Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Using the Internet to Reach Parents: Training Handout

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Using the Internet to Reach Parents: Training Handout

Article excerpt

When conducting training on how to create a professional webpage, it will be important to present both general information on webpage development and procedures for utilizing district-specific technology.

First Steps in Creating a Professional Webpage

* Consult with school/district administrator

* Explain rationale for webpage including target authence, possible content, and ways it will benefit children and the school

* Determine if there are content themes that the administrator would like addressed in the site

* Consult with your school or district's webmaster. Ask about:

* Available technology for webpage design and development

* Guidelines or restrictions for webpage content or maintenance

* Site-based templates, for consistency within a site

* Decide if you would like to create a static or a dynamic site

* Static: Create a page through your school's site- however, you may have little or no control over changing the content frequently

* Dynamic: Create a page using a webpage builder or through a "free site" (one example can be found at http://teacher.scholastic.com/homepagebuilder)-you have complete control over changing the content as often as you wish, but you need to build it first!

Once your webpage is complete, contact the webmaster or media specialist in your school/district to create a link from the school's site to your new page.

Suggested Content

* Information about yourself and your professional background

* Your e-mail address and contact information

* A picture of yourself

* Information promoting the field of school psychology; topics might include information about the role of the school psychologist, School Psychology Awareness Week, or a link to the NASP website

* Research articles and community resources

* Link to your district's Department of Psychological Services or Special Education pages

* Link back to your school or district's site(s)

* Current topics available through the NASP website (at http://www. …

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