As schools become networked to transfer data between administrative offices and classrooms, many are finding that setting up an intranet--a private, internet-based network--is the best way to offer a secure, consistent, and integrated environment in which to collaborate and communicate information school-wide.
Vista Associates, of Wayland, Mass., offers a simple but powerful tool to set up and administer a school intranet. Called Compass K-12, the product has templates for creating web pages, importing class and student information, and setting end-user privileges.
Compass K-12 is organized into four areas: My Space, Courses, Campus, and Public. "My Space" provides a private area