Some Ideas for Creating Good School Web
The ideas below are based on our experience building and maintaining
the Putnam Valley Schools web sites.
Feel free to borrow, modify, or ignore this list. - Charles Hill, webmaster.
- Start small and grow your pages as you go along.
- Where is it written that you have to know everything
now you may want to include on those pages some time in the future?
- And where is it written that you have to know
how to do it all before you ever start?
- Make the pages useful to someone (know your audience).
Some good uses for school pages are to:
- Display student work.
- Guide student research through lists of targeted
- Offer students an interactive activity.
- Provide important information to your audience.
- Keep your pages simple.
- Make your pages look good. (Yes - spelling does
count. After all, this is a school!)
- Look at the work of others to see how pages you
like have been constructed. Don't plagarize - but do make use of good ideas
you learn along the way.
- Minimize the time it takes to download your pages
- Small pages.
- Small graphics.
- Repetitive graphic elements.
- Organize your pages into logical folders or directories
or, before you know it, you will have a confusing mess on your hands. For
example, group all student work on a particular project in one folder and
all their work on another project into a separate folder.
- List a contact person on your pages.
- Update the content of your site on a regular
- Show the dates sections of your site were last
updated when those sections are time sensitive in some way.
- Involve as many people (adults and students)
as you can. After all, who said you have to do this all by yourself?
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Last updated on May 11, 1997
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