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Schools come alive on new website

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A part of the new site.
Getting a new look for back-to-school, Bedford County Department of Education re-launched its web page this week.

"When we adopted it a few years ago, the [school's] webpage was ahead of its time," said Ben Barrett, director of technology.

At that time, the 14 county schools had moved to a web hosting service in order to provide consistency across all their sites.

The interface did not prove popular with teachers over the long-term, and some designed web pages outside the system in order to communicate with students and parents.

Easier use

With a new web host, School in-Sites, Barrett hopes the new site will prove easier for teachers to use.

"Their lives and careers are crowded enough without adding to it a difficult to update, maintain, and design webpage," said Barrett.

The system hopes teachers will appreciate the capabilities the new site offers, promising simplicity and functionality to users. For instance, a new feature allows teachers to "drag and drop" files into the web page, easily placing supply lists, assignments, documents and photos from their desktop.

Step-by-step videos are available to coach teachers as they get acquainted with the new functions.


The revamped site will serve as a communication tool for parents and students, allowing updates on schedules, events, tests and assignments. The site also features links to the school system's special programs, such as the My School Bucks program in which parents may pay for student lunches online.

"We are so excited for people in the community to log onto our redesigned sites and see the great happenings here in the Bedford County School System," Barrett said. "All in all, the new web page is really a great tool for us to easily keep parents, students, and the community connected with our schools."

On the web

The site's address is http://www.bedfordk12tn.com/