Tuesday, November 21, 2017

 Neil Ireland: Website and Blog Design

Training

Further training is available. 

This is over and above the basic training provided when you purchase a website, blog or MLE. Training gives you a greater degree of control and flexibility and can include:

  • training your staff to create content
  • training for your staff so that they are able to produce their own podcasts (video and audio)
  • Twitter, allowing your staff to publish tweets to your school's Twitter feed and your website
  • Facebook, allowing your staff to post to your Facebook page and your website

Training is on site and delivered by ICT qualified DBS cleared professional teachers to individuals or groups, staff or students.

Website Training

The website design service offered uses what is known as a content management system (CMS).  This makes for a very flexible website where no knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript or any other website programming language is needed.  Nor do you need to buy expensive, complex software where staff require training before they  are able to maintain and manage the website.  Everything is controlled from within your usual Internet browser.

The creation of new content is simple using an interface for writing articles that appears very similar to any word processor.  Dates can be set for the publication and removal of any articles meaning that you can write something in advance of when you want it to appear on the website and have it automatically appear on the  specified date.  Similarly, when articles are out-of-date they are removed automatically.  

Content can include text , images, videos and podcasts, including video podcasts.

All the content on your website can be set to be visible to only specified groups making for a website that is targeted at whichever audiences you choose: parents; governors and staff.

All this means that your website is a flexible and effective tool for communication.

Blog Training

Blog training is designed to enable your staff to be able to:

  • Create and categorise posts.
  • Create pages and posts which include multimedia
  • Moderate and approve comments
  • Create and amend users
  • Give clear guidance to students on acceptable use

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