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

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

7 fatal mistakes of school website design

If you’re in charge of your school website, or on the team that manages it, there’s a good chance you get an earful of suggestions on how to improve it. Most often, the complaints you get have to do with stale content or parents not being able to find what they’re looking for. We get a vant

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

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

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

Do private schools need accessible websites?

“We’re a private school. Does our website need to be accessible and ADA-compliant?” This is a question we often get as there's still a great deal of buzz around school website accessibility. Public schools are required to adhere to section 508 because federal and/or state funding support re

4 ways to improve parent involvement at your school

Engaging your students' parents these days is actually easier than ever, thanks to the many channels at your fingertips – and theirs. In this article, I want to review those channels and encourage you and your fellow school administrators and teachers to start making the most of the variety of com

AODA helps steer school website accessibility in Canada

There is no letting up on the pressure on school districts across America to comply with accessibility laws for school websites. But what about our neighbors to the north? Are Canada’s schools facing the same challenges schools in the U.S. are encountering to make and keep their websites accessibl

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