classroom website

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  1. Tbug

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    Hello All,

    I've decided to create a classroom website for the parents of my first grade class. My school is very small and does not have a platform where I can put my site so I'm wondering where I should put it. I've heard of Blogger (free) and TeacherWeb (small yr fee). Right now, I mainly want to post info (text), pictures, links to websites and maybe video from my iphone. Anyone have success with this?
    Thanks!
    Tara
     
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  3. sjnkate

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    I have my site hosted at shutterfly. They have a "share site" section. They really seem to have built them with teachers in mind. You can post pictures, video, journal entries, calendar entries, volunteer requests, etc.
     
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    I use Google Sites and like how I can customize it to the way I like. I used to use Classjump, which was also free, but you couldn't modify the predefined format.
     
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    I use webs.com for my small class =) I haven't tried posting videos yet, but the setup and maintenance is very simple to use. There is a limit of 10 pages for a free site, but it works fine for my needs.
     
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    I'm currently using Google Sites. I've also used Scholastic. Seems to me I tried another one also. Google Sites has been my favorite so far, maybe that's because it's what I'm currently using?
     
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    I think it depends on how much time you have. I use blogger and am quite happy with it. I like that the most recent info is on top. When I had a traditional site, I found that the parents were not accessing my new info. Plus, you can't beat free!
     
  8. Tbug

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    Thanks for all of your responses! I like google sites mainly because I'm very familiar with google and gmail. I also like blogger but concerned that it will look too much like a blog rather than a website for parents.
    @iheartrecess- I love your blog and website! I've been following your work for a while now- your ideas and tips are wonderful!

    Thanks for your input everyone! Happy Back to School!
     
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    One more question! If I'm posting pictures of my students, is it best to have the parents sign a waiver form? My school has a general picture/walking field trip waive form that all parents sign but I don't think it will cover me on my site.
     
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    I would have a waiver form that is separate specifically stating for the website. We have a general photo form, but also a newsletter/paper form, and a website form for pictures.
     
  11. apple25

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    I use webnode. I find it is really user friendly and looks very professional. I wouldn't put pictures up from any children though - that is pretty much a no-no in my district.

    Check with your principal first!

    Have fun creating! I love making websites :)
     
  12. MsDouglas

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    wikispaces.com

    They have a section dedicated to educational wikispaces. This is really simple to use and there is an option for a discussion area. I just used it this past semester, and you will not believe how easy it is to set up and edit.
     

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