Thursday, July 30, 2009

School Websites

Sorry folks, more uni stuff!
I'll start by letting you know a bit about what else is going on in my life.
The kids had their school athletics carnival yesterday and I went and watched. They both had a great time, competed in lots of events, and had pretty good results. They made their respective finals for the 100m sprint, but neither placed high enough to move on to the zone athletics carnival. Josh also ran in his house's junior boys 100m relay team, which won. So he might attend the zone after all to compete in the relay, I'm not sure. Both also ran the 200m and 800m (I'm not sure why, but primary school carnivals never run the 400m???) but neither placed. They both did Long Jump, coming 2nd (Joshua) and 4th (Alana) so Josh will probably go to zone but not Alana (they only take 1st and 2nd). Alana also came 4th in Discus. Overall a successful and fun day with beautiful sunny winter weather.
Alana's ballet teacher has decided that she is ready for pointe shoes. She and the other lucky (?) girls deemed to be strong enough are going on a shopping expedition on Saturday week. Lucky me, I get to pay for them!
OK, down to business now. Chapter 7 of James Herring's the internet and information skills deals with developing a school website. Though most Australian schools do have websites, some are very basic, and probably only a minority are well designed, have a clear purpose, and meet their potential.
Herring provides links to some examples of school websites:
Wood Green School, Oxfordshire, UK.
Westminster School, London, UK.
Also school library web pages and examples of how information skills are presented on school library websites:
Springfield Township High School (I'm not sure if this is a real school or just an example site).
Student Guides at St Joseph's Nudgee College, Australia.
Research Process Checklist from Melbourne High School, Australia.
Herring also discusses elements of design to be considered, and provides the following links:
Example of Storyboarding.
Xenu's Link Sleuth can be used to check links.
Royal National Institute for the Blind's Accessible Web Design.
Dreamweaver or FrontPage can be used to create more complex school websites.
HTML Tutorial can help school librarians to learn html code.
Bellingham Public Schools Designing School Homepages.
McKenzie, J.'s Home Sweet Home: creating WWW pages that deliver.
If you know of a school with a fantastic web page, please leave a link to it in your comment.

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