What’s the point of ”What’s on?”
You’ve just heard a snippet of news, say of a popular event that’s coming soon, or an unmissable competition. You’re sure someone around East Lothian’s school community will want to know. But you don’t know who.
These days, the chances are you’ve heard by email. And you’re thinking of just forwarding it to anyone you think might be interested. Maybe you’ll even copy it to a few Head Teachers too, just in case…
This “push” approach is causing us problems.
- The information’s hard to find: it’s scattered all over the place in individual email inboxes.
- It often ends up with the wrong people, contributing to email overload.
- Good information doesn’t get shared, because we don’t know who to share it with.
- Relying on people forwarding emails often takes too long to reach people.
That’s where “What’s on?” comes in. It’s a single place where any registered Edubuzz (WordPress blog system) user can post their news, just like sticking a note on your noticeboard.
If it works, we’ll gain the benefits of changing to a “pull” approach – a self-service system.
- Email overload, especially for Head Teachers, is reduced: freeing up valuable time.
- Anyone can browse the “What’s on?” information when they want to, increasing the chance they reach the right people. (RSS-savvy folks can even subscribe to specific categories of news, bring it to them.)
- Communication is quicker, as we’re not reliant on email pass-the-parcel.
- We create a one-stop shop, where it’s easier to find out what’s going on.