growing here in Volusia County Schools' Propeller Studio as
we get ready for our first BbWorld. You see, this year the conference is being
held a short drive from our school district, so we couldn’t miss it. We’re
looking forward to gathering great gobs of Blackboard know-how, to networking
with peers, and to meeting new FLBbUG members. FLBbUG (pronounced”
flu-bug”) is the Florida Blackboard user group which will meet July 15, 2010
from 11:00 to 11:45 in Emerald 8. Everyone is welcome to “go viral” with us.
Not only is it our first BbWorld, but a great opportunity to share with the
community the exciting work we’ve accomplished. Propeller Studio is
only three people strong, three all ready BUSY people, who might even be called
a bit headstrong, if not hardworking. Somehow (and by mustering the skills of
the rest of the IT department) we managed to install our own cluster of virtual
Blackboard servers and orchestrate a careful takeover of the district’s
existing web sites. We went from oodles of haphazard and inconsistent FrontPage
web sites on an ancient server to 150 sleek, consistent, and easily maintained
sites in Blackboard’s Community Engagement system. This was no small task!
We are offering to tell you our story in our BbWorld session “One K-12
District's Story on How to Implement Blackboard Learn for Community
Engagement.” We hope that your institution can learn from our journey-both the
wise moves and the big mistakes. So, if you have a mess of web sites with poor
branding (if any at all), inconsistent designs and layouts, non-existent maintenance,
poorly trained webmasters-must I go on? We will do our best to make missing
your naptime worth your time.
See you at BbWorld!
K-12 District’s Story on How to Implement Blackboard Learn for Community
15, 3:15 – 4:00pm