enabling students to develop a website

During the term the Library had a VCAL display,including  websites created to promote a business.  These had been created on Microsoft publisher.  It occurred to me that we should actually beteaching the students in this unit of work to develop a website rather than attempt to recreate one.

Google sites is a very easy site to use to create a website for educational purposes, one of its features being that the user can choose with whom the website is shared.  By hosting and enabling the creation of non commercial websites there is a very good chance that students can have their preferred domain name.

Google sites also enables a simple structure and format which the students can easily follow particularly if they already have social networking skills.  For me it will be important that they understand a site map, and the two clicks approach.  I have used the programme myself to create a Resume website so feel confident that  that I can offer staff training and teaching in the classroom.

Tricia and I have discussed this and we will offer a training session after school for teachers and offer to work with teachers in the classroom on a lesson.

new library home page and twitter

Tricia my boss and head of library service has been concerned about our website for some time. she has been working hard on the portal and our reading pages and wiki. this weekend i decided to have a look at our website and have ended up doing a cut and paste

What I have tried to do is look at the core fuction of the web homepage which is reading and information and make the site work on a one click.
the important reading sites such as the VPRCare on the front page as are the subscription internet resources sites such as the Age digital library and online encyclopedias. StudySkills is one click away, as are teacher resources and our weblinks page. This makes for a site that is very easy to navigate and has functionality and gives it a web 2.0 flavour.
As we are emphasising the book wiki i wondered if i might not see what Tricia thought about setting up a twitter which we could use to promote new books and information links. I have noticed over the last few weeks that the girls are now starting to get onto twitter. I quickly set up a twitter and have added some updates to give the tweets a bookish flavour. I like the idea of girls clicking onto the account and following us.