As we are in our 5th week of class this summer, we’re looking at a variety of library websites to get an idea of how we might create our own. Before creating a library website, I wanted to compare the benefits of using Wix and Google Sites, since I’ve used Smore and Weebly before. Although a review on Wix said it won’t allow you to change your template once it’s chosen, I’ve decided to try it instead of Google Sites which has less options for customization.
The working draft for my library website can be found here: http://celop001.wix.com/libs602
Here are the school library websites I liked during my search:
The first link to Hershey Middle School’s library website is my favorite one. I like the simplicity of the layout, the contrast of warm colors, and the scrolling images that capture the viewer’s attention. I also like how the spacing gives everything room to breathe. Also, I noticed that this middle school has an active presence in social media and has kept up with its links. While safety and privacy is always a concern for educators, it’s vital we also keep up with current trends. With 73% of teenagers using social media to connect with each other, we should be maintaining a strong online presence that encourages our students to be responsible digital citizens.
TeachThought Staff. (2012). 10 reasons to consider BYOD in education. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/uncategorized/10-reasons-to-consider-byod-in-education/