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You can use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to build a Web-based portal for your school district or school. A SharePoint Server Web portal provides students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators with a single point of access to information and to technology resources. The following sections describe the benefits SharePoint Server 2007 can offer schools and school districts. You will also find links to case studies about school districts and schools that are currently using a Web portal solution they have built with SharePoint Server.
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An Office SharePoint Server 2007 Web portal can empower teachers by providing them with online collaboration tools they can use for instruction. A SharePoint site can give teachers one place to keep all of the information they need to do their jobs.
A SharePoint site can often eliminate or replace paper-based administrative processes and help reduce the amount of time that teachers spend on administrative tasks. Teachers can use a Web portal to:
Store and collaborate on documents with other teachers and students.
Create classroom sites to provide students with access to instructional materials, activities, video resources, and more.
View, update, and share student performance information.
View and update personal information in Human Resources applications that have been integrated with the portal.
Students can use a portal site both within and outside the classroom. From any Internet connection, students can:
View class assignments, grades, or learning resources available on a classroom site.
Upload assignments and collaborate with classmates on projects.
Enjoy access to broader online educational resources and tools that may be available on the portal.
Connect with parents and the community
A SharePoint Server Web portal can be a powerful tool that enables your school or school district to communicate with and engage parents and your broader community. With an Internet-facing portal site, you can:
Easily create and maintain consistently branded Web sites for your school district and individual schools.
Publish or share information quickly and consistently from one place to multiple sites.
Provide parents with passwords that they can use to sign in and view their child's class list, grades, or assignments.
Provide parents with easy access to guidelines, policies, and other important information.
Simplify management and administration
Office SharePoint Server 2007 can reduce technology costs and streamline many time-intensive or inefficient administrative processes. With a SharePoint Server Web portal, you can:
Provide staff with a single point of access to commonly used applications, such as those used to manage Human Resources, Finance, or student performance. This will save staff time and increase their productivity. It will also provide enhanced access to the information required for decision making.
Eliminate paper-based administrative processes by using the collaboration features available in SharePoint Server, or by using automated workflows to manage review or approval processes that you currently manage with paper-based systems.
Improve collaboration and communication among teachers and administrators in your district.
Learn more from case studies about schools using SharePoint Server 2007
Here are some case studies about schools and school districts using Office SharePoint Server 2007 today. Learn how SharePoint Server has enabled schools and school districts both large and small to transform the way they serve their communities.
Large school district: Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami-Dade Public Schools is the fourth-largest public school district in the United States, with more than 400 schools, roughly 345,000 students, and 50,000 parents. Read this case study to learn about how they have implemented their SharePoint Server portal:
Medium-sized school district: Rochester City School District
The Rochester City School District (RCSD) serves more than 34,000 children and 11,000 adults in Rochester, New York. The RCSD is now using a SharePoint Server solution that has dramatically increased administrative efficiency, while reducing technology costs.
Individual school: Twynham School
The IT team for the Twynham School, which is located in Dorset, England, designed an Office SharePoint Server 2007 solution that was eagerly adopted by teachers, students, and parents. The IT team soon found themselves hosting sites for four additional schools. Then they hit the road to show the 63+ secondary schools in the area how to get up and running quickly with SharePoint Server.
Read this technical case study to learn more about Twynham’s virtual learning environment, the solution architecture of Twynham’s implementation, and also the solution that Twynham's IT team recommends for schools that are ready to get started with SharePoint Server.
Individual school: Cranbrook School
The Cranbrook School is a private school for boys in Sydney, Australia. It has 1,400 students and 140 teachers. The Cranbrook School is using its SharePoint Server 2007 portal site to consolidate access to informational resources, improve collaboration and communication among teachers and students, and to enrich the educational experience for its students.
University: Washington State University
Washington State University (WSU) is a public research university in Pullman, Washington. It has 24,396 students and employs 2,200 faculty and 1,304 staff. The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) at WSU is well known for its research into how technology can encourage student-centered learning. The CTLT had been looking for collaboration technologies to integrate into university curriculum so that students can take control of their learning experience and reach beyond the boundaries of the classroom. The CTLT found such a technology with Office SharePoint Server 2007. Using the My Site feature, students can create their own workspaces, reflect on their learning, and share information with people inside and outside the university. All over WSU, students and faculty are using My Site to move beyond traditional classroom learning, better preparing graduates for using collaborative digital technologies in the workplace.
Take an education test drive
You can look at preview sites to see what kind of solutions you can build with Office SharePoint Server 2007 for teaching and learning, as well as for management and administration administration:
To learn more about the individual features and capabilities of SharePoint Server 2007, see Roadmap to using SharePoint Server 2007.