For the past five years, my Web Design 2 students have teamed up with a local business/ organization to redesign their Web site. The process is intense and lasts approximately 11-12 weeks. This past year (2011-2012) 150 students were involved in redesigning City of Valparaiso's Web site.
We started the project on February 14, 2012 and ended it on May 9, 2012 which is approximately 47 hours (8 weeks). This figure does not include the number of hours where students came after school or during other class periods to work on their projects.
Dr. Diane Kelley, City of Valparaiso Commissioner, contacted me to see if I would be interested in partnering with the City in order to redesign the City's Web site. Students learned the entire Web development process in this project. Here are the steps in which students participated:
At the beginning of the project, Interested students apply to be project managers which includes completing an application and getting teacher recommendations. All other students create a personal resume as well in order to apply for a position on a team.
Selected project managers interviewed potential "employees"/teammates.
Teams of 3-4 were created through a lottery-type selection process.
Students created a team organizational chart defining job roles of every individual on the team as well as other project management forms.
Using Adobe Fireworks, teams designed a prototype.
Using Adobe Dreamweaver, teams created their individual Web site using the prototype as their guide.
On May 4, all the teams presented their Web sites to three judges who came into the classroom. The judges were professional Web designers from the area. Out of 37 teams, five teams were selected to be in the final presentation to the City of Valparaiso. On May 9, five representatives (Mayor Arnold, Commissioner Kelley, City Clerk, Asst. Library Director, City Administrator) from the City of Valparaiso came to the NHS auditorium to watch the presentations of the five finalists. The City selected Team Swag as the winning Web site. Each member of every team received one of the following a prizes: 1st place team - laptop computer, 2nd place team - $100 gift card to BestBuy, 3rd place team - $50 Visa gift card, 4th and 5th place teams - Rave Motion Picture movie passes. Each project manager received a Rave Motion Picture movie pass as well. Individual awards were also given out to outstanding students.
You can see the winning site at http://www.valp.org.
Students designed every aspect of the site.