Q. I heard that Tucson Unified School District is getting a new web system. What does this mean for schools?
A. The new system will make it easy for schools to maintain and update their websites. Existing school websites will be migrated into the new system, and once this happens, designated school staff will have an easy-to-use interface to keep their website up-to-date. The website designs, while allowing for school branding, will provide consistent navigation and organization so that our web visitors can easily find the information they need in every Tucson Unified school website.
Q. What are some of the features of the new web system we'll be getting?
A. We're really excited about so many of the features! In addition to the easy interface for updating web content, the new system provides a calendar system. It also offers communication tools for delivering content across pages and websites and email newsletters to send to parents, staff or the community. It offers forms and surveys, and it presents webpages in responsive, adaptable ways that work on any device. These are just some of the top features available.
Q. I'm a teacher. Can I use this?
A. Yes! Teachers will be able to have webpages that are easy to update and maintain through this new system.
Q. What will happen to all the webpages currently on Edweb?
A. All school websites, hosted on the edweb server or elsewhere, will be migrated to the new system. Teachers will also be able to move their pages into the new system, whether they're hosted on edweb or on other servers.
Q. I'm a teacher, and I've set up my webpages for work at TUSD on another non-TUSD web server. Can I keep it there?
A. No. District and school-related web content needs to be hosted on the new server. In the past, since we did not provide an easy-to-use solution, some people did use outside services for their school or district-related work. Yet since this content represents your school and your district, it needs to be hosted on the school and district web system. We're excited that we now have a system to use which will meet our needs!
Q. When will this happen?
A. We've begun design and development with the vendor, SchoolDesk, and content for the district site and the first phase schools is currently being migrated to the new system. Our initial timeline projects that we will go live with the district and phase one schools in January 2017. We project that all schools will be moved over by June 2017, and that teachers will complete the migration of their content by August 2017.
Q. Which schools are being moved over first?
A. Through a needs analysis that considered enrollment, deseg goals, and current web sites, the following schools were identified for the first phase:
Q. Will we get training on the new system?
A. Yes! The vendors will be providing training. The vendors also have weekly web-based training sessions that focus on specific aspects of the system, and they offer a live chat and phone help.
Q. How does this system tie in with the Intranet, Synergy, TrueNorth Logic, Office 365, iVisions and SharePoint?
A. The system is flexible and adaptable so that we can integrate it with our existing web systems. The first priority is to migrate the main district and school websites into the new system. This year, we'll also be moving the Intranet over to it, which will allow district employees to access the Intranet from home. Over the next few months, we'll be exploring the ways that we integrate Synergy, Office 365, and our other systems with the new web system. Because the web system is scalable, flexible, and robust, we'll be able develop our use of it through time.
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