What Makes a Modern School?
What makes a modern school? The best schools keep themselves up to date on the latest technology trends on the market. A modern school has the best computers their budget can afford. A modern school is safe and secure, implementing as many security measures as possible to ensure the safety of students, teachers, even parent visiting. This might include video monitoring of hallways, main doors, classrooms, the gym, and other public places. This way students can be observed, making sure that bullying is kept at a minimum, that there is a record of and suspicious activities, and that administrators know who is coming and going at a moments notice.
Let’s face it, not everyone likes to attend public school, but still need access to learning. A modern school not only accommodates students coming to school, but those that can’t. This means that the school should incorporate online classes. There are many reasons to incorporate online classes. What if a student is not able to attend classes due to an extended illness? Some students perform better on their own, and want to be able to learn at their own pace. Maybe the student works on a farm or ranch and needs to help at home, so they need to be able to attend classes when it’s convenient for them.
Teachers need to be able to make learning enjoyable for students, allowing them to keep interested in their classes. This means that teachers need the latest technology to download class information, post pictures and video that help them illustrate what is being taught. They should be able to use modern software programs like WordPress, Excel and Powerpoint to make presentations come to life. Students should be able to walk away from the class talking about what they have learned with excitement, which in turn translates to retaining this knowledge.
One of the most important aspects of a modern school is an exceptional website. Informing students and parents through a modern website is essential for many reasons. A good website allows teachers to upload grades, assignments and other class information at one time, without the need to send out this information through emails, or through regular mail. This way there is no excuses about late assignments. A modern website with complete class and student information is important for parents, especially parents who work most of the day. Instead of having to rely on their children to inform them of their grades, assignments or homework, they can access this information through the school website. If they need to contact the teacher with questions, there should be direct links to the teacher’s email. If the student isn’t sure about an assignment, or wants to know if their work has been graded yet, with their student access they can see this information immediately. They can check the site after school, on the weekends, even on a holiday if they need to.
A good website for a modern school include helpful tips and resources for students and parents. This can include any number of things, from facts about the history of the school, to what is needed to pass college entrance exams, even dress codes, just to name a few. It needs to be bold, beautiful, easy for teachers, parents and students to have access to. It should include important information like yearly schedules, so days when school is out are clearly marked as well as events and activities planned for the year.
If your school doesn’t have a good website, it’s time you did. You want to find a web host and designer that is reputable, specializes in school websites, and has been in business for a long time. You want a company that has a good reputation in the community, and has an extensive portfolio. You also want a designers that is user friendly, making it easy to upload information, make updates, and changes on your own. Just as important, you want a company that is going to give you the most for your budget.
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