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  • 1. Laura Culpepper IT 648 Developing a Classroom Website
  • 2. Uses of a Classroom Website
    • Assignments
    • Communication
    • Updates
    • Activities
    • Homework
    • Useful Web links
  • 3. Website vs Traditional Classroom Sources
    • Classroom Website
    • Electronic
    • Easily accessible with computer
    • Cannot be misplaced or left at school
    • Easily updated
    • Traditional Classroom Sources
    • Paper
    • Easily accessible at anytime
    • Easily lost/damaged and left in locker
    • Cannot be updated- must be recreated
  • 4. Advantages
    • Easily accessible
    • Keeps parents informed and updated
    • Keeps students informed and updated
    • Can be tailored to fit the needs of the class
  • 5. More Advantages
    • Requires no paper (economically friendly!)
    • Accessible at anytime
  • 6. Disadvantages
    • Requires training to develop and update
    • Requires proper tools
    • Can be expensive
    • Requires access to computer/internet
    • Can experience technical difficulties
  • 7. Overcoming the Disadvantages
    • Training: user-friendly webpage creators and tools; tutorials
    • Overcoming the expense: free webhosting and tools
    • Allow students to access webpage in classroom and share community places, like the library, that have internet access
    • Keep the site current and frequently update
  • 8. Building a Website
    • Consider the content
    • After content, consider design
    • Ensure that the images and files are not too large as to make the site difficult to load or too time consuming to load
    • Check for navigability and consistency
  • 9. Requirements
    • Planning
    • Organization
    • Storyboard
    • Design
    • Webhost
    • Webtools
  • 10. Consider Your Audience
    • Age
    • Sex
    • Technological Abilities
    • Interests
    • Needs
  • 11. Tools Available Online
    • Tutorials
    • Graphics/Images
    • Graphics Editors
    • HTML Editors
    • Polls
    • Blogs
    • Calendars
    • Etc.--
  • 12. Example Tutorials Available Online
    • Beginner Webdesign: http://www.shire.net/beginningwebdesign/
    • Design Topics and Tutorials: http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/wwwdev/designissues.html
    • Technology Integration: http://www.ct4me.net/web_page_design.htm
  • 13. Tips
    • Update frequently
    • Create User-friendly and accessible pages
    • View website from different browsers and computers to ensure that it is displayed correctly
    • Proofread for spelling grammar and mechanics
    • Check for broken links
  • 14. References
    • Albright, M, Simonson, M, Smaldino, S. & Zvacek, S. (2006). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (3 rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Bennett, L. & Keiper, T. Braun, J., Risinger, C., & National Council for the Social Studies, W. (1999, January 1). Surfing Social Studies: The Internet Book . Retrieved July 26, 2008, from ERIC database.
    • Dempsey, J. & Reiser, R. (2007). Trends and issues in instructional design and technology (2 nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Deubel, P. (2008). Technology integration: Web page design [Online]. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from Computing Technology for Math Excellence at http://www.ct4me.net/web_page_design.htm  
    • Kent School District (2008). Kent school district webdevelopment server: Design issues. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/wwwdev/designissues.html
    • Leigh, A. (2008). Creating webpages. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from http://www.shire.net/beginningwebdesign/
    • Lever-Duffy, J. & Mcdonald, J. (2008). Teaching and learning with technology (3 rd ed.). New York: Pearson.
  • 15. Resources (continued)
    • Maddux, C. (2001, January 1). Solving Accessibility and Other Problems in School and Classroom Web Sites. Rural Special Education Quarterly , 20 (4), 11. Retrieved July 26, 2008, from ERIC database.
    • McNulty, K. (2002, January 1). Fostering the Student-Centered Classroom Online. T.H.E. Journal , 29 (7), 16,18,20. Retrieved July 26, 2008, from ERIC database.
    • Tech Webpages (2008). Class webpages. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from Tech Webpages . http://www.esu5.org/techteacher/classwebpages.htm
    • Technology, Incorporated. (2008). Designing a Website for Your Class . Retrieved June 20, 2008, from The Online Teacher Resource: http://www.teach-nology.com/tutorials/design_site/

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