Sunday, January 07, 2001

SchoolNet honors Mason High's Web site

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON - Want the latest on Mason High School news, coming events or even students' opinions on the conflict in the Middle East? Just punch in - a site now recognized by Ohio SchoolNet.

        Several students from Darla Watkins' Web Site Design and Management class will travel to Columbus next month to present their work at the SchoolNet Technology Conference.

        The conference brings together more than 5,000 educators, along with national, state and local leaders dedicated to the students of Ohio. More than 350 student and educator presentations will be made and more than 150 ven dors will have displays.

        In Mrs. Watkins' class, students maintain the site and update it every weekday morning during the hour-long class period.

        On Friday, Sarah Schumacher, 17, toiled with a student resources page, trying to center it on the computer screen.

        Sarah, one of the site's project managers, wants to major in computer science and said the web design class is giving her great experience.

        “It's a different atmosphere than a regular classroom,” she said. "It's more like a business.” And like a business, the students conduct staff meetings, work in teams on special projects such as marketing and advertising, hold key positions, and have to meet deadlines.


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