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Building Websites- for Teachers & Students
The article below is written by Richard Byrne. There are lots of great sites for building websites. Google sites is not for everyone. It looks great when you are done but there is a learning curve. There are lots of great tutorials. If you decide to try one out and are looking for a tutorial, just google the name of the site plus tutorials and most likely someone will have created a video tutorial to help. If you are wondering about the difference between a blog, wiki, and a website, read his introductory paragraph below. Although, anyone of these can be used as websites. I use
as a website (this page is a from a wikispaces site). My class wikispaces websites are set up so that students can edit.
10 Ways for Teachers & Students to Build Websites
The lines between blogging platforms, website platforms, and wiki platforms are not always clear. I have a somewhat simplistic explanation that I give to teachers who don't have a web presence yet, but want to create one for their professional work. Here's the explanation: websites are good for providing a static resource of information, blogs are good for frequent updates and communication, and a wiki is great for collaborating on the creation of a reference site. For the teacher who wants to create a website, here are ten good platforms to try.
If you already have a Google Account,
is already available to you. Just select it from the menu of services that you're not using. Google offers a wide variety of templates that you can use and customize on your site. Should you decide at a later date that you want to add other contributors to your site, you can do so with just a couple of clicks in the sharing menu. Learn more about Google Sites in
was one of the first website building tools that I played around with when I got started on my technology integration journey. It's a very intuitive and feature rich platform for creating a free website. For those reasons, it's always on my list of recommendations to teachers who want to build a classroom website.
If you're looking for a tool for students to use to create websites of their own,
Weebly for Education
is a good resource.
Weebly for Education
includes all of the intuitive website-building and blogging tools found on Weebly plus features built specifically for education. Weebly for Education offers bulk creation of student accounts which teachers can manage and moderate. Students can create their own websites and blogs using the accounts that you create for them.
offers a free service for teachers to build and host their own classroom websites. Unlike other free website solutions that are targeted toward a general audience, School Rack has features designed specifically for teachers. For example, on your
website you can post assignments with full descriptions, expectations, and deadlines. This is an integrated feature, not an add-on page that you have to create yourself.
offers students and parents free accounts to communicate with teachers. Once your students and parents have activated their accounts, you can directly message individuals or send messages to groups that you have created.
offers a wide array of ad-free templates that you can use to build your free website. Once you've selected a template, editing the content of your website is easy to do. To edit the text appearing on your site's pages simply select the text box and start typing. To add or edit other elements of your site's pages just click edit and add images, videos, and hyperlinked text using the simple editor. If you can send an email, you can create a website with
is the tool that I formerly used to build websites for my department at school. An outstanding aspect of
is that not only is your website free, it remains free regardless of how much content you add to it. This is a good thing if you plan to post a lot of audio or video content as some website builders and hosts begin to charge once you reach a certain volume content.
provides good tutorials and forums for first time users. I also learned first-hand that their responses to help requests are very quick.
is a free service for creating great-looking websites and blogs. It takes less than a minute to create your new website with
. To get started just enter a title for your site, pick a design template, and create an account by entering your email address. All of
clean, simple, and good-looking templates allow you to include a blog element within your website. Integrating a blog within the site is a great option for those people who are just getting started online and aren't yet sure how they're going to use their blogs or websites. Lifeyo supports adding multiple authors to your site.
is another service that I have first-hand experience with in a school setting because a couple of my colleagues have used it for their classes.
has all of the characteristics that you would expect to find in a free website platform. Websites built using
can include videos, calendars, polls, and a wide variety of third party widgets.
offers a wide variety templates and layouts to select from. For people with a higher level of comfort with technology,
might be a little too basic for your needs. In that case you may want to consider
provides a free service as well as a premium service for creating your custom website. The free service has more than enough features for a teacher to set up and maintain a class website. The editing and customizing options of
allow users to create pages that are little more clean and professional looking than some of the other companies in this market. The image resizing tool reminds me of the one found in Apple's Keynote presentation software. In fact,
that it's “a basic webpage designer that Apple should envy...”
is a simple way to build a website. The easy to use, drag and drop, interface makes it easy to change the look and feel of your website. For two reasons
is a good tool
for students to use to present and share their work with a wider audience. First,
does not put any advertising on your website. And second, the user interface is intuitive enough for first-time users to navigate on their own.
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