Keeping Your School Website Secure

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Cybercrime is a serious issue that impacts individuals and businesses alike, and it’s currently on the rise.

The simple fact is cybercriminals can strike at any time, using a wide variety of tricks and tools to gain access to your most valuable information.

This would be bad enough if it’s your own personal accounts or information but imagine the impact it would have if cybercriminals managed to hack your school website.

In addition to confidential financial information, they could access private information about pupils and their parents and cause your school some serious headaches under the EU General Data Protection Regulation framework.

This is why its so important that you take every precaution possible to secure your school website and keep it safe from cybercriminals and malicious actors.

To ensure your school website is as secure as can be, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Use a password generator to create unique and hard to crack passwords
  • Assign one or two people at most to manage the digital side of things e.g. school content management and publishing
  • Keep your software up to date and install updates as soon as they become available

If you’re concerned your school website might be susceptible cybercrime, get in touch with us today to organise your free website review.

The Benefits of School Videos

Have you ever thought about recording a video for your school?

School videos are simple and inexpensive to produce and are perfect for promoting your school on the internet.

In fact, more and more schools are recording and publishing their own videos for this exact reason, as there quite a few different ways to use school videos to your advantage.

For instance, you could publish a video that focuses on the school curriculum and showcases the various subjects and how they are thought in addition to extracurricular activities such as sports and music clubs.

Make sure to include as many different locations from in and around the school in your shots as this will give prospective parents a better look at your school and its facilities.

Another popular type of school video is the event video, which as the name implies typically covers special day events and school trips e.g. sports day, class trips and school plays and musicals.

Again, these types of videos are great for promotional purposes and give parents a good idea of how your school encourages creativity, exercise and curiosity in students.

You could also start up a video club and teach students how to write, direct and record their own videos and short films, which again can be used to promote the school.

It’s never been easier to start recording promotional and educational videos for your school, and thanks to advances with camera and smartphone technology, it’s also never been cheaper.

From curriculum-focused informational videos to special recaps of school trips and events, school videos are an inexpensive and easy-to-produce option for promoting your school.

3 Social Media Tips for Schools

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Thinking about starting up a social media account for your school? Social media offers schools a number of useful features including free promotion and the opportunity to increase your school’s Google ranking, but a basic understanding of how to use this technology is necessary to fully leverage its potential. In today’s blog, we look at some of the top social media tips for schools.

  1. Choose These Two Channels

There’s a quite a few different social media platforms available for schools to use, but we always recommend starting out with Facebook and Twitter, as they’re both quite easy to use and are very popular with parents.

Twitter is great for keeping parents updated about school developments e.g. if it’s closed due to snowy weather, while Facebook is perfect for longer posts about recent and upcoming events.

  1. Post Regularly

The key to succeeding at social media is to post regularly, ideally once or twice a day on Facebook, and at least once on Twitter.

Maintaining a regular presence on social media will not only keep parents happy and informed, it will also attract prospective parents by highlighting the benefits of the school, namely the teachers, students, curriculum and activities.

  1. Assign a Social Media Master

It’s a good idea to assign one person (or ask for a volunteer) to oversee your school’s social media accounts to ensure the posting schedule is maintained and your school’s social media pages are kept free from negative content.

This doesn’t have to be a 24/7 responsibility, as checking in just twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) should be enough.

5 Benefits of an iClass School Website

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Still on the fence about updating your school’s website? Check out the following benefits of iClass school websites.

1. Content Management and Publishing

The main advantage websites offer is content management and publishing, which enables schools to store and display important information about the school.

From basic information such as contact details and the school’s location to dedicated channels for news, upcoming events and the curriculum, your iClass website acts as the central source of info for your school.

2. Event Registration

All school websites built with iClass feature an event registration module that simplifies event management and saves time for parents and teachers.

The module allows schools to publish events complete with registration forms and payment options, enabling parents to register students for events with a few quick clicks.

3. Free Parent Teacher Communication 

Cut the costs of parent teacher communication completely with the iClass app, a fully integrated app educators can use to message parents at any time.

4. Mobile Responsive

It’s essential that your school’s website is responsive to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and all iClass websites are fully mobile responsive, ensuring your website can be accessed at any time, on any device.

5. Student Enrolement 

Drive student enrolement with an online presence and allow parents to fully enrol digitally through the dedicated enrolement feature.

For more information, or to order a free website review, get in touch with us today.

 

iClass at IPPN Conference 2019

iClass is exhibiting at this year’s IPPN Conference at the Citywest Convention Centre on Thursday, 24th and Friday 25th of January.

iClass is the number one website and mobile app solution for schools, and comes with a range of features that simplify content management and greatly reduce the costs of communicating with parents.

All tasks can be completed in under 60 seconds, and the system interface is streamlined and user-friendly.

Improve the Google ranking of your school’s website and cut the time it takes to enrol students with the digital enrolment form.

iClass is the only content solution that comes with a fully integrated app, enabling free communication between teachers and parents.

