Presentation: How to get the most out of your school website
Blogs, Wikis, Twitter, Moodle, FaceBook; Nings… . There seems to be an ever-increasing number of web based tools at our disposal. It often feels as if we are constantly playing catch up, desperately trying to keep pace with the development of technology and the latest tools for language learning. In the midst of this confusion it can be easy to forget to reflect on what we have already done and how it can be improved.
The most basic web based tool is the website, and virtually all schools have one. However, are they really making the best use of them? How are they actually being used? What are the key factors that make a website successful? What are the things to avoid? How can websites be used to encourage interaction and a sense of community? How can social media, such as Twitter and FaceBook, be used to develop dialogue with clients?
This presentation will argue that effective use of web based technology starts from the school website – it is the foundation on which all the other aspects of internet use will be built. Getting this right can bring many benefits. This is a presentation which will be of interest to anyone who has, or is thinking of setting up, a web site. Based on a survey of educational websites in Greece, this presentation will make practical suggestions for improving the quality and interactivity of educational websites.
The slides from the presentation are available here.
A handout of resources mentioned in the presentation can be downloaded here.
A checklist to use to evaluate your website can be downloaded here.