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Website by Committee. Rob Darrow NYSAIS Conference November 2006. On the Web. Search the Web Webquest Search the Web Webquest Handout. Group developments Amazon : plan to sell on book chapters Institutional repositories : easy access to research Invisible Web – scholarly databases.

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website by committee

Website by Committee

Rob Darrow

NYSAIS Conference

November 2006

on the web
On the Web.
  • Search the Web Webquest
  • Search the Web Webquest
  • Handout.
no longer just google
Group developments

Amazon : plan to sell on book chapters

Institutional repositories : easy access to research

Invisible Web – scholarly databases

Individual efforts

=Web 2.0





No longer just Google
what makes a good website
What makes a good website?
  • Effective websites – let’s look at some and apply a standard.
    • Handout: Big6 format. 
    • Look at some examples.
planning a website
Planning a Website 
  • The Structure
    • Will it be – static or dynamic?
  • The Design
  • The Content

“A website is like a baby, it needs to be changed often”

websites i ve set up by committee
Websites I’ve set up by committee 
  • California School Library Association –
  • Cal Online Virtual High School –
  • Teaching American History Grant –
what i ve learned
What I’ve Learned
  • It’s all about design!
  • Once design, structure is set – then add the content.
  • Many people can contribute content.
  • Hire “editors” – content review.
  • Final Editor – One or two people with the overall vision of the website – final content review.
  • Some re-editing may be needed.
  • Anyone can transfer the content to the Web.
online or web enhanced classrooms
Online or Web Enhanced Classrooms
  • Support learning of students
  • Meet student learning in the digital age
  • Will increase over time
  • Courses need to be somewhat linear – designed like an overall website
what makes a quality online course

Web Based(80% instruction taught on web)

Web Enhanced (Use of web for some instruction)

What makes a quality online course?

Multidimensional Instruction and Learning

One Dimensional Instruction and Learning

online course examples
Online Course Examples
  • World History Online

Fresno County Teaching American History Grant

  • Online content based on 5th, 8th and 11th grade American history content standards
do you know about the invisible or deep web
Do you know about theInvisible (or deep) Web?
  • Mostly university databases.
  • Can only access by “direct query” not via Google.
  • 300-500 times larger than the commercial Web
  • The Deep Web contains nearly 550 billion individual documents compared to the one billion of the surface Web.
  • More than 200,000 Deep Web sites presently exist.

Michael Bergman, Bright Planet, July 2001

web 2 0 and the future
Web 2.0 and the future
  • It is now “web by committee” and “individuals”
  • “An attitude not a technology” (I.Davis)
  • About user participation, user generated content, participation, remixing and tagging
  • This can be the age of the amateurs!
web 2 0 and libraries
Web 2.0 and libraries
  • Growth in open access and open content material
  • Increased virtual usage and via Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)
  • Reference services are becoming more virtual as users want instant answers
  • Time-shifting, to suit the users and their learning styles
the new web 2 0 and information literacy
The “new” Web 2.0 and Information Literacy
  • Engage the Digital Natives - meeting them where they are
  • Web 2.0 is interactive - sites need to be interactive and materials more visual and active, e.g. games
  • New opportunities to use deep and active learning methods and peer-based learning
  • Need to teach how easily information can be created
  • More emphasis needed on teaching evaluation and ethics
explore time web 2 0
Explore Time Web 2.0
  • On the Wiki.
with wikis and blogs
With Wikis and Blogs
  • Everyone now has their own website.
    • Design and structure is set in blogs and wikis
  • Wikipedia
  • Library Instruction Wiki
  • Teacher-librarian wiki
  • Information Literacy Blog
  • Blogs, Vogs and Wiki Website
  • Association of College and Research Librarians Blog
explore some wiki ideas
Explore Some Wiki ideas
  • Bernie Dodge’s Design Patterns for EduWikis
  • Dan McDowell’s History Examples
    • Holocaust Wiki Project
    • AP World History Exam Review
  • Class study tool, vocabulary building
  • Wikibooks (evolution of the textbook with greater relevance?)
  • No. of hits on Google for “podcasts”

Sept. 28 2004 - 24

May 25 2005 - 4,460,000

Sept.18 2005 - 60,000,000

June 20 2006 - 362,000,000

podcasts opportunities
Podcasts – Opportunities
  • Education Podcast Network (David Warlick) - the ultimate.
  • Room 208 Bob Sprankle
  • Book reviews—Nancy Keane’s Booktalks
the future web and you
The Future Web and You
  • How does Web 2.0 fit with your school?