Mrs. Diane K. Kovacs
Debra Kay Logan has done a marvelous job with this. Everything teachers, administrators, and parents need to know about Web site development in schools. Safety and security and privacy of student information is covered rationally as are the details of construction, content, and design in a school setting. This is a definite must have for any one developing school Web sites. Deb Logan's own Web site is a great model.
This book, produced by Linworth Publishing, is the result of an online collaboration between Cynthia Beuselinck, who worked in libraries for ten years, then as an internet support specialist for the Calgary Board, and now owns an educational internet training company; and Deb Logan, a school librarian from Ohio. It is the culmination of many years of work by the authors on school Web sites, and their solution to the problem of how difficult it is to find information on how to make good educational web sites. They have gathered here the wisdom of experts from books, magazines and other Web sites, and their own tried and true experience. It answers questions about content, design, safety, ethics and responsibility. What it doesn't do is focus on how to build Web pages step by step or how to use software packages. Instead it helps educators define their needs and plan for high quality, low risk and meaningful educational Web sites. It covers such essentials as creation of a vision statement, categories of content, publishing guidelines and policies, copyright issues, technical considerations, design, and maintenance. The appendices contain reproducible planning and check sheets, lists of helpful resources, including exemplary web sites, a glossary, index, bibliography and recommended resources list. The text is clearly written and well organized, with "Fast fact" sidebars and screen prints, as well as easy to use lists and catchy quotes. This is an extremely useful tool - one that all schools should have on their professional reading shelf.