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As I began planning my website, I kept going back to,
"Why have a website?" My class helped me brainstorm:
to sell your book
to tell other people
about how to help the homeless
to tell other
teachers about things they can do with their students
to help others learn
to teach us how to
make a website
to have our names on
All good reasons, I thought.
But aren't their already many websites about homelessness? We checked together, and yes,
there were. But none from a teacher's perspective.
I added my own
|to share with teacher's my lesson
plans on homelessness for elementary students|
|to publicize my book and show how it
can be successfully used with children of all ages, as well as adults|
|to provide an easy access to
information about homelessness, including current research|
|to share information about books,
both for children and adults, that I found helpful and informative.|
When I first started
researching homelessness for my book, I was amazed at the amount of information available.
I spent endless hours trying to learn as much as I could, as I got to know J.C. and his
experience of being homeless. The research was fascinating, but I felt a little
overwhelmed. I knew that one of the reasons I wanted to have my own website was to provide
others information about what I had learned, without having to spend the number of hours I
spent online and in libraries. In other words, don't reinvent the wheel if you don't have
made a web with my class, providing an outline to begin our study. We kept adding more and
more categories and the simple website I envisioned became more and more complex. But that
was okay; it just meant it would take more time to accomplish our goals. But it was doable
and it was exciting!
I had saved all the research I had done over the past year and found it relatively easy to
pull from my sources. Relatively easy at first--until my computer crashed and I had to
start all over! Lesson learned--back up all your files! So after many, many hours, I had
to begin all over. It was easier the second time--but I had to spend more time finding the
information that I had at my fingertips before.
I shared with my class
my progress. Modern technology allowed me to hook up my laptop to a Lite Pro, and I could
show the whole class my developing website by projecting it on a screen.
Their input was
invaluable! If something wasn't clear, they'd tell me! They really liked the pictures
(especially of them)!
Questions We Asked
|Did it meet our objectives?|
|Was the writing clear and
|Was it easy to navigate?|
|Was it colorful but not too
|Would people want to come back
to it again?|
|Would both children and adults
want to visit our web site?|
|The school year ended without completion of
the website, mostly because I had to start over from scratch! But over the summer, I kept
in contact with several students who were especially dedicated to see this through to the
finish. Their feedback enabled me to finely tune my website. I was able to use their input
in many areas, including book reviews. Children are amazing--we just can't underestimate
their value! I knew that one of my goals--giving kids the chance to pursue something they
value--was becoming a reality!
|And from there on in, we were off and
running! It's a learning process, but isn't everything that is worthwhile? It is so
rewarding to see my website and receiving feedback (mostly positive!) keeps me (and my
students) motivated to continue to work at helping others make a difference in the lives
|Many thanks to my fifth grade class . .
Ian, Jessica, Spenser, Daniel, Paul, Ashley, Nicole, Caroline, Lele, Megan, Jun
Yan, Sai Rom, Asia, Doug, Jake, Grace, Kristina S., Kristina W., Mihaila, Laura, Rebecca,
Brian, and Omar.
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