Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What Principal's need to know about their school's website


I have been working with principals and other admins now for about a year and a half on how to become an iAdministrator.  The goal has been for these school leaders to gain an understanding on how today's internet & apps & gear all play together.  Beyond the technical details, I try to convey the importance of strategy with respect to all these pieces.  Without strategy, these elements are simply disjointed novelty.

All principals should take time to look at their school website and take a critical look at the following:

  1. Is the information (a parent would want) easy to find? Up to date?
  2. Is the navigation (ie how I get around the website) easy to understand?
  3. Does my principal page give any meaningful information that would help parents or students? Is the information there up to date?  Can I be easily contacted?
  4. What about my teachers? Do they have relevant content? Up to date? Easy to find?
  5. Social Media? Facebook, Twitter, etc? How can we leverage it?
  6. Media rich? Videos and Podcasts VS text and graphics?
Principals do not have to know how to build the website (they'll have nerds for that).  They do have to be in charge of the CONTENT on their website.  They do have to be in charge of the TIMELINESS of information, updates and links.  They do have to FEED their websites by setting expectations for staff.

Principal's are supposed to be architects, not plumbers.  They have to plan and orchestrate.  They have to articulate the vision for their school website, then insure that the vision is being achieved.  Principal's   (and teachers) are marketing their programs.  The web is a powerful platform to do that from.

So self assess principals...and make it better, even if it's already good!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Remind101 -- Free Group Texting

Want a Free way to text your students (or parents) and not have to give out your cell number or store all their cell numbers in your phone?  Try www.remind101.com

When you sign up (for free) you will create a class (don't worry you can build more later...).


They will generate this screen for you so that you can share it with your students...They will send a text message to the number provided with the message shown...heck, why don't you just sign up to get my text blasts using the screen shot above!


Then, back in your "home" area, text away!

Cool and Free and Safe!

There is an app now too!