Evergreen Public Schools Brings Collaborative Tools to District Portal

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In an effort to deliver collaborative tools and create a stronger Web presence for its stakeholders, Evergreen Public Schools in Washington is moving its Web presence onto the Schoolwires platform.

For the project, Evergreen will adopt Schoolwires' Centricity and Synergy tools. Centricity is a hosted, on-demand solution that provides collaborative capabilities, such as file sharing and communications. Synergy is designed to allow users to create, edit, and share presentations, documents, and other types of media.

"Our current Web site and associated tools are difficult to use, and it doesn't provide us with the applications we need to create a polished and attractive Web presence," said Frank Decker, educational technology coordinator at Evergreen Public Schools, in a prepared statement. "The Schoolwires platform will give us increased functionality and flexibility so that we can communicate our district's brand and attract new families and quality employees, while increasing our communications with our existing constituents. And the solution will cost less annually than our current one."

He continued: "The Centricity solution is easy enough for non-tech-savvy teachers to create Web sites and teaching applications, yet it provides the tools for podcasts, flash content and other applications that more sophisticated users demand. Synergy will provide additional electronic tools for teachers to further engage students in the classroom and after hours, all in a secure and easily accessible environment."

Evergreen Public Schools serves more than 25,000 K-12 students and employs about 3,000 faculty and staff. The district comprises 21 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools, and four alternative centers.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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