Tuning into Technology:Classroom Websites

Today I am linking up with iTeach 1:1 and Learning to the Core for the Tuning into Technology linky. This week the topic is classroom websites.


Classroom websites are a great tool for communicating between home and school, demonstrating student learning and much more. I just wanted to quickly share which tool I use and why.

There are many many tools to create a classroom website. You must think about your own comfort with web design and management in choosing a tool. I know another deciding factor is definitely cost. Who doesn't like free?? Seriously, why pay when you can build a beautiful classroom website for free. That leads me to my tool of choice.

Weebly. I used weebly because the website builder is easy to use whether you are familiar with code or not. There are also many ways to customize your website including design and add on tools such  as polls, audio, video and embedded documents. Here is a little glimpse at the interface.



I actually began making a website on webs.com which is also free but discovered that the free version only allows for 5 pages. If that's all you need then webs.com is also a good tool. I like weebly because you can grow and add your website as needed.

Now to discuss how I use it....well to be honest I haven't used it as much as I would like but plan to change that this year. Working with a low income population makes it difficult  for some students and families to access the internet at home so one wonders...who will really use it? I plan to integrate the class website somehow...maybe involve a project or sign up or something. Need to get more traffic from parents. Ideas anyone?

If you'd like to view my in progress classroom website check it out here. Hope you enjoyed the tip!

6 comments:

  1. I used Weebly before we went to eChalk and liked it a lot. Erin from the Short and Sassy Teacher said in her linkup that she has a monthly project that students and parents get really excited about. Maybe that could help get you more traffic. Thanks for linking up with us.:)

    Kristin
    iTeach 1:1

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  2. I love the bright, fun, colorful "welcome" boxes on your website-so cute! I feel like our classroom websites are always a work in progress! We teach in a low income area too...by using our classroom webpages for educational games lots of times our students will want to play them at home and practically drag their parents to a local library to get some computer time! :) Maybe by putting a few extra games on there and using them during class time more students will push their parents to go to a library to use it after school too??? I know, it is a big challenge!! Thanks for linking up and sharing great websites teachers can use that are FREE! :)

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

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  3. Very cute! Bright, cheery and inviting. I love your ABC's ... very informative for parents.
    I use my site more for my students. I post student work, so that draws parents. I use Remind 101 to send parents information. Most of my parents are very busy and just want a quick text of information.
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

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    Teaching Maths with Meaning

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