Students' Take

Students' Take Guidelines

Students' Take Release Forms(.pdf file)

Welcome & thanks for participating!

We are pleased that you have decided to participate in Thirteen Ed Online's "Students' Take" project for this month.

Background on Students' Take

This project is meant to bridge the digital divide, the inequity of access to technology among different schools and communities, by exposing different groups to projects in new media and motivating them to explore more.

The Students' Take project presents to educators the students' perspective on a selected issue. Each month, students may choose to express their views through online interviews, video, articles, graphics, interactive activities, and more. Thirteen Ed Online will showcase the views and work of different students on different themes to give teachers the "Students' Take" on issues that affect students' lives.

Here are some examples:

Teachers and Learning Environments
African-American Contributions to American Culture

This exciting section provides a unique opportunity for students to voice their opinions on pertinent issues.

Editorial Guidelines | Technical Guidelines

Editorial Guidelines

The following list contains guidelines concerning the content of your "Students' Take" project:

  1. Students involved in the project must belong to an after school group.
  2. The project should involve a group, not just a single student.
  3. The project should follow Ed Online's monthly theme.
  4. The students and group leader are responsible for the finalized copy of the project. Since this will represent your organization, it is a good idea to review spelling, grammar, etc.
  5. We can not publish any profanity.
  6. Students need to be careful about the images, copy, or other content that they use on their site. If students choose to use any content that they did not create themselves, then students must obtain permission for use on their site. We also encourage students to properly cite all sources of content created by others, whether it is copyrighted or not.
  7. If the owner of any content that appears in a Students' Take project believes that his or her content was used improperly, please contact us immediately.

Visit the following Web sites for useful information on citing resources and "fair use":

MidLink Magazine: How to Cite Your Sources

The Copyright Website: Fair Use

Most importantly, in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, the project must not contain any personal information about the children working on the project. The law defines personal information in this way:

(9)PERSONAL INFORMATION- The term 'personal information' means individually, identifiable information about an individual, including--

  1. a first and last name;
  2. a home or other physical address;
  3. an e-mail address;
  4. a telephone number;
  5. a Social Security number; or
  6. any other information that would facilitate or enable the physical or online locating and contacting of a specific individual, including information that is associated with an identifier described in this paragraph in such manner as to become identifiable to a specific individual.

This means that we can publish pictures of students, but not pictures and names together.

Technical Guidelines:

If you are coding by hand instead of using pre-made html templates, please use following guidelines:

  1. Images MUST be in gif or jpg format (NOT png)
  2. When naming files and folders, put the names in all lower case.
  3. Name the index page index.html rather than index.htm
  4. Save compressed video as Quicktime or Real Player.
  5. Try not to use divs (layers) if possible because they are a problem in some browsers on the Mac. If you want your material to flow in a curve you can use spacer gifs to push content over (see below).
  6. Deliver your content on: 1) CD, 2) zipped, or 3) stuffed by e-mail.
  7. Check all links to make sure that they are good in both browsers (Explorer is less tolerant of incorrect path hierarchy problems)
  8. Use the pop-up code supplied here
  9. Double check to verify that images that are gifs are referred to as name.gif in the code and that images that are jpgs are referred to as name.jpg in the code.

Popup Windows:

To create popup windows, please refer to the following html page:
Popup window guide

Using Spacer .gifs:

  1. Take a look at the "demo.html" file in a browser. When two images are placed in <TD> tags one after another they appear next to each other. To move them apart, a spacer image is needed. A spacer image is just a transparent pixel, but you can stretch the pixel high or wide.
  2. For example, look at the spacer code in "with_spacer.html":
    <TD WIDTH="252"><IMG SRC="images/pixel.gif" WIDTH="252" HEIGHT="1" BORDER="0" HSPACE="0" VSPACE="0"> </TD>
  3. The image "pixel.gif" is only a pixel wide and a pixel high. But the width has been stretched to 252 pixels to push the green monster over to the right.
  4. The reason to stretch a one-pixel-wide image, rather than make an image 252 pixels wide, is because it's much less time to download the smaller image.
  5. To move images around, you need to set up tables. See "staggered.html." The table border has been turned on, so you can see how it's built. Look at the code to see how it is done.
  6. The less grid-like you want your images, the more complex your tables will be.
  7. To make a transparent pixel to use as a spacer: Open Photoshop. Make a new image 1 pixel wide and 1 pixel high with contents: transparent and 72 dpi. Export as a gif89export or choose "Save for Web".

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