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Developing A Classroom Website


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Developing A Classroom Website

  1. 1. Laura Culpepper IT 648 Developing a Classroom Website
  2. 2. Uses of a Classroom Website <ul><li>Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Homework </li></ul><ul><li>Useful Web links </li></ul>
  3. 3. Website vs Traditional Classroom Sources <ul><li>Classroom Website </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic </li></ul><ul><li>Easily accessible with computer </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot be misplaced or left at school </li></ul><ul><li>Easily updated </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Classroom Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Easily accessible at anytime </li></ul><ul><li>Easily lost/damaged and left in locker </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot be updated- must be recreated </li></ul>
  4. 4. Advantages <ul><li>Easily accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps parents informed and updated </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps students informed and updated </li></ul><ul><li>Can be tailored to fit the needs of the class </li></ul>
  5. 5. More Advantages <ul><li>Requires no paper (economically friendly!) </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible at anytime </li></ul>
  6. 6. Disadvantages <ul><li>Requires training to develop and update </li></ul><ul><li>Requires proper tools </li></ul><ul><li>Can be expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Requires access to computer/internet </li></ul><ul><li>Can experience technical difficulties </li></ul>
  7. 7. Overcoming the Disadvantages <ul><li>Training: user-friendly webpage creators and tools; tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming the expense: free webhosting and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students to access webpage in classroom and share community places, like the library, that have internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the site current and frequently update </li></ul>
  8. 8. Building a Website <ul><li>Consider the content </li></ul><ul><li>After content, consider design </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that the images and files are not too large as to make the site difficult to load or too time consuming to load </li></ul><ul><li>Check for navigability and consistency </li></ul>
  9. 9. Requirements <ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>Webhost </li></ul><ul><li>Webtools </li></ul>
  10. 10. Consider Your Audience <ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Sex </li></ul><ul><li>Technological Abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul><ul><li>Needs </li></ul>
  11. 11. Tools Available Online <ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics/Images </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics Editors </li></ul><ul><li>HTML Editors </li></ul><ul><li>Polls </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul><ul><li>Etc.-- </li></ul>
  12. 12. Example Tutorials Available Online <ul><li>Beginner Webdesign: </li></ul><ul><li>Design Topics and Tutorials: </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Integration: </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tips <ul><li>Update frequently </li></ul><ul><li>Create User-friendly and accessible pages </li></ul><ul><li>View website from different browsers and computers to ensure that it is displayed correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread for spelling grammar and mechanics </li></ul><ul><li>Check for broken links </li></ul>
  14. 14. References <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Dempsey, J. & Reiser, R. (2007). Trends and issues in instructional design and technology (2 nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. </li></ul><ul><li>Deubel, P. (2008). Technology integration: Web page design [Online]. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from Computing Technology for Math Excellence at   </li></ul><ul><li>Kent School District (2008). Kent school district webdevelopment server: Design issues. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from </li></ul><ul><li>Leigh, A. (2008). Creating webpages. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from </li></ul><ul><li>Lever-Duffy, J. & Mcdonald, J. (2008). Teaching and learning with technology (3 rd ed.). New York: Pearson. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Resources (continued) <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Webpages (2008). Class webpages. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from Tech Webpages . </li></ul><ul><li>Technology, Incorporated. (2008). Designing a Website for Your Class . Retrieved June 20, 2008, from The Online Teacher Resource: </li></ul>