Most schools already have web sites. They are a great informal medium for publicizing information, and enhancing the school's ohana. For schools or new tech coordinators who are thinking of developing a web site, here is some info to get you started...
- Where can I set up my web site?
Schools generally set up their web sites on a school server or on a DOE server. But the webmaster recommends that you set it up on a DOE server. Some things that you DO NOT have to worry about if you let NSSB do it:
- backup (although I keep a backup anyway)
- security certification to allow your server to be seen outside of DOE
- operating system updates
- server failure recovery
- UPS cost, installation, and maintenance
- How can I request a web site?
To request a web site, send email to email@example.com with the following information:
- Purpose of the web site
- Preferred URL, e.g. alohaint.k12.hi.us
- Note: the name must end in "k12.hi.us"
- Preferred userid: alohaint
- Preferred password: ZaLe$uW5
- What kind of software do I need to edit the web site?
One of the most popular is Macromedia's Dreamweaver because it not only gives you an overview of the web site structure, and allows you to edit pages, but it also has the capability to secure-FTP your pages to the server. Make sure you get version MX 2004 or newer to insure you have the option to use secure FTP (required for DOE servers). Disadvantages: cost and complexity.
Alternatively, you can use any of several free web page editors. If you use these, you may need another program to upload your pages to the server such as SSH (Windows) or Fugu (Mac). These are not difficult to obtain or use.
- What about mySchool?
This web page is database-driven with information primarily maintained by the webmaster.
Each school has a page on the mySchool web site. The mySchool site was originally created to make it convenient for parents/visitors easy access to all of the school performance reports from the ARCH web site for a given school. In time, other topics such as "good news", Act 51 publishing requirements, and "school pride" items have been added. Because of the way the page is generated, mySchool cannot, in general, accomodate custom requests.
Corrections and updates may be emailed to the webmaster. Schools may also request a mySchool login that will allow them to directly edit selected information:
- school web site address (URL)
- contact information (address, phone, fax)
- principal's name
- date established
- school colors
- notable alumni
- graduation date/time/location (for high schools and adult community schools)
- next SCC meeting date/time/location announcement
- SCC web page address (URL)
- Academic and Financial Plan web page address (URL)
- student school supplies list web page address (URL)
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