About the Client
Before switching to WebGuide for Schools, Northland School Division (NSD) was using a variety of platforms to communicate with the school division community. This made website training difficult and consistent messaging and branding across the division impossible. Now on the same platform, they have a new division website and each school has its own site on which to communicate with the local school community.
Built on the WebGuide for Schools CMS, the division website is easy for administrators to update and intuitive to use.
The site was designed to feature the cultural roots of Northland's communities and to allow users to find information quickly and easily. The home page offers a beautiful display of the division news, upcoming events, and information about the schools and the division.
With an extensive focus on the community’s culture, the site has been filled with imagery that showcases both nature and student success!
In order to satisfy the continuing increase of mobile usage, the site was designed to be fully fluid and responsive for each visitor to have the best experience, on a desktop or mobile device.
The SchoolGuide App
In 2017 Northland launched the SchoolGuide app for iOS and Android, giving schools a new way to reach parents with emergency notices, reminders and news. Northland's schools can send notifications from WebGuide for Schools straight to the app on parents' phones, so parents don't have to be on the website to be notified about emergencies or reminded about important events. News, events and contact information entered in WebGuide for Schools is pushed instantly to the school website and the app, opening up a new communication channel for schools without creating any more work for school staff.
When it comes to school website design, straight-forward navigation is key. Schools need to communicate with parents and students as efficiently as possible. At Box Clever Education, we created a custom content management system (CMS) called WebGuide for Schools that creates consistency across all websites in the district. Each school is on the same CMS, each website has the same features and tools, and they are all branded as part of Northland School Division. This consistent layout and feel ensures that all visitors are able to get the information they need quickly and easily.
Admin time is significantly reduced thanks to our simple-to-use system and effective setup and training. A half-day training session for staff is typically all the time schools need to create websites that are fully-populated and ready to launch! The system is so easy to understand that the designated staff members trained by our team at Box Clever are able to return to their schools and provide training to the rest of the school's staff. WebGuide for Schools also allows staff members to have access to multiple school sites, along with access at the district level.
Each school can choose from a selection of modern website themes designed by our team of professional web designers, and can further customize their site by choosing their colours, layout, and more. If a school is looking for a fresh, new look it’s as easy as logging into WebGuide and selecting a new website theme - all content is automatically switched over to the new theme without any additional work. A website refresh has never been so easy!