Magazine article Technology & Learning

Posting Student Work on the Web

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Posting Student Work on the Web

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The Internet can be a wonderful place to make your students' work accessible to parents, community members, and others. Here are a few ways to make Web publishing happen for you and your students, along with some tips and precautions.

On your school's Web site. If your school or district has its own Web site, you may be able to post your students' work there. In some cases you need to speak with your school or district Webmaster about how to do this; in other cases the system may be sophisticated enough for you to easily post work yourself.

On your own Web site. There are many Web sites that will host your content for free. These sites (such as www.geocities.com or www.angelfire.com) may give you up to 50 megabytes of space along with easy-to-use tools to create pages and upload information. Be aware that these services are usually advertising-supported, so you should check if your district has a "no advertising" policy.

On an educational Web site. In addition to the general-purpose free Web sites mentioned above, there are a number of services listed below specifically designed for educators. As with general-purpose Web space providers, they may contain advertising.

* MySchoolOnline (myschoolonline.com) offers free Web space to teachers. Sites created here can include images, text, links to other sites, and more.

* MidLink Magazine (longwood.cs.ucf.edu/~MidLink) is a digital magazine by and for students from ages 8 to 18. This, an award-winning project, sponsored by SAS inSchool, North Carolina State University, and the University of Central Florida, is an excellent place for students to publish their original work.

* Scholastic (www.scholastic.com) offers teachers Web space on which they can create a class home page and provide information for students.

* TeAch-nology (www.teach-nology.com) is an education portal offering a multitude of services, including free Web sites for teachers. They have site-building tools, such as Web page templates, and offer personalized Web site names, (such as "branzburg.teach-nology.com").

* Yahoo! Education (education.yahoo.com) is a new service from Yahoo! aimed at middle school through college which provides a space for instructors to easily create an online course or upload student-created work. …

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