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Why you need Push Notifications for your Digital Channels

Posted by Elizabeth Randolph on Feb 27, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Push notifications allow you to deliver information to a computing device from an application server where the request for the transaction is initiated by the server rather than the explicit request from the client. This allows users to receive automated information from their smartphones rather than the owner of the app manually sending out notifications. Push notifications can be added to any device that has an application option, including Android, and iOS. They are added to an application through a set of development guidelines and standards, as well as its own Operating Push Notification Service (OPNS). The OPNS release information through text, images, badges and sounds.

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Topics: SchoolPointe New Features

5 Steps to finding the perfect website design

Posted by Elizabeth Randolph on Feb 11, 2019 10:31:57 AM

When choosing a design for your school’s website, it is important to be proactive about how you want your website to look. While you will have someone working on your website for you, having creative control over how your website is displayed will ensure you get the right messages across to your school’s community and potential students. The path to finding inspiration for your website can be done in these five steps:

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Topics: Top website trends

SchoolPointe school districts ranked the top schools in Ohio

Posted by Elizabeth Randolph on Feb 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 Each year, Ohio school districts are ranked and given school report cards. The report cards judge a series of performance standards, including progress, achievement, gap closing, and graduation rate. A school that ranks high among these categories will provide a better opportunity for the district, as well as the parents who send their students to the respective schools.

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Topics: school websites and social media, Top website trends, #topschool,

How to alert your school of inclement weather

Posted by Elizabeth Randolph on Jan 24, 2019 9:03:27 AM

As the winter weather brings in more snowstorms and freezing temperatures, your school may have more delays and closings than normal. When you need to close your school due to inclement weather, the main priority should be your students and parents having instant communication to ensure they know if they need to report to school. Through your website, you can utilize multiple features that allow you to communicate efficiently and let your community know it’s safe to stay warm with hot cocoa for the day.

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Topics: social media and school, weather,

5 steps to bring parents to your website

Posted by Elizabeth Randolph on Jan 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A recent article from Education Week explains that parents consider a school’s website when choosing the proper schools for their child. A school’s website design can affect the school’s reputation before the potential parents and students make it through their first tour. If you were to look at your current website, is it a tool to bring new students in? If not, you want to create a stunning website. Doing this brings both parents and students to your school. It will also t keep you as the only selection in your district.

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Topics: Top website trends

SchoolPointe’s Year in Review

Posted by Elizabeth Randolph on Dec 31, 2018 9:59:38 AM

The new year means a time to reflect on what was done and what could be improved. At SchoolPointe, we are more than excited to see what 2019 brings. We are so proud of what we’ve done in this year and have listened to what can be improved in the months to come.

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Getting More from your school's social media in 2019

Posted by Elizabeth Randolph on Dec 27, 2018 9:14:47 AM

 

While many schools have social media accounts, it can be difficult to know if you’re taking full advantage of your platforms online. Both parents and students are beginning to look to social media for live updates regarding their school. Schools need to have more than existing social media accounts to be successful; there also has to be current and interactive for its audience.

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Topics: Social Media in Education, school web accessibility

How you can make sure your student is making healthy eating choices

Posted by Elizabeth Randolph on Dec 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

   A recent article from The New York Times reported that the Trump Administration will roll back on Obama-era standards for school lunches. The decision will add more leniency to the current requirements by adding on low-fat milk to the non-fat milk standard, as well as it won’t be as strict with the sodium intake in the meals. With less restrictions on school lunches coming soon, it can make providing your child with healthy eating habits even more difficult. To combat this, here are some ways you can find the right food for your child’s lunch in the future.

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Topics: 2018 school website trends, school lunch,

Ohio House passes bill requiring students to learn cursive by end of 5th grade

Posted by Cher Scholl on Dec 7, 2018 4:33:11 PM

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Topics: Ohio House Cursive Bill, Cursive Handwriting

Web Accessibility: OCR is Back, Is Your Website Ready?

Posted by Cher Scholl on Dec 7, 2018 4:03:49 PM

A recent article released December 6, 2018 mentions a section that was added in March 2018 that allowed OCR to dismiss burdensome complaints by one requester has been deleted by the U.S. Department of Education  Office of Civil Rights. See the full article HERE. Attorneys and counselors have been warning schools about the return of web accessibility complaints. Is your school ready if it is the next target of web accessibility complaint with OCR?

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Topics: school web accessibility, ADA compliance

About SchoolPointe

Since 2002, SchoolPointe has been providing world class technology solutions to the PK-12 industry. With headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, SchoolPointe possesses an extensive clientele and partners with school districts across the United States. In line with its corporate mission of “Empowering Through Innovation”, SchoolPointe is committed to developing cost effective solutions on the cutting edge of technology that schools require to keep up with their growing technology needs. SchoolPointe is focused on expanding our client outreach and building new innovative products to create a communications and educational link between our clients and their stakeholders. 

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