Every educator will agree that communication is key, and classroom websites are a great way to communicate. Classroom websites allow teachers to share information, news, and events with students and parents. They can also be used to share links and content with your students so they can access resources easily during class or if they were absent. Plus, they are a great way to share a little bit about yourself and your personality with your students and their parents. There are several tools available to teachers to create a classroom website. With so many choices, you’ll surely be able to find the one that works for you!
Below, you’ll find further information about four possible Classroom Website tools:
- Google Sites
- Google Classroom
Weebly is perfect for creating classroom websites, student e-portfolios, and websites for assigned projects. Some of its advantages are:
- An easy-to-use drag and drop editor
- Great multimedia features that allow you to easily add pictures, videos, audio players, documents, maps, and photo galleries
- A blogging feature for posting class updates, homework assignments, and news for parents
- It’s completely free to create and publish a website with Weebly, though there is a paid version that gives you even more features.
- Weebly doesn’t place advertising on your site
- There are hundreds of professionally-designed themes to choose from, or you can customize your own.
- Web-hosting is included.
Google Sites allows you to easily create classroom websites, student e-portfolios, and websites for assigned projects. Some of its advantages are:
- It is part of the G-Suite through Google, so you don’t have to create or sign up for another service.
- It includes easy click-to-add and drag-and-drop editing features.
- Easily integrates all of your Google Apps.
- You can make it accessible to everyone or just to people on the granitesd domain.
- Add collaborators to help you build and edit the site.
- It’s completely free.
An easy to follow tutorial for building a Google site can be found on Google’s GSuite Learning Center.
Google Classroom is available to all teachers in Granite using their granitesd accounts. It allows teachers to easily organize assignments, foster collaboration, and communicate with both students and parents. Though not a full learning management system, it does a lot of the important tasks in terms of sharing, organization, and communication that an LMS does.
All secondary teachers and students in Granite have access to Canvas as a learning management system. A course in Canvas is set up for each course-section. Secondary teachers are encouraged to use Canvas as their primary classroom webpage. As a learning management system, Canvas allows for assignment creation and submission, quizzes, discussions, announcements, and more. Teachers can use Canvas to share content with students through creating content pages. Though Canvas requires a login, parents also have access to their children’s Canvas courses.
More information about Canvas can be found in the Canvas Guides or on other Canvas pages found on our website.