looking at the ever-increasing prominence of e-learning apps and the many benefits of accessing digital education, this whole education market has become very lucrative for app developers as well as the entrepreneurs.
In case you are looking to enter into this business niche by developing an education app, then this article has got you covered.
Market Statistics Concerning e-Learning & Education apps
As per Statista, 43% of the US students find the digital learning technologies very helpful to do the homework, while 36% of the students state it has been helpful to organize their schedule. Another survey stated that 81 percent of the students felt that with the help of Digital learning it was possible to boost their grades.
Presently, there are approximately 20 million students, staff members, and faculty members who use Educational Apps launched by the Google. And there are more 400 universities that use YouTubeEdu to post the lectures as well as full online courses. In fact, right now educational apps are the third most famous app on Apple App Store and they take a share of 8.5 percent.
Worldwide Mobile Education App Downloads 2017 – 2020
What Should A School App Be Like?
Now the most basic requirement of any school is to have a smooth, compatible, secure and reliable communication platform. And in the times of pandemic, it has become a kind of necessity for the schools and educational institutions to offer this kind of platform to the teachers, students and the administration, so that the proceedings can take place in a smooth manner. It allows the school, faculties, parents, students to be in touch with one another and at the same time allows to send updates when required.
Having a great app makes communication speedy, efficient, and transparent for the organization. And at the same time, an app that is based on user understanding and also covers the entire academic lifestyle of all the students is a necessity for educational institutions today. Hence, try to create an app that best suits your needs, is profitable, and at the same time is easier to maintain.
Types Of School & Education Mobile Apps
- Language Learning & Teaching App
- Online Tuition Apps
- School Fee Management App
- Student Attendance Management App
- Exam Preparation & Mock Tests App
- Quizzes and Puzzle App
- Audio & Video Lessons App
- ERP Software For Managing Schools, Colleges & Universities
Popular School Mobile Apps
Among the most successful school apps, few are:
This app offers instant and smooth communication and boosts parent involvement by marking attendance via the app and also enables uploading it online for the parents and administration. With the app, there is no requirement for any sort of worksheets as here the homework is allotted and the app also updates the parents regarding it. With automated correction functionality and results to be obtained via the app, the app makes things easier for the teachers as well. There is also a feature for online diary that keeps students’ records and other information. At the same time, it allows the school admin to share marks with parents. Also, the app enables online fee payment that again saves a lot of hassle.
This is a user-friendly school management app that is available both on mobile and desktop. The app is easy to use, supports latest functionalities and caters the needs of the schools, parents and teachers. Like, it offers several options to mark attendance this makes even a monotonous task quick & simple. It allows teachers to assign homework to students, share pictures and videos with parents. At the same time promotes the teacher-parent engagement by effectively and speedily conveying crucial updates & news, such as a sports event or parent-teacher meet. Meanwhile, the app’s best feature for teachers is its analytics dashboard where information is provided in graphical manner for better analysis and students’ progress are again easy to track from anywhere and at any time.
In this, the app allows to create Student Profiles containing all details about the Students, such as photo, address, contact number, class, and teacher-parent details. It allows marking daily attendance by teachers and it can be viewed by parents as well. School Plus is an app that is available for both mobile and desktop and helpfully saves a lot of time of the users by offering templates for quick & easy content creation. It displays all about the tests, exam results, fee details, attendance, class timetables. Here the parents can be constantly notified & updated regarding the scholastic activities of their kids.
This app, known for fostering brand building, facilitates the parents to view timetables, attendance and make fee payment online. No need to visit schools during these unsafe times, and make easy payments while sitting at home. The app sends automated fee reminders, and passes other important information through emails and SMSs.
This app again publishes the timetable and fee can be managed easily as here it as online fee payment option. It allows its teachers to create MCQ based questions on-the-go, while the tests can be attempted by the students online. This way students’ performance can be analyzed in a few simple steps. It allows the School and the teachers to schedule exam and publish the results online. With all of these features, the app comes out as the best app for the schools & parents.
Next comes how the School app can be monetized in order to make it lucrative.
Monetization Strategies For School App
These apps can be monetized in many ways allowing the makers to earn more, such as:
This is one of the most popular monetization methods that allows the app to earn more. In freemium, the basic version of the app is offered free of cost and then the premium version is offered at a certain price. Through the Freemium version, the target audience is captivated by the premium app version.
Free Trial or Demo
In this traditional method, app access is allowed for free for a limited period of time. The free app allows users to access all the app for a limited amount of time, and then they are asked to buy the subscription after a certain time if they like your app. With a free trial, the app has a chance to gain popularity, and then there are many apps that allow to run the app it even without buying the paid version.
This one is the most effective and the easiest monetization model. However, it can only start once your app has reached a vast number of audiences. Once the app platform has gained prominence, this monetization strategy can be put to good use. However, there are times when this model ends up disturbing the app users by disrupting something that user is doing with an app. This break of concentration is often disliked by the users and puts the app in a negative light. Hence, to put this strategy to use, it is vital to initiate a thorough research and only show the relevant advertisements.
This monetization strategy can be implemented only when the app owner thinks that the app has the potential and they think the app is certain to gain popularity. This model works best for businesses which has a good reputation and enjoy a myriad of loyal clients. This way they can confidently launch the paid app version in the market directly.
What Are The Benefits Of Developing A School Mobile App?
