How are your students involved in publishing your site?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Grady's school webmasters forum : One Thread
I've noticed a number of sites where students or other community participation is obvious. Are your students involved? How do you get them involved? How do you manage student publishing. How do you keep your webmaster from burning out?
-- Terry Kearns (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 07, 2001
I'm one of two webmasters at my school in Salem, Oregon. Our school
doesn't have a big problem with burnout because we cycle webmasters
every year or two (I'm on my second year), with a year of training
before taking over. Our web system is almost completely student run,
except for district related administrative decisions. Tom and I have
rebuilt the server (hardware and software) to our liking and have
trained two new webmasters to take over when we graduate this year.
Our school also has a few web programming related classes. More
information can be found at our website sprague.salkeiz.k12.or.us or
our teacher's website, www.online2.org. In the "WWW Design"
and "Computer Management and Careers" courses, students produce
personal web pages, which we host on our server. The rest of the site
is designed and maintained by our tech support crew (approx. 15
students) who are also responsible for making sure the computer labs
are functioning properly as well as the teachers' classroom
We don’t have a large problem with content either. Most of our pages
are constantly being viewed, either by parents or other members of
the community, who keep us informed if something appears to be out of
I hope this helps.
Sprague High School
-- Kevin Zanella (email@example.com), April 08, 2001.
Last year I started a Web Mastering class at Eisenhower High School in
Houston, Texas, and now this year I teach this subject all day long.
My thought is to have my students update the school web site at
http://www.aldine.k12.tx.us/schools/ike/index.html twice a year.
We are on modified block scheduling so I get a whole new batch of
students after Christmas. Right now my 75 spring session students are
working on a complete redo of that site. Our class site is at
http://www.crpc.rice.edu/CRPC/GT/bchristo/webmastering/ if you would
like to see what our curriculum is.
I would be interested in hearing from teachers that maintain the
school site from within their Web Mastering classes. It's turning out
to be quite a challenge to coordinate 75 in-progress pages as well as
teach new skills as we go. I don't want us to just be a factory, I
want my students to constantly learn new web mastering software,
techniques, and graphic design principles. Any advice would be
-- Barbara Christopher (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 08, 2001.
In our school we started small and are working our way up. Our first year the web page for our high school began as a PTSO project that my wife volunteered me for. I worked with an Asst. Principal at our school and he found 2 freshmen to volunteer during the first year. Since they weren't receiving any academic credit they eventually had to concentrate on real classes. This current school year, we are trialing a web class with 4 sophomores that includes the 2 original students. Since I'm not a certified teacher but they are in a class or a "sub-class" of a technology teacher but I work with them. I have set up the overall course outline and had it approved by the administration. After some initial research into a variety of site and tools, we finally turned them loose on the site. It has been redesigned with each student now responsible for a section. All work must go through me to get published though. That way I can check it, edit it and then publish it. I wasn't real popular at first with this policy but they have come to deal with it.
Since our site has been expanding this year to include all clubs and organizations, all sports and all faculty work, we usually have enough projects lined up to keep the students busy.
We are hoping that after this "trial" year, that a certified teacher will pick up the class so that it is a full time project for the school.
-- Bill Elder (email@example.com), April 08, 2001.
Our website address is http://www.wausau.k12.wi.us/west
-- Donna Kitchens (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 03, 2001.