Presentation on theme: "Do More With Your School Website! Delaware Instructional Technology Conference April 14, 2005 Liz Niederberger Zumu Software."— Presentation transcript:
Do More With Your School Website! Delaware Instructional Technology Conference April 14, 2005 Liz Niederberger Zumu Software
Overview l Does you website meet the needs of your school community? l What’s the core information that must be posted on a school website? l What are your website goals? l What is your website’s potential? l What tools and resources are available to create school websites?
Does you website meet the needs of your school community? l Up-to-Date Information l Information for each school l Administration l Teachers l Students l Parents l Other Community Members
What core information that must be posted on a school website? l Addresses and Phone Number for each school l Administration Information l School Board Information l Hours of Operation l Dates of Operation l Staff Listings
What are your website goals? l Great looking website l Wide range of useful content l Always up-to-date with fresh material l Embedded mini-apps that help run the school l That parents, students, teachers, administrators really use! l A site that generates compliments
Wide Range of Content Calendars Curriculum Guides Photos Student Handbooks Staff Listings Forms Contact Information Agendas Notices Student Projects Job Postings Teacher Pages Lunch Calendars Snow Pages Announcement Boards Sports Info Directions Surveys Board Information Lesson Plans Newsletters Bus Schedules
Up-to-Date l Snow Pages l Current Events - Sports Results, Science Fairs, Visitors to the School l Awards - students, school, teachers, etc. l Refrigerator Example
Mini-Apps l Lesson Plans l Calendars - Building/Room Use l Leave Request l Trouble Reporting l Digital Lockers l Safe Mail
What is your website’s potential? l Budget l Time l Expertise l Computer Resouces l Administration Commitment
l Who will do the updates? l What software will be used to do the updates? What tools and resources are available to create school websites?
l Webmaster (one for entire district) l School Webmaster (one for district offices, one for each school) l School Webmaster with teachers doing their own pages l Overall Administrative Web Editor (district- wide) with teachers and staff member updating their own sections Who will do the updates?
l Hand coded HTML l Microsoft Frontpage l Adobe GoLive l Macromedia Dreamweaver l Macromedia Contribute What software will be used to do the updates? Technology & Learning, March 15, 2005 http://www.techlearning.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60407742
Web-based content mangement software. Benefits: Another Option No hassels with server software upgrades Everyone can update their own sections of the website Lots of people update the site, no waiting for one person Consistent look and feel throughout the site Easier to get information on-line in a timely manner Information can be updated from almost anywhere
l Developed specifically for schools l Easy to use l Permission based logins l Flexible looks and structures l Support for all users What features do I need?
File Sharing l Teachers l Students l Administrators l Board Members
Link to Other Applications l E-mail l CITRIX l ClassLink l Most other applications
Important! No matter what your website looks like, if you don’t have fresh, new, up-to-date content; no one will look at it! If you keep things current, people will use your site; no matter how it looks.