Thursday, July 30, 2009

Developing an Instructional Website

Chapter 8 of Herring's the internet and information skills is all about instructional websites; in other words websites that have been designed by teachers or teacher librarians, are related to the curriculum, and contain links and/or multimedia features and/or interactive features. These websites have a very specific purpose and audience.

Dreamweaver and FrontPage can be used to design quite sophisticated sites.

An example of part of an instructional website for students of the Hewett School, UK.

An example of a science task for Year 7 students at Cornwallis School, Kent, UK.

Advice to students studying Hamlet from the SCORE Project in California, USA.

An instructional website on New Lanark.

Adobe Photoshop can be used to manipulate graphics.

Free graphics available from web include Design Gallery Live and Classroom Clipart.

Filamentality is a feature of the Blue Web'n subject gateway and allows teachers and TL's to create simple instructional websites. An example for Year 9 students at Dixons City Technology College, West Yorkshire, UK.

A guide to designing WebQuests.

Community High School District 99 Designing Teacher Websites.

Gardner, D.'s Tips for developing the geography department website.

March, T.'s Why WebQuests?

If you've ever designed an instructional/educational website, leave me a comment with a link to it, or just let me know anything you learnt from the process that would be useful for me.

Later in the semester I have an assignment in which I must design an electronic pathfinder either as a website or a wiki. It must clearly state its audience and purpose, provide 15 annotated resources including search engines, print and web resources, and advice to students on information literacy skills.

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