I'm hoping that I can request a little bit of help from this awesome Ning community -- I am attending a meeting tomorrow (Friday 1/25) morning to deconstruct our current school website. We used one of the major Independent School website vendors, and while the Development/Admissions folks are quite happy with the external PR look and feel of our site, our intranet (with portals for students, faculty, parents and alumni) has been incredibly un-user-friendly, requires too much clicking and navigating for the end-user, and is not so easy or intuitive for teachers who want to create content for their class pages. Additionally, it has lots of limits in terms of integrating with our email system, linking to blogs, and embedding Web 2.0 features and widgets (blogs, flickr libraries, etc.)
I've been given the homework of finding some "great" school websites. Based on the shortcomings I've described above, do any of you have some good examples you could send my way? Hopefully this might be useful to some of the rest of you out there as well.
(I apologize for the cross-post...I posted this to the ISENET Ning group as well...
Thanks so much,
Barbara Cohen, Educational Technology Coordinator
Marin Country Day School