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PTEC (Parent's and Teacher's Education Community)

Project Overview

The PTEC (Parent's and Teacher's Education Community) project is the beginnings of something extensive I want to create and have running by late 2006. The idea for this project came from a strong desire to work specifically on educational projects targeting small private schools, home schoolers and parents. My desire is to be able to provide affordable and competitive software and other educational multimedia to those who cannot afford to buy from some of the larger more expensive companies. I also want to offer custom made multimedia products that can fufill specific educational needs that are otherwise not being met. The PTEC site is an educational community that will grow and expand over the years to come.

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Planned Features
  • Secure Member registration
  • Searchable Member Directory, to include contact info, bio’s and image upload
  • Discussion Forums
  • Educational Resource links and descriptions
  • Product resource links andproduct reviews
  • Lesson and program demonstrations
  • Request form for custom made lessons and programs
  • Education related Articles and Article reviews
  • Searchable Article archives
  • Constant Product and Demo additions
  • Virtual Store for purchasing software and other programs

How the Database works

A database-driven approach to website design refers to the use of a database for storing the web site’s content. It entails the seperation of a site’s content (text and images) from its design (the look and feel of the site and its navigation). When a site visitor requests a page by clicking a link, a script runs and fills a design template with the requested information that it pulls from the database. Databases are built for searching. One of the primary benefits of a database is the advanced searching that it enables. It is significantly faster to search through a thousand database records than a thousand HTML pages. Since the site’s content is broken up into logical data fields within the database, site visitors can search for very specific content. For example, the visitor could ask for all of the articles in a database that have an author named “Jack,” a title containing the words “past” and “history,” and were published in 2005. Databases can also allow a site visitor to create their own automated search agent that can email them results on a regular schedule. A great example of this is a real-estate site that emails the visitor weekly all of the new listings that fit their specific criteria.

This project can benefit from the use of a database in many ways. The project will start out with a simple database that will store member information. As the site expands the database will include a product catalogue, product reviews, resource links and descriptions articles.