One of my summer projects: a website

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  1. Aliceacc

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    I've decided that I want to have a website my kids can access.

    That's as far as I've gotten.

    It's the end of the year, so I'm not even considering doing much until school ends.

    But I'll happily take any advice or recommendations on getting started. Keep in mind that, aside from message boards and google, I'm not exactly technologically adept. So I'll need to use a site--hopefully free or near free- that's very user friendly.

    Thanks for any help you want to offer!!
     
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    Alice, I know you can do a teacher page through google. I've got a page through TeacherWeb, which is super-easy to use, but my school isn't going to pay for them next year since our district has put together a central site where every teacher has a page. TeacherWeb is under $40 a year, I believe, and has lots of cute templates and choices of pages you can add.

    One of my summer projects: working on a mystery novel. I had a career writing scripts for light mysteries like Murder, She Wrote, so I'm going to give a book a go.
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    Good for you!!!

    My summer writing looks a lot less interesting; I have some freelance work I've been neglecting. It's math content for an education web site.

    I'll get back to it as soon as:
    - I get my computer (with Mathtype) back. It has a virus.

    and

    - I get through those bazillion geometry projects in the trunk of my car, and those 26 Junior letters of recommendation.
     
  5. czacza

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    Alice...does your school have a website thru which you can link yours? Ours are all on schoolwires.
     
  6. Ima Teacher

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    We use ClassPages through the school, but I supplement mine through webs.com, which is free.
     
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    We have to use Contribute though our school. I'm not a huge fan, but I no choice. (I find it too limiting & restrictive). I've used Webnode which is free and also Schoolworld. Although Schoolworld has a fee I really liked all I could do with it. It is also very user friendly. They give you a free trial period before you have to pay. :D
     
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    I used weebly.com for my online portfolio, I have also posted a project/webquest using this site...the website address is a little long if you want it to be free it will have .weebly.com at the end...but if you can just have the link on your school website, then it is fine.

    So for example yours could be www.MsAliceACCMath.weebly.com
    Then, you can have a tab for each of the courses/periods you teach.

    If you pay-not sure how much, then you just have .com rather than .weebly.com ...I left the weebly!
     
  9. Mathemagician

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    I HIGHLY recommend http://www.wikispaces.com/.

    I have never made a website in my life, and we had to make one for one of my college courses. It is FREE and very easy to get started. I made a "mock site" about integration.
     
  10. DaveG

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    You may also want to check out Edmodo
     
  11. TamiJ

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    Google provides free websites. I wouldn't say it is 100% user friendly, but not terribly difficult. That is actually my summer project. I have had 2 sites in the last 2 years, but when we switched to renweb this year I stopped using my site, thinking renweb would be enough. It's not. So, I will be working on my site again this summer.
     
  12. Aliceacc

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    Actually, I think maybe ours are through myteacherpages.com I know of at least 3 teachers who use that site. Maybe I should ask them.
     
  13. Brendan

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    I would use noodle. I suggest including homework, test and quiz dates, and maybe even grades.
     
  14. TamiJ

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    Did you mean Moodle, or is Noodle another site?
     
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    Our school board is encouraging the use of Moodle. I experimented this past school year and like it quite a bit. My project this summer will be to become more familiar with many of the features so that I can use it even more effectively.
     
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    I just started (slowly) putting a website together for my classes. I used weebly.com, too. I found it easy to work with.
    You can check out what I've got so far (which includes several pages and a blog) at http://hargrovia.weebly.com
    They have TONS of different designs to choose from. :)
     
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    I would also recommend wikispaces.

    But the last two schools I have taught at have had blackboard and moodle, so I never felt the need to make a real website when the kids can access those sites.
     
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    Check out Weebly.com. We used that for our MAED portfolios and I used it to create an Earth Science webquest site. They have an education version, and it is very easy to use.

    It isn't finished yet, but there is enough up to see how it works:
    http://earthsciwebquest.weebly.com/index.html
     
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    I use 1and1.com for my sites. The templates are easy to customize or use as-is and they have great features. I think it's about $5 a month.
     
