We’re wrapping up development of our Planner and we’re really excited for fall to start already so Greenwich High School can be the first to use it. Part of what this product gives to schools that they’ve never had before is a digital identity for students and teachers. To accomplish this, we put a lot of time into the schedule setup process. We knew that most student management systems do not allow third party access, so in most cases we would have students and teachers manually enter their schedules into our Planner. If the product was going to be successful, this experience had to be fast, easy, and welcoming. It also had to really feel like the school it belonged to, while keeping the quality and simplicity that we promise in all of our apps.
There is only one version of the app to download for each school, and users are presented with a login screen when first opening the program. It’s here that they tell the program whether they’re students or teachers.
After they unlock the program, they see their school colors and an inviting setup screen, specifically tailored to their school’s schedule. This makes the app feel personalized, unlike other generic planning applications. All of this is set against a beautiful photo of their school to create a first glimpse at a digital identity most high schools have never had.
Tapping “Select Class” takes users through a simple, guided setup process that retains the inviting and personal feel. It prompts for pretty standard schedule features, including a color for each class. It also accounts for classes linked to one another, like lab sections. Here’s what it looks like:
Users continue through this process until they finish setting up their schedule, at which point they can review it and hit the finish button. Here’s what a finished one looks like:
We feel that the setup process is the most important piece of the puzzle. Generic planner apps just aren’t personalized enough for the average user to feel connected to. Especially in a school, where schedules differ by building, the only way to ensure users can rely on us 100% of the time is to customize our app around our users. Making this clear from the first time the user opens the app was one of our goals, and we’re happy with how it works know. Let us know what you think! Maybe your school will be the next one we build around.