www.thinkhistory.btinternet.co.uk has been up and running for nearly a month and has gone through a huge transformation in that short time as i have taught myself how the technology works.
as many others have said i started with the idea of allowing my pupils access to materials when they want them, the buzz of getting the site up and running was an added bonus.
i timed my site to coincide with getting broadband, and was able to get 50Mb of webspace on bt openworld for only an extra £3 per month. a search of the internet found me a free 30 day Terrapin FTP trial and a free 30 day trial of Dreamweaver, thus keeping the cost very low.
much of my content so far is adapted versions of OHPs and handouts, but as much of it is for A-Level this is OK. when it comes to lower down the school i'll need more interactivity, but by then i'll have learnt a lot more about the software and it's capabilities.
my advice would be this - start simple and cheap, have a very clear vision about what the purpose of the site is and don't worry about making mistakes or rubbish pages, they can be replaced/amended in an instant
Edited by Richard Drew, 06 October 2003 - 08:24 PM.