Message from Mr. B.
I decided to construct a page to assist others in creating their own teacher/classroom website. I am a newcomer to this craft, since just beginning this website in August 2011. In my travels I have discovered a number of website tools that make creating a website fun, but also functional. I'm cheap, so everything you find here is free, although upgrades are available from most providers. Good luck with your endeavor!
The first thing you will need is a website template. My source is School Loop . This was determined by my school district for me. You can find lots of free choices by following any of the links below:
Now you can have fun adding a variety of elements to your site. Have a look around this page to see some examples of what you may want to include. You will need to be able to embed html code for most of these elements. If you have questions about that, contact me, or ask your webmaster.
Audio Recording - Podcasting
- Spreaker - easy to create podcasts, radio shows, and other recordings for the classroom
- AudioPal - easily add audio content to a website or blog, record messages for your students
- Audioboo - effortlessly record and share audio recordings
- Record mp3 -easy audio recordings, save your website or desktop
- PodOmatic - create podcast for free
- SpeakPipe - voicemail system or just a quick and easy audio recording
- Aviary/Myna - Myna is an audio editing tool on the Aviary website
- ListenToYouTube - extract audio from YouTube videos very easily
- VoiceThread - record narration as you go through images, allows for collaboration
Blabberize & Yodio
With Blabberize you download any picture, and within a couple of minutes you will have a talking picture with your voice.
You may want to consider adding a classroom blog to your site. I use Kidblog and find it easy to implement and to monitor. I include it as one of the requirements when we go to our school computer lab. I try to keep the blogs timely and relevant to maintain interest.
- Learn It In 5 - How to Create a Classroom Blog Using KidBlog
- How to Use Kidblog - A Video
- Fresh and New Friday: Get Kids Writing With KidBlog – Learn. Teach. Engage.
- Top 10 Reason's to Use a Blog in the Classroom
- 12 Reasons to Blog with Your Students
- 33 Ways to Use Blogs In Your Classroom
- Google Reader
- Common Craft: Google Reader
- International Edubloggers Directory
- Education Blogs by Discipline
- Blogger | Wordpress | Edublogs
Brain Pop Daily Movie
Adding a Brain Pop movie is a quick and easy way to have content on your website that is changed on a daily basis. Just go to BrainPop.com, register, and then locate the free movie that you can embed into your website. It is one of the elements that the kids in my class access the most often.
Communication / Collaboration Tools
These tools will allow you to create a vehicle for online collaboration
It is important to include contact information on your homepage. Listed below are some creative ways to accomplish this on your website.
Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!
Digital Storytelling & Animation
I used the website GoAnimation to create the short animation above. It is pretty basic, with not many options, but it's easy and free. Follow these links to find other programs with a bit more sophistication. The sky is the limit for how you might use this technology on your website or in your classroom.
- Xtranormal - create animated shows for your website
- SlideRocket - excellent presentation tool
- Go Animation - free and easy to create short animated videos
- Digital Storytelling - Richard Byrne
- Digital Storytelling Resource Kit
- Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
- The Elements of Digital Storytelling
- Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide
- Digistories - Creating and Sharing Digital Stories
- Zoo Burst - Create 3D pop-up Books
- Video in the Classroom
- VoiceThread - this is an easy way to summarize some images to share and collaborate
- Embedit.in - embed any document and add notations
- Wufoo - easily create forms than can be shared in a number of ways
- Zoho Creator - another free form creator, unlimited forms
- PHPForm - choose a color and get going
- Form2Go - another easy to use form creator
- JotForm - allows for customization of your form
- Freedback - create a form in just minutes
- EmailMeForm - used for our first assignment this year!
Google Sites - great information shared by Leah Fullenkamp
Creating a Classroom Website Checklist - by Leah Fullenkamp
Images and Clip Art
Adding images is the easiest way to enhance your website. With the myriad of options available it should be easy enough locating an image which will help you to make your site more enticing and visually interesting. The most obvious source is Google Images or your own photos. Whichever template you choose should provide a quick an easy way to embed a photo or some artwork.
- PhotoFunia - create amazing images that incorporate your students in the photos, wonderful story starters
- Big Huge Labs - have fun with photos, all kinds of cool stuff you can create
- Flickr - easy way to share images, you can embed on your website
- RedKid Sign Generator - add text to images, lots of fun combinations
- Muzy - fun ways to display images
- Jing - capture and edit images
- Snag.gy - edit images for online sharing
- ImageSpike - add clickable links to images
- FotoFlexer - free online photo editing
- PicMonkey - quick and easy free photo editing, PicMonkey Tutorial
- Imgur - simple online sharer
- Thinglink - add links to any image, then embed on your website or use in instruction Thinkglink tutorial video
- Cropp.me - easy way to auto-crop images
- Tagxedo - create word clouds - get some with Tagxedo here
- Marqueed - collect and discuss images together
- Spell with Flickr - assorted alphabet blocks