Q: What’s the best school website you know? Please send! I’ll collate and do a blog post. Cheers
I asked the above question of my PLN on Twitter and what follows is the complete list of all school websites tweeted or emailed in response. Thanks to everyone who responded and/or retweeted.
I’ve decided to break these sites into three groups: local, Australian and international for ease of reference. Do we have a representative sample of what’s out there to look at, or do you have some brilliant school websites to add?
International (not all are ‘school’ websites)
These school websites belong to schools in my immediate vicinity that were sent to me:
I suspect that many of us feel our school websites are not all they could be and badly in need of updating, or didn’t tweet them, fearing they may be judged of not a good enough standard. Many of you asked me what is the criteria for the ‘best’ school website and my response was, ‘that is up to you’. I feel strongly that the website must not merely ‘advertise’ the school and be more than just an extension of what the school offers.
Each school has a different context and needs and this is evident by the diverse range of sites above. It is worrying but predictable to note that Web 2.0 is not a feature and that most school websites would not be of much interest to a student, in my opinion, with a notable exception or two. Or is that too harsh considering what is likely on their intranet and unavailable to us?
Did anyone else notice that ‘student voice’ is almost completely absent from school websites?
Our school site has served for many years but we are starting again, as I type, and an important conversation I am hoping will arise here for my school to access. Consulting students and the community will be a key part of our school strategy in a, hopefully fertile, effort to engage them with the new site.
What site above do you admire – and why?
What innovation and ideas would you have for an ‘about to be built’ school site?
How many school sites truly reveal themselves to be practically serving communities of learners?
Who can help me help us to have an inspirational and ground-breaking school website?