Serving more than 5,500 students and 10 schools, Waltham Public Schools unveiled an improved approach to mobile communications recently by launching a district-wide responsive website from Rediker Software. The service provides schools and districts with an attractive and affordable website that delivers an optimal viewing experience on any device. The site automatically adjusts to any size screen for easy reading and navigation on smartphones, tablets and computers without having to maintain a separate mobile site.
In keeping with Waltham Superintendent Drew Echelson's strategic priorities for the district, RediSite will make it easy for all parents to access information about their students' progress and about their schools.
The collaboration between Rediker Software and the Waltham School District has not only enhanced the district’s overall image, but has been a great cost saver for them as well. Liz Homan, Administrator of Technology and Education Integration for Waltham Public Schools noted, "We needed a professional looking design and features, but wanted to give schools control over the content on each of their sites but could not invest in a district webmaster. With Rediker, our school-based webmasters are able to directly sign on to our website, make changes, add content and pictures, and update a calendar of events instantly and easily.”
RediSite websites are built with the user-friendly content management system (CMS) concrete5. Rather than relying on a webmaster to make changes to a site, or navigate a cumbersome user interface, RediSite websites allow any user with permission to easily add, edit or reposition content. Users maintain a high level of control over any changes needed while still ensuring the site’s responsive integrity.
"We are able to make changes and publish information to the website quickly since webmasters at each school are able to update its content on their own,” said Homan. Also, if a situation occurs where the district office or schools need to post something to the web immediately, they can do so. “With RediSite, we are able to grant our users permissions to specific areas of the site so that they are able do this with ease," she added.
The Waltham Public School District is also dedicated to providing information and forms in multiple languages for their diverse families. With Google Translate added to RediSite, they are able to translate any text, speech, images, or real-time video from one language into another. New, easy-to-navigate school and district calendars, linked to Rediker’s PlusPortals, will also be available to the district community in Fall 2016.
“RediSite is a fantastic-looking and well-designed responsive district website solution for Waltham as it allows users to connect to their schools through integrated solutions with other Rediker products,” Rediker President Andrew Anderlonis explained. “The RediSite solution also now plays an integral role in promoting the Waltham Public Schools’ brand, enhancing communication and helping to maintain their great reputation in the community."
RediSite is available to any school or district using any student information system. To learn more, visit www.rediker.com/solutions/responsive-school-websites.
About Waltham Public Schools
Offering public education to children in grades K – 12, the Waltham Public Schools system simultaneously enriches the quality of life in the community and offers a broad range of academic, artistic and athletic options and opportunities for students. The school system serves more than 5,500 students from diverse backgrounds with courses and activities designed to prepare them for success in the 21st Century.
Waltham Public Schools is a recent recipient of a national effort called Lead Higher Initiative. The initiative was spearheaded by the non-profit Equal Opportunity Schools, with support from the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the US Department of Education, International Baccalaureate, and the College Board. Out of several hundred schools considered for Lead Higher, Waltham Public Schools was among the 100 selected for participation next year.
About Rediker Software
For over 35 years, Rediker Software has been a leader in school administrative software for private, public, international, religious and independent schools. Through its innovative solutions, Rediker Software helps schools in over 120 countries manage administrative tasks, maximize school-to-home communication and inspire student performance and success. The company’s products include AdminPlus, a cloud-based SIS solution, TeacherPlus Gradebook, Admissions Plus Pro and Teacher Evaluator. Rediker Software offers experience, reliability, unsurpassed technical support, ease of use, and leading-edge features not found in any other system. For more information about Rediker Software, please visit www.rediker.com.