For more information about iClass, please quick here, or visit us at stand A13 at IPPN Conference 2019 at the Citywest Convention Centre on Thursday 24th, and Friday 25th of January.

Standalone iClass App Launches This Week

iClass, the number one website and mobile app solution for schools, is pleased to announce the launch of the standalone version of the iClass App this week.

The iClass App transforms how schools communicate with parents and staff, providing an ‘always on’ solution that simplifies communications and eliminates the costs.

The standalone iClass App features all the benefits of the desktop version of iClass content management system including:

  • News posting and categorising
  • Live publishing articles to parents
  • Video and gallery hosting
  • File sharing
  • Free messaging
  • Online permission slip submission
  • And more

Click here for more information about the iClass App.

How 5G Will Impact VR/AR

5G network connectivity is set to transform wireless technology, but did you know it will also have a massive impact on educational technology?

A recent article from Edtech Magazine examined some of the different areas of edtech 5G will innovate when it starts rolling out to mobile devices next year, and noted its capacity for improving VR and AR technology.

For the unaware, the main benefits of 5G are increased network speeds and connectivity, greater device storage space and far lower latency than that of 4G networks.

VR and AR of course refers to virtual reality (computer generated worlds) and augmented reality (computer generated graphics on top of physical objects), two technologies that are starting to find use in multiple fields, including education.

As the article points out, current VR and AR devices are subject to latency, which can be problematic for teachers who wish to use the technology in the classroom.

Latency is simply a delay in data transfer, which manifests as stuttering frames and clipped audio, something which would obviously reduce the effectiveness of educational videos or games.

5G is expected to reduce latency to under 10 milliseconds, making it much more suitable for use with children of all ages.

Similarly, it will be much easier and faster to download VR and AR content, and 5G technology will also enable developers to build self-contained VR and AR devices that can stream content directly from the cloud.

This in turn will reduce the cost of such devices and make VR and AR much more accessible to teachers and their students.

5G wireless network connectivity is set to start rolling out to devices during the course of 2019.

iClassCMS at Microsoft Breakout

We are pleased to announced iClass will be exhibiting at the  Microsoft Breakout event at Thomand Park, Limerick, on Wednesday 7th of November.

Microsoft Breakout is a free event designed to show teachers how technology can be successfully used in the classroom for teaching and learning.

The event takes place at Thomand Park on Cratloe Road, Co. Limerick, from 8.30am – 13.00pm on Wednesday, 7th of November.

A range of experienced speakers will be on hand to discuss the latest classroom technology tools such as Class Notebook and Office365 on iPad and how they can be used to improve the teaching and learning experience for both teachers and students.

Refreshments and lunch will be served during the day and all attendees can avail of a complimentary tour around the Thormond Park Museum.

Visit the iClassCMS exhibitor stall at Microsoft Breakout to learn about iClass, the number one website and mobile app solution for schools.

With a best in class website that engages students and parents, and a fully integrated mobile app that enables schools and parents to communicate for free, iClass makes content management a quick a simple task.

Click here to register for Microsoft Breakout for free, and please get in touch if you would like to know more about iClass or participate in a free website review.

Reminder: iClass at NAPD Conference 2018

iClassCMS will be at this year’s National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals Conference 2018 at the Galmont Hotel & Spa, on Lough Atalia Road, Galway.

Taking place on Thursday, 18th, and Friday, 19th of October, the NAPD Conference 2018 is the biggest annual event for second level school leaders.

This year’s NAPD Conference features a range of workshops that offer advice and inspiration on how to approach the challenges second level schools face today, plus an excellent lineup of speakers discussing the biggest teaching issues and developments in Ireland and around the world.

iClass is launching a new partnership with NAPD during the conference, so make sure to visit the iClassCMS exhibition stall to learn more about our work with NAPD.

We’ll also have an exclusive offer available for NAPD Conference 2018 attendees and info about the iClassCMS platform and how it can benefit your school.

For more about the NAPD Conference 2018 including how to register, please visit napdconference.com.

For details about iClassCMS and how to avail of a free website review, click here.

Improve Parent Teacher Communication With iClassCMS

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Clear and regular communication between parents and teachers is one of the most important elements of a child’s education.

It ensures that parents are aware of their child’s progress in school and also helps to prevent any issues from developing.

Schools generally call or email when they want to communicate with parents, which can be costly methods of communication, especially in larger schools with greater numbers of students.

With iClassCMS however, schools can now get in touch with parents whenever they need to for free using the iClassCMS Mobile App for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

It saves money on stationary and phone bills, and allows schools to reach parents in an instant via the iClassCMS platform.

All iClassCMS schools benefit from this quick and easy method for communicating with parents, which completely eliminates costs and saves time and effort.

In addition to free messaging to parents, the iClassCMS Mobile App also allows schools to publish news articles and events in real-time, so parents can stay up to date with the latest information about their child’s school.

As parents face new challenges in today’s modern world, it helps to have a free and simple method for getting in touch with them.

Get in touch with us today to request a live iClassCMS demo or brochure.