What must I have on my class website?

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  1. TamiJ

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    I prefer not to have a class website (been there, done that...it's so much work for the few parents who check it), but, looking at my new school's website, it appears that all the teachers have their own class website. So, I have already started to put one together, but I am curious what you all suggest as must haves on the site. I have a homepage that includes info. about me, and a hw section, and I even added something that allows them to schedule appointments with me (I might take that one off...I was just testing the different things I could do with it). I will add our schedule once I actually know it, and important sites. Other than that, is there anything else I should have, or anything else you think would be nice?
     
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    I think that it's important to have your specials schedule (gym, music, etc) so that parents know when to send special clothes. It's probably also a good idea to put on there which days you do outdoor recess.

    Are there any special school policies? I'm thinking of the no birthday treats, attendance/absent work, forms, etc.

    I also put a little something about what the students are learning about. It might be as simple as these are the topics we are covering this year to something that you update regularly.
     
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    I make sure I have important dates fro school events and holidays on mine. Other than that you sound like you have the basics. I have my rules on there too.
     
  5. CFClassroom

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    Most families will check it at the start of the year, but not as much during the year unless you post often. I recommend doing a class blog instead of a traditional website. Use it like a newsletter and encourage the parents to sign up for email updates. Make a few static pages to tell about yourself, provide a classroom tour and post your policies and important info.
     
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    Okay, thanks you guys. Iheartrecess, I will think about doing a blog. I have a personal, teaching blog, but hadn't really considered doing one for my class, but I am going to think that one over.
     
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    I have to have one. I was MUCH better about it last year, so last year's website had:
    - Nightly HW (I would update it while waiting for the busses)
    - Weekly newsletter
    - daily schedule
    - Curriculum map
    - Class rules/expectations

    I think I'll go blog-style this upcoming year....
     
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    I have a class blog. I found parents were much more likely to use the blog format than the website format becuase they can use their smart phones to look at it. I set up mine so all I would have to do is type out an email on my laptop and email it to the blog and it would post right away. So it was easy for me once it was set up and easy for parents. Most likely parents visited the blog to find out the nightly homework or the most recent events. So they don't want to dig through a website to find that information. I can't blame them, I am a busy parent too.

    Every once in a while I put a survey on there and the feed back would be useful for me to know who was actually reading the blog and what was useful.
     
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    I am currently in the process of creating a class blog. I already blog, but this will be a separate blog.
     
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    I attach my bi-weekly newsletter. I sent home a paper copy, but I leave it up all year long so parents have access to it.

    I also have an upcoming events/important news section where I give reminders about things that are due and praise the kids for achievements. Kids with media releases are also featured in picture slideshows. :)
     
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    Do you use any special program to do your newsletter?
     
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    I'm required to have a class website. I post my weekly newsletter & the spelling words. I send my newsletter home on Monday & I update my website over the weekend. I tell my parents to check the website for the spelling words.

    One year I was really good & posted permission slips on the site. When a parent asked me for a permission slip I could tell them that they could get one from the website.
     
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    I like the idea of being able to upload documents to the site. My kids would always lose their reading logs and I was constantly having to replenish those.
     
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    I put their reading log on the back of their behavior sheet. It was a weekly thing, so they kept up with it.
     
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    That's an excellent idea! My kids don't have behavior sheets, but they have weekly homework calendars. I wonder if I could put their logs on the back on the hw calendar. Nice idea!
     
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    I do my weekly newsletter on MS Word, and it's really easy.

    I've considered doing a blog, but am a bit worried it will take a lot of time! Could I just upload it from MS Word or how does that work?
     
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    I really don't know if you can upload, but likely you can. However, I'm not sure the steps involved.
     
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    I think I've got it! I'll create a newsletter using Googledocs....
     
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    Would a blog be considered a website?
     
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    Mine is meant for students ...
    - I house documents they need
    - a course calendar (linked to GoogleCalendar)
    - a button for my digital exit slip
    - a dropbox option
     
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    I don't see why it wouldn't be. It's essentially the same thing, just with a slightly, different format. All your new posts will automatically come up to the top of the blog, which is nice so that parents have the most recent posts.
     
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    I would suppose that would be a principal's decision. My website is linked to the school's website. Can you do that with a blog?
     
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    I use Microsoft Publisher and then make it into a pdf file before uploading it. :) That was a suggestion from our tech guy so parents/savvy kids don't try to change our documents.
     
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    You can do the same with Microsoft Word.
     
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    On my website I keep pdf files of all the important projects, permission slips, study guides, notes, and rubrics. I always use pdf files so that the documents can't be changed, I had a parent try to change an assignment sheet one year and claim it was what they got of the website. I downloaded the free basic version of primopdf and it works all of the Microsoft programs I use.
     
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    Oooh...thanks for the tip! I don't have anything to turn files into a pdf at home. I usually have to do it at school.
     

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