Teacher Websites

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  1. Iteachtwo

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    I'm a reading specialist and would like to purchase/create a teacher website dedicated to literacy. I'd like to site to showcase my accomplishments as a reading specialist/teacher to potential employers as well as co-workers, future students, etc. Any suggestions? I've seen some really nice ones and would like to know where they were purchased. Thanks!:)
     
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    My website is a google website. It's free!
     
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    I also use weebly (the free version). I like it! :)
     
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    I use TeacherWeb. It's $39 a year.
     
  7. old_School

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    I use Go Daddy for my Domain. I host my own server and maintain it my self. It costs roughly 9.95 a year for unlimited everything since I host my self on my own machine. Other wise your looking at a monthly fee for what I call "poorly designed" sites or sites that use a template ewwww and our fairly limited. However in your case, a cheap site might fit your needs. I personally rather have ability to do what ever I want to the web site but you appear to need just a basic blog like site.

    If you want a tool to do all the work for you, I'd suggest a free web hoster or something extremely cheap. Note cheap or free generally means a site with popups and possiable spyware. More expensive alteratives may or may not provide a tool to do most of the work for you. But the site will be safe.

    My suggestion is one of two.

    1. If you want profesional, feel free to consult my self or another web designer. If I did your site for example, I would recomend you setup a deicated server in your home to host the website off of and your expense would be your monthly internet bill. If you wanted me to set it up and provide a profesional site/webpage, of course addational fee's would have to be discussed(Typical 50 to 100 in labor plus the expense of addational hard if needed, in most cases addational hardware is not needed).

    2. Go to a free hoster or a site that offers a web tool to build the site for you. I don't recomend this option because you stand to learn nothing from the process but it is a cheap and easy alterative. Most users go this route and later on the more profesional users hire someone to build or rebuild their site as I described in option 1.

    If you have detailed questions, feel free to PM or email me or even contact my office. Depending on what you want the site to do and your web site needs will ultimately determine the best fit for you.
     
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    First, does your school already use (or require) a particular solution that could meet your needs? If so, then it's probably the best solution for you to use (even if it's awkward or limited) because it's something your students and parents will need to use anyway. I doubt this is an issue, since you've indicated that you're seeking to create a site that will be accessible to the public, and not targeted directly to your students or parents.

    Next issue (if you're going to choose a different solution): how important is it (to you) that you have a "permanent" address, which won't need to change if you decide to change which internet hosting company you use? If it's not important, then a free service is probably fine. If not, then you'll want to register your own unique domain name, and make sure that YOU (not your hosting company) own and control the domain name.

    Another consideration: do you want your web site to have "restricted access" (so that only registered users, such as students and their parents, can view the content)? This is a critical issue if you want to make grades available online. Also, some "commercial lesson-plan resources" also prohibit publishing their reproducible pages on a web site unless access is restricted.

    Note that you'd also want your site to have restricted access if you choose to post any student work or pictures. (There are many ways to set up just a portion of your site to be accessible only with a username and password, while leaving the rest of your site public.)

    Over the past few years, I've migrated nearly all my "personal, professional, and commercial" web sites (and my wife's) over to WordPress, because it's a widely-used system that can meet many basic needs without much work or complexity. However, choosing and configuring WordPress templates and plug-ins can be a daunting task, especially if you want to add functionality like a "photo gallery" or calendar.

    I suspect that any of the solutions suggested above could be useful for you -- and it's likely that you won't really know if any solution is appropriate for your needs until you actually give it a test-drive.
     
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    Most ISPs dislike webservers being hosted in the home :p

    I'd recommend going with the host apisnetworks and then installing something like Wordpress with coppermine
     
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    My website is: http://discoveryplayground.com

    The domain name registration is about $10.00/year and the hosting (via Lunarpages) is $7.95/month.

    I use Concrete5 to create and customize the site.

    I would love to see how awesome old_School's website is that was custom designed without a template as well.
     
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    As soon as I do my last 8 college recommendation letters, I'm going to look at creating a website.

    Most of the teachers at my school seem to use www.myteacherpages.com , so I think I'll start with their 30 day free trial. I figure that summer will be a good time for that, since I'll actually have the time to play with it.
     
  12. czacza

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    Look at blogger.com
     
  13. Brendan

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    Alice, do you have notion of using an online gradebook or powerschool? Or are you still going to do it the old fashion way?
     
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    I don't know, Brendan-- that's something else I probably should play with.

    To be honest, I'm very content with my paper gradebook. But I may play with the Powerschool stuff just to see. Peter does all his grades on Powerschool, so I may pick his brain over the summer.
     
  15. Brendan

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    I use powerschool for everything too. I don't even keep a written gradebook anymore. If I were you I'd keep a written gradebook for homework and enter homework grades every week or so.
     

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