Distribute Responsibility & Empower Staff
SchoolFront Portal offers extremely granular security, including distribution of read and write privileges for whole pages and for individual components (i.e. web-parts) on pages. Because of this granularity, responsibility for the development and management of content pages and areas in a SchoolFront Portal can be distributed amongst school staff members.
- Each teacher can manage his or her own classroom and activity/club page(s).
- Alumni can be given a special area which only they can access with forums and event information.
- Staff can have their own area in SchoolFront which students and the public cannot access where they can post forums and document libraries.
- The Athletics department can distribute ownership of individual team calendars to athletics coaches and then automatically compile a complete athletics calendar for the whole school.
- Departments like Admissions and Fundraising/Development can manage their own set of pages which they can update as frequently as they desire.
Publishing content in SchoolFront Portal is as easy as the click of a button, but a review process, wherein content owners submit edited and new content to a designated person for review before it is published, can also be put in place if a school wishes to exercise rigor in vetting website or intranet content.
Protect Private Student & School Information
Granular content security makes it easy to protect private student and school information in SchoolFront Portal.
Pages and/or content on pages can be hidden from all but a very specific set of users or be made viewable only by any authenticated users.
Rather than refraining from posting student pictures from school events, you can post them but restrict access. This principle can be applied to intellectual property like artwork and literary works from students and staff, to document libraries, to image galleries, etc.
Use Online Social Media Tools Safely & Privately
Social media websites like Facebook (a social media platform), Wordpress (blogging), Flickr (image galleries), Twitter (micro-blogging and messaging), etc. are fast becoming a standard part of the lives of young people. Educators have begun leveraging such tools to engage students, alumni, families, and the community at large but some encounter issues with public-facing sites such as anonymous bullying and intellectual property theft.
Enhance Curriculum & Increase Student Engagement
In addition to linking your SchoolFront Portal to your school's social media pages and allowing users to "like" and "tweet" about content within the school's website or intranet, SchoolFront Portal allows teachers to leverage social tools like blogging, instant messaging, forums, and image and video galleries privately.
- An English teacher could create a forum for an AP Literature class which only students in the class could access and require that everyone post one question about the book the class is reading and write 2 responses to other student's questions.
- A student writing club could have a blog accessible only to authenticated students, teachers, and parents.
- The staff in the school could have a private forum for staff-only where they can request help with curriculum, student issues, and other professional topics.
- A teacher can embed an Instant Messaging web-part on his or her page and have online office hours when students and parents can instant message them in the evening to ask for help preparing for a test or on homework.
Using social tools in the safety and security of the SchoolFront Portal allows students to express themselves, leveraging online tools which they will continue to use personally as well as in college and professionally, while school staff oversee the system. Supervision, traceability of content, and restricting audience ensures productive social media engagement and proper usage of the tool. No bullying. No adverse exposure.