The Web site is a
two teachers--one of whom lives in San Francisco
the other in Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
HISTORY OF THE SITE
The Web site began with a series of joint projects
teachers in March, 1996 when both were working at the International
School of Amsterdam. One of the teachers had access
authoring shareware" and server space through her
Internet account. The other, a Grade 6 teacher had
a number of curriculum projects with her class and was
in having the students learn about publishing,
of course, using the Internet and the World Wide Web.
At that time, the webmaster had been designated as one
computer resource managers for the middle and secondary
She would visit the classroom, talk with the grade six
and students, take photographs to illustrate some of the
and download selected resource sites from the Internet
help the students do research for some of their
related resources on the students'
project pages.) The two teachers discussed the "look and
of the site and showed parents and students print-outs
of the on-line projects.
The classroom teacher & students in Amsterdam, The
In Spring 1996 the Grade Six classroom did not have
to the Internet --though students could visit the pages
from their home computers. Everyone seemed quite
about the projects. They received a number of e-mail
from parents, friends and relatives of the students
of The Netherlands who were pleased to be able to visit
The following academic year, the webmaster moved to
and the International School of Amsterdam was connected
Internet. The two agreed to continue their collaboration
and shared access to the Internet server in Amsterdam
the original personal dial-up account). Before leaving
the webmaster talked with the owner of the ISP who
agreed to donate
space on their server for these projects.
From September 1996 to June 1997 the two colleagues
to work on creating and publishing student projects,
on-line and exchanging e-mail with some of the
tales written by the Grade
Six students. The final project of the year was the
Ancient History Project --the goal of which was to
the students' on-line exploration of eight different
In August 1997, the Amsterdam teacher moved from Grade
Grade Five and and thus began a new chapter in the
the web site.
The current school year started well and the two
published several Grade
Projects which were shown to the parents during
as part of their children's portfolio of work.
The purpose of the task was
them familiarize themselves with Web resources
more about an Ancient Civilization of their
The way it works now:
a. The classroom teacher announces the project to the
and gives them the option of researching and publishing
product on the Web (note: not all students are
students are reluctant to post on such a public forum).
and teacher are the acknowledged copyright holders of
b. The teacher collects the work and sends via e-mail
snail mail) to the webmaster who puts the work into
graphics, and produces a draft copy which is posted to
site" where teacher and students can view before going
on the Net.
They then work on corrections, additions, mechanics,
links, copyright acknowledgments etc. During the editing
the teacher, students and webmaster communicate almost
e-mail to keep up with the changes. When they have
agreed on the
final version, the pages are then posted to the live
linked to the home page menu.
c. In the case of the Ancient
History Projects, there are many resource URLs
students did some of their research with 'WebQuest's"
Internet materials for student research (and adding
The students also did research in the library using
and CD-Roms. They had to deal with a lot of materials
in different registers with often contradictory
in the real world.
The purpose of that task was to have them familiarize
with Web resources (not as gospel but as additional
learn more about an Ancient
Civilization of their choice, and finally, to have
prepare a multi-media presentation for their classmates
they would synthesize the information they had collected
all their sources. Finally, the teacher and students
which of the presentations could be published for their
History web project.
What the students have
are the interactive aspects of publishing on the
hearing from other schools and individuals.
The webmaster designed a prototype of the site and
the layout, content, navigation routes and links with
As you can see, the resource links are still being
expanded. In the case of graphics, where necessary, they
the copyright holders, who have been incredibly generous
them to publish thumbnails, adaptations, and links
their sites/ materials.
d) For their most recent project Pole
to Pole they have ventured into their first
"multimedia" by including small MIDI sound files in some
student projects. The goal in the future to be able to
MIDI files of the students' own musical performances on
site. (Note: The software for accessing the sound files
Netscape or Explorer "quicktime plug-in" can be
the Internet and requires version 3 of either browser.
users no additional hardware is necessary ; PC users
an additional sound card for their hardware. These are
available and very affordable.)
That's a bit of a background on the pages. Despite all
about technology solutions for education--they have
chosen a rather
low-tech solution for their web publication. Each has
a Macintosh computer, an Internet account and mostly
html authoring tools. Server space in Amsterdam was
their old ISP and the only real professional software
Photoshop 4.0 and a flatbed scanner.
Both students and teachers have been able to explore
and were in a better position to take advantage of the
afforded once the school had its own connection to the
The webmaster currently living
in San Francisco, California
The payoff comes in learning how to use this
growing with the students. What they have enjoyed most
interactive aspects of publishing on the Web and
other schools and individuals.
Thank you for visiting the site and if you have any
questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to contact
the e-mail address below.