Why spend an hour of my time to create a classroom website, you say? Communication, communication, communication….
Having your own class website has been a game changer in home-to-school communications, and that in our opinion, is the best reason for a teacher to create one. This Fabulous – homecoming – Friday why not take an hour and spice up your classroom website!
Did you know that 80% of the world’s population now has a mobile phone? And did you also know that there are over 91.4 million Smartphones in the U.S. alone? If you think no one will see your site, you’re wrong. Our own CCPS Facebook page reaches over 1,000 people each week, and we occasionally top 2,000!
We, as a division, have access to SharePoint and it is a wonderful resource to house documents and for your students to communicate. But, if you’re looking for another option, let me introduce you to Weebly. Weebly allows an unlimited number of pages for your website….for free!
- Easily create a classroom website & blog
- Manage your students’ accounts
- Accept homework assignments online
- Keep your parents up to date
- Post announcements and school information
These are not the only great reasons…a classroom website is good for the environment. Instead of printing off extra copies of school supply lists, welcome letters, and practice resources for students you can put them on your site for easy and immediate access by your parents.
Check out these two websites created by teachers in our own division.
If you’re ready to get started and need some support, Weebly has got you covered. Click here for The Beginner’s Guide to Weebly. You’ll have a site up and going before the weekend! P.S. Don’t forget to update your link on your school’s homepage. If you already have a Weebly account and want to merge it over to an education one, just sign in here using your normal information and it will prompt you to make the switch.
Want to hear a teacher’s thoughts about creating a classroom website? You never know what the benefits will be:
“While I thought the site would be a great tool to keep parents in the know, I never realized how far reaching the effects would be. As I’ve stated before, I teach in a very diverse area. Shortly after school began in 2011, my first year with my new website, I noticed hits coming from India, Germany, Japan, and Alaska — all places where grandparents lived. In April, I received an email from an uncle of one of my students. He told me that he had to move to India for work two years earlier, and thanks to my website, where he could look at photos and watch videos of the 3rd grade music performance and field trips, he felt as if he were able to be a part of his nephew’s life. I had no idea my website would be a way for distant relatives to feel connected to the children in their lives, but it definitely was an unexpected benefit.
Another benefit? Because I am able to upload most of our weekly homework, students know they can no longer tell me they lost their homework or forgot to bring it home. I just say, ‘It was on the website.'” -Genia Connell