Blogs

January 3, 2017

Useful apps to boost your productivity

Today, I did a hands-on workshop in the Summit Public Library about apps that will boost your productivity in your daily life. I got an amazing audience who were very interactive and enthusiastic. Some of them were really good technologists, like my friend, Tara Grey, who helps people one-on-one with technology. Here is my presentation: Apps to improve your productivity in your business or personal life from Nirupama Mallavarupu      
October 20, 2016
How the app is designed for the best user experience

School Directory App: The Anatomy of an Intuitive and Easy-to-Use Mobile Directory

The goal of this article is to highlight the design elements that go into the creation of a school directory app. The school directory app translates and presents a database of information in a format that can be easily found and accessed by the parent or member in the school. Essentially, the user should be able to find the information that they need, e.g., parent or teacher’s contact information, quickly and intuitively from a school directory app. The three most important aspects to building a user-friendly school directory app are: Information Architecture, User Interface and User Experience. All these three components are reflected in MobileArq School Directory app. The objective of the design was to make the school directory app an easy-to-use tool for a K-12 school parent.   With the MobileArq school directory app, a parent can easily connect with another parent or a teacher/staff within the school community.   The organization […]
October 10, 2016
A more-connected school with a MobileArq school directory

Forget Paper Directories, Wilton Schools are Going Digital & Mobile!

This article was reproduced with permission from  Heather Borden Herve, Editor of the Good Morning Wilton newspaper. By Heather Borden Herve, Editor, Good morning Wilton Wilton Public Schools are taking one more giant step forward into the technological era, as theParent Teacher Associations (PTA) in all four Wilton schools are taking the PTA directories and handbooks mobile. Say goodbye to the spiral bound paper books listing all the families with children enrolled in each school, and say hello to digital directories on a phone app. Hopefully launching in time for Meet the Teacher Day on Thursday, Sept. 1, the initiative was led by Nicola Davies, president of the Cider Mill PTA. She’s cautious about being over-excited even as other parents who’ve heard about the change think the idea is amazing. “I hope so, fingers crossed,” Davies says, looking ahead to next week’s launch and hoping it all goes smoothly. “It’s kind […]
August 11, 2016

Mobile School Directories and the ‘Go Green’ Movement in US Schools

Every year thousands of schools in states across the US continue to go through the grueling process of compiling and printing school directories for parents.   These directories include names and contact information of families, students and teachers and represent a valuable school resource for parents.   However, the print directories consume significant levels of paper and ink products, a ‘tradition’ that is at odds with the School’s mission to ‘Go Green’. The production and use of paper contribute towards significant pollution of our environment, affecting, air, water and land. Even paper recycling can be a source of pollution due to the sludge produced during de-inking (remove ink from the paper being recycled).  The increasing demands for paper consumption has led to deforestation of ‘old growth forests’, compounding the ecological impact of increased Greenhouse gas production and global warming. The digital directories represent an ideal ‘Go Green’ solution to the drawbacks of […]