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Smart K-12 Website Design

Posted by Debbora Woods on 1/20/15 9:00 AM


Guest Blogger: Gina Beisel, Sr. Manager of Creative Services, Schoolwires

Smart web design is finding appropriate ways to display information. Endless possibilities exist. A common solution is image slideshows and sliders. Rotating slideshows are excellent for organizing content into an attractive interface that invites users in.

There are many reasons to use a rotating image slideshow. The slideshow is a universally known tool, and anyone who has used the Internet will know how to work a slideshow. Therefore, they are very usable and convenient.

Schoolwires supplies slideshows on most templates including our free standard templates. How does a school implement a slideshow for the most impact? We will cover how to make a good slideshow, and we will showcase good slideshows and content sliders.

Santa Ana Unified School District uses their slide show to highlight important initiatives, projects, and school participation in community activities, including the announcement of a fantastic new website!  Take a look at the excellent use of the slider technique on their website. This is a very good use of the slider and is extremely convenient for Santa Ana’s community to learn more quickly.


Keeping your community informed. Agua Fria Union High School District uses their slideshow technology to announce awards, welcome new teachers, and talk about their mission. Schoolwires makes it easy. Agua Fria can upload images or link to videos; supply a title and caption making the maintenance of this important homepage feature effortless, but highly impactful. See their website to learn how to make your rotating image gallery work for you.


Wow Wake County! Wake County Public Schools System has a new bring your own device program. Parents and students had many concerns and questions. By featuring this program right on their homepage they have provided an easy and interactive way to field those questions. Go to their website to see how Wake County provides immediate answers to the most frequently asked questions, uses commenting to gather and answer additional questions, and reduces the number of phone calls from interest stakeholders because they can find the answers right online. How many phone calls and handouts does it take to communicate a new initiative? Wake County will never know!


Want to check out more districts and educational entities using rotating galleries very effectively? Here are a few sites we think you'll enjoy:

Future Ready Schools

Indianapolis Public Schools

Rome City Schools

Boston Public Schools

Garden City Public Schools

Aspen School District

Coldwater Community Schools

Topics: Website Design

Schoolwires promises to NOT do these things

Posted by Debbora Woods on 8/19/14 9:00 AM


Last week I was traveling for work. Because I'm a people watcher, the combined 12 hours of flight time and 4 hours of layover time gave me many opportunities to observe behaviors. Out of these observations have come a few behaviors that we here at Schoolwires promise to NOT do when we interact with you.

Observation: A teenager, sitting next to his father on a flight, ordered a coffee as his drink. The flight attendant asked his age, told the father that she didn't approve of him having coffee, then brought the teenager a very watered down version of coffee. Needless to say, she didn't meet her "customer's" expectations.

Our promise: We will not judge your website design ideas nor give you a solution that is not what you asked for! We promise to ask questions, listen to your needs, and design your solution - the way you want it.

Observation: At one airport, I flew into a small terminal on a prop plane. To get to the main terminal to catch my connecting flight I had to walk to a small hallway between gates, travel down to the main floor via an escalator, then catch the shuttle to the main terminal. Small signs were poorly placed. And the rope barricades to manage people traffic to the various shuttles had lines of people criss-crossing in front of each other. To add insult to mass confusion, the staff who were supposed to be helping just pointed and yelled at us to stay in line. Unfortunately, people ended up in wrong lines, were put on the wrong shuttles, and there was a very unhappy mob.

Our promise: We will not leave you stranded and wondering what to do next! From our consultative sales approach, to implementation, to training, and staff onboarding, we promise to communicate regularly, provide step-by-step instructions, be there when you need us, and ensure your staff and community know how to use the solutions you've invested in.

Observation: On one of my flights, an elderly gentleman with limited mobility - one foot was in a cast - and hearing impaired was trying to get assistance. Three flight attendants couldn't understand what he needed and each walked away. A young man approached, knelt down next to him, talked closely in his ear, then listened intently to the gentleman's response. He needed assistance unhooking his seat belt, standing up, and walking down the aisle. The young man assisted, and the gentleman was extremely grateful.

Our promise: We will not ignore your requests for help! If you need assistance with your solutions, we are here 24/7 to help you succeed! We promise that between technical support experts on the phone, to peer user groups, to online self-service resources, you will find the answers you need.

We love the relationships we've built with our clients over the years. And we will continue to strive toward providing the Total Customer Experience that "Wows!" Want to learn more? Visit our website today!

Topics: Training, Technical Support, Website Design

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