Face of Your Classroom
Creating an online presence
This "Face of Your Classroom" thing looks at a variety of resources which teachers can use to create a web presence for students and parents to access information about their classroom online. Blogging, wikis, classroom management or district purchased systems all are wonderful ways to create an online presence. No matter what tool you use, educators need to have a web presence.
Pre-Assess your skills for this "Thing"
Tools for Making your "Face"
We have divided the tools into four core areas. Consider using one of these tools for creating the "Face of your Classroom." The tools vary in complexity. Investigate the platform(s) that your district and ISD/RESA/RESD use for building an online presence. Go to your district or ISD webpage and check out the resources available for you. For example, do they offer an Edublogs or a PB Wiki package for teachers to use? Is your district providing you with an online publishing tool you would like to use?
Connections to CITW9 Strategies: Summarizing and Note-Taking; Homework and Practice; Non-Linguistic Representations; Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
Classroom Management Systems
Classroom (Course) Management Systems systems are available in most districts. They are a secure environment that requires logging in with a password to gain access. Teachers can post documents, videos, and tests online. BlackBoard and Moodle are two options. EdModo is gaining popularity with elementary and middle school educators. This free service has a social network look and feel, complete with your own Avatar. Classroom Management Systems can function as an extension of the classroom.
Blogs & Wikis
View the video "Blogs in Plain English"
Wikis provide another option for a web presence, and also allow visitors to post content to the site if the owner grants permission. Two excellent wiki sites are Wikispaces and PBWorks. Wikis allow the users to create and edit interlinked web pages. An advantage of a wiki is that visitors can post content where permission is granted. Wikis are powered by Wiki software and are often used to create collaborative websites.
View the video "Wikis in Plain English"
Web Site Creators
When using these tools, you may wonder how you can insert video. Check out the 21things4administrators site, explaining how you can do that!
District Online Systems
21 Things Hands-On Activity and Assignment:
1. Before beginning this "Thing", complete the Pre-Assessment of your technology proficiency.
2. Create your own web presence using one of the tools above or one of your own choosing. Include a page for: About Me, Class Information, Homework or Assignments and Resources. If you already have a web presence you need to update it to include these four pages with content.
3. Your web presence needs to include text, images, documents and web-links. You will be expected to use your site as a means to demonstrate some of the things you have learned from this 21 Things course.
4. Include the URL to your site and a reflection about the ways you plan to use a web page creator to create a web presence.
5. Capture a screen shot of your web presence pages created for this assignment to include in your portfolio.
6. After completing all of the activities for this "Thing", take the Post-Assessment of your technology proficiency for this "Thing".
Post-Assess your skills for this "Thing
1. Websites created using Weebly:
--Teaching With Technology
--The Info LIbrarian--Tech Boot Camp
2. Another site similar to Weebly is Wix
3. This is another site that is similar to Edmodo: Schoology
4. Get started blogging! Here's the ultimate guide to Getting Started with EduBlogs!
Sample blogs created using Edublogs (NOTE: If your district subscribes to EduBlogs Campus, contact your blog administrator (e.g. Macomb County: click here for an Edublogs Campus Account!)
Other blog samples:
5. Livebinders is a unique system that allows you to take a subject and create a web presence with "tabs" for the different "sections" of your "binder". This could be used as the face of your classroom OR a livebinder about a particular "topic" could be embedded into a classroom web page. For example, you could create a Livebinder to showcase all your resources and assignments for a unit of study, or you could create a Livebinder to house all of your basic resources for the year, with pdfs, how-to videos, etc. It is definitely worth a look when you are considering your online presence. Also see this tutorial which includes student and iPad suggestions.
6. Sample Wikis:
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