Qualities of a “Good” website
There are three main areas to focus on when assessing a school’s website. First and foremost, look at the content of the site. Most sites include the physical location of the school, as well as, the listing of contact information for the school faculty and staff. Some may even, have a school calendar online. But, how many of our schools take their site to the next level to include the school curriculum, classroom homepages, homework postings, and links and web resources for parents, students and teachers, or even, a showcase of student work? Not only does the content count when measuring the quality of the site, so does the overall structure of the website. Sites should have an eye-catching home page, be easy to navigate, have all live links, include credible information, have clear directions, host attractive visuals, be interactive, include contact information, have user control, and be fun to explore. (Riccardi, Easton & Small, 2004) And lastly, sites should be accessible to all and provide quality motivational materials for students, parents and teachers.
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Creating a School District Website
Because the Internet is a powerful communication tool for teachers, students, parents and community, it makes sense to develop a website that provides information about what is going on in school (Washenberger, 2001). Not only do student learn the different software that they are using to create such projects, they are also developing their research skills, increasing writing ability, as well as, learning to work as a team and how to make decisions as a group. Currently there are many resources out there that provide teachers with tools on how they create their own web pages. Some of the ways that are being used are various commercial software like Microsoft’s Front Page or Macromedia Dreamweaver, using free online shareware software such as HTML Assistant Pro, online services from companies like AOL, or even programming in HTML. Creating the page is easy; however it takes vision, creativity and diligence. Since the mid 1990’s the number of school and library websites...