Online Discussion: Web Site Category
| Thursday, December 13th from 3-5pm Eastern Time
Join NHD for an online discussion on the new Web Site Category. Katrina Dodro
will act as producer for the discussion, while Lourdes Morales,
the California state coordinator, will answer your questions. About Lourdes Morales:
Lourdes Morales has been with the Constitutional Rights Foundation for the last 17 years. She has worked with the History Day program since the inception of the web site category in California in 1997. California began piloting the web site category as a demonstration category in hopes of expanding the reach of History Day and encourage participation by even more students. In 2000, because of steady growth of participation in the category, the web site became an official category in California. In 2006, Lourdes became the head state coordinator for the state.
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. Questions will be answered as they are received. However, there may be significant delays in posting answers, depending on the number of questions and comments that are submited.
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Let's Get Started! From Katrina, the producer:
Thank you for joining us today for NHD's online discussion about the web site category. The staff in the national office is very excited that this category will be premiering at nationals this year.
The questions, answers, and comments collected today will be archived on this site, and can be reviewed whenever you'd like. Please excuse any typos that may appear today. Due to the fast pace of keeping up with your questions, we may have quite a few. Any typos will be cleaned up before we archive the page.
I'd like to make one point for all of the students with us today; the most important part of the web site category, like all categories, is the research
. The technical aspects of this category are very (insert word here: cool/sweet/hot), but without proper research and formulating a strong thesis, all the bells and whistles you put into a web site will be for nothing. No matter how great your web site looks, historical quality still counts for 60%
of the evaluation score.
I'm sure you've got lots of questions, so let's get started.
Jack From Colorado: What program of web site software would you suggest for 2 middle schoolers in the NHD program? We do not recommend any one software program. There are lots of software programs you can purchase or download for free. Do a search of what software is out there. Review the software and see what would work for you and your students, cost (if any), effectiveness, user friendly and accuracy of the software program. Casey: Hi, I am a student in the 8th grade in the web site category. I would like to know how to make a web site. I am looking for information like what are the basics and where I could make one. I have the application Dreamcast (a web site making application) and don't know how to use it. It is very advanced. if you have any advice for me please e-mail me. I would greatly appreciate the help. There are many software programs that claim to be for the novice (features like tutorials, templates, drag and drop, or website wizards). Do a search of what software is out there. Review the software and see what would work for you, cost (if any), effectiveness, user friendly and accuracy of the software program. Jarek From Plano, TX: What are the requirements of a web site presentation? What are the restrictions? Do you pay for web site hosting or does my family have to pay for it? Review the web site rules in the contest rulebook on page 21 for more detailed requirements/limitations. Basically, there is a 1,200 visible, student–composed words limitation and the entire site can use up to 100MB, including multimedia. The multimedia must not last more than 45 seconds and may not include student-composed narration. You must have a 'home page' with the name "index" and all pages must be interconnected with hypertext links.
Bear with us, we just got a really long set of questions.
We'll be posting shortly.
I am so excited that the website category is finally a national category. As technology continues to advance it is great to see National History Day moving along with technology. I do hope this chat has been helpful and informative. If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact me. I know it will be a learning process but it will be very interesting to see the great website projects. Here in California we have been doing the website category for ten years and every year we learned something new and worked on improving the website category.
Many thanks for all of the great questions. A special THANK YOU goes out to Lourdes Morales for being willing to work on this for the past 2 1/2 hours!
If your particular question was not answered, that is because it was already answered in a question that someone else asked. Please read the whole transcript for lots of useful goodies.
Here are a few helpful links that you can go to for more resources about the web site category:
Web Site Rules Evaluation Form Web Site Category Information