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What’s your school’s Walk Score?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

We’re excited to announce that the Walk Score for all schools in the country is now included in our SchoolFinder resource.  A Walk Score allows parents to learn how walkable their school and surrounding neighborhood is, making walkability now part of the school decision process.

Walk Score aims to promote walkable neighborhoods to combat climate change, improve health, and strengthen communities.  As the latest Walk Score blog explains, fewer and fewer children are walking to school and the child obesity epidemic continues to rise.  Promoting the option to walk or ride a bike to school is one way to increase exercise for school-aged children.

Education.com is also excited to announce that Walk Score is the latest SchoolFinder Local Schools web service partner. Here’s a sample of how school information is included in Walk Score:

Roost’s New Facebook App, Social Real Estate

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

We’re excited to spread the word about Roost‘s new Facebook application, Social Real Estate.

The application creates a “Real Estate” tab on Facebook profiles that displays city-specific housing, education info using SchoolFinder’s local school data web service, and walkability data.  It’s perfect for real estate agents and brokers to promote engagement and show off their expertise with their many Facebook connections.

Learn more about this hot new app!

New and Improved Local Schools Widget

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The Local Schools widget has become a popular free tool for real estate sites and blogs to showcase local school information. We’ve received positive feedback on how easy the widget is to customize and install. The recent enhancements were made in order to further meet our user’s needs around free school data.

So what’s new and improved on the widget?

Now, you can showcase schools near an exact address. Simply input the street address and city or zip and the closest schools to the address will be shown in the widget, both in the map and list view. Now real estate sites can implement the widget to showcase nearby schools for specific properties.

Another great new feature is the ability to browse the widget map past the default location. For example, if a widget is created for the zip code 94603, the user can browse past the schools that lie within the zip code to see schools in surrounding zip codes or cities.

Lastly, our widget has an updated look and feel- we’ve updated the look but kept all of the customization options available, such as color choice, size options, and custom title so it can be visually integrated onto other sites.

Don’t worry, we’ve kept our other key features, such as the ability to create a widget for a zip, city, entire county, or a specific school district. That way you can create a widget for the exact area you serve.

Our local school data tools are free and popular with sites and blogs in a variety of industries, including real estate, local media, and school districts.  We hope to continue to see the popularity of the widget grow and are really excited to showcase the new and improved widget at the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco this week! Feel free to contact us with any questions on widget use at api-support@education.com.

Learn about Free School Info with this How-To Video

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

We’ve received great feedback about our local school data and tools, but also some questions on how real estate professionals can access them. With this video guide, learn about our free school info and how to make a local schools widget! Walk through the five steps of creating a local schools widget for your site or blog and see sample widget implementations.

Local Schools Widget’s Success

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Wondering what’s new with the Local Schools widget? It is such an easy way to show local school information directly on your site or blog, many real estate professionals have implemented widgets on their sites. 

Local School widgets have been created in all sizes and colors for cities and counties across the country.  From adding the ability for users to see schools in different cities, to incorporating local school information alongside other community features, realtors have been creatively integrating widgets onto their sites. Real estate bloggers have also jumped on the chance to have school information on their blog for free.  The local school information WordPress plugin is now available so bloggers can incorporate the widget easily.

Another great development is that school districts have put widgets up for parents to see school information directly on their sites.  With no development cost,  school districts can show school information to parents and students in minutes.

Sharing Education.com’s New and Improved Local Schools Tools with Real Estate Professionals

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Since the launch of our local school data and tools at the beginning of September, we’ve been working hard to improve the services and to respond to user suggestions. We’ve added a number of new features to the tools to increase performance and the user experience. Our Local Schools widget now allows users to show schools within a certain school district or show schools within an entire county, city, or particular zip code. The web service has similarly been enhanced and now includes multi-call and auto-expand radius functionality, and city-level information, such as average test scores and number of schools within a city.

With the launch of these new features, we thought it was a great time to reach out to a new set of users and used it as an opportunity to attend the California Association of REALTORS Expo conference in Long Beach, CA. The Expo gave us the opportunity to share the local school data and tools with agents, brokers, and other real estate sites at the largest real estate trade show in the state of California.  Finding the right neighborhood school is an integral part of the real estate buying process and access to accurate and up-to-date school information can deliver a lot of value for real estate agents and their clients.  Over 500 interested real estate professionals learned how to customize a Local Schools widget for their own site or blog by choosing the city, zip code, school district, or county they serve and customizing the color and size of the tool to fit seamlessly on their site.

REALTORS shared their enthusiasm for including school information directly on their website for their clients so easily.  It was clear that valuable information often comes at a high price, and the simple fact that the widget and school information are free was surprising and exciting to all we met. We also shared the school data web service with many in the real estate field. The web service gives developers access to the complete SchoolFinder database via an API key and was of interest to a variety of listing and search sites, such as our friends at eppraisal.com, as well as numerous regional brokerage firms.

We learned quite a bit from our second time exhibiting (the first time was at last year’s National PTA Conference in San Diego, CA).  Our lime green Education.com lunch bags were a huge hit with everyone at the conference and we should have brought twice as many to the expo!  Also, standing all day is exhausting… good thing there was a booth selling foot massagers not too far away! Lastly, it helps to have a friendly face in the booth approach the passersby, as Education.com’s Patrick proved to us- the ladies loved him!

We were thrilled with the response from the real estate community at the Expo and hope to continue our outreach and share our SchoolFinder tools across the country.  The Local Schools widget continues to evolve, the newly added feature to customize the widget for a school district or an entire county was a result of helpful feedback from users.  Also, a WordPress plugin has been implemented so that bloggers can insert the widget successfully in WordPress blogs.  We hope to continue to improve our tools, so please let us know what you think!  Send any comments to api-support@education.com.