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Using Weebly to build your Classroom Website

Here’s a follow-up to an earlier Weebly post:

There have been increasing numbers of educators who find that a classroom website is a good way to stay organized.  Here are some basic, very useful functions:

  • Announcements
  • Class Calendar
  • Homework Assignments
  • Supply Lists
  • Pictures
  • Post Student Work
  • Parent Involvement/Volunteer Opportunities
  • Classroom Rules and Policies
  • Links
  • Your Bio and Contact Info

A website is more informative, while a blog, ning or wiki is more interactive because they allow students to contribute.  I actually suggest having both.  But because blogs, nings and wikis require constant maintenance, it’s nice to have a website that is super-easy to build and edit.

I suggest using Weebly for this.  It’s free and extremely user-friendly.

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Here are some classroom websites built on Weebly:

If you have a Weebly website, or plan to get one, please share your URL in the comments!

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Web 2.0 is EVERYWHERE!

The NFL has just come out with a tool for creating your own clip-reel from games and sharing it with others.

So, do you have a student who cares more about sports than his math homework?………

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The future, according to Steve Hargadon

In the few short weeks that I have been exploring the world of ‘Web 2.0-Education 3.0’, I have come to understand that there is one man who definitely knows what’s going on: Steve Hargadon.  Though I have yet to communicate with him, I have been using his blog as a starting point for my daily adventures.  It always seems to lead me somewhere interesting.  Mr. Hargadon not only created Classroom 2.0, but is a virtual Educational Technology guru who seems interested in helping teachers, above all else.

His most recent blog post concerns an upcoming (Wednesday night!) live chat with the creators of PBS’s “Vote 2008” on-line curriculum.  I looked into this website and loved it!  This is a great resource not only for social studies teachers, but also for the tech people on K-12 campuses.

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A basic Web 2.0 toolbox for teachers

I just returned from a few days of vacation, only to find myself trying to catch back up with all of the new websites and applications that I have discovered/been shown in the past few weeks.  It took me some time to find all of these, and even more time to figure out how to best put them to use.  Maybe it would be helpful for me to share the collection with others, with brief descriptions and links.

 

WordPress: Well, you’re already here, which is a good sign that you know what it is.  I highly suggest starting your own blog if you don’t have one because it’s easy, fun, and opens the door to conversation and collaboration.  There are other good, free blogging sites like Blogger, MoveableType, and many more.

Netvibes: This is one of many feed readers, a.k.a. news aggregators or blog managers.  You organize a page where you can keep up with all of the blogs that you read, instead of visiting every single one to see if there have been any new posts.  There are other feed readers, such as Pageflakes and Google Reader, but I like how this one works.

Facebook: Probably the most useful social networking website, especially because of all of the applications that you can run while logged in.

Delicious: A Delicious account allows you to tag, manage and share your web bookmarks.  This is very helpful if you use multiple computers because your bookmarks will now be organized from this website, so that they can be accessed from everywhere.  You can also share bookmarks with other people very easily and see what others are bookmarking.

Wikispaces: A place to put up information, pictures, links, etc, that can be accessed by a specific group of people, such as a class or a group of teachers.  You also have the option of allowing all members to edit the space so that, for example, group pictures can be shared or you can have an open discussion about a classroom topic, and much more.  Forget about group emails!!!  Post new information on your wiki!

Classroom 2.0: A wonderful social networking site for anyone interested in “web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education”.  Discussion topics are organized very clearly, helping to facilitate rich conversations.  

Dropbox:  A really cool tool that allows people to simultaneously work on the same files and share them over the internet.  This would be very useful for teachers who collaborate on lesson plans and other documents. 

Technorati: A site where you can register your blog and find other blogs based on topic and popularity.  It is a very strong and streamlined blog-search-engine with over 100 million blogs registered.

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Good News

Apparently, there will be a new $50 million National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies soon, funded by the Department of Education.  I’ll say it again, the future is looking GOOD.

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Let’s give this a shot

I spent the last four years teaching high school science – biology, physics and anatomy – at an incredible charter school in Houston called YES Prep Public Schools – Southeast campus.  Education is my thing….pushing paper around is not.  So, I find myself on a new adventure, exploring the world of education blogs, education apps, on-line resources for teachers and the social web of people like you and me who believe that the future of education is in OUR hands!   And it looks GOOD. 

My plan is to spend a few hours every day catching up and keeping up with all of you teachers, administrators, bloggers, programmers, and businessmen who have been apart of this education 3.0 movement since day one.   I’m not really up to speed on the latest education buzz – ironically, that tends to happen when you’re an overtaxed teacher.  Now that I’m a devoted web-sleuth and self-appointed opinion columnist,  I want to learn what YOU already know, connect some pieces that might not have found each other yet, and offer my thoughts on the state of education and education technology. 

I can’t imagine reaching a point at which I will say “I’ve seen it all, and here are the answers,” though I hope to make some sense of all of this.  I will be reading and writing about anything and everything education related – Facebook apps, teacher pet peeves, charter schools, standards-based curriculum, service learning, classroom gadgets, pedagogy and more.  I want to boil all of this down for you because you, unlike me, might be spending all of your free time grading and lesson planning….

Let’s give this a shot.

 

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