Many schools have yet to launch a web site, or the sites they have created might have gone stale. By posting student projects online, connecting with the community, and adding interesting links, you can create a great school web site or revitalize an existing site.
The author reveals eight sources (several of which are free) that give advice on how to create an attractive site. Many of these sites also include templates that make building your own school site extremely easy:
1. HighWired.com (http://www.highwired.com). Simple web-design modules (free).
2. CASPR Library Systems (http://www.caspr.com). Good spot for learning how to build school library web sites (free).
3. Thinkquest (http://www.thinkquest.org). Great site for team projects on web site building (free).
4. Macromedia (http://www.macromedia.com). Offers a range of web-design programs, from Design 101 to more sophisticated information (free).
5. SiteCentral (http://www.sitecentral.com). This is a CD-ROM from Roger Wagner Publishing, not a web site, and it provides all the basics in web design. Effective for any age group ($59).
6. MySunburst (http://www.mysunburst.com). Another CD-ROM, this one from Sunburst Technology. It’s an HTML editor that doesn’t require programming, perhaps better for students than teachers ($60).
7. Ysource (http://www.ysourceinc.com). This site hosts other school web sites, offers an easy-to-customize template, and includes subject filters ($6 per student per year).
8. wwwrrr (http://www.wwwrrr.net). Another web site host and filter that also offers free parent and teacher tutorials and online communications (site license approximately $1,200 per building per year).