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Selecting a website platform

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If you've never built a website, but would like to create a classroom And finally, WordPress is for websites that are focused on blogging.

Selecting a website platform

If you've never built a website, but would like to create a classroom website in just a few minutes, then wordpress.com is a great place to start. Wordpress.com, first and foremost, is free. So without having to pay a cent, you can go ahead and create a classroom website and figure out if WordPress is for you. Then in the future, if you decide that you'd like to continue to use WordPress, there are some advanced options that you can choose to purchase. You don't need to purchase these options, and many classroom websites use wordpress.com without paying a penny. There's also a huge community of WordPress users.

This is great if you're a novice. If you have a question, the likelihood is, someone else has had that question prior, they've asked it in a forum or discussion board, and other users have commented on it. That way you can quickly find the answers to questions you have about how to use wordpress.com. There's also thousands of themes and templates that you can apply to your particular website. As an educator, this saves us time. We don't want to go through and select every single color and where all the menus should go. People have done this for us and we can take their professionally designed themes and apply them to our clashing websites.

And you'll also be learning a system that powers millions of websites around the world. And that way, if you want to take your skills of creating a classroom website and create a website for yourself, you'll already have the skill to do that. In addition to using wordpress.com, because WordPress is open source, you can always download your own copy of WordPress and host it on your own server. This will allow you to have complete customization of how WordPress works. This is a more advanced way to use WordPress, and if you're interested in learning more about that, I highly recommend you check out the WordPress Essential Training in the lynda.com library.

And finally, WordPress is for websites that are focused on blogging. They have a lot of powerful features to allow you to blog, share your blog, and connect with other blogs around the web. The next website platform we're going to take a look at is Edublogs. Edublogs is very similar to WordPress. In fact, it's actually using WordPress on the back end. With Edublogs, however, you'll be creating a blog or a classroom website that's specifically for teachers and students. When we look at the benefits of Edublogs, they're very similar to WordPress. First and foremost, it's free, but you also have the opportunity to purchase advanced options.

You also join a community of educators. This means that working with Edublogs means you're not just limited to creating your website, but you can also look at and get resources and ideas from other educator websites in the edublogs community. There's also hundreds of classroom ready themes. With wordpress.com you need to sort through a variety of themes to find the one that works for you. At Edublogs, all of the themes are automatically designed with an education feel. And Edublogs is also the largest collection of classroom blogs on the internet. The last platform we're going to look at today is probably the most unique of the three, and that's Weebly.

Weebly allows you to create a drag and drop website. For example, here's a website I created for Mr. Quigley's science class. All of these elements can be edited simply by hovering on what they're going to look like in the web page and then choosing how to change them. This is slightly different from Edublogs or WordPress.com where you're going to write content in one portion of the website and then preview what it's going to appear like in the final product. The same as Edublogs and wordpress.com, Weebly is free, and there's advanced options that you can purchase. Once again, it's that drag and drop graphic creation interface.

If you're more of a visual learner, and more art minded, then Weebly might be the correct choice for you in your classroom. It also gives you complete control over the look and style of the webpages. Where wordpress.com and Edublogs you're stuck using a particlar theme, and you must apply that theme to every single page, at Weebly you can change the look of individual pages. And it also has a lot of interactive features you can easily add. This way, you can create very quick classroom polls as well as interactive elements in your websites for your students to engage with your content at a deeper level. I hope you enjoy exploring these three platforms and you find one that's perfect for you and your students.

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  1. 7m 59s
    1. New This Week - National Geographic GeoTour NEW
      7m 59s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  8. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  9. 12m 50s
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  11. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  16. 18m 8s
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  23. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s
  42. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  43. 2m 55s
    1. Real-world learning in the classroom
      2m 55s
  44. 6m 49s
    1. Formative assessments with Pear Deck
      6m 49s
  45. 5m 4s
    1. Increasing student collaboration with Flipgrid
      5m 4s
  46. 8m 15s
    1. Managing electronic assignments
      4m 10s
    2. Turning in assignments
      4m 5s
  47. 3m 29s
    1. Google's new free LMS
      3m 29s
  48. 5m 24s
    1. Using Trello for classroom project management
      5m 24s
  49. 13m 40s
    1. Creating interactive cloud-based lessons
      3m 3s
    2. Creating Classflow lessons
      5m 41s
    3. Presenting Classflow lessons
      4m 56s
  50. 2m 27s
    1. Students creating electronic prototypes
      2m 27s
  51. 7m 17s
    1. Creating interactive video lessons
      7m 17s
  52. 3m 58s
    1. Creating collaborative art space
      3m 58s
  53. 8m 30s
    1. Showcase learning with infographics
      8m 30s
  54. 5m 54s
    1. Tracking individual student learning
      5m 54s
  55. 5m 6s
    1. Taking class polls to check for understanding
      5m 6s
  56. 4m 56s
    1. Turn down time into learning time
      4m 56s
  57. 4m 37s
    1. Student math mastery and learning tool
      4m 37s

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