Building a Global Parish: Parochial Schools on the Web

By Rutkowski, Kathleen | Multimedia Schools, September-October 1998 | Go to article overview

Building a Global Parish: Parochial Schools on the Web


Rutkowski, Kathleen, Multimedia Schools


The three parochial sites highlighted in this column serve to demonstrate the power of the Web to promote a religious education and to build a religious community.

VOICES of the Web

by Kathleen Rutkowski,

Educational Consultant

Herndon, Virginia

In each issue of MULTIMEDIA SCHOOLS, the VOICES of the Web column highlights exemplary school Web sites that facilitate new communities of learners. Beginning with the September/October 1998 issue and continuing through the May/June 1999 issue, the themes for the year are as follows: parochial schools, special education sites, virtual schools, youth group sites, and international youth project webs. All sites highlighted in this column have been evaluated using the VOICES methodology described in the sidebar on page 78. Please note that this column appears in full text on the Information Today, Inc. Web site (www.infotoday.com/MMSchools) with the featured Web sites hyperlinked. Please send your suggestions and comments to Kathy Rutkowski at kmr@chaos.com.

[Editor's note: URLs mentioned in the text of this article appear in the VOICES of the Web Honor Roll, page 80.]

The World Wide Web provides a new medium for parochial schools to build support for religious education at local and global levels. Most religious schools are using the Web for the same purposes as other private schools--to provide information about the academic program, social life, activities, tuition, and admissions policies of the school. Like public schools, parochial school Web sites highlight student work, solicit project partners from around the world, and provide communications to parents. Some are using the Web to build a global parish composed of students, parents, alumni, and faculty and staff; others are interested in a sectarian education. For all of these schools, the Web serves as a virtual gathering place in which to share religious thoughts and experiences and to build common traditions and values.

In researching this column, I visited a number of parochial school Web sites. There are sites that are affiliated with most major religious groups--Jewish, Catholic, Christian, and Islamic. These schools are located around the globe in virtually every continent, from Europe to North America, from Asia to Australia and New Zealand, from South America to Africa. Many of the schools are inter-denominational and they have a diverse student body drawn from all over the globe. Some of these sites--particularly the elementary schools--are primarily intended for a local community and are more truly "parochial."

The three parochial sites highlighted in this column serve to demonstrate the power of the Web to promote a religious education and to build a religious community.

ARCHBISHOP CARROLL

HIGH SCHOOL

WASHINGTON, DC

"Education for the Future, Faith for a Lifetime," the motto of the Archbishop Carroll High School, a Catholic parochial school, is well represented by this outstanding school Web site. This is a site for and about a community of students, teachers, administrators, parents, alumni, and others who care about quality education, lifetime achievement, and, above all, the power of faith. The smiling faces of students and staff displayed in the Web photography, the cordial invitations to participate in student and community activities, and the letters and descriptive text genuinely appear to come from the heart of this community and not from the machinations of a high-powered public relations or Web design firm.

The Archbishop Carroll Internet Interns, a group of highly motivated and talented Carroll students (read their bios at http://www.ee.cua.edu/carroll/index.htm) maintain the site. They are supervised by the master Web designer, Mr. Nathan C. Weber, an administrator and Technology Teacher; Ms. Mayme Jiles, Science Department Head; and Mr. James Mumford, Principal. The Web design is original--an intriguing mix of the stately and the cybercool. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • A full archive of books and articles related to this one
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Building a Global Parish: Parochial Schools on the Web
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.