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In this new series, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows you how to stay up to date with the latest educational technology and classroom management techniques. Each week, he'll introduce you to a new tip you can use to be more efficient, and increase student achievement. Aaron covers concepts like the flipped classroom, Common Core Standards, and the role of social media in education. The series also covers a variety of productivity apps, learning management systems, and other technologies, using a project-based approach that simulates the real K–12 or university classroom environment. Check back often for new tutorials, every Monday with Teacher Tips.
Hello, educators, and welcome to another week of teacher tips. This week, we're going to discuss creating classroom websites and look at three platforms that will allow you to create a free classroom website. Here in my browser is a quick peak at the systems we will be reviewing this week. Weebley, Edublogs, and WordPress.com. Now some of you may use a learning management system, like blackboard or canvas. But just because your course is online, doesn't mean you should rule out the idea of using a classroom website. While your learning management system is a great way to organize class content, there are some limitations to what kind of content you can present.
So before we review these platforms, let's look at some reasons and ideas why a classroom website might be beneficial to you and your students. First, and always first, it's about the students. A classroom website for students can be a place to get homework or lessons and even resources. With students that are absent or sick this can be a tremendous resource for them so they can stay current with class content. Its also a digital bulletin board, so when students have excellent work you can post it to a classroom website and they can show their parents the work at home. For the parents themselves classroom websites are logistics, their field trip permission slips and test dates, their parent teacher conference dates, you could even have a sign up sheet on your website for parent teacher conference times and there're also contact information for how parents can get a hold of you.
Now a classroom website can also be for yourself. A lot of educators have a classroom blog. A blog, which is short for weblog, is your opportunity to share with the world the things that you're doing in your classroom. You can also reflect on lessons that you've taught, this way your classroom website also becomes for other educators. The things that you do in your classroom and that you post to your website can inspire another teacher, or they can also help create dialogue that raises the bar for the rest of education. Simply posting on a website the great things you do in your classroom.
Is inspiration for other educators around the nation. In the next video, we're going to go ahead and dive into the ins and outs of these three platforms so you can make a decision that's right for you and your classroom.
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