Philadelphia School App

Keeping track of financial one’s status has been a practice many people have developed overtime, leading to a strong account structure, especially with the assistance of todays’ mobile banking apps. My app design thrives off of this idea to correlate with the financial status of the public schools here in Philadelphia. The basis of this app design is to connect eligible donors directly to the school they insist on donating to. Giving the users a track record of how the school is making out with things like supplies, teachers, and other essential needs a school should have. Social interaction will be a big part of the design of this app, as it is of high important to have a discussion board on the interface available to the community. Opening up a discussion board between principals, teachers, nurses, and the public will create a stronger relationship between everyone, and schools will be able to attain better assistance from third party investors. Those with the intention to making the status of public schools better will find that this app is the perfect platform to do it on.

Due to the mobility of this app, users will be able to read up on public schools in Philadelphia and be informed on the status of the school in real-time. History shows that people find the ability to read and write on the go, has attributed to the liking of mobile technologies. “Mobiles are widely used in multi- or transmedia, multisite, collective experiences, evident in the implication of mobiles in games, art, locative media, and even digital storytelling, This is a potentially rich development in reading—and, down the track, the history of the book,” (Goggin 2012). As civilization advances, the mobility of apps have become something of a societal norm. If an app does not offer what many of the mobile technologies gives to users today, then it will be tough for the app to prosper and remain relevant.

My app design will highlight the interactions between users on the platform by having users vote on the greatest discussion boards. The threads with the highest votes will make the headline for review by school officials. One of the most important features is to connect parents of the students directly to schools their children attend. “To ensure their children’s happiness and safety in the present and to help them succeed in the future, parents such as the Weltons, Nelsons, Richters, and Dykstras schedule their growing children’s leisure time with many empowering activities of personal enrichment,” (Clark 2013). Due to bettering their child’s status, parents will want to stay engaged on the platform my app will provide them.

When it comes to privacy, it’s always best to not show your entire hand, as studies show that this can lead to the downfall of ones’ status. Privacy is a form of protection, and no one likes to get into a financial situation completely unprotected. For this reason my app design will only require certain amount of information and practically be cookie-free. Each time you login, the app you will be required to input your information manually in order to access the platform. You won’t be asked to link your credit card account to make payments easier, and the app will keep your personal information completely confidential.

As an app that is geared towards bettering the school system, it will remain being a strong platform if it could be shared along-side with Facebook. We live in a society where people enjoy sharing information about themselves on a digital network. By coexisting with a platform like Facebook, my app will be able to live in the social network with a stronger presence than if it was independent. Linking the two social platforms will also create a state of reform in its structure. Alice Markwick’s research on the theory of social surveillance, stating that it encompasses using social media sites to broadcast information, survey content created by others, and regulating one’s own content based on perceptions of the audience (Marwick 2012). Utilizing this concept of the social surveillance theory, my app will have the assistance from its users to help keep the interactions on the app civil. Apps can easily turn into a battleground for modern-day trolls, straying away from the apps original intentions. The last thing I want to see is the app being misused due to no social surveillance.

Accessing the app will be pretty simple and along the same line as many other apps. Requiring only for you the user, to set up your account with your email, username, and password. Once you confirm your account through validating it with the confirmation email, you will have access to much of what is available on the platform’s interface. You will be able to see a list of schools all around Philadelphia, its financial status indicated by a red, yellow, or green icon; and also after clicking on the discussion board tab, you will have access to either a general discussion, or if selected a specific school’s discussion. Giving users to access this app will further the communication between the community and public schooling system. “Research has demonstrated that the mobile plays a role in facilitating rural-urban links and remittances in the developing world,” (Donner 2008). Connecting the community to public schools in Philadelphia will position the education system to get better, giving the children a chance to do well in the future.

Work cited

Goggin, Gerard and Hamilton, Caroline. (2012). “Reading After the Phone: E-reader and mobile media,” in N. Arceneaux & A. Kavoori (Eds), The Mobile Media Reader. New York: Peter Lang. p. 102-119

Goggin, Gerard. (2006). Cell Phone Culture: Mobile technology in everydaylife. London: Routledge. Chapter 5, p. 89-103.

Marwick, Alice. (2012). “Public Domain: Surveillance in everyday life.” Surveillance & Society. 9(4): 378-393.

Donner, Jonathan. (2008). “Shrinking Fourth World?” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 29-42


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