User Stories

Friday Night Lights made with love by Jayne Beale

Jayne Beale is doing some cool things for her school district and community. Churning out content for school and making teaching a creative experience remotely, the Covid-19 pandemic is not stopping her from giving the students a great learning experience.

In these days of Coronavirus, we realize that everyone has new challenges and issues to face – and we are doing what we can to help.  

And when we see someone doing something inspiring and cool – we like to share that (as we could all use something positive to put our attention on, right?)  It was at our last Customer Feedback Council on March 6th that we met a very sharp PosterMyWall user named Jayne Beale, who is doing some cool things for her school district and community.

A little bit about Jayne

Jayne has been teaching computers for over 30 years, and adding to that, she became the Technology director for her school district 10 years ago. In addition to managing district technology including but not limited to its website, she also started to program Jumbotron graphics for the school’s Friday Night Football games.

It was through the Daktronics Facebook Group that she met another Jumbotronic guru who was creating some very colorful and engaging graphics which were made by PosterMyWall. Being no novice to the creative capabilities of her computer (iMovie and other graphics programs on the PC are in her wheelhouse) she was still impressed with the vibrancy of font and colors that the PosterMyWall artist community offered to users.

It was Jayne’s description of some of her works here that made us want to learn more about her – and we will share some of her exemplary scoreboard art.  But first, let us share how Jayne was able to use her skills in PosterMyWall to quickly address some of our current pressing needs.

Task 1 – Keeping the Website Updated

Today’s websites are hungry for as much engaging imagery as our admins have time to produce. Jayne’s district website employed a carousel approach so the ability to find and customize batches of attractive images helped her efficiently keep information up to date, but also to employ her own personal touches of flair.

“One of my favorite things about using this service is that there is such a wealth of templates – it was great to have so many pre-made templates to choose from. I love that there are really exciting fonts and moving images to be able to choose from. In addition to basic information like the school closures, I’m able to find great graphics to help communicate other program information like the availability of meals (which is clickable to the page with details) as well as additional tech resources for students and their families.”

Jayne has a wide range of information that she needs to keep updated, and she enjoys having a range of pre-made templates that she can get personalize and publish in a short period of time, over a variety of formats from website to social.
Jayne has a wide range of information that she needs to keep updated, and she enjoys having a range of pre-made templates that she can get personalize and publish in a short period of time, over a variety of formats from website to social.

Task 2 – Fun with the scoreboard

So football season is over for the year – and sadly sports scoreboards are dormant this spring — but it’s still inspiring to look at some of the fun that Jayne has had in providing the graphics for her teams’ big screen.

“I really like how many jumbotron images there were for any given holiday or season – it really made it fun each week to pick out the messages I could put up on the big screen to connect the crowds to the school.  I’ve really loved the new features like animation, moving text and video!”

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Jayne takes a lot of pride in creating entertaining, topical screens that she can share on the Jumbotron during the games. She made great use of the new video and animated templates; with special appreciation for the PinkOut art available this past October.
Jayne takes a lot of pride in creating entertaining, topical screens that she can share on the Jumbotron during the games. She made great use of the new video and animated templates; with special appreciation for the PinkOut art available this past October.

In conclusion – finding the beauty in each day.

“I started using the Free Educators version of PosterMyWall that is optimized for teachers to be able to give / grade projects for their students. I think this could be a fun idea for (art) teachers to try now that they have to work with their students with distance learning.   

But for myself, in my role as the district technology lead, I’m really glad to have this as a tool that I can use to find fresh and timely ways to update information and connect with my community.”