Well I have to say this one took a bit of research. Wikipedia (2009) define a static website that has web pages that is primarily coded with Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). My "digital generation" (Prensky, 2001) son, Dustin Frost (2009), clarified the meaning as a website that you create with links that you manually embed and and only you (the author) can edit and change the webpage. Basically websites fit into two catergories, Static and Dynamic. "Static pages are those on your site that send exactly the same response to every request; dynamic pages can customize the response on the server to offer personalization based on cookies and information it can get from the visitor" (one stop web shop, n.d).
Static websites are great tools for learning as they allow the Learning Manager to create and control a web site specifically designed for the class, allowing the students to explore, investigate, compare and analyse specific content. Learning Managers can control the content and links on the webpage, thus making sure the learning is relevant and that the sources are authentic and reliable. Static websites are considered effective (Dales Cone, 2000) learning experiences as they are direct and purposeful for the students.Static websites are effective and efficent tools for the classroom, as they are simple to set up and there is no concern regarding the safety and validity of the content.
One Stop Web Shop (2009) Dynamic or static webge. Retrieved 15 August, 2009 from, http://www.theonestopwebsiteshop.com/web-design/dynamic-vs-static.htm
Prensky, M. (2001) Digital Natives Digital immigrants. Retrieved July 28, 2009 from http://marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky/Digital_Natives/Digital_Immigrants/Part1.pdf
The Abilene Christian University Adams Centre for Teaching Excellence. (2000) Dale's Cone. Retrieved 28 July, 2009 from, http://www.acu.edu/cte/activelearning/whyuseal2.htm