I noticed the Granite teacher portal offers a tutorial for setting up a teacher website through Granite school district. Rather than fussing with all new templates, and sitting through tutorials, why don’t we stick with the uen.org website format? I use my uen website as the repository for all the links I refer to during teaching (a much better option than saving links to your favorites tab – especially because there’s no physical way to back up your favorites browser folder).
With well over 400 links up on my uen website I am concerned someone, namely administration (don’t take it personally), will get a wild hare and decide we have a new “latest and greatest” Granite school website builder and will be “persuading” all of us to jump ship from the uen.org website builder. I’m not in the mood to migrate after spending the past three plus years setting up a fantastic teacher tool.
What are your thoughts? And here is a link to my website: http://my.uen.org/myuen/212513/Home Click on math fun or one of my science links – there are 40-50 links for those sections alone.
Great question and great job! It is exciting to see you have already jumped the biggest hurdle by actually having a web presence as a teacher.
Currently, the district has asked that all elementary teachers have a web presence. This can be on any platform – Dreamweaver, Weebly, Wikispaces, myUEN to name a few.
It sounds like your concern is that a particular website creation tool would be adopted and promoted by the district causing you to have to migrate your content to the new platform. I have to be honest and say that is a possibility. As technology changes and better tools become available we all need to consider them. With that said, I think your point has to be considered when making decisions regarding technology tools. The positives would really need to outweigh the negatives. We certainly don’t want to have teachers work harder for no reason. Believe it or not, we’re trying to make things easier! It is important that if a decision is made to use a new tool, you have support and assistance in taking what you currently have and migrating it. For some it will be giving support and assistance in making the paradigm change you have already made in using a fantastic teacher/student/parent tool.
In addition to the great communication potential between teacher, students and parents, we are really hoping to facilitate collaboration between teachers. Let’s say we are able to roll out electronic support for teachers – just for the sake of this answer, let’s say we develop a menu of tier 1, 2, and 3 electronic lessons and resources corresponding to the math (or science or any/every other subject) objectives. Teachers could share them, comment on them (like/dislike), improve upon them and so on. This is not a technological stretch of the imagination. It would however, be much more user friendly if the format was standardized. We’re literally working on this right now!
Regardless, your UEN website is cool. Every teacher should check this out as you have added polls, links to the school webpage, and links to curriculum in addition to all of the digital content you refer to when teaching. Again, great job!