Schools are next to tap AI and chatbots to improve engagement

“Hey, Siri, what’s on the school lunch menu today?” “Alexa, please pay Isabelle’s student fees from my Paypal account.” Chat window: Welcome to Mapledale Elementary. How can we help you today? “Hey, Watson, when is Tyler’s science project due?” How long do you think it

The secret to building an effective parent survey

How often does your school reach out to parents, and just how are you doing it? Is it a one-way proposition, with no way of gathering what’s on their minds, or how they feel about the many school issues you’re managing day in and day out? Are you bombarding them with school information with n

New program helps schools recover lost E-rate funds for websites

In an effort to help schools recoup federal funding that was formerly available to pay for school website hosting, Campus Suite has announced the E-Web Recovery Program.™ School districts which formerly received payments for up to 90 percent of their web services can now apply for discounts at the

New Google security requirements for school websites coming soon

Google and its popular web browser Chrome are on a mission to make the web safer for everyone – and by everyone, that means schools too. It’s been brewing for a few years now, but if you don’t have an ‘s’ after the ‘http’ in your school website URL, you may want to read on about the ne

Campus Suite earns business award for continued growth

Campus Suite is not only turning customers’ heads with its new web communications platform, it’s garnering some recognition from the local business community. Campus Suite was an honoree at the 2018 Emerging Business Award program recognizing Cincinnati-area businesses on the move. The award

Facebook privacy abuse raises school privacy issues

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent 2-day hearing before congressional committees serves as a reminder to school administrators that students’ privacy also needs assurances of protection. School privacy issues need your attention as data about them, you, me – everyone – is with

The ultimate school communications planning checklist

Communications for schools is more multifaceted than ever these days. The preeminence of digital channels, the sensitivity of privacy issues, social media, and advancing technologies in general make putting together and executing a communications plan quite the challenge for any school communication

How to respond to a school website accessibility complaint from OCR

You’re busy updating your school’s homepage with some fresh images when your superintendent hands you a letter from the Department of Education Office. It's a school website accessibility complaint from OCR – the Office for Civil Rights. This official notification claims that your school w

District launches ADA-compliant website in response to OCR complaint

When the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District launched its new website this month, the district’s public information officer Nicole Thomas had a list of priorities, foremost of which was to make certain the new site was compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and othe

3 ways school website approval workflows can improve communications

Look around your school and you’ll find many people who could be valuable contributors to your website. It could be that school secretary with a flair for writing; a teacher with a cool class website of her own; or an athletics director who wants more timely game recaps. Problem is, many schools h

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