I’m on my way to a PTSA meeting, I hope to be able to present some of what I’ve been pulling together! If you are seeing this because you were at this meeting please comment and let me know what you think!!
Here is my summary from my past post about this topic:
I’m working on an ebook at: “KristinBennett.com” to describe how to create a site like this for your school covering the following:
1.) Why would we want a website?
-Increase overall parent involvement (especially parents that aren’t able attend meetings)
-Increase fundraising opportunities across the school
2.)How does it work?
Online community gives a place for parents and teachers to collaborate and discuss things that need to be discussed at all hours of the day,
-SAHM can post ideas while baby is sleeping in the morning
-Working parents can post comments and ideas when they have breaks between meetings or during their commute (if they are not driving!) and
-Teachers can post during the time kids are in PE or after school. All participants can stay updated on everything that is going on at all times despite maybe not being able to attend any meetings.
3.) How do we set it up?
There are many options for online collaboration, sites like facebook provide a forum type setting, my favorite of the moment is Ning.com which has forums, blogs, and groups in addition to a wide variety of custom applications for posting classifieds, selling promotional gear, and much more and so this option is what we will be focusing on.
I will describe the basics for how to create a site like this, you can also hire someone to do this part for you if you don’t have time.
-Community site creation
-Filling out all information to optimize the SEO for the site and make it so that users can easily find it
-Setting up the profiles with appropriate questions and information needed to keep track of who is who
-Setting up all the appropriate groups and roles for your school
-Making an intro page explaining to users how to interact with the site
*Setting up fundraising tools with cafepress, amazon, google etc.
*Defining the ad space, who it will be sold to, what the rates are etc. to be raise money and also cover the cost of the site.
-Last but not least….inviting all the families and teachers!!!
4.) What kind of maintenance is required once it is set up?
-Updating the site
…and yes I’ll get the ebook done as soon as I get that figured out!!! Sign the page below or sign up for updates to be notified when it is available.