thought I would keep it close to home and look at a couple of sites that exist within my own district. One I think is pretty good and the other... well, it's a great school! and what goes inside the walls is not demonstrated by the site.
The first site is by John Barsby Community School and from the opening page, it attracts the user and has many things to hold the user's attention. It is useful not only from a student's perspective but also from that of parent and a teacher.Tons of useful sites are listed here with great little summaries to help make choices. I started clicking on links to see the actual sites and came to a huge problem. The problem with this site is that it hasn't been kept up... a little investigating shows many things haven't been changed since 2003... 2005.
The second site is NDSS (Nanaimo District Secondary School)... this is where I teach, and other than the opening links on the main page, I have to admit I don't bother going deeper very often... Students designed the site for a course and it is maintained by a teacher in the school. There are tons of sites listed through the site but it lacks organization, purpose and well, appeal. Unless students are directed to go to a site they avoid using it and as one student let me know, they still just google for the site, faster and easier to get to than scrolling down a really long list. While it is really not user friendly in appearance, at least it seems more up-to-date when trying to access sites.