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Meredith Martin
mmartin@mantuaschools.com
@geekyteach
1.
Smore.com is a
great tool for
creating simple
websites or
newsletters.
2.
First, you'll
need to set up
an account.
Clic...
3.
Next, choose a template. You
can always make changes to it
later. The Class template is a
good starting point.
Give you...
Add your content! You can
format it just like a word
processor.
You can add other content
at any time. There are a
variety...
On the right hand menu,
customize your page by
changing the background,
colors, and fonts.
7.
8.
Once you have told Smore
...
10.
Under Flyer
Settings you
can choose
the elements
you want on
your page,
and your
privacy
settings.
If you are using
Sm...
1.
In your email
account, click on
Sites in the black
bar across the
top.
2.
On the Sites
page, you will
click the red
cre...
3.
4.
This brings
you to the
site setup
page. Stick
with the Blank
Template.
Give your site a
name, and also
choose a simp...
5.
6.
You will now
be at the
home page
of your new
website!
On the right hand side
are your editing
controls. To edit your...
7.
8.
At the top of
your page,
you will now
have your
editing tools,
just like a
regular word
processor.
The Insert menu h...
9.
Clicking the new page button
opens up the new page menu.
Give your new page a name,
and be sure to put it under
HOME.
N...
10.
The MORE button at the top
of your page gives you
access to more settings.
From here, you can select
Manage Site to ma...
11.
12.
On the
Manage SIte
page, go to
Sharing and
Permissions.
This gives you
the link you
can share
with parents.
You wi...
1.
Weebly.com is
another great
free website
host!
2.
To get
started, enter
your name,
email,, and
choose a
password.
3.
4.
Select a
theme from
their many
choices. You
can always
change your
theme later
on.
Select a URL for
your new site. T...
5.
6.
You now have the option to
plan out your site, or jump
right into building it.
The site planner walks
you through th...
7.
8.
Once you
begin to
build, you are
taken to your
site editor.
There are a ton
of items you
can add to your
site just b...
9.
10.
Simple text
editors are
available for
all text input
options
You can also choose
an element with an
image and uploa...
11.
12.
In the top
right corner
are your
social icons.
You can fill in
your info if
you want, or
remove
individual
items.
...
13.
14.
Under the
Pages menu,
you can add
new pages or
change
settings for
existing
pages.
You have several
choices for pa...
15.
16.
On the right
hand side of
the Pages
menu, you can
set your
layout and
other page
settings.
Under the settings tab,...
You can also view and
optimize your site for
mobile devices such as
phones and tablets.
17.
18.
Mobile device view lets yo...
19.
20.
When you are
finished your
changes and
ready to
make your
site live,
click on
PUBLISH.
Your site is now live
and v...
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Creating Classroom Websites

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Handbook for my workshop on creating classroom websites using Smore, Google Sites, and Weebly. 2013-14 School Year.

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Creating Classroom Websites

  1. 1. Meredith Martin mmartin@mantuaschools.com @geekyteach
  2. 2. 1. Smore.com is a great tool for creating simple websites or newsletters. 2. First, you'll need to set up an account. Click the orange TRY IT NOW button and fill in your information.
  3. 3. 3. Next, choose a template. You can always make changes to it later. The Class template is a good starting point. Give your page a title. 4.
  4. 4. Add your content! You can format it just like a word processor. You can add other content at any time. There are a variety of options to choose from. 6. 5.
  5. 5. On the right hand menu, customize your page by changing the background, colors, and fonts. 7. 8. Once you have told Smore that you are finished, you have a few options. Link to page is the web address for this page. Flyer settings has some more options before you finish up.
  6. 6. 10. Under Flyer Settings you can choose the elements you want on your page, and your privacy settings. If you are using Smore for classroom newsletters, you can click on Your Flyers on the menu bar at the top to get the link to a page showing all of your flyers. 9.
  7. 7. 1. In your email account, click on Sites in the black bar across the top. 2. On the Sites page, you will click the red create button to begin.
  8. 8. 3. 4. This brings you to the site setup page. Stick with the Blank Template. Give your site a name, and also choose a simple URL. You can change these later if you decide to use something different. Click Create!
  9. 9. 5. 6. You will now be at the home page of your new website! On the right hand side are your editing controls. To edit your home page, click the pencil button.
  10. 10. 7. 8. At the top of your page, you will now have your editing tools, just like a regular word processor. The Insert menu has many options. Insert images, documents, maps, and more! Click Save when you are done!
  11. 11. 9. Clicking the new page button opens up the new page menu. Give your new page a name, and be sure to put it under HOME. New Page Button
  12. 12. 10. The MORE button at the top of your page gives you access to more settings. From here, you can select Manage Site to make site wide changes.
  13. 13. 11. 12. On the Manage SIte page, go to Sharing and Permissions. This gives you the link you can share with parents. You will want to make your site Public on the Web so that it is viewable outside of our domain.
  14. 14. 1. Weebly.com is another great free website host! 2. To get started, enter your name, email,, and choose a password.
  15. 15. 3. 4. Select a theme from their many choices. You can always change your theme later on. Select a URL for your new site. This is the web address you will share with parents and students.
  16. 16. 5. 6. You now have the option to plan out your site, or jump right into building it. The site planner walks you through the steps of planning and designing your site. If you already know the basics of what you want, you can skip this step and go right to Build My Site.
  17. 17. 7. 8. Once you begin to build, you are taken to your site editor. There are a ton of items you can add to your site just by dragging and dropping.
  18. 18. 9. 10. Simple text editors are available for all text input options You can also choose an element with an image and upload your picture from your computer.
  19. 19. 11. 12. In the top right corner are your social icons. You can fill in your info if you want, or remove individual items. Clicking on Design at the top of your window opens your site design options where you can change colors, fonts, and themes.
  20. 20. 13. 14. Under the Pages menu, you can add new pages or change settings for existing pages. You have several choices for page types.
  21. 21. 15. 16. On the right hand side of the Pages menu, you can set your layout and other page settings. Under the settings tab, you can make changes to your site name and url. Please note: Once you share your URL with parents, do not change it.
  22. 22. You can also view and optimize your site for mobile devices such as phones and tablets. 17. 18. Mobile device view lets you change your settings for when you site is viewed on a phone or tablet device. It also shows the differences between the look on an Android or Apple device.
  23. 23. 19. 20. When you are finished your changes and ready to make your site live, click on PUBLISH. Your site is now live and viewable online. The address in blue is your website address. You can ignore the custom domain options as those cost money.

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