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As you redesign your website, it is important to plan the organization and purpose(s) of the site. A site map is a graphical representation of the site that organizes the contents and shows the structure of a website. Along with the site map, a purpose statement will aid you in deciding which tool to select for your web presence!

Your Tasks:
  • Open a blank page and type 1-3 sentences about the purpose(s) of your website. There may be a purpose for yourself, for parents, for students, for administration, etc...
  • After that, develop a basic site map to plan the layout/organization of your new site. Feel free to enter a few details about what you wish to include on each page. See a sample here.
  • Finally, consider ways of making your website interactive and current. This may include embedding an RSS feed, or make a commitment to share homework and resources on a regular basis. Middle school teachers can use this instead of homework hotline for posting homework.

Advanced User Tip: Another neat way of (easily) keeping your website current is by using Diigo. With Diigo, you can bookmark resources as you browse the web, and using some embed code, Diigo will post that info back to your website for you automatically! Talk to Michelle or Bryan if you are a Diigo user and interested in taking advantage of this.



We are suggesting one of  4 options for creating your SWSD web page!


1.  Wiki as Website - easy, interactive, collaborative

A wiki is
website that can have one page or multiple pages. Participants in the wiki can work collaboratively on projects within the wiki sites. Generally, a wiki contains factual information, but may also contain opinions. There are many widgets that can be embedded in a wiki, allowing for the inclusion of dynamic content. Another benefit to a wiki is the ability to track changes and view the history of the wiki pages. Some wiki sites allow for discussion around the wiki content. A great example of a wiki is Wikipedia.

Teacher Examples:




Wikis at South Western SD are hosted through Wikispaces! The url for the main Wikispaces site is http://swsd.wikispaces.net. Teacher usernames are firstname_lastname with a password of your choosing. Student logins match their Novell username and password. The password must be 6 digits, so in some cases a 1 precedes the student ID number.



2.  Blog as Website
- best for those planning regular use of their website, model writing


Blog is a shortened word for weblog and can be described as an online diary or journal. When describing blogging to teachers and students, blog posts can be explained to be the opinions and/or reflections of the writer. Generally, blog posts reference other posts or online resources by linking back. Readers of a blog post are invited to respond by commenting. 




Teacher Examples:


Blogs at South Western SD are hosted through Wordpress. The url for the main blog site is http://blog.swsd.k12.pa.us. Usernames and passwords match the Novell username and password. Teachers and students can both create blogs, or teachers can create a blog and add students as contributors of content. Both ways have pros and cons depending on the goal.



3.  SW Google Site as Website - best for Power Users of SW Google Apps

Google Sites is an online application that makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place -- including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text -- and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organization, or the world. 

Check out the Google Sites TipSheet attached below.



Teacher Examples:



Google Sites
 at South Western SD are hosted through Google Apps. The url for Google Apps is http://southwesternsd.org
Teacher usernames are firstname_lastname with a password of your choosing. Student logins match their Novell username and password. The password must be 6 digits, so in some cases a 1 precedes the student ID number. 


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Bryan Tayman,
May 25, 2011, 1:24 PM
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