Teachers make sites for students
- By Nicholas Morehead
- Jun 15, 2001
NC Classes On-Line schools
North Carolina has launched a pilot program to help middle school teachers
create personalized Web sites.
NC Classes On-Line trains teachers to use standard templates to create
their own Web sites that enable students to get information such as homework
assignments, schedules, lunch menus and information on school events.
The program is the result of a dialogue between then Gov. Jim Hunt and
local middle school students at a state fair. "Students really wanted a
way they could check information about their classes," said Amy Hawfield,
manager of the NC@yourservice portal team, which oversees the State's Web
site (www.ncgov.com). "The former governor went back
to the State's Office of Information Technology Services and got it going."
The OITS worked with the state's Department of Public Instruction and
Yahoo to create the NC Classes On-Line program, which enables teachers to
create home pages for their classes through a page-building program similar
to Yahoo's widely used GeoCities. Hawfield praised the program because it
doesn't require knowledge of HTML.
"Yahoo is also one of the partners of the state portal, and part of
what they did was create a personalization aspect to the site," Hawfield
said. "We wanted to use some of that same personalization technology for
these classroom sites."
More than 700 teachers in eight counties are participating in the pilot
The Department of Public Instruction handled training for the program.
It conducted half-day sessions and issued training manuals that outline
the site-creation procedure. "We found that when it comes to technology
training, people felt much more comfortable when there was warm body up
there explaining things," said Ellen Kendall, a technological consultant
for the department.
Department of Public Instruction officials will assess the results from
the pilot program at the end of the coming school year and will then set
a timeline to make NC Classes On-Line available to every school in North