Mark Barnes

Not just any student web site

Posted in classroom web site, Recent Events, student web sites, Web 2.0 by Mark Barnes on February 9, 2010

Most people think a student web site is nothing more than a blog or an Internet work space on something like Blackboard. In the all-inclusvie wiki-hosted classroom web site, the individual student web site is something quite different.  

Check out the video below to see the power of the new student web site.  

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Classroom web site requires teacher flexibility

Posted in Classroom strategies, classroom web site, Conferences, student web sites by Mark Barnes on February 4, 2010

Mark Barnes at eTech Ohio Ed Tech ConferenceWhen I presented at the eTech Ohio Educational Technology Conference, I was asked about giving web-based assignments to students who may not always have Internet access. My answer was both simple and complex, and it was just one word — flexibility.

It’s simple, in that a classroom web site with student web sites can be used for all activities, including homework, as long as the teacher allows for extended time. In other words, you can’t assign homework to be completed on a web site and always have it due the next day; this just isn’t fair to students who don’t have Internet access.

It’s complex, because many teachers simply can’t let go of the nightly homework.

Try assigning several web-based activities, which your students will put on their classroom web sites, and make them due at the end of the week.

Want to get really creative? Have homework be due on a Saturday night at 10:00 P.M. This will really blow your students’ minds. In the paperless classroom, though, anything is possibility.

It just takes a little flexibility.

Student web sites create virtual portfolios

Posted in classroom web site, student web sites, Web 2.0 by Mark Barnes on January 24, 2010

A good classroom web site will give the teacher the ability to create individual, private student web sites, contained within the teacher’s online Content Management System. Here is a model student web site.

What you see is a little autonomy (the student adds a picture of his choosing) and several links to actual class work. The student web site is similar to the classroom web site. It contains content, links and graphics.

Best of all, the student web site is a virtual portfolio. Every time the student saves any page, a new version is created. This allows the teacher and the student to see how the page has evolved over time.

Now that’s what I call the power of the Internet.