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Sara Jean Hughes

STLP Cougar Pause

By: Sara Jean Hughes

 

        STLP members John Golden, Eli Hutchinson, John Moore, and Harris Upton of Somerset Christian School came together to form a website for their school. This website is called “Cougar Pause” and the address is www.scsrecipes.wix.com/cougarpause .Their purpose in forming this new website is to keep students and parents up-to-date on the latest school happenings.  Features of the website include daily announcements, information about their sports teams, and also lesson plans so that students who miss a day of school can log on to the website and see what they missed. The students also added a personal touch to make this website unique to their school by adding birthday shout outs   and teacher of the week interviews.

                        Cougar Pause is very new to the community, only about a week or so old, whenever I interviewed them. With the website being so new, many people do not know about it and few people have actually used the website. Although, the few students who have visited the site say it comes in handy when they miss a class. The lesson plans on the website make it easy for them to catch up. Parents also say it is useful because they can look at school announcements when their student doesn’t have all the information about something important.

                        The students worked on this project with the help of their STLP leader but also worked with teachers in their building for their Teacher of the Week interview. For example, this week’s teacher of the week is Mr.Hale.  Each week they interview the selected teacher and put some information about him/her on the website. This gives the students and staff an opportunity to learn more about the faculty not only as professionals, but in friendly and personal way.

                        Being in STLP, the students used as much technology as they possibly could. They used Google on the website for Google calendar. iMovie and Microsoft movie were involved to make their weekly broadcasts. After the weekly broadcast has been made for the week, they upload it to Youtube.com.  Computers were used to upload the videos and iPads were used to film. They used Wix.com to get their website started.

                        Teamwork was a big part of making this website come together.  With four team members, all brainstormed and pitched in ideas to make this website be the best it could be and unique to their school. For example, they brainstormed the ideas of the sports calendar, the teacher of the week, and the weekly news.  They voted on all the ideas that were presented and decided to add the ideas that received the most votes. They worked together on the body of the website and they contributed to the design.  They worked together on the weekly news. Each member picked a topic they wanted to cover for the week and then they put all the topics together at the end to form the newscast.

                        Since the Cougar Pause website is new, there are not any reports on how this project has helped anyone as of yet. However, the students involved have set some goals. They hope all students in the school will use the website in some way, and they also hope to add more features to improve the website. [Type a quote from the document or the summary of an interesting point. You can position the text box anywhere in the document. Use the Drawing Tools tab to change the formatting of the pull quote text box.]To the left, the four team members present their display at the regional STLP competition.

          To the left, part of the Cougar Pause display.

     To the left, the computer shows the actual website and the iPad is showing one of the newscasts.

       To the left, the Cougar Pause display.