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    I highly recommend Microsoft's OfficeLive web hosting. It is free, completely template based, and looks really, really good. It is also quite powerful "under the hood" if you ever decide to get crazy and add video, flash, scripts, etc.

    They don't even charge for address transfers which is rare for the "free" hosts. You can register www.alicerulesatmath.com for $10 from Godaddy or whatever and port it over to OfficeLive and have a great site with your own URL quite easily.

    If you wanna see one using it mine is www.mrroughton.com. I've used other hosts and I can't imagine going back to them now.
     
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    I meant Moodle, sorry. Stupid auto-correct!
     
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    I used a webpage until I discovered edmodo.com (it is a safe social-network type platform).
     
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    The secondary schools in my district use it, I don't know much about it. In my job search last summer, I found that many LI districts use that, I liked looking at the info the librarians had posted to get an idea of the library and program.
     
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    That's the SchoolWorld one that I used. I especially liked their themes & clip art. Many of them move so it looks really cool. For 100 mb of space it was $39. I had tons of recordings of my students so I had to pay for 200 mb which was an extra $20 or so. :D
     
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    OK, so I signed up for a free 30 day trial at www.myteacherpages.com

    Now, of course, I have to figure out what to put on it.

    I know I can incude the syllabus.

    I can include some extra help links

    Other teachers-- particularly secondary and/or math-- what else do you suggest???
     
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    I would include a calendar of some kind for school things and test/quiz/project dates. A listing of homework. Also a link to powerschool if you plan on using that to keep track of grades.
     
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    I don't like 1&1, they oversell their services.

    I prefer apisnetworks.com

    They are $5 a month for more than enough resources for alice's purposes.

    Alice, what do you want to do on your site?

    Or what do you want it to display?

    You could go the route of using a Content Management System or a Portal. Or a site could be coded in html and be easily updateable.
     
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    100 MB of space for $39?

    wow that is overcharging

    For $20 a month, I get a virtual private server with 16 GB hard drive space and 200 GB of traffic
     
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    I think the idea of a service being overpriced is something people determine on an individual basis. Features, ease of use, look, simplicity or complexity...people want different things, even if we wouldn't or couldn't rationalize paying a certain price for whatever those desires or needs are.

    Alice, I would also include the calendar as Brendan suggested. Additionally, minor though it is, I would include a link to the school's site. I'll keeping thinking... :)
     
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    Good ideas, thanks.

    Yeah, I definitely want to include a calendar. I schedule all my year's tests in September, so that's something I would need to include. Quizzes I do with a day or two's notice, so I could add them as I go.
     
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    A way to contact you. Maybe the link to your textbook (if you have an on-line version or any resources with it on-line).
     
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    That's already done :)
     
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    I cancelled mine this year because traffic has steadily decreased over the years...so few parents or students utilized the site. I still have an online presence, just not with the website I had. Let's see. I had...

    • Syllabus
    • Separate Page for each Subject (where I posted student work, assignments, etc.)
    • State Standards Checklist (we'd check off through the year)
    • Contact Information (including an annoynmous way to report bullying)
    • About Me (Education, family, etc.)
    • Help Links, School Links, Links to my other Resources
    • Photo Fun (middle schoolers just love looking at themselves!)

    Hmmm...I know there was more, but I've forgotten.
     
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    What kind of stuff does your host allow you to do? Anything with mySQL tables?

    If you provide you a bit a freedom with what you can do, I can help you out. You could probably install something like Joomla or e107 or maybe even a restricted wiki.
     
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    Oh, bros, you lost me after the word "host." :)

    I'm pretty technologically inept. I need a host that allows me to choose from an array of choices for the page, then type in my info. I've found it at www.myteacherpages.com

    But thanks to everyone!
     
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    So you just want a template based system?

    What about something like:
    http://demo.e107xs.com/news.php

    (except less cluttered and better looking)
     
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    I use yola. It's fairly simple to use and it's free. :)
     

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