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Options for Building Your Teacher Website and Why YOU Should

Presenter: Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
Location: Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Link to presenter’s K12Online Ning Profile page

Presentation Title: Options for Building Your Teacher Website and Why YOU Should

Presentation Description: Every educator needs to build and maintain his or her own teacher Website. Technology provides teachers with more effective ways to communicate with students, their families, and the community than ever before. This session will help you learn how to use technology to communicate with different audiences through your classroom website. There are endless benefits of a maintaining a classroom Website. A classroom website gives students Resources, Relevance, Connections, Access and Experience. This session will provide links and resources to simple tools that allow any teacher, regardless of technical know-how, to create a live Website for free. The best way is for schools to install and support a tool that allows teachers to create Websites easily, but since many schools are not at that point yet, teachers should given both the encouragement and the freedom to build their own sites. You can make use of some very good tools for building free, live classroom Websites. I may leave out your favorite, so please add yours to the list, or tell us know what tool your school is using and what you like and dislike about it!

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  1. Gail P

    Great tour of some terrific sites. There is a pretty steep learning curve when you set out to create a webpage but once you get a little experience under your belt, it only gets easier and easier. I use an Edublogs platform that itself uses WordPress. I feel comfortable with that and have used lots of online help in the forums area. Here’s a simple kindergarten site that I have been following lately. It’s nothing fancy but Mr. Halpey does a good job and it is so simple to maintain that he gets at least one short post up daily. =D Look at my happy rainbow!

  2. Luis Perez

    I highly recommend Rapidweaver as a Mac web editor. It’s not free ($79) but it’s really easy to use and creates some great looking websites without sacrificing accessibility. Just like iWeb it is based around templates and there is a great community of people developing themes and plugins for it.

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  4. Andy

    This is a great presentation. Thanks. I have discovered Weebly this year and now use it for my class web site. My Grade 5 students now build their own blogs and web sites and have found it very useful. This has been the first year I have created my own class website and the response from the students and parents has been very positive. In Weebly you can move blocks between different pages. This will be useful each year when I make certain resources disappear until they are needed or are introduced.

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  8. Derick Jones

    Glad I saw this video presentation. I am loving every post on this site and have bookmarked the site for future reference. There are several people in our community and marketplace, who could use this information. Thanks again!

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