Some Very Good Tools to Help You Create A Website or Blog for Your Class
April 10, 2015
When it comes to creating a classroom website or blog, the first thing you would have to consider is the technical features supported by the hosting platform. Are they student-friendly? Are they simple enough so those with no advanced technological skill can operate them? is the platform web-based or does it require software installation? Does it allow the integration of multimedia materials such videos, audio files, pictures…etc? Does it provide any interactive features so visitors can interact with published content? How about privacy settings, does it allow for controlled access? These and several other questions are what you need to keep in mind when selecting a hosting platform for your classroom website.Below are some very good suggestions we would recommend that you start with. Our favourite in the selection is Google Sites.1- Weebly
Weebly is very simple and easy to use and and has a drag & drop website editor which is stunningly simple to utilize, and appropriate for use with students of all ages. Weebly enables your students to express themselves creatively using a variety of multimedia features, all within a protected environment that you control. 2- Wix
Wix is a free website builder tool that you can use to set up your class website within minutes and without the need for any coding or HMTL knowledge. Wix provides a wide range of features to work with. For instance, you can choose the template and background you want from their gallery and you can customize it the way you want. It also has an integrated calendar and social media sharing buttons. And if after using it for sometime and you want to get your own custom domaine, Wix does provide this functionality. Needless to mention the enhanced mobile version Wix sets up for you when you create a website using their platform.3- Google Sites Create your own Google Site to share information with your class – both in school and out. You can post homework assignments, the class calendar, Google Form assessments, lesson videos that you create or find and much more! Watch this video for some tips on how to create your own class site.
Platforms to create blogs for your class
Like Google Sites, Blogger is a service provided by Google and is completely free. It is my favorite blogging platform. It is easy and simple to use and if you already have a Google account you ll set up your blog in minutes.2- Wordpress
WordPress is gaining more popularity online as the best blogging platform. Several webmaster recommend it for users basically because of the helpful plugins it provides for free .3- Edublog
The World’s most popular education blogging service… Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts – it’s safe, easy and secure so try out an Edublog today!
Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions.
Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. It empowers educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS – online multimedia posters – with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.