Shoalhaven teachers who hate paperwork will love a new app created by a Mollymook man.
Schoolteacher David Gregory designed Xcursion to solve his own problem but has now helped others streamline reporting.
“The idea hit me when I was on a school excursion and a kid splashed me. All of my paperwork inside my pack got soaked,” he said.
“I thought, ‘I need a better way than this’. It was at that point I thought, ‘What if I could put it all on my phone?’
“It was two years in the making. I took the idea and I sat down and nutted out every single screen and all of the details I needed for the app to cover everything we needed to do and how to protect the students in the best possible way.”
After testing it in schools, Mr Gregory released the app in August 2016.
The app allows teachers to access students’ emergency information and contact details, medical records, allergies and dietary requirements; all of which was previously carried on excursions in paper form.
“The system is secure and easy to use for teachers,” Mr Gregory said.
“It gives reminders for when medications are due and if you had to treat them for first aid, you can complete a report there and then.
“It stops reporting being left until later when you get back to school and some of the details were a bit fuzzy around what happened.
“You can do it from the scene and the information can be sent back to school right away.”
Mr Gregory said the app made a teacher’s job easier.