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Students Publish On the World Wide
Web - Judi Moreillon, Ph.D.
Using the Internet to publish student work is one
cause for celebration in cyberspace. The impact of the world-wide audience
on teaching and learning is one of my research interests.
Here are some of my questions:
- How does Internet publishing affect student
- What is the student perception of "audience"
on the Web?
- How does world-wide feedback affect student
- How can educators facilitate student Web site
production, maintenance, and ensure that students connect with peers
in other schools who are engaging in these processes?
- How does Web publishing affect collaborative
behaviors in a school when students and teachers are sharing their work
technologically within the school, community, and world-wide?
These are links to student-designed and/or designed
and maintained Web sites at the elementary and middle school levels in
In April, 1997, I was the teacher-librarian at Corbett Elementary when
we launched our third-grade student-designed home page using Claris
Home Page. We believe this was the first elementary student-designed
page in Tucson. This Web site is currently maintained by Kim Grimes,
When I served as the teacher-librarian at Gale Elementary School, I
facilitated the work of eight fifth-grade students who designed and
created the Gale site using Claris Home Page. The site was launched
in April, 1998. Each year a new group of students has taken the leadership
for maintaining the Web site. Fifty eight students in all have served
on this committee. On behalf of Gale School, on March 14, 2001, eleven
fifth-grade Gale Home Page Committee members accepted the Arizona
Technology in Education Alliance Best Elementary Web Site (2001)
- Flowing Wells Junior High School
Maya Eagleton, University
of Arizona doctoral student, worked with these students to put up the
first Flowing Wells Junior High Web site using Netscape Navigator Gold.
Students in the media arts class launched this site in the fall of 1997
and worked on updating it throughout the 1997-98 school year.
- Emily Gray Junior High School
This Web site was launched by three Emily Gray students three years
ago. Under the supervision of Mr. Kellermeyer, technology teacher, and
Ms. Traviolia, librarian, students were maintaining the site using Claris
Fields Country Day School
Although this site was originally designed and launched by high school
students, one seventh and one eighth grade student currently serve on
the site maintenance team. Green Fields believes it was the first private
school in Tucson to create a Web site.
If you have facilitated student web site publishing,
please send me email, and
I will add your students' site to this list. If you are interested in
collaborating with K-12 educators to study the impact of Web publishing
on student achievement, please include a short paragraph about your experience
and specific questions of interest to you.
Beyond School Web Pages:
Harris from the University of Texas, Austin has provided a great Web
site listing K-12 educational telecomputing projects. The following Web
sites were selected from her site because they offer space for elementary
and middle school students to publish their work:
This site publishes elementary school student work.
This electronic magazine publishes the work of middle grade students.
National Student Research Center
Students and teachers at Mandeville Middle School in Mandeville, Louisiana
maintain this site with the goal of "educating children around the world
to become humanitarian and ecological 21st-century citizens." Student
research is published for the enlightenment of the global community.
This Web site, maintained by Kenn Nesbitt, offers poetry contests and
a publishing space for student poets.
This site offers online publication of K-12 and college level student
work in the field of science. Readers at this site are encouraged to
write questions and comments to student researchers.
If your site isn't included on this list, please
email me and let me know.
A College-Level Example:
Children's Literature Web Site is an example of preservice teachers
publishing on the Web. As their course facilitator, I had several goals
for their publishing experience. First and foremost, I wanted these future
teachers to experience the empowerment of Web publishing, to know first-hand
what students feel when they publish on the Web, and to build a classroom
community of learners in the process. Secondly, I wanted them to understand
how the site could be used for instructional purposes. We used our site
to review the diversity of literature experiences they developed and shared
with students and the diverse genres of students' responses. Finally,
I wanted them to understand that by collaborating to build this teacher-librarian-student
resource, they contributed to the own professional development as well
as that of their current and future teaching colleagues.
Updated: 23 May 2007