6 years later I feel that having a classroom website is as important as ever. With student connected at home and often times searching for things to do online- why not give them a push in the right direction. I love that I can share a game or activity that we did during the day and then students are so excited to share with their parents- while practicing and reinforcing what was learned.
I am in love with Google Sites. It is super simple to create, share, and integrate Google Tools into the site. I love that you can embed your classroom calendar and that students and parents can download the calendar to their phone. I love that the ability to embed Picasa slideshows and being able to snap pictures and load them to the site automatically. I know that there are other programs out there, but Google Sites has my heart.
Deciding what to put on a classroom site is often times half of the battle of getting something up and running. To help with this, I have created a Classroom Website Planning Guide- This guide has many different ideas and questions to help get the ideas flowing. Take a look- and please give me any feedback that you may have, especially if something needs to be added!
If you plan to use Google Sites, here is my site that I use in many of my trainings. Below is links from Google's Training Center for each section of Google Sites.
Chapter 1- Introduction to Google Sites
Chapter 2- Create, Customize, and Format a Site
Chapter 3- Choose Page Types
Chapter 4- Manage Pages in a SiteChapter 5- Embed documents, gadgets, media, and other Google tools
Chapter 6- Share, Publish and Protect a Site
Chapter 7- Use Sites to Manage your Class
Chapter 8- Gadget Gallery and Development
You know what the saying is, once you go Google, you won't go back! I sincerely hope you give a classroom website a try!
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