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Build a Class Website & Create a Digital Identity - 070813

  1. 1. Chris Casal Technology Coordinator/Teacher P. S. 10 Brooklyn (15K010) ccasal@ps10.org Twitter: @mr_casal Build a Class Website & Create a Class Identity Simple K12.com webinar - 7/8/13 Monday, July 8, 13
  2. 2. Class Identity Room Grade Teacher Roster But isn’t it more than just that? How do you share, showcase & engage “more” in 2013? Monday, July 8, 13
  3. 3. Class Website Identity & community around something 24/7 Parents, students & teacher engaged Posting information, assignments, updates engages the teacher The opportunity to feel involved or “in touch” engages the parents Resources & work posted takes the class beyond the room and engages the students Monday, July 8, 13
  4. 4. Why a web identity? We live in a time of tweeting, email, smartphones, texting, blogging... Imperative to keep current with technology Keeping up with our students while helping them keep pace with technology Working in a modern environment other than the classroom Take your classroom beyond the walls in a definitive way Monday, July 8, 13
  5. 5. What would I use it for? Possibilities limited only by desire & commitment single page to full site general information to detailed information online writing assignments blogs, shared documents, collaborative page resources, how-to’s, rubrics, lessons, study guides Monday, July 8, 13
  6. 6. Options Countless applications for building a website Some are free, some cost $$$ Some are web-based - everything done via a browser Wikispaces, Google Sites, Blogger, Wordpress, Weebly, Wix, etc Some are software based - create on PC, upload to server Dreamweaver, iWeb, etc Monday, July 8, 13
  7. 7. What is a wiki? Wikipedia is the most famous Wiki is a style & platform, not a brand is a website whose users can add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used collaboratively by multiple users. (yes, I took that from Wikipedia) Monday, July 8, 13
  8. 8. Background Context I’m ridiculous I have active sites on Google Sites - mrcasal.com Blogger - mrcasal.blogspot.com & thecasalos.blogpsot.com Wordpress - mrcasal.wordpress.com Wikispaces - mrcasal.wikispaces.com & ps10ipads.wikispaces.com ...I spend a lot of time playing with platforms... Monday, July 8, 13
  9. 9. Why Wikispaces? Free Web-based Simplicity of use easy to sign up, set up, use & improve Ability to easily integrate sources such as Google Ability to create student accounts for access without email & create “social” platform Monday, July 8, 13
  10. 10. http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers Monday, July 8, 13
  11. 11. Editing is a easy Monday, July 8, 13
  12. 12. Add elements Monday, July 8, 13
  13. 13. Great site management Monday, July 8, 13
  14. 14. Add users Custom names No need for email Teacher control/management Allow students to edit & contribute Monday, July 8, 13
  15. 15. Adding users Monday, July 8, 13
  16. 16. “Classroom” look Monday, July 8, 13
  17. 17. Create “teams” & “projects” Monday, July 8, 13
  18. 18. Assess Monday, July 8, 13
  19. 19. Lets build one... http://simplek12webinar.wikispaces.com/ Monday, July 8, 13
  20. 20. It’s just that easy... a Hawaiian word meaning "fast" or "quick" For the history buffs: http://c2.com/doc/etymology.html Monday, July 8, 13
  21. 21. My colleagues* http://www.ps10.org/about/staff-directory A selection: http://ps10class5405.wikispaces.com/ https://ps10mrsthomas.wikispaces.com/ http://ps10class407.wikispaces.com/ http://msmorrisonps10.wikispaces.com/ Private - http://mskertesz.wikispaces.com *All of these sites are school specific and do not accept memberships from individuals outside our school community - feel free to view, but please do not request membership Monday, July 8, 13
  22. 22. Summary Imperative to have a professional/class on-line space Connect & engage Plenty of free platforms Wikispaces provides a wide range of options & support, geared toward education & is very easy to use Monday, July 8, 13
  23. 23. Contact Christopher M. Casal Technology Teacher/Coordinator P. S. 10 (15K010) Email: ccasal@ps10.org Twitter: @mr_casal Diigo: mrcasal ps10ipads.wikispaces.com www.mrcasal.com Monday, July 8, 13

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