Web design has improved considerably over the last few years and the latest advancement in this field is responsive web design.
Responsive web design provides an enhanced viewing experience across a wide range of devices; from tablets to desktop computer monitors. One of the most cutting-edge advancements with responsive web design is optimized web page adjustment. This means that whatever device you choose to use, be it iPad, iPhone, tablet or traditional computer monitor, your on-screen graphics and text will automatically adjust for an optimal visual experience.
The catalyst for this advancement in technology is the consumer shift away from static PCs to tablets and mobile devices. This is particularly true in the education field where schools and universities are opting to download textbooks and other traditional material onto tablets. It is now common for students to carry tablets of various sizes and shapes to class, and it is important for us to ensure that our software supports the latest technology trends. Responsive web design asks the device: What is your resolution and screen size?
Once this information is processed, the web content is then reconfigured using flexible images and fluid grids to display the website correctly for the given screen. The size of your browser window is also adjusted “on the fly.”
At the heart of responsive web design is a fluid grid concept that sets page element sizing and pictures to be in relative units like percentages, rather than fixed units. This sometimes prevents them from appearing if they cannot be resized.
Responsive web design is a core function in the newly redesigned My BackPack. It allows users to access important and relevant student data from tablets and larger mobile devices. This news might be a surprise to some schools that use My BackPack and have not rolled out any tablet projects yet, but the new responsive web design will not visually differ much from the screen we’ve grown accustomed to using.
The Senior Systems responsive web design initiative allows schools to seamlessly adopt a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy, without developing expensive apps or limiting the hardware devices Students, Parents and Staff can use to access My BackPack. It also allows your school’s technical support team to concentrate on important issues that matter to your school, and not waste valuable time configuring hardware to work with My BackPack.
Senior Systems encourages customers to set up a tablet-based program because it opens up the benefits of the software and makes it possible for Students, Parents, and Staff to view schedules, edit grades, and pay tuition online while they are on the move.
This opens the way for direct communication between school and home, and improves interactions within the school community. It’s easy for Parents, Teachers and Students to find answers to various administrative questions, update their own profile and contact data, and interact with each other.
For example, Students and Parents can view schedules, a calendar, class attendance and discipline records, marking period grades, comments, and homework assignments without having to log into a static computer. They can make online payments via credit card or eCheck on the move. Schools and institutions can broadcast emails to selected groups of Students and Parents.
My BackPack makes all this a cinch with our new responsive web design technology!