Webb goes mobile
Posted August 24, 2012
The Webb School has launched a mobile website making it easy to access news, sports, alumni features and calendars from an iPhone. The site also features a faculty/staff directory with email, photos and video, as well as contacts, directions and a Google map. For those who want additional information or prefer to use the main website, a “Visit the Main Website” module at the bottom of the mobile site provides quick access.
When accessing the mobile site, users will first see a full-screen “splash” page photo of students in front of the Big Room. The site will automatically progress to the module page that lists the various categories.
“Having information available anytime, anywhere is what people have come to expect,” said Head of School Ray Broadhead. “We wanted to make it as easy as possible for the Webb community and prospective students and families to stay in touch with the school. They can find what they need quickly.” He added, “Using the Google map feature, sports fans can easily find game locations.”
Users accessing the website on an iPhone will be automatically redirected to the mobile site. There is no app to download.
Accessing the main website with a mobile device also is more user-friendly now, with several changes made to improve the display.
In other news related to technology, RenWeb, the student, faculty and staff information system used by The Webb School, has announced two new ways to access ParentsWeb from mobile devices - ParentsWeb Mobile and the RenWeb Home App.
ParentsWeb Mobile provides free browser-based access to ParentsWeb information from any mobile device. It allows parents and students to access homework assignments, daily grades, lesson plans, calendar events, announcements, school directory listings, report cards, attendance, behavior events and class schedules.
The RenWeb Home App accesses the same information as ParentsWeb Mobile, while providing additional conveniences for an annual subscription of $4.99 per household. With the RenWeb Home App, parents and students will always stay logged into ParentsWeb, providing instant access; navigate to their information faster; communicate easier with other school parents and faculty through their Smartphone's integration with the school directory, allowing parents to tap and send emails or make phone calls instantly to directory listings; and import school calendar events and student homework assignments into personal calendars.