Having a web page is a pretty common thing for schools these days. It takes a lot of work to compile information and keep that information updated.
At the Albert City-Truesdale School, there is a specific class that is responsible for the task.
Under the direction of Julie Bjork, the students learn how to design the page, how to take photos and how to gather information for the web. The class, known as Fundamentals of Web Design, has been popular with the students at AC-T. Bjork has been heading the class for the past two years.
The students in the class are assigned pages that they will be responsible for keeping up to date throughout the semester including high school activities, middle school activities, elementary activities - broken up into individual grades; sports activities; current events; curriculum; menus; monthly calendar; and the newsletter.
Besides keeping up with the activities, the students learn to add cute additions - like the AC-T Hurricanes logo and other graphics, and even trivia features.
The class is beneficial to the students taking part in the class, as the information learned can be used over and over again.
Bjork has the tough job of grading the students on the pages they create. Some of the things she critiques the students on include whether or not they are keeping their required pages up to date, whether the page designs are pleasing to the eye, whether the students have proofread the stories they have written (obviously if there are errors in the copy, they haven't met this criteria), the download time, and whether the colors used are pleasing to the eye.
Many parents and members of the communities use the web pages to keep up with what is going on in the school. Bjork stresses that since students are the designers of the pages, "not every page is going to be top notch." She wants the students to do their best. She added that most people have said they were "impressed" with the pages.
Bjork said there are students from all academic levels involved in the web design class - straight A students to those students from the resource room. She likes this.
"It's neat to see," she said, "that not everyone has to be good at such things as algebra to put together a web page."
As an added bonus, the students at AC-T can also take part in the dual credit class - Sysco Web Design - offered by Iowa Central Community College. After completing the three-year long course, and after passing required exams, the students will receive six college credits and will be certified in Sysco designing. This, she said, is a great opportunity for the students to be a part of.
Check out the school web page at www.albertct.k12.ia.us