of your purpose
are many valid
reasons for schools, teachers, and students to create websites.
clear of what your
reasons are before you start.
about your time
commitments, and what you can reasonably devote to this project
about how often
you want/need to be updating your web site. Weekly? Monthly? Twice a
Once a year? Your content may vary depending how current it needs to be
of your end-user
home users still
access the Internet using dial-up connections (i.e. phone line and
Limit the size of graphics to help keep your pages speedy. (And resize
in a graphics program, not directly in Composer). Don't use spashy
effects unless you have a real need for them-- not just to show off.
users have their
displays set to 640x480 resolution. Design your pages for this
otherwise they will be difficult to read.
try to post
scans of student writing. They are difficult to read on-screen, and
to display on a slow connection. Do post scaled-down scans of student
with the text (if any) retyped.
you want to include
many pictures or a few large pictures, create small 'thumbnail'
the pictures, and link them to larger versions. Then the main page will
relatively quickly, and viewers can choose whether or not to wait for
larger version to display.
up a structure
and create a
structured set of folders on the hard drive of a single computer. Keep
copies of everything for your website in the proper location on that
and when ready, upload it to your server, mirroring the folder
should have its own folder, organized in logical groups. For instance,
you are posting your monthly PAC newsletters, create a PAC folder, and
it, folders for each month. If each class will have a page, create a
for each class. If desired, individual students can have folders within
for the future
for future years.
Perhaps, make a folder with this year's dates: 2000-2001. Make all of
years contents in a series of subfolders within this main folder-- a
for each division, folders for major activities: sports, PAC, etc. Then
easy to expand or change each year.
reinvent the wheel
librarian has researched educational links for elementary subject
posted them on her school's website: http://weir.vsb.bc.ca/library/research.htm.
done all this work, instead of trying to duplicate it, why
just post a link to her page? The Internet makes it easy to link and
information-- there's no need for each of us to repeat on another's
1, 2, 3...
all your pages
on your computer. See if the graphics display properly. See if the
up the correct pages, both on your computer, and across the Internet.
your video display to different screen resolutions (640x480, 800x600,
etc) and see how your page looks. (Generally, if it works at 640x480,
will be OK at the higher resolutions-- with some blank space along the
Check at 256 colours. Your photos will look awful-- but you probably
choose to live with this.
to your server, go online and check that all your graphics display and
the links still work. If they don't, fiddle with the links in the copy
your computer, and upload again. (Remember when you're
checking again after
you upload the revised version, click the Reloadbutton
on your browser-- otherwise it will show you the old, un-edited
with it for a while...
times, we have
to live with our web sites online for a while to see what works and
Don't be surprised if you'll have lots of ideas of things you should
have done. Get students, parents, teachers, and friends to try out the
and tell you what works and what they found hard to do.
a major revision. Version 2 is almost always one you're much happier
some books that
I have found useful, both for detailed information on HTML, but also
giving a focus on creating Web pages that are effective and look good:
Web Book- 2nd Edition, by Robin Williams and John Tollett (c)
Press (US$34.99, CDN$52.50). If you only read one, pick this relatively
nicely designed book.
Web Publishing with HTML 4 in 21 Days, by Laura Lemay (c)
Publishing (US$49.99, CDN$71.95) A big volume with a series of lessons.
Suck (c) 1998 and Son of Web Pages That Suck,
by Vincent Flanders
(c) 2002, Sybex Books (US$45.00, CDN$72.00). Learn good design by
at bad design. Check out the website at: http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com
Web, Geeks' Edition, by Crawford Killian (c) 2000,
$21.95. Focus on making your text work on the Web.
is a Vancouver
educator, writer, and computer specialist. He can be reached