What makes School Site Manager easy?
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School Site Manager features
Frequently Asked Questions
||The first key to effective school websites is to have relevant, timely and useful information. If not, why bother?
The secret to keeping website content relevant, timely and useful is easy maintenance. Easy maintenance is what School Site Manager is all about. School Site Manager makes the website easy for teachers and administrators, easy for webmasters and easy for site visitors.
"School Site Manager is definintely easy to manage, and they give great support for the products. Maintaining a web site was time consuming for me before we started using School Site Manager. Now, I can manage the site from anywhere, anytime and do it in less than half the time it took before. PLUS, there are no special programs like FrontPage that you have to purchase licensing on.
It has been tremendous to delegate responsibilities as well. I'm not posting things for the entire district. Everyone is responsible for posting their own content. I think the site works better this way and is more up to date as well."
-- Jenice Benningfield, Technology Director, Goldthwaite ISD
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Improve your website to improve many aspects of your school
- Improve your website to improve communication with the community including students, parents teachers and the community at large.
- The key to improving a website is making it easier to maintain.
- Improve ease of use in two ways: make it easier for the webmaster to do his or her work and make it easier for teachers, coaches, librarians, nurses, counselors and others to maintain their specialized information quickly, easily and without having to go through the webmaster.
- Improvements in communication help improve student achievement, parental involvement, volunteer participation and understanding of school-related issues throughout the community.
Easy for teachers and administrators
- Self-service design: Allow the people with the info to enter it
We appreciate self-service in grocery stores, ATMs, online investing, tax software and many other places. We like it because, if a task is easy, it's so much more efficient to yourself than to go through a clerk or some other intermediary.
That's what School Site Manager does: it enables the people with the information and the motivation to enter it themselves. Teachers, coaches, parents, students...School Site Manager lets them enter the information that they are eager to post on the website.
- Administration remains in control
School Site Manager enables many folks to enter information but it keeps the administration in control. The webmaster can authorize some people to enter some kinds of information without further review. For example, teachers are typically authorized to enter info about their courses and coaches are typically authorized to enter info about extracurriculars without further review. The information entered by unauthorized folks such as announcements and calendar dates entered by students is automatically sent to the webmaster for review. If she approves, one click and it appears on the site. If not, it won't appear.
- Simple form-filling
No knowledge of HTML, FTP or image software is required. Users simply fill out ordinary web forms. Photos are automatically resized to fit on web pages. Easy.
- Staff authorization options
Different staff members can be authorized to edit different types of information. This way the administration can delegate responsibility for targeted pieces of the site.
- Secure system for volunteer help
Take advantage of the power of volunteers and increase parental involvement by authorizing specific PTA members, parents or trusted students to maintain specific pages.
- Share and reuse content
The easiest work is the work that doesn't have to be done at all. School Site Manager makes it very easy to teachers to share information and to reuse information from year to year. For example, when a teacher accumulates a set of daily lesson plans with our Lesson Plan Manager, he can reuse that set the next year. The system will lay out the plans on the new year's calendar taking into account different start and end dates and different vacation days.
- Tools for easy data import
School Site Manager makes entering large amounts of data easy, too. There are tools for loading entire sports schedules, lots of photos, a year's worth of lesson plans and other data in bulk, rather than one at a time.
- Online manuals and tutorial movies
School Site Manager functions are described in the online documentation and there are also online tutorial movies showing exactly how to get things done.
- Professional appearance
School Site Manager sites are designed to appear professional. Just as administrators maintain the appearance of their physical school, they want their website to project professionalism and competence.
Easy for webmasters
- Tools for webmasters to quickly identify areas that need work
School Site Manager provides webmasters with special tools that make it easy to manage the site. For example, webmasters can easily ask the system for all teachers with fewer than 10 lesson plans over the past two weeks or a list of all pages that have been created but not yet written or staff members without an email address, etc.
- Webmaster becomes a facilitator, not a bottleneck
School Site Manager changes the nature of the webmaster's job. Rather than being the person who everyone give information to for her to put on the site, the webmaster becomes the site producer, ensuring that the right folks are authorized to enter information and that the information that parents, students and teachers need is appearing on the site.
Easy for visitors
- Well maintained content
Most important, site visitors want to find the information they seek. Making websites easily maintainable is the most important step to take.
- Well organized for browsing
School Site Manager is organized for efficient browsing so site visitors find the site easy to use.
- My Site personal portal to relevant courses and extracurriculars
Parents and students can create their own My Site personal portal with easy access to their courses, extracurriculars and other info.
- RSS feeds for announcements
Site visitors can easily set themselves up to receive automatic notification of new announcements without even having to visit the website.
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