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Extreme Makeover: Classroom Website Edition

  1. 1. Extreme Makeover: Classroom Website Edition CUE Conference 2011 Brent Coley Tovashal Elementary School | Murrieta Valley USD www.mrcoley.com (Classroom Website) www.brentcoley (Blog) brent@mrcoley.com
  2. 2. It’s been said that everyone has a twin…
  3. 3. Pull out your cell phones…
  4. 4. Text Coley to 50500 and a link to online resources from my session will be sent to your cell phone.
  5. 5. www.mrcoley.com/cue Text Coley to 50500
  6. 6. contxts.com
  7. 7. Without why, how is irrelevant.
  8. 8. What we’ll cover today: • Website creation options • General tips and suggestions for your website • 10 ideas for taking your classroom website to the next level • One bonus idea…
  9. 9. Website Creation Options: • Weebly – Free • TeacherWeb – $39/year (free one-month trial) • Google Sites – Free • Posterous – Free • Wix – Free
  10. 10. General Tips & Suggestions • Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are good websites.
  11. 11. General Tips & Suggestions • Search the Web for quality examples of classroom websites.
  12. 12. General Tips & Suggestions • Know your limits.
  13. 13. General Tips & Suggestions • Keep it current. Arrggh! This information is three months old!
  14. 14. General Tips & Suggestions • Give credit where credit is due. Stealing
  15. 15. General Tips & Suggestions • Don’t put too much on a single page.
  16. 16. General Tips & Suggestions • Be cautious of flashy effects (e.g. background music, cursor trails) “World’s Worst Website”
  17. 17. General Tips & Suggestions • Brand your site by purchasing a domain name. www.websitename.com www.mrsraines.com www.rainesmath.com
  18. 18. 10 Ideas for Taking your Classroom Website to the Next Level
  19. 19. Good classroom websites do two things: 1. Provide visitors with valuable information/ resources 2. Give visitors a reason to come back
  20. 20. The Big Question: “How can I give my visitors a reason to come back?” • New/changing content • Interactivity • Student content
  21. 21. Idea #1 Student Clubs/Contests • Mastery Club • Cranium Commanders • Club Ed • Weekly Homophone Challenge
  22. 22. Idea #2 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Audio • Website greeting • Project instructions • Podcasts
  23. 23. Bonus Idea Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Audio Sub Plans 2. Audio Example
  24. 24. Idea #3 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Video/Animation 2. Audio • Classroom preview • Site guided-tour • Tutorial Videos – (Ex. 1 / Ex. 2) • TeacherTube • Animoto – (Ex. 1 / Ex. 2) • Voki (Ex. 1 / Ex. 2) • Slideshows • Flippable PDFs
  25. 25. My inspiration…
  26. 26. Idea #3 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Video/Animation 2. Audio • Classroom preview • Site guided-tour • Tutorial Videos – (Ex. 1 / Ex. 2) • TeacherTube • Animoto – (Ex. 1 / Ex. 2) • Voki (Ex. 1 / Ex. 2) • Slideshows • Flippable PDFs
  27. 27. Idea #3 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Video/Animation 2. Audio
  28. 28. Idea #4 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Web Polls 2. Audio 3. Video/Animation • mrcoley.com • mrgann.com • TeachingVision.org
  29. 29. Idea #5 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Widgets 2. Audio 3. Video/Animation 4. Web Polls • BrainPop Featured Movie • Word of the Day • Surf the Net for Kids • Shelfari • Weather
  30. 30. Idea #6 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Blogs 2. Audio 3. Video/Animation 4. Web Polls 5. Widgets • The Daily Blog • The Room 34 Book Blog • Room 4 Blog Spot • Mr. Boyer’s Classroom Blog
  31. 31. Idea #7 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Student Work 2. Audio 3. Video/Animation 4. Web Polls 5. Widgets 6. Blogs • Mrs. Smith’s Student Showcase • mrcoley.com SimpleViewer
  32. 32. Idea #8 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Wordle 2. Audio 3. Video/Animation 4. Web Polls 5. Widgets 6. Blogs 7. Student Work • Student names • Content vocabulary • Student of the Week • Text from famous speeches • mrcoley.com • Room 4
  33. 33. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
  34. 34. Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” Speech
  35. 35. Idea #8 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Alternatives to Wordle 2. Audio 3. Video/Animation 4. Web Polls 5. Widgets • ABCya! 6. Blogs 7. Student Work • Tagul • WordItOut • TagCrowd • ImageChef
  36. 36. Idea #9 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Site Statistics 2. Audio 3. Video/Animation 4. Web Polls 5. Widgets 6. Blogs • Speaking of History 7. Student Work 8. Wordle • mrcoley.com • Ms. Jasztal
  37. 37. Idea #10 Ideas: 1. Student Clubs/ Contests Twitter 2. Audio 3. Video/Animation 4. Web Polls 5. Widgets 6. Blogs Publicize your site by 7. Student Work 8. Wordle tweeting. 9. Site Statistics
  38. 38. Online Resources • Web Links www.mrcoley.com/cue • Examples of Classroom Websites • Printer-friendly Handout • Online Session Evaluation Don’t forget to complete an evaluation!
  39. 39. Session Evaluation Scan this code with your smartphone and complete the evaluation now!
  40. 40. Contact Information Brent Coley Website: www.mrcoley.com Blog: www.brentcoley.com Email: brent@mrcoley.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/brentcoley

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