Review of Related Literature School Based Websites

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Why do schools have district websites? The benefits include the following: linking schools in the district, developing communication in classes, grade levels, and cultures, encouraging parental involvement, presenting information to visitors about the school and acquisition of technology skills (Miller, Adsit & Miller, 2005). The digital divide holds with it a social justice goal to ensure that students regardless of socioeconomic status have equal access to new technologies both in the form of information and communication. The No Child Left Behind Act (2001), the Enhanced Education Through Technology program identifies among its purpose “to support local efforts using technology to promote parent and family involvement in education and …show more content…
The article asks important questions that a school must ask itself prior to creating a school webpage: What is the purpose of the website? Who will host it and where? Is the Website passive or dynamic? Who will be the Webmaster and how many do you need? What will the use policy be, and what kinds of content will be on the web page? (Reilly, 2003)
Determining the purpose of the website is essential prior to itself creation, but is also a good thing to keep in mind while maintaining the site. It helps to keep the content of the site in line with your ultimate goal. In Reilly’s article we are reminded that website maintenance can be a huge time constrain, as well as, a large financial drain. Depending on the type of content, either passive or dynamic, time spent on maintaining a school’s site can vary dramatically. The time and skills needed to maintain a site, falls on the shoulders of the school’s webmaster. The webmaster may also be responsible for other non-website issues such as Professional Development and Curriculum Integration. And for some schools, this may be a full-time position.
A school web site is a virtual community that connects your school to the outside world (Schmidt, 2000, p. 5). School websites are a way to open up the lines of communication between teachers and students, parents and teachers, and parents and students. Putting a school online creates a

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