Teachers. Technology. Together.
For many, many years, I have shared the very positive results that my students received from my use of my classroom website as a 24/7 classroom. My website was a “Go To” place that the students could count on for support for our classroom. At this site, the students could find not only assignments but specific sites and resources to help them understand those resources, a message board to ask questions, content related educational games and sites selected specifically for the interactive approach that taught, provided guided practice, and independent practice, and just to see their best work or their classmates best work published internationally for the world to see! I taught from that webpage, started my class with that page, followed the lesson components on the page, and ended with the page. The kids knew it was there and they knew it would be current. And, they used it! They all didn’t have computers at home, they didn’t all have Internet access, but they used it. They found a way to the website and learning was improved.
I still believe in classroom websites but now there are other choices. It’s time for educators to find the online presence they like and grow it so that it becomes a hub for students to visit to get support for their after-class questions or to spend time strengthening their skills. No excuses….in this day and age, it is just too simple to do, there are just too many choices, and this is the way our digital students communicate. Take advantage of this wonderful resource and begin to build it now. You won’t build it all at once, but begin the process. Begin with assignments (including resources for those assignments to further understanding) and commit to the process. Build pieces as they become necessary and before you know it, you’ll have a buzzing, active, full of activity online presence that ignites learning, motivates students, and makes your job easier! (Yes, I said makes your job easier!) You’ll have a “Go To” location for Learning!
So, here are five great recommendations. These aren’t all that’s out there but these are great and will serve the purpose:
The main idea with these is to create your location. If it’s going to be Twitter that you build your Go-To Learning Site at, that’s fine. Just build it. Start with one piece and grow it. You will see improvements in your students. The payoff will be far more valuable than the effort expended!