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December 9, 2010

Create a Classroom Website

Have you thought about having a classroom website?  Thursday after school and Friday before school, I will be in the Media Center Computer lab to help with any Google Site questions you might have or to give a few pointers to help you get started.  Please feel free to attend if you want to jazz up the site you created this summer, have an active website or are starting fresh.  If you feel that you are already an expert and are willing to share your knowledge, we would love to have you.  We can get your site started together and as soon as you are ready, we can link it to the school website allowing parents and students to quickly see what is happening in your classroom.  Hope to see you on Thursday night or Friday morning at 7:30!

Top Ten Reasons to Have a Classroom Website
            Adapted From KinderArt
Homesick. Did Johnny miss school again last week Thursday? A web page is a great way to let him (and others like him) know what the current homework assignment is. Likewise for students who are homebound or hospitalized. A wonderful way for your students to feel connected with their peers. You can also post attachments such as a book report form allowing students to print of multiple copies at home if they make a mistake.

9 Distant relations. Your students have relatives all over -- right? Well think of how wonderful it would be for grandmothers, aunts and cousins who live in cities far away from your school - to see what their students are up to.

8 Friends from all over. Connecting with classrooms from around the world is a great way for your students to learn about far away lands and kids from other countries. Let your students find out what their peers from around the globe learn in school, what they think about science, what they eat for lunch.

7 Reading and Writing and ... A classroom web page gives your students an opportunity to write stories and opinions that many, many people from Africa to Australia will be able to read. This gives the students a real audience with what they are writing/drawing/creating.

6 Parents and Guardians. Is there an important letter going home? A field trip next week? Perhaps you are currently seeking parent volunteers to help out with that art project next month. A classroom web page let's parents have a peek at what's going on - just in case Mary loses her backpack (and school newsletter) on the way home.

5 Events. Is your classroom involved in a walk-a-thon? Are your students planning a trip to a seniors residence? A web page is a great way to publicize what it is that you are up to -- and why.

4 Links. Are you learning about the soil in Alberta? Did you just finish studying the life span of an iguana? Did your students find any information on the Internet? Well great! List the links and archive them on a classroom website. It'll come in handy next year.

3 Feedback. A web page lets people from all over see what your students have accomplished and send comments and questions instantly. Your kiddos will love it.

2 Show and Tell. Strut your stuff! If your students have just finished creating a classroom mural that is, well, magnificent, wouldn't it be a shame to keep that from the rest of the world? Let folks know about it!

1 Memories. Teachers see so many faces coming in and out of their classrooms. Wouldn't it be lovely to keep a visual record of all the wonderful things your students said, did and learned throughout the year? Oh wait ... you can. A classroom web page.