Step One- Admit You Would Like A Website</br>Admit it. You’ve thought about it. You have kicked around the idea of a simple class web page for the purpose of showing off the exciting things you do to the world. You thought it would help bridge the school to home gap if you could post images from the classroom online. You have considered the benefits of a class web page and just aren’t sure where to start.Step Two- Decide On The PurposeIs it going to be strictly announcements? Are you going to be posting student work? Will you be using it as a teaching tool with instructional links? Whatever your purpose is, the more clearly that you can define your initial objectives, the easier it will be. It is helpful to look at other classroom sites to get ideas.Step Three- Where Will You Publish?There are dozens and dozens of free web page builders available. For the best looking result with the least amount of specialized training you are going to be better off using one of these services:Wikispaceshttp://wikispaces.comWikis are simple web pages that are easy for everyone, not just technical users. We provide an intuitive interface, a simple visual editor, and a focus on community collaboration for education. (For our class we will be using wikispaces).Weebly http://weebly.comA simple drag and drop interface, this is the service I used to use and have found it to be reliable and easy. I enjoyed the ability to use their templates but modify with my own banner and the ability to have a blog page as well. Weebly is great, but it isn’t perfect. I recently switched to WordPress due to the fact that Weebly just doesn’t work well within the school district. This will likely be fixed soon, and in the meantime if you do most of your editing at home, this is a good option.These are just 2 simple basic web pages to use collaboratively.
Step Four-Get To WorkBuild your account with the service you chose and start making pages. Have a colleague proofread copy and make sure you have photo release forms on students. Make a note of the web address assigned to you, you’ll need this for telling people about your site.Step Five- Publicize Your Site and Keep It FreshOnce your site looks good, has been proof read and is up online, you are ready to get the word out. Add the URL, or web address, to your email signature and print it on your class newsletter and notes that go home.If you want the visitors to return more than once, be sure to keep the content fresh. Build some time in to your weekly routine to add pictures, announcements or content to keep your visitors returning.
Happy web publishing and be sure to send me the links to any class page you build, I can’t wait to see them!
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Information adopted fromTabTalk14 Ways to Improve Your WebsiteWikispaces News