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					Pick a Peck of Portals
     on the Web


  SouthEast Initiatives RTEC
    Margaret Bingham, SERVE
     Jennifer Burke, SREB
 Portal? What is a Portal?
• A website or service that offers a
  broad array of resources and services,
  such as e-mail, forums, search engines,
  and online shopping malls. The first
  Web portals were online services that
  provided access to the Web.
                            --Webopedia
Portal? What is a Portal?

 • Three types
   – Horizontal Portals
   – Vertical Portals
   – Enterprise Information Portals
     Horizontal Portals
• Horizontal Portals are sometimes
  called Consumer Portals. They are
  aimed at consumer audiences and
  typically offer free e-mail, personal
  home pages, sports scores, stock
  tickers, instant messengers, auctions,
  chat, games and more. Examples:
  Yahoo, MSN, AOL.
                        --Traffick.com
       Vertical Portals
• Vertical Portals differ from horizontal
  portals in that they target a specific
  audience, such as a particular industry,
  and offer many of the consumer portal
  features, but only for the target
  audience. Many times the user must
  be a member of a group to access the
  vertical portal.
                          --Traffick.com
 Enterprise Information
         Portals
• Enterprise Portals are also similar to
  consumer portals, but these portals
  are offered only to corporations or
  similar organizations.
                         --Traffick.com
 What is an Educational
     Web Portal?
• A Web portal is a website that
  provides access to many resources and
  services, such as instructional
  materials, lessons plans, news about
  current events, instant messaging and
  email, and the ability to conduct
  controlled searches.
                                  --SREB
 Who Uses Educational
 Web Portals? Why?
Who?
• State Departments and Districts
• Schools (K-20)
• Teachers
Why?
• To communicate with and provide
  resources to students, teachers,
  administrators, and parents.
   How To Pick a Portal?

• Decide to develop or purchase
• For purchases of a commercial
  Web portal,
  – assess the school/district’s needs
  – assess the value and content of the
    commercial Web portal
• Checklist: Web Portals: Guidelines
  for Selection (SREB)
 Web Portals: Guidelines
     for Selection
• Content – what materials are
  available
  –   Supports curriculum
  –   Error-free, current & timely
  –   Bias-free images & text
  –   Relevant outside links
  –   Frequently updated
  Web Portals: Guidelines
      for Selection
• Content – what materials are
  available
  –   Adequately covers topic
  –   Logical progression among links
  –   Appropriate for student abilities
  –   Experienced, reputable researchers
      provide content
 Web Portals: Guidelines
     for Selection
• Technical Information – How does
  it work?
  – Technical requirements clearly
    defined
  – Compatible with networks, filters
  – Easily recognizable icons & menus for
    navigation
  – Mix of text, graphics, sound, motion
  Web Portals: Guidelines
      for Selection
• Technical Information – How does
  it work?
  – No software conflicts
  – Standard multimedia formats
  – Advertising does not conflict with
    school’s policy
  – Adaptable for special needs students
  Web Portals: Guidelines
      for Selection
• Administrative questions
  – How much does it cost? (start-up and
    ongoing) Expected increases?
  – How is the cost assessed? (or how
    funded, if “free?”)
  – Who provides training?
  – Privacy policies to protect students?
  Web Portals: Guidelines
      for Selection
• Administrative questions
  – Technical assistance 24/7?
  – Can students & teachers access
    resources from home?
  – Is there a less expensive alternative?
  – Explain “free.”
   But, at my district, we
           want….
• a site for which we can control the
  content
• multiple tiers or levels with the district
  able to override information on the
  other levels
• regular updates and maintenance done
  (a reason why we did not make our own
  portal)
• a site that loads quickly
    But, at my school, we
            want….
• a site with sections for students, school
  staff, and parents
• announcement and message broadcasting
  features
• ease of use in posting materials
• training available for our staff
But, as a teacher, I want….
• a site that is easy to navigate
• a structure that allows me to post and
  to change my lesson assignments and
  projects easily
• lots of resources only a click away
• a way to communicate and collaborate
  with colleagues
Picking from the Portal
         Field




                  www.edgate.com
Example: edgate




         www.johnston.edgate.com
   Picking from the Portal
            Field




www-1.ibm.com/industries/education/solution/SOLUTIONS_19443.html
Example: IBM Learning
       Village




              www.wfl.dpsnc.net
    Picking from the Portal
             Field




http://marcopolo.worldcom.com & http://marcopolo.mde.k12.ms.us/
Picking from the Portal
         Field




                 www.bigchalk.com
Picking from the Portal
         Field




               http://school.aol.com
Picking from the Portal
         Field




               www.ed.gov/index.jsp
Picking from the Portal
         Field




                 www.learnnc.org
Picking from the Portal
         Field




                 www.eduplace.com
Picking from the Portal
         Field




            http://school.discovery.com
Picking from the Portal
         Field




             http://teacher.net
Picking from the Portal
         Field




           http://edhelper.com
Picking from the Portal
         Field




        http://teachers.teach-nology.com
Picking from the Portal
         Field




          http://educationplanet.com
Picking from the Portal
         Field




           http://pbs.org/teachersource
Picking from the Portal
         Field




  http://earthsciencesportal.gsfc.nasa.gov/Cool/
 The Portal Peck You Pick
        Should….
• have quality resources that your
  audiences will use
• always have up-to-date local information
• be accessible easily by all users
• promote communication and
  collaboration
• be affordable …money, time, resources
           Conclusion
• Contact info
  – Margaret Bingham
    • mbingham@serve.org
  – Jennifer Burke
     • jburke@sreb.org
  – www.seirtec.org/present.html
  – www.sreb.org/programs/EdTech/pubs/
    PDF/WebPortals.asp

				
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