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Oldenburg Academy Inservice Dec. 1, 2006
A Classroom Web site is created by a teacher or other educator specifically for his or her students to establish an online presence for their classrooms.
“The Web is no longer an experiment; it is mainstream”
"Your Web site is you, Present yourself to the world as an educated, cultured individual."
"Don't create a Web site just because others have one. Have a real purpose and reason for doing it, and stick to that purpose.”
Check out some existing Web sites to discover what you like and don't like about them, and what you want to imitate -- and eliminate -- on your own site.:
"Focus on the fun and rewards, and never allow yourself to see "webbing" as a chore."
Create a map of your site design on paper
Classroom expectations / rules
Links to class resources
Course Outline / Syllabus
Date page updated
“Show and Tell” student work
Curriculum related Hotlists
Pictures of class activitiesPossible Pages to Include:
Collect your graphics:
"Keep graphics down to a minimum and watch the size.”
“Set an example of being sensitive to copyright laws. Any photographs, Web graphics… you post on the Web should be in compliance with current copyright policies.”
Although, many sources of free clip art are available online, occasionally you'll also find images you'd like to use at other sites. These images are as easy to download as the free ones; you should be aware, however, that copyright laws do cover online material. You might want to keep these general guidelines in mind as you search the Web for that perfect image:
You can use the Oldenburg Academy template:
Create your web site using Dreamweaver - software used to develop a web site
Students create home pages about themselves.
This is the electronic version of Student of the Week bulletin boards. Everyone can be a star on their own home page.
Students share writing, riddles, reports, family history or timelines on their web pages.
It is an electronic book containing the students' work.
Class assignments tailored to the web site.
When the class reads a book together, make a section of the web site into book reviews by various students.
Group projects such as reports can be compiled into classroom web sites.
Whether you are studying amphibians or English sonnets, why not have a web site on the subject?
Students vote or express preferences on a web page.
Create a web feedback board. explicitly that it is free for the taking.
Students can post comments of praise or congratulations.
Artists, designers and doodlers can show off their art.
Make announcements on the web site.
Class picnic on the 14th. The information age doesn't require chalk dust or marker fumes, only bits and bytes.
Create a group story zone.
Let students contribute paragraphs or drawings to the stories.
Chart your science experiment results.
Tables are easy to make an could be used to track such things as plant growth or daily weather data.
"Don't hesitate to ask people for help. No one knows everything about writing Web sites, and everyone remembers what it was like to be a beginner. ”
“Teachers who embark on new learning experiences, such as Web page creation, reconnect with the experience of learning in new ways and ultimately relate more effectively to their students.”
"Creating your own Web page is a wonderful way to remember what it's like to learn new things -- the joys and the frustrations. You may become a better teacher because you are also returning to your role as learner. Understand that you will probably have to learn a little HTML code along the way too!"
Accomplished Web authors offer the following tips for creating a first Web page that looks professional, while accomplishing your goals.
1. Text - Provide clear and simple headlines and page titles. Use the same font throughout. Stick to universal fonts. “Make sure the text is readable and not overpowered by the background.”
2. Content - Keep paragraphs short and page sizes small. Minimize scrolling. Never expect users to scroll more than three screen lengths. "Pay attention to detail -- layout, spelling, grammar."
3. Images - Limit image sizes to fewer than 20k each. Limit animations.
4. Include a contact method - email, phone…
5. Alignment- explicitly that it is free for the taking. Alignment is a simple term referring to the how your items line up on a page. You should try to stick with one alignment.
6. Maintain the site - Update it regularly Do web checks to check links
“Don't leave site maintenance for a rainy day. It can be an overwhelming task! Check links and make sure everything is up to date on a regular basis”
“Don't try to do too much! Take it step by step and learn to do and handle one area very well before moving on.”
"In the early years, I used to try to update every week. I drove myself wild! It was too much. Now I plan updates around my vacations and breaks, and I've gone back to my original purpose for having a Web site -- a repository for lesson ideas for teachers of grades five and six."
7. Color/Contrast-Color and contrast are important elements in your web page design. Choose colors that complement each other. Avoid overly-busy or multi-colored backgrounds. Leave lots of white space.
8. Navigation-Navigation is a key element to your web design. If your visitors can't figure out what to do and where to go they will not spend any time at your site.
9. Consistency-Consistency is also an important element in web design. Keeping some consistent elements as your visitors move from page to page makes for a nice navigation site.
10. Purpose -"Make sure your Web site has value to visitors. Keep it simple. Don't get carried away with fussy design and razzmatazz!"