Create a School Website - Part 4: Practical Suggestions - Contents

The pupils plan the contents areas of the school website with the central questions "who does what?" and "what makes our school special?". This planning can be carried out for example with computer and beamer.
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2. Contents

A. The pupils plan the contents areas of the school website with the central questions "who does what?" and "what makes our school special?". This planning can be carried out for example with computer and beamer. Typing the ideas later is then dropped, too. A summary of the different tasks of the persons in your school is helpful, which is mostly available with the head of school.

B. Presentation of the planned contents to the representatives of pupils, teachers and parents. As early as possible, this should happen, since a school website is an important area of the public relations and therefore these committees co-decide which contents are presented. Furthermore it can be avoided so that, in the end, webpages already produced may not be published.

C. Division of the different areas on the pupils, teachers and parents. You must think it over exactly, who can take over which tasks appropriately. In doing so try to let pupils get involved as strongly as possible.

D. Fixing an appointment for the publication of the website. This appointment shouldn't be chosen too early. A realistic date is about six months after the beginning of the work on the school website if it is worked on weekly.

E. After the school website was published on the Internet, the work isn't done however yet for a long time. It then is all about keeping the information on a current stand and developing single areas further. For this you must continue to work continuously. There is however, frequently a lack just of it. With many pupils the desire is fast lost at the further work as soon as "their" part of the website is on the Internet. The charm of the "first publication on the Internet" as well loses itself fast. To encounter this interest loss, there is primarily the possibility of assigning new and more demanding tasks to the pupils with their growing knowledge. The pupils have particularly importantly to be paid attention to that will be neither underchallenged nor overtaxed. Because both can cause easily that the pupils lose their interest completely.

Furthermore there is the possibility of maintaining the interest of the pupils in the school website by update tasks. The current school magazine on the school website, the last class journeys, projects and topical events etc. offer new tasks for "pupil reporters" constantly.

F. The construction of the school website can be connected to many subjects: The computer science or natural science lessons takes on the technical realization, in the art lessons the design can be developed, the language lessons imparts knowledge for the writing for the Internet. All other subjects also can present projects on the school website.


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