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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.

PTA Parent newsletter announces School Review Contest!

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Today, the PTA Parent newsletter announced our School Reviews Contest and shared details on how local school PTAs can win $1000 by submitting reviews on their schools. 

Education.com is thrilled to have the PTA’s cooperation in promoting the School Reviews Contest!  The National PTA‘s mission is to be a powerful voice for all children,  a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.  Find your local PTA today and join the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation. Education.com attending the National PTA Conference in San Diego, CA last June where we had the opportunity to meet PTA members from across the nation and learn more about the organization’s needs and goals.  We hope to continue to work with the PTA in the future!

Parents are excited to share reviews on their schools!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

We are just one week into our School Reviews Contest and parents are already very motivated to share reviews on their children’s schools.  We have two fantastic examples of school communities working together to provide ample reviews on their schools, they must really want to win that $1000 prize for their school’s parent organization!

Parents from Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School in Fraser, MI have already submitted twenty informative reviews and counting!  Also, check out Fayette Co-Op Nursery School in Lexington, KY.  Their school community has provided eleven fabulous reviews so far!

Parents, let’s keep those reviews coming!  To learn more about the contest and review your child’s school, visit the SchoolFinder Review Contest today!

School Reviews Contest on Education.com!

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Today we are announcing an exciting opportunity for your school’s parent organization to win $1000 in the Education.com School Reviews Contest.

Did you know that your child’s school is profiled on Education.com?

Education.com’s SchoolFinder tool is designed to help parents research schools. We supply data such as test scores and student diversity statistics, but rely on parent reviews for the bigger, more personal picture. It’s easy- the top three schools with the most accepted reviews on December 20th will each win an award of $1000.  The prize will go directly to your school’s parent organization.

We hope you take advantage of this easy and fun way for you to promote your child’s school on Education.com and raise much-needed funds for your school’s parent organization. Find and review your child’s school and encourage your fellow parents to review today!

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.

Education.com Adds Private Schools to SchoolFinder

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Parents can now search for private schools in all 50 states using the Education.com SchoolFinder tool. Using the SchoolFinder tool, parents can learn about a private school’s size, grade span, student ethnicity, student-teacher ratio, and if a school is coed or single-sex. SchoolFinder also allows parents to rate and review schools to provide a deeper sense of a school’s culture and environment.

Choosing the right school for your child can be difficult and complicated, and often many factors are involved in the decision process. Knowing all of the school options in your area or an area you are moving to is the first step in making a school decision. Location isn’t everything however, there are other factors such as choosing private school versus public school.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 76% of private schools have a religious affiliation. Using SchoolFinder, parents can find out a school’s religious orientation, as well as any special programs the school focuses on, such as Montessori or Alternative programs. SchoolFinder also includes school association memberships, such as a school belonging to the Association of Boarding Schools, to provide a deeper overview of a school.

Combined with parent reviews, SchoolFinder’s information on public and private schools hopefully make school decisions that much easier. Having taught in both public and private schools, I personally know that finding the best school for your child depends on the unique needs of your family, not just simply determining the right “type” of school. Armed with the tips and articles on choosing the best school to meet your family’s and child’s individual needs and learning style, parents can begin to find the answers they need as the new school year begins!