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Re: Middle school research site...want to work on one ?


Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 16:08:13 PST

Hi Woody --

Thanks for the link to Star Track. The reason for the project I proposed is
that I find the majority of the artist biographical sites I've found online
are too long for kids to wade through during the short time they have in
class, or are incomplete in other ways. I'd like to have links to more
comprehensive or more specific sites on these basic research pages, but would
like to streamline the information so that students could access and
comprehend the material quickly while in class.

As for doing research projects, my students currently do four assignments a
year but we haven't made web pages out of them due mainly to time restraints.
 Below is a basic plan that I've sent to other interested parties who
responded to my email.

Let me know if you are interested in participating and thanks for your reply,
Amy Ropple

I am thinking about the following plan -- let me know what you think:
    1) Find out who is interested in participating -- the more the merrier !
    2) Communicate to generate a list of artists that could be featured on
the site
    3) Communicate and generate a general format / template that could be
used for each artist -- something uniform so that all the information on
the pages would be organized the same way to allow easy
access/comprehension for students
    4) Each participant chooses an artist and creates a page using the
format. I thought for editing and review purposes it might be good for the
page maker to send the address to three other people for feedback before
linking it to the master site/homepage. Hopefully this would prevent
simple errors and gaps in important info.

Eventually, if enough teachers participate, it could have plenty of artists
and the kids wouldn't have to wade through lengthy articles to get basic
information and images about artists. As for time frame, I'd like to start
late spring / early summer and get it online next fall.