Static websites are websites which are created for a specific purpose. They; "normally do not contain interactive functionality" (Multibase, 2008). Static websites don't allow for updates to content and images. Dynamic websites have separate content and design areas. According to Wikipedia (2009) this; " allows for quicker page loading and it allows anyone...to update their own website via an administrative backend. This set-up is ideal for those who wish to make frequent changes to their websites including text and image updates."
Learning manager could utilise either website in the classroom. A website could be created by the learning manager, specifically for the purpose of addressing a particular topic with relevant information. Or, alternatively, learners themselves could create their own website. The use of the static website would probably be more efficient as learners wouldn't have too many problems with creating the website. After the website has been created, the learners would be able to show others their progress and the learning manager could assess it. This fits in with authentic assessment and the engagement theory because learners will be involved in a real-life and authentic task (Kearsley & Schneiderman, 1999).
Who knew there were so many aspects to technology? I wasn't aware that there were two different types of websites. It is wonderful to be able to build a knowledge base around technology, as well as technological skills and abilities.
Kearsley, G. & Shneiderman, B. (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Retrieved August 12, 2009, from http://home.sprynet.com/%7Egkearsley/engage.htm
Multibase. (2008). Static web sites. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from http://www.mbase.com.au/Services/Websitedevelopment/Staticwebsites/tabid/324/Default.aspx
Wikipedia. (2009). Dynamic web page. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_web_page