Do you need to have an online presence as a teacher? This is where the world is headed. Why should teachers not have a website?
When asked about which technology tools would be a good investment to drive student achievement, only 20 percent of parents identified collaboration tools (such as blogs, social networking sites, wikis, etc.) and only one-third selected communications tools (such as email, IM and text messaging). Yet, the highest ranked technology for investment in the parents ’ perspective was a school website or portal with 60 percent of the parents selecting it as their top choice for driving student achievement.
Homesick: l et him (and others like him) know what the current homework assignment Distant relations. Your students have relatives all over Friends from all over. Connecting with classrooms from around the world is a great way for your students to learn about far away lands and kids from other countries. Reading and Writing and ... A classroom web page gives your students an opportunity to write stories and opinions Parents and Guardians. Is there an important letter going home? A field trip next week? Perhaps you are currently seeking parent volunteers to help out with that art project next month. Events. A web page is a great way to publicize what it is that you are up to -- and why. Links . Did your students find any information on the Internet? Well great! List the links and archive them on a classroom website. It'll come in handy next year. Feedback. A web page lets people from all over see what your students have accomplished and send comments and questions instantly Show and Tell. Strut your stuff! If your students have just finished creating a classroom mural that is, well, magnificent, wouldn't it be a shame to keep that from the rest of the world? Let folks know about it! Memories . Teachers see so many faces coming in and out of their classrooms. Wouldn't it be lovely to keep a visual record of all the wonderful things your students said, did and learned throughout the year? Oh wait ... you can. A classroom web page.
Keep It Simple! Ask students “what is the most simple and useful website of the world?”. Answer: Google But there are a lot more
Keep it professional Google Sites will take care of most of this for you, but… DESIGN a lot has been said about it. This is where it gets tricky: It ’s about your design sensibility – your sense of aesthetics It cannot be taught AND you are NOT a graphic designer or a web designer So here are a few things to keep in mind: Visually appealing Creative and original Clear page goals Easy to access and use Technically sound (no broken links, ‘under construction’ etc.) Provide clear and simple headlines and page titles. Avoid page elements that move constantly. Do not include sounds that play automatically. Minimize scrolling. Never expect users to scroll more than three screen lengths. Keep paragraphs short and page sizes small. Limit image sizes to fewer than 20k each. Avoid overly-busy or multi-colored backgrounds. Leave lots of white space. Limit animations. Use the same font throughout. Stick to universal fonts. Maintain the site and update it regularly.
A website or web site is the same thing as a web page.
True or False
Terms are often used interchangeably
Website is actually a collection of webpages
In W200, one of the big projects is creating a teacher website.
As a teacher, why do you need a website?
Let ’s see why…
U.S. STUDENTS TODAY Source: Speak Up 2009 Report: Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up About Their Vision For 21 st Learning Students are “free agent” learner using technology tools on their own for learning
PARENTS OF STUDENTS TODAY … Still not convinced?