K-12 Classroom Web Pages
by
Gina Otto

WEB SITE DESIGN TRAINING & CLASSROOM


Good sites do not make the viewer work hard to get the information presented.
Check out some of the sample sites.  Evaluate them using the following sheet

Does the site:
Have a purpose?  Support the curriculum? Answer frequently asked questions? Load fast?
Facilitate communication with parents and teachers? Have simple backgrounds? Have graphics that serve a purpose? Have current information? 
Describe classroom activities?/Showcase student work?  Help students learn? Use original art/free clip art? Have good grammar and spelling?
Give the viewer choices?  (Is it interactive?) Have a title for each page?  Have consistent navigational tools?  Does everything link back and forth? Have sound files or movies that take so long to load and which irritate the viewer?
Have color scheme/visual themes carried out throughout the site? Have the most important information above the fold (before scrolling) Say "Under Construction"?


<>SITES TO USE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT CLASS WEB SITES


  1.  KIDBIBS Learning Tips -http://www.kidbibs.com/learningtips/lt48.htm

  2.  Lissa Explains It All - http://www.lissaexplains.com/

  3.  Creating Webpages using Microsoft Word - http://www.hartnell.edu/library/word_web_design/word_web_pages.htm

  4.  CREATE YOUR OWN WEB PAGE - http://www.smplanet.com/teaching/webpage

  5.  WEBMONKEY - http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/02/building_web_pages_with_html_5/

 

CLASSROOM SITES TO INVESTIGATE


Hatching Emus - 2nd grade  http://mercury.siec.k12.in.us/west/proj/emu/index.html
Mrs. McGowan's First Grade Class - http://www.mrsmcgowan.com/
MRS PROCTOR'S SCHOOLPAGE  - http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/lessons/
Early childhood and Elementary school teachers will love the web-based activities linked to this page. Students access different age-appropriate websites to gather information about animals, apples, spiders, and ecosystems. In addition, there are links to webquests for Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Teachers' Websites - http://www.bibliocat.org/  Links to elementary school sites (especially first grade).

ALSO TRY THESE SITES

American History Webquests - http://lasd.k12.pa.us/teachers/purnellj/Projects.html
Mikids - http://www.mikids.com

HTML SITES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS!

HTML: AN INTERACTIVE TUTORIAL  - http://davesite.com/webstation/html/
Through the use of text input forms, the interactive tutorial allows you to test your new found HTML skills within your browser, without having to create files in a separate text editor. To take advantage of this interactivity you will need at least version 2.0 of either Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. This complete tutorial will take you from ground zero (what is HTML?) to uploading your page to the Net.  Advanced topics such as adding sound and using frames are covered in a separate section.

HTML GOODIES: THE BASICS - http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/basics.html
Seven tutorials for seven days.  When you complete The Basics,  you're awarded a diploma, and can progress to primers on image maps, buttons, forms, or any of the dozens of HTML Goodies topics. HTML tags (you know those commands that start with "<" and end with ">") are called flags.

LEARNING HTML FOR KIDS - http://www.goodellgroup.com/tutorial/
This  guide to HTML covers all the basics in twelve chapters and two reviews.  Because many HTML students, after learning the tags for text, graphics and links, get stuck when they get to tables, there are two chapters about HTML tables, and they are excellent.

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Updated November, 2015

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