Welcome to another edition of Tune into Technology! This week we are discussing our classroom websites. You can link up any ideas, tips, or other resources for starting or managing a classroom website at the bottom of this post or over at Learning to the Core.
My district utilizes eChalk, which not only supports our classroom websites, but is also our main communication platform with parents. When parents go to my school’s main webpage, they can find their child’s classroom page and even log in to see all the information and updates that have been posted.
Here are some of the main ways I utilize my classroom website:
-To post important upcoming events and announcements
-To share and collect assignments from students
-To keep updated practice links for the various skills we’re working on
-To post our classroom newsletter
-To display pictures and student work
Throughout the year, I am constantly adding and taking down various links that my students use to practice skills at school and at home, which can be rather time-consuming. However, after reading this post by Amanda, I decided I’m going to use Draggo to keep all of our practice websites organized in one place. This way, I can add new links as I find them, but I don’t have to take the old ones down once we’ve moved onto another topic. Here's a screen shot of what I have so far. I plan on linking this page to my classroom website.
Another change I’m excited about is adding a link to our class’s Kidblog on my class website. I’ve never used Kidblog, but my friend Holly has some wonderful ideas that you can read about here. I think one of the major benefits of having a classroom website is to keep parents involved in the learning process and Kidblog is another great tool to do that.