Classroom Webpages

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  1. Lovetoteachkids

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    Does anyone have a personal classroom website to share or a recommendation of the best website to go through to create my own? If you have one, has it been a successful communication tool for you throughout the year? Is it easy to maintain? I don't mind paying a small yearly fee to set it up. Just trying to get some ideas going. Thanks:) (Jumping the gun a little as I don't have my own classroom right now...but I want to get some more specific ideas before my next interview.)
     
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    Our school uses Edline. I have an individualized web page for each of my classes. I use it to post grades, extra copies of handouts and worksheets, make important announcements, and communicate with parents and students.

    Unfortunately, I realized soon after the first report cards went out that most parents and students weren't checking Edline on any sort of regular basis (or at all, in some cases). If they had been checking it, they would have seen that the kid was carrying a solid F all quarter. Since they had not been checking it, they were shocked, SHOCKED!, to discover the truth.

    Furthermore, I use Edline exclusively for absence homework notification. When a student is absent, he or she is supposed to check Edline, where they can see any missing assignments on their grade report and print any handouts that they missed. If they don't take care of this in a timely manner, then it's too bad for them and they get a zero.

    I teach in high school, so I expect my students to maintain a certain degree of accountability when it comes to their grades. If I post grades online every week (and I do), then there's no excuse for a student not knowing where he or she stands.

    I'm a marshmallow about a lot of things, but not about this.
     
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    i have not tried it but I understand that Weekly Reader will host a classroom website for you, I think it is free. I just got a job, and that was going to be one of my questions!!!!
     
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    Has anyone used school notes? A school I interviewed at said they used school notes and I was wondering how it worked and if it was easy to use?
     
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    Our school district uses NetStart. They chose to have us all use one service so that the parents would feel comfortable with the layout regardless of the teacher or building.

    The program gives you some freedom. You can design a page for links, downloads and forms. You aren't limited on the amount of pages you have.

    Mine is bare right now because of summer, but here it is if you want to see it.

    http://classroom.kleinisd.net/webs/sfowler1
     
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    I have a question to all of you that have websites from your school. Are you able to access your webpages from home over the summer?

    I'm a new first year teacher and I can "visit" my website from my school at home but I would love to be able to create the pages now when I have the time instead of during the school year when I know I will be super busy. I've emailed my principal about this but I have not gotten a response (she may be on vacation). Do you think I should email the tech person for our district?

    Thank you for any help or ideas!
     
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    I would e-mail the tech person. I think it could depend on what program you use to create it. I create mine in Microsoft Front Page, so I actually do all of my creating from home. Then, I publish it to the school's server.
     
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    I would email the tech person, too. We can access our pages from home.
     
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    This year will be my first year teaching. I set up a website through www.classconnection.org. It's pretty easy to use and navigate through. I really like it so far. Here is my site: www.classconnection.org/misswagner

    If you go to the main site, there are three demo sites as well.
     
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    kdw1913, you can see you get what you pay for...your site is one of the nicest I have seen-really. Too bad it isn't free!
     
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    kdw...I LOVE your sight! It looks great. You said it was easy to use, was it easy to set up as well?
     
  14. Lovetoteachkids

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    Mable, your website is so cute too. How much is it? $10/month is a lot for me right now (classconnection.com)
     
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    I started out with homestead which was free and then they started to charge. Then I moved to geocities which was free and still is, but the bandwidth was limited and the kids couldn't get in all the time, so I went with their $6 a month. Then I moved up to the $12 a month plan. I get scads of space with that. I'm not even using 20%. I've got lots of hidden stuff. I've got personal pages. My Business pages. Backups of my school pages. Pages I'm making for clients. The $12 is pricey, but there are other plans for yahoo and it is a hobby/side business for me.

    Here's their webhosting page if anyone is interested in using them. http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/business_services/

    My sites are linked through my name. The web design link is just a main page -- that's a new link and just coming together
     
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    Your site looks awesome! I loved how you explained the Million Words assignment so I copied it. I hope you don't mind! We are also using Glencoe this year and I teach 7th grade.

    Here is a link to my classroom blog. Right now it is just a bunch of links, but I thought, teaching math in the same grade, you might find some of these to be helpful. A lot of my students and their parents do not have internet access so it wouldn't be worth it to pay for a service.
     
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    I use teacherweb. It is $25 for the year, I think. Very easy to set up and use--just click and type. They have tons of backgrounds, borders, clipart, font, etc. for you to use.
    Parents love that they can access info--homework, grades, class schedule, calendar, etc.
    I am very happy with it.
     
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    Forgot to mention that scholastic will do a free one for you.
     
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    I use teacherweb too. It's very easy, and very affordable. It's less than $30 a year.
     
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    Here is the link to the teacher that I did my student teaching under. Her website is awesome...which goes right a long with her as a teacher. I learned so much from her and her website. I really wanted the job I interviewed for at this school because it was just such a great experience. Check it out if you want.

    http://www.graves.k12.ky.us/schools/wingo/aelliott/index.htm
     
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    BTW I know that she used Microsoft frontpage to do and maintain her site. She had it on her home computer so she updated it a home a lot too.
     
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    Ok Listen
    I am so excited that I was able to make a website in about 20-30 minutes for 2 DOLLARS a month.
    I found it on this forum and contactd the member and look at mine

    http://www.classconnection.org/MrsLucente

    now I don't have my own classroom yet but I am using this as another way to showcase myself in technology.

    I sent this to a school a few days after my second interview and withing a few days later

    I truely recomend trying this out.

    lori
     
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    Your website looks great! Judging by your site you should have no trouble at all finding a job...everything looks great.
     
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    Lori,

    I think that you found an awesome way to use that website. It definitely shows that you can adn will use technology in the classroom and shows lots about you. Good luck in finding a position.
     
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    Paperheart,

    Thanks for sharing your classroom blog. I really like some of the links. I will definitely be using some of them. How do you like the new Glencoe book? This will be my first year teaching, but I like the format!
     
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    HI paperheart,
    I love your blog I was on it for a half hour watching your video's (lol)
    Is that a free service?, I have never done much with blogs, is it easy to use???
     
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    I made mine with FrontPage and use the districts server to publish it. If your school/district has a web site they have a server you can publish your site on for free all you need to do is make it. Here is mine (its is not complete right now I'm getting ready for next year) http://gischools.org/middleschool/Raupp/index.htm
     
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    You can use Google's Pages for free and a nice looking webpage. www.google.com/educators, look under classroom tools. It is so easy to use, if you can use a word processor you can use google pages.
     
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    I enjoyed your website. I really like the binder project. It really encourages students to keep good, organized notes for class.
     
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    Our district has FrontPage Express for us to use. I, however, use Publisher (Hello! It's free.). I like it a lot better. It's easier to use and manipulate.
     
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    Thank you. I had a lot of compliments from parents and other staff last year but it was extra credit, now I am incorporating it into regular credit and going to allow it for use on the final exam.
     
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    Miss W ...what do you mean Publisher is Free?
     
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    If you have Publisher on your computer, then using it to make a website is free.
     

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