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.
- Know a variety of tools available to create a web presence
- Understand how these tools can be used to enhance and extend your classroom environment
- Make connections with technology standards and best practice
- Transfer the learning to professional practice through the creation of a web presence
Addressing the ISTE Standards•T: 1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity b,c,d; 2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b; 3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,b,c; 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b,c
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See examples for using these tools in the Crosswalk standards document.
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?
Investigate the Options
Classroom Management Systems such as Blackboard and Moodle provide an opportunity for educators to create and post online content in a secure environment. A variety of terms, including "blended learning", "hybrid learning", and "flipped classroom" all advocate for the use of an online tools to provide content and face-to-face learning for
To get started building your online course, visit the Course Management System page. We will talk more about CMS in the "Virtual Classroom" Thing.
Using online resources such as Weebly or Google Sites you can create
your own web presence in a drag and drop interface. Websites allow users to quickly create a web presence using widgets (small onscreen tools, like calendars, counters, etc.). They require no software to install because they are cloud based, are free, and you are given a URL for your site.
To get started creating your website, visit the Web Site Creators page.
Blogs (which is a contraction of the term "Web log") have a web
site feel and are maintained with regular entries., or posts. Common blogs for educators include: EduBlogs and Blogger. The advantage of using a blog is that visitors can post comments and educational blogs like those listed above, allow the owner to "moderate comments" or decide what comments get posted or not. View the
video "Blogs in Plain English".
To get started creating your blog, visit the Blog page.
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. Wikis are powered by Wiki software and are often used to create collaborative websites.
View the video "Wikis in Plain English"
To get started creating your wiki, visit the Wiki page.
District Online Systems
refer to purchased products that school districts use for their online process. Many school districts subscribe to a paid service such as SchoolCenter, Foxbright, or Edline. These sites provide a standard framework in which educators must follow, and in most instances don't require the user to know programming or html code. Subscribers of these sites are looking for
standardization for their organization. Check with your district to find out if they have an OIS and if you have access to it.
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.
Post-Assess your skills for this "Thing
1. 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.
2. Also see this tutorial which includes student and iPad suggestions.
3. Free Technology for Teachers - 11 Free Tools for Creating Websites and Simple Webpages
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