I'd recommend php for building the backend.
There are a lot of solid applications and libraries out there for it,
it's fast/less buggy, and easy to learn.
On Mar 16, 2009, at 9:16 AM, Luis Bango wrote:
> At Woodstock, I teach web design and I'm relieved of a duty obligation
> (study hall, cafeteria, etc...) to develop and maintain the web
> site. I
> try to get the students involved as much as possible and always have a
> few students that can actually make contributions. It's always a work
> in progress and at times much more time consuming than most people
> imagine. It's essentially a static site but I'm now in the process
> designing a db for the back end (course directory, teacher profiles,
> news and updates, etc...). I'm trying to decide what application
> language to use....aspx, php, ColdFusion....any suggestions??
> Regarding professional development, Windsor Central is lucky enough to
> have Rick Dustin-Eichler as a tech integration specialist. He's been
> doing a great job at all levels, K-12. I work in the middle school/
> school and help out as much as possible with after school sessions as
> well as nuts and bolts during the school day when I'm not teaching.
> There is no budget per say to compensate teachers for their
> time but we do have a couple of ways of dangling carrots in front of
> 1) Floating in-service - Each year MS and HS teachers are responsible
> for completing 8 hours of floating in-service. They choose anything
> that they feel can either inform of transform their instruction.
> I encourage them to attend my afterschool sessions and use those hours
> towards their floating in-service obligation.
> 2) Rick D-E has created a laptop initiative at both the primary and
> secondary levels where teachers can receive a laptop fully packed with
> software in return for attending and participating in a certain number
> of afterschool technology training sessions. It's a great program and
> I'm sure Rick can speak(wirte) more to details of that program.
> Luis Bango
> (802)457-1317 x198
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: School Information Technology Discussion
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bob Wickberg
> Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 8:22 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Web Page Overhaul..., also integrating technology -
> Web site: the career center web design teacher does ours, he works it
> into the curriculum, and does himself what the kids aren't yet capable
> Teachers with their own sites use a variety of methods: Google, sites
> built from scratch using Dreamweaver (a lot of the teachers have taken
> web design courses at Marlboro College as part of their PD), or we
> a restricted use wiki they could just tag on to. We tried using our
> First Class server as a web server for our Asia-American Cultural
> Exchange program, but kids found once they got to China that a lot of
> the time the pictures on their pages wouldn't load, they'd get the
> but then they'd get a lot of those little boxes with the x where the
> picture should be.
> Carts: we have four of them currently, and are getting two more.
> absolutely right, they're a pain in the neck, for all the reasons you
> mention, and more. If you've got space for labs, go for it. We don't
> have a half dozen spare rooms in the building, though, so the only way
> we're gonna get that many people using computers at one time is with
> Netbooks: I just got an Aspire One for Christmas, and I love it. I'm
> starting to think 1-1 may be a reality some day, after all. I look
> forward to it, if/when it happens.
> Bob Wickberg
> Technology Coordinator
> Brattleboro Union High School District # 6
> School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>
>> South Burlington has now tried and rejected laptop carts at both the
>> middle and high schools.? There's just too much overhead in moving
>> cart, handing out the laptops, getting everyone logged in, collecting
>> the laptops at the end of the period and returning the cart.? It's
>> more straightforward to just bring the class to a lab.
>> Personally, I think the emergence and refinement of netbooks is
>> bringing us closer to the point where one-to-one initiatives make
>> sense.? I think the convergence of cost, features, and available
>> resources is rapidly coming together and will happen very soon.? The
>> real key, in my mind, at least, is getting written materials
>> through netbooks, so we can move toward replacing textbooks with
>> electronic resources.? If we can get publishers to reduce the cost of
>> electronic texts, or develop quality open source texts and escape the
>> commercial textbook publishing racket entirely, it's very possible
>> one-to-one initiatives could pay for themselves in savings.
>> Steve Barner
>> South Burlington High School
>> School Information Technology Discussion
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sigurd Andersen
>> Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 11:45 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Web Page Overhaul..., also integrating technology - advice?
>> I'm a part-time jack-of-all-trades IT for Walden School.
>> I do the web site myself. The CSS is not quite right - see esp.
>> menu on
>> grade 7-8. Looks fine w/ Firefox, but not IE.
>> Haven't thought about taking the time to fix it for quite a while.
>> I've been taking a few staff pictures lately to replace the "no
>> picture" signs, esp. on the staff page, and entering the text (have
>> yet received anything in electronic form) for each person's "blurb".
>> Until this year, I spent about a day a week at Walden (pre-k-8,
>> students), keeping computers, incl. file/printer server & network
>> working, along with helping staff with Word, Excel, email,
>> various related issues, and creating an occasional database (e.g.,
>> tracking meals).
>> This year I'm spending a good part of most Wed & Thurs in front of
>> in grades 3-8 (usu ~45 minute/week w/each grade).
>> (bare-bones curriculum principal & I cobbled together) This summer
>> principal is putting on the agenda figuring out how to take
>> "integrating technology" the next step.
>> She has already drawn out matrices on 6' swaths of paper mapping
>> technologies and subjects.
>> If any of you (Lucie, I've been in awe of what you've been doing for
>> have some thoughts, suggestions on a couple of fronts, I'd welcome
>> getting them.
>> One is facing how to change the "technology culture" of a school.
>> Teachers need to get comfort using tech tools for their own use
>> capably/comfortably passing on those skills as part of history, math,
>> We have little "teaching technology" (e.g., just got some Elmos a
>> 2 ago,
>> may get white boards if the board and community will agree to
>> in a budget).
>> We have a collection of over a dozen computers in the library, so
>> any one class can have a computer per student. The PCs are squeezed
>> into too-small a space, so that a teacher can only see from any one
>> spot what 1/3 or 1/2 of the students are doing with their computer.
>> The principal and I have been talking about laptop carts; I've been
>> wondering if the school should consider a "One Laptop per Child"
>> environment - every kid gets his/her own device - say, for
>> implementation over the next half-dozen years. I think getting $$
>> the budget to consider making big changes is unlikely. Perhaps there
>> are grants out there for this ...
>> Comments welcome
>> Sigurd Andersen
>> Bjorn Behrendt wrote:
>> At Proctor I do my own. ?I am currently redesigning it using Drupal,
>> with my site being hosted from ([ http://www.siteground.com/
>> ]http://www.siteground.com/) (their cheep and have servers optomized
>> for drupal). ? Our teachers use the document feature of our email
>> (zimbra) for creating their personal websites. ? If we didn't have
>> zimbra I'd have teachers create their personal sites in Google sites
>> (part of Apps), or if our SIS program has a parent portal I'd push
>> managing that over a web presence. ?.
>> the dev site I am working on:?[ http://dev.rcsu.org/
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Bryan Thompson" [ mailto:[log in to unmask] ]
>> To: [ mailto:[log in to unmask] ][log in to unmask]
>> Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 4:11:57 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
>> Subject: District Web Page Overhaul...
>> It is time to give our web page, <[ http://www.winooski.k12.vt.us
>> ]http://www.winooski.k12.vt.us> a major overhaul. I have been looking
>> at some other school web pages in our region and I'll be contacting
>> them to see who designed their web page, but until I do that, I'm
>> wondering if I could get a quick poll of who designed your web pages,
>> and who keeps them up-to-date. Do you have a full time person, or do
>> you have students do some of the work, or do you outsource?
>> Bryan Thompson
>> Technology Coordinator
>> Winooski School District
>> Winooski, VT 05404
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