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  1. 1. Teacher Webpages April Hanna AEET/EDET 650 Fall, 2007
  2. 2. What purpose will my page serve? <ul><li>The purpose for any site or page is to provide information and let the world know your organization (or classroom) exists! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why is it important to have a webpage? <ul><li>To provide information about your classroom to students and parents </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage communication between parents/teachers </li></ul><ul><li>To share resources for teaching and learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who is your webpage for? <ul><li>Present students and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Prospective students and parents </li></ul><ul><li>The wider community </li></ul>
  5. 5. What should your page contain? <ul><li>Your name </li></ul><ul><li>School/classroom rules </li></ul><ul><li>Your expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures (ice cream money, Tuesday folders) </li></ul><ul><li>A link to your email address/school phone number </li></ul>
  6. 6. Optional Extras <ul><li>Thematic Units/Units of study </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for parents (Reading) </li></ul><ul><li>Activities for students (links to interactive sites) </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Homework assignments (weekly updates) </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling/Vocabulary Lists (weekly updates) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tips for creating attractive, yet effective pages…
  8. 8. Appearance <ul><li>Limit yourself to two or three colors that provide contrast between the background and text </li></ul><ul><li>Try to avoid bright, colorful pages </li></ul>
  9. 9. Words <ul><li>Choose font that is clear--avoid fancy or unusual text </li></ul><ul><li>Use simple vocabulary, making information easy to read and understand </li></ul><ul><li>Provide links to large chunks of text (school policies, code of conduct, etc.) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Pictures <ul><li>Illustrations give pages a visual interest, but be careful not to do too much! </li></ul><ul><li>Make the size of the graphics small so that they load quickly for the viewer. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Animations/Sound <ul><li>Animations and sound are cute, but don’t overuse! (Not all visitors will be able to view them) </li></ul><ul><li>Repetitive animations and music can become tiresome to frequent visitors. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Your Assignment: <ul><li>Decide whether you want to work independently or as a grade level </li></ul><ul><li>Organize information to be included on your page </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to input info and create your page be using next time we meet! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>Open 2 Learn: Building an effective school website </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>