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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Getting Online...

I spent almost all of today in Rhu Primary school. Rhu have been taking part in a project with Learning & Teaching Scotland called ‘Scottish Schools Get Online’. On Friday of this week, there is a national conference at which the school are speaking, so I was spending some time with them today to offer some assistance in whatever way I could.

First of all, the staff deserve a huge round of applause. They have already achieved a great deal in such a short period of time. It is refreshing to see the classes offering ideas and material to go online, and the work Doreen and others have done is to be commended – I know it has been a lot of work.

They have been using a product called ‘Take to the web’ to create their site. I must admit, when I first saw this, I was really concerned at how much it might stifle creativity, and I balk at any web authoring tool that forces the uninitiated to write in html, but if I have learnt anything today, it is that give people the tools they will get on with the job.

Getting online will be difficult for many. No matter which way you look at it, it is really time consuming.

The hardest thing of all for our staff to come to terms with regarding the web is the change in focus having a website will create in school. All of a sudden, there is another means of displaying the work undertaken by pupils.

From what I have seen and heard, the pupils love working on this project. We need to have the pupils involved. I have seen far too many school websites where the pupils have hardly even been consulted. Pupils need to take ownership of the school website.

Want to see what they have achieved? Click here to visit the site. Don’t forget, it’s a work in progress, as all websites should be.

This evening was a twilight session on using the web – I’ve now given myself a deadline to have the ‘Web Literacy’ section of my site finished. Roll on Christmas!

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