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Blackboard Connect 5 for K12

Blackboard Connect 5 for K12



Learn about the newest capabilities in Blackboard Connect 5 released in summer 2011. Hear from our SVP of client care and clients eager to upgrade.

Learn about the newest capabilities in Blackboard Connect 5 released in summer 2011. Hear from our SVP of client care and clients eager to upgrade.



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    Blackboard Connect 5 for K12 Blackboard Connect 5 for K12 Presentation Transcript

    • 1
      Easy Does It: Introducing Blackboard Connect 5Mario JoySVP Client Care Blackboard ConnectTim HensleyFloyd County Board of Education, GADiane Turner and Karen SaundersFederal Way Public Schools, WA
    • 2
      Integrated AlertNow and txttools
      messaging architecture
      Launched new applications
      Connect for Teachers
      Connect Integration Toolkit for Learn
      Delivered 1B+ messages
      Developed new features
      • FB/Twitter integration
      • HTML emails
      • Email attachments
      • Weather Alerts
      • Language Translations
      What Have we Been up to?
      Connect 5.0
      Connect 5.2
      Connect 5.1
      Set new record: 19M+ messages in a single day
      545M voice calls
      153M emails
      4M SMS
      639M voice calls
      191M emails
      8M SMS
    • 3
      What IS Connect 5?
      • A significant upgrade for Connect and AlertNow clients
      • A proven and flexible messaging infrastructure
      • New online environments for organization leaders and the audiences they serve
      • Dozens of enhancements designed to make communications more effective and parents, students and staff more responsive
    • Proven Capacity to Deliver
      Same Connect Capacity and Flexibility
      Connecting Leadership and Communities
      Proven Capacity to Deliver
      • 4.4 million voice messages per hour
      • 3 million emails per hour
      • 2 million text messages per hour
    • 5
      “I need my administrators to be able to manage complex access levels and sites.”
      “I think a smartphone app would be a perfect addition to your program”
      “Maintaining contact info is a huge burden on our schools. A parent portal would be a HUGE benefit.”
      “I want parents to have the ability to set a time to receive outreach messages and attendance calls.”
      Who Has Been Talking to Us…
      K-12 client in Massachusetts
      K-12 client in Wyoming
      K-12 client in Kentucky
      K-12 client in Arizona
    • 6
      What’s New in Connect 5?
      Simpler, more intuitive interface. Enhances ease-of-use and decreases training.
      Streamlined message workflow and pre-set scenario templates
      Access Portal
      Portal to help you deliver a more customized user experience
      Message targeting with enhanced geo-mapping and subscriptions
      Real-time reports provide better visibility into message delivery
      iPhone App
      iPhone® app allows you to send messages from anywhere
    • 7
      Let’s Take a Walk Through Connect 5
    • Improving Communication Through Mass Notification Systems
      Tim Hensley
      Assistant to the Superintendent
      Floyd County Schools
    • Overview
      About Floyd County Schools
      Communications Strategies
      Accomplishments with Mass Notification
      Anticipated Improvements with Connect 5
    • Our Mission
      “Floyd County Schools will
      provide a quality education for
      a quality life.”
    • About US
      10,000 Students
      1,800 Employees
      11 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle, 4 High Schools
      Located in Northwest Georgia
      57% Free/Reduced Lunch
    • Communication Strategy
      Our goal is to build a strong relationship bond between our school
      system and the many publics in the community by using proven,
      two-way communications strategies to inform them about the
      system and listen to the hopes and dreams they have for our schools,
      children and the community.
    • How we use Mass Notification
      Used Mass Notification since 1991
      Emergency Notification
      General School Announcements
      Past Due Lunch Accounts
      Elections for middle and high schools
    • Connect 5 Enhancements
      Best of both worlds (Connect Ed and AlertNow)
      Again utilize system for past due lunch notices
      Social Media connectivity
      iPhone app
      Ease of use
      Easy transition of the Parent Portal
    • Increasing Parental Involvement to Improve Student Achievement
      Diane Turner - Chief Communications Officer
      Karen Saunders - Community Relations
    • District Information
      • Located outside Seattle, WA
      • District Size = 37 Schools
      • Student Enrollment = 22,271
      • Staff = 2,693
      • 54% Free and Reduced Lunch
      • Diverse Population
      • Hispanic-Latino
      • Korean
      • Ukrainian - Russian
    • Mission - Academic Achievement for ALL Students
      What is Necessary for Student Success?
      • Maintaining Good Grades
      • Parental Involvement
      • Parent/Guardian/Teacher Communication
      • Good Attendance
      • Reducing Language Barriers
    • What We Communicate
      Accurate/timely information in native languages
      Emergency, school closure and safety messages
      Grade Threshold Calls - Students not meeting standards
      Attendance and outreach messages
      District information
    • Grade Threshold Program
    • District Improvements
      Increased efficiencies throughout district
      Communication w/ non-English speaking families
      Expanded ability to contact and engage parents
      Improved student achievement – grade threshold
    • Federal Way and Connect 5
      We’re excited for more!
      Automatic translations
      Will not have to create multiple messages
      Parent Portal
      Easier interface with one main window
      Excited about the iPhone app.
    • Federal Way and Connect 5
      Blackboard Connect 5 will…
      Decrease number of calls from parents to remove #s
      Record single multi-language messages in emergencies
      Reduce the number of calls made
      Give message options to parents (i.e. email, text message, voice)
    • 23
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      Thank you for attending!
      Contact Info for Federal Way
      Diane Turner – dturner@fwps.org
      Karen Saunders – ksaunder@fwps.org
      Contact Info for Floyd BOE
      Tim Hensley - thensley@floyboe.net
    • 25
      Please contact us to upgrade to Connect 5:
      (888) 599-2720
      Not a part of the Bb Family? Join Today:
      (800) 424-9299