We All Get Way Too Much Information.

Snow is bad.  Ice is worse (I just cancelled school… again).

That’s the bad news.No School.  One Year.

The good news is we’ve known this pre-apocalyptic storm has been coming for about a week (if you are reading this someplace warm… please know the rest of us hate you).

That’s more bad news.

One would think receiving updated updates on the weather every 4 seconds would be a good thing.  It’s not.

Society is on overload.

We have so much information at our fingertips it’s consuming our every thought.

Ten years ago, the only weather information came from the local news station.

You watched it at 6 pm, then you had to wait until 10 o’clock to get the next update.

There was time to let things soak in.

Now, the interweb has allowed us to update ourselves.

And we do.  Every few seconds (hello, Twitter).

But this also allows us to blow regular everyday happenings completely out of proportion.

As we share information, too often over exaggeration and hyperbole take the place of common sense.

One person says they’ve heard there is 3 inches of snow on the way, and the next says it’s 4-6.

Before you know it everyone has heard 27 inches and there is only one conclusion to make.

We are all going to DIE!

After a bazillion years (approximately), life as we know it will cease to exist.

You would think the more information we receive would allow us to make more informed decisions.

I think the opposite is happening.

FOX News isn’t making us smarter politically.

MSNBC isn’t helping us elect better representatives.

The local news isn’t calming our fears about crimes and accidents.

Websites are available 24 hours a day.  Some even tell us the truth.

It’s so much that it’s becoming just noise.

It’s almost like the more we know, the dumber we get.

Lots and lots of information.  But so much noise.

I need to know it’s going to snow.

But I also need to know society is going to survive once it stops.

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This Website Stinks.

Not this website.  It doesn’t stink (I hope).

It has a cartoon family and Buddy Cam

I’m talking about school websites.

Some of them stink.

Not all of them are bad.Update It Already!!!

Just the ones that aren’t good.  And there are plenty.

If you don’t believe me Google your local school and see for yourself (you will know in the first 1.5 seconds).

One of an administrator’s primary jobs is to keep the school grounds looking neat and tidy.

Make sure the grass is cut.  Get the trash picked up (all the great administrators pick up trash when walking around).  And remove snow in a timely manner.

The front yard of any school is the first thing people notice when they drive by or visit.

A neat looking school means kids are probably getting a good education.

People expect their school to look good.  They want to be proud of the facilities.  They want to be assured their tax dollars are not being wasted.

What has changed is school grounds are no longer the only gateway to a district.

There’s also the school website.

School websites fall into two categories.  Either award-winning or they haven’t been updated since 1982.

The interweb is here to stay people, it’s time to stop thinking about school websites as frivolous.

They aren’t something the Tech Person can update when they have time (and a good Tech Person never has time).

They aren’t something the 8th graders can work on in study hall.

The school website is a district’s biggest marketing tool.

When families are shopping for a new school, their first stop is the website.

Schools wouldn’t use tacky stationary or put on a half-hearted graduation ceremony.

They certainly wouldn’t let the grass go uncut for 18 months.

So why do they let students, parents, alumni, and total strangers access their sad and tired website?

We have to do better.

The parents of a 2nd grader has no concept of a world wide webless existence.  They expect a school website to be updated more than once a year.

They want to email their child’s teacher.  And they want to find the email address on the school website.

They also want pictures, the latest school news, announcements, schedules, and everything else associated with the school.

It’s time people.

It’s 2010.

Let’s get out there and make school websites better for kids.

I also think every teacher should have their own website, but that’s a rant for another day… and blog.

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