• June 25, 2019

    The establishment of the Media & Communications Office led to the exciting task of revitalizing the Framingham Public Schools website. Increased content, stakeholder use, and feedback received in meetings and online has amplified the need to make some changes, as well as, elevated areas of the site that need improvement.

    Key Considerations

    • Video has shifted and continues to be a key content format to aide in digital storytelling.
    • A diverse District like Framingham would benefit from using more universally recognized, icon-based navigation for some the key website destinations ('global icons').
    • An increase in site usage and content creation from different departments has made the 'global icons' very desirable and the current template will not allow more than 8 spots.
    • The mobile experience continues to be an area of improvement and the current site condenses (buries) all of the content. An upgraded template will expand the visibility and enhance the mobile website experience.
    • Learnings and discovery have led to new processes regarding the website calendars, teacher pages, and PDFs - all of which need to be reviewed and planned for in the next design.

    In short, the website was upgraded to it's current design in 2016 - in the digital world, that is a long time ago. There are updated accessibility standards, a move towards high quality images, but even more video, and in our District, there have been huge improvements on the way we share our story. The current website is functional, but we would like to re-face it, remove old and outdated content, and make it even better. 

    All stakeholders are invited to review both of the template recommendations below and then VOTE on your preferred choice! You can click on the images to view the template demo sites for a deeper dive, then scroll down to vote.
     
    PRO TIP: Check both sites on mobile and/or reduce your browser window on desktop to see the desktop AND mobile experiences. Keep in mind, many people are looking for information on their phones.

Renaissance Templates for Comparison

  • Renaissance Template Full

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    This Design Offers:

    • Streaming video for the District
    • Multi-media gallery (rotating images) for school pages
    • A content slider for additional information
    • Eight (8) descriptive global icons (same amount that we have now) - but those icons are clearly visible on the mobile version, making it very easy to get to the top 8 places needed on our site.
    This version shows the Multimedia Image Gallery instead of the streaming video:
     

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Champion Templates for Comparison

  • Champion Template Full with Video

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    This Design Offers:

    • Streaming video for the District
    • Multi-media gallery (rotating images) for school pages
    • Up-front social media icon links
    • Twelve (12) global icons (increased from 8 that we have now) - and those global icons are clearly visible on the mobile version, making it very easy to get to the top 12 places needed on our site.
    This version shows the Multimedia Image Gallery instead of the streaming video: