The School Finder module in the Blackboard MCA is designed to help community members identify the schools associated with a specific geographic location in a school district. This is accomplished by comparing either a user defined address or the GPS location on the user’s mobile device against a series of layered maps with detailed school boundaries to then list the corresponding elementary, middle, and high school. This is ideal for districts with 15+ schools.
Client Production Requirements
Each school to be included in the School Finder module needs to be classified into one of three school types:
- Elementary School
- Junior High / Middle School
- High School
Geographic Information System (GIS) – Data Driven Mapping
This will be the preferred method for mapping districts of 15+ schools. Each organization will need to have its own unique shape file. Meaning, each elementary, middle, and high school should have a unique shape file. The identification of feeder shape files to indicate a new organization’s boundaries is not currently supported. Blackboard currently supports GIS (.SHP) files to complete School Finder.
To import SHP files, we require the file to include:
- Organization ID
- Somewhere within the shape, the ID of the organization that matches the ID in Blackboard must exist
* Organization ID’s in the GIS file must match the organization ID in the Org File