The benefits of getting a School mobile app are many and are for all the app users, such as:
Benefits For School
A school app allows for a school to create a brand name on a larger level as they get a chance to make their presence on big platforms like Google. Admission inquiries can be posted on the app and this increases the admission growth. There can be online fee payment which would be fast and on time and the app can constantly remind parents of the due date. Besides that, there is a convenience of having Students & Staff attendance on app, and the school can also schedule events & activities on the app.
Benefits For Staff
The app allows staff like teachers to take class attendance via app and allows them to send remarks to the particular student directly on the app. Teachers and other staff can receive parents’ inquiries about their kids directly and the teachers can also add results of the students’ for respective exams subject-wise. Staff is able to receive as well as send instant notification to school, students, or parents, and the app allows the staff to edit/update their profile information. At the same time, daily logs concerning working hours can be managed and staff can assign tasks & assignments to kids via the app.
Benefits For Parents
With the help of the app, parents are able to track the kids’ attendance & test results, lest there are any, and they can receive their kids’ exam schedule and marks in the app itself. Parents can also receive school events details & information and receive instant information from schools via push notifications. The app also allows the parents to check their kids’ bus/transportation in real-time via GPS.
General Features to Add In A School Management Mobile App
- Sign-Up via Email
- Updates about student performance
- Download notes
- View upcoming school events
- Access attendance records and results
- Pay online fees
- Download Assignments
- Access school calendar & diary dates
- Push notifications about upcoming exams
- Secure Sign-Up
- View study tips
- Locate school events
- View School Newsletters and e-magazine
- View and submit homework
- View course information and books related to it
- Push messages & instant alerts for exams
- Submit attendance
School Admin Panel
- Send Notes and study material to parents
- Answer parents query
- Send students reports
- Generate reports
- Assign teachers and courses
- Manage fees
- Create and manage events
Advanced Features Of School & Education Apps
To access the app, the users need to login/signup into the app, and this can be made easy and simple by allowing logging in and signing up via social media accounts. Here the users won’t require filling in long details to signup or enter login details each time to enter into the app.
An essential feature for any app, it allows the app to send real-time updates to the users, thus they can be informed about any activity related to the app.
This functionality promotes user interaction within the app.
When a payment system is integrated into the app, it enables its users to make easy payments, via PayPal, e-Wallets, Debit/Credit Cards, and NetBanking.
This is an important feature in the app useful for storing media or other documents on the app via a database server.
Most educational apps consist of AR & VR-based games. Which makes it easier for the kids to learn, as usually, the text-based courses don’t interest the kids.
Video & Sounds
When the educational content is offered in video or audio format, it sticks more to the brain. Hence it is advised to integrated the school apps with videos and sounds.
Having Video Session feature allows for live tutorials and live interaction with their mentor. This way their doubts can be cleared easily and on time. At the same time, it is suggested to ask learners to offer their feedback on how the session benefitted them, so as to find how they can further improve the experience.
It is kind of vital that the app offers offline mode, hence allowing students to download the lessons for times when they might face the issue of low or no internet connectivity. This will also increase user engagement with the app.
Offer Mock Tests
Tests are important part of learning and often students like to check how prepared they are for the actual exams and here mock tests can very much help.
Required Team Structure For Developing A School App
Once the research work is done regarding how you really want your app to be, it is now time to decide on the development team for you app. Now, first it is important to decide whether you want the app for a single platform, i.e., Android or iOS, or both the platforms. As, accordingly one can make a decision on the development team. As to get the app developed for both the platforms, two different development teams would be required, one would be Android app development team and second would be iOS App Development team.
Also, to get the app developed, one needs to look for a good app development firm and ensures that it has a highly skilled and experienced set of app development team consisting of:
- Project Manager
- A team of Android developers
- A team of iOS developers
- Back-end Developers
- UX/UI Designers
- Quality Analysts
How Much It Costs To Create A School Mobile App?
There are several factors that decide the cost of a School mobile app, depends on and here we have discussed a few of them, such as:
Hourly Rates of App Development Company
The app’s cost depends on the number of hours spent on developing it. Meanwhile, the hourly rates differs from country to country and the rates are higher in the countries of Europe, USA, and comparatively a lot less in India. Thus, if you choose to get an app developed by an Indian app development company it is going to cost a lot less.
Number of Platforms
Another factor on which the development cost of an app depends on is the platforms and devices, as mentioned above. More platforms means more development teams, and it means double the cost with each development team.
An app created with basic functionalities and without the integration of third-party APIs tend to cost a lot less than the app developed with advanced features and third-party APIs integrated.
There are a number of stages an app design process goes through, like Prototyping, wireframing, development and testing, etc. An app with complex design structure costs more and app with simple design costs less.
Backend Integration & Testing
When an app is integrated with third-party service for enhanced performance and has more functionalities integrated, the cost increases simultaneously. And then the testing by the development team to find the bugs and errors again adds to the development cost of an app.
Once the app has been developed, it still requires continuous revisions, bug-fixing, version updates, enhancements, code optimization, and for all this it is necessary to keep certain budget aside, which is generally one-fifth of app’s original development cost.
Hence, to create an app for a single platform with basic functionalities, the cost can be anywhere around $25000-$35000, while an app with advanced features and third-party APIs integrations can cost anywhere around $50000-$70000.