Hi everyone, my name is Grant Harper. I work with Robin Gouin at Lamoille Union. I wanted to add what we do here for our school website with everyone. www.luhsvt.org
I use Dreamweaver CS3 to work on the Lamoille Union High School and Middle School website. This past fall we updated the High School site and hope to have more done with the Middle School site during the spring.
I have the responsibility of maintaining the site. Each morning I get an email with the daily announcements that I cut and paste on the main page of the site. We use Google Calendars to show events and athletic schedules (the calendar also allows the viewer to get directions with Google maps to the game location). We try to put as much information on the front page as possible without making it look too crowded. We use Google analytics on our pages to review site activity.
Teachers that have wikis or use Global Classroom or any other form of web communication have an area for each department in the academics section. We also provide login on the main page of the site for email and Global Classroom login.
We use survey monkey for several reasons. One is linked to a Suggestion box that provides information for administration. When comments are listed regarding the website, the Principal notifies me with that information. Another survey is used as a student safety tip line for administration.
The High School staff provides homework information to the office and then it is sent to me to post on the Homework Central page. Students and parents can look back in time to see assignments that have been missed or what is now due. This will be changed sometime in the future with the log in ability of our student database system – Powerschool.
Our central office provides Board meeting minutes for me to post in the administrative section.
We get input from our administration, Board, departments, athletics, guidance and the public to help make the site more user friendly and to provide the latest and most useful information for everyone.
I would appreciate your input as well. Positive and Negative.
Thank you for providing some insight to what you are doing as well.
At BBA (www.burrburton.org) I built and maintained the web site for three years. $1500 yearly stipend that amounted to about 13 cents an hour I think in year one. Great way to get to learn the intricacies of a new school though I'll tell ya! In all it was a fun project. Gave me a push into dreamweaver I needed. Web site updates have now been passed to on to another here this year. I originally agreed to a two year deal, did it for three and then got out. Too much with the other stuff I'm doing.
We are in the process of switching over to FinalSite for our web development this year and will release the new site in the Fall. Indy school... so we needed to go the marketing route. FinalSite also will get us over the curve of porting all the pages to mobile devices too and offer more input options with a cms (content mangement system). After a few years... we'll see if we stay there or move to another / next step. Who knows what we'll be doing 3-5 years down the road.
The current BBA site is built in dreamweaver using a 508 compliant css template and menu system from projectseven.com. Both packages snap directly into dreamweaver and were about $70 each if I recall. Inexpensive, very functional and they offer great support. We loaded the template and menu system and changed the color scheme to fit the contemp look we wanted: Dreamweaver, split view, click a pic, open it in photoshop and recolor. Pretty easy. Making web pages work in international browsers was a big consideration here and the projectseven templates nailed that. Basic design, simple, contemporary... much like colleges were moving toward. I used the dreamweaver template (site builder). Designed it in centers... About, On Campus, Parents etc. Kept the folder management very organized. Steered those folks away who wanted to scan their file cabinets and have them uploaded to the site. Good old start simple philosophy. Was also careful to create a "what needs updating calendar" to list all the pages that needed timely / yearly updates. Shared the calendar with the "prose lady" extraordinaire, Frederica Templeton. Stripped the dates out of all forms posted so folks filled in the date themselves. Saved lots of updating to the site. Leaves more time to focus on creative work.
All web site text save the daily annoucements and fac pages was routed through Freddie who proofs all press releases. Good prose is key. Freddie passed the text to me and I updated and began training her to update the site... which she now does.
Photos / banners: A fellow here, Brian Gawlik and I made most of the banners and photos. Good old photoshop cropping and color work to create a color range to the photos.
We integrated a daily announcements blog on blogger that selected folks update here via email. EASY ! Added a subscription box from feedburner so folks can sign up and have the announcements delivered via standard rss, email or text message id. Over 800 people are subscribed and we have over 500 hits a day on the blog. The main office, administration, athletics and the cafeteria head have the ability to post. We setup another blog and fed that into the front page via feedburner for school news and updates... snip style. Feedburner creates that 'news snip' from the blog and it snaps into the front page.
We added a weather page, an Accuweather snapin if I recall, set to a more basic page that just links back to the home page. A bit ugly but it works well.
We snapped Google analytics into the site. Got the code, tossed it into the dreamweaver template, updates all pages, re posted the site. Started getting great feedback on where folks were going. Getting feedback helps drive site changes. Very important.
Added Google's free search to the site too. New pages take about 24 hours to index most times... but it works.
We post school photos on picasa now (home page, left column, photo albums). Costs $250 for 500gb of storage. Easier that updating on our server, he updates from home, saved backup space, etc. We post a lot of photos and will be adding videos soon.
I have thought many times of integrating the maintenance of the school web site into courses. Didn't really feel it was a route I wanted to go educationally as it has a lot of busy work.
Loked at alternatives to do in house again and chose FinalSite for our upcoming needs. Easily could have stayed the dreamweaver route. Integrating all those freebies gave the site a lot of funtionality. Gave edublogs campus (http://edublogs.org/campus) a good look too. Pretty interesting and it's worth a look. It almot did what we wanted... and may within a few years we'll see.
Happy hunting, AdamOn Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 2:23 PM, Teresa Fitz-Gerald <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Teri Fitz-Gerald, Math and Computer ScienceMount Abraham Union High School7 Airport DriveBristol, VT 05443Phone: (802) 453-2333, ext. 1136Fax: (802) 453-4359Email: [log in to unmask]
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes: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 replacethe "no picture" signs, esp. on the staff page, and enteringthe text (have not 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, 130+/- students),keeping computers, incl. file/printer server & network working,along with helping staff with Word, Excel, email, whatever--, various related issues,and creating an occasional database (e.g., for tracking meals).
This year I'm spending a good part of most Wed & Thursin front of kids in grades 3-8 (usu ~45 minute/week w/each grade).(bare-bones curriculum principal & I cobbled together)This summer the principal is putting on the agenda figuring out howto take "integrating technology" the next step.She has already drawn out matrices on 6' swaths of papermapping technologies and subjects.
If any of you (Lucie, I've been in awe of what you've been doing for forever)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 beforecapably/comfortably passing on those skills as part of history, math, whatever.
We have little "teaching technology" (e.g., just got some Elmos a year or 2 ago,may get white boards if the board and community will agree to including in a budget).We have a collection of over a dozen computers in the library, so that any one classcan 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 studentsare doing with their computer.The principal and I have been talking about laptop carts; I've been wondering if the schoolshould 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 $$ into the budget toconsider making big changes is unlikely. Perhaps there are grants out there for this ...
Comments welcomeSigurd 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/) (their cheep and have servers optomized for drupal). Our teachers use the document feature of our email client (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 -----Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 4:11:57 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada EasternSubject: District Web Page Overhaul...
It is time to give our web page, <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 ThompsonTechnology CoordinatorWinooski School DistrictWinooski, VT 05404802-655-2555