First of all, a classroom website is the MOST important tech tool in the classroom. In my years of teaching and after working with 100′s of teachers, 1000′s of students and presenting at conferences…this one really is a no brainer.

The long and the short of it is…as long as you use a web based website tool, your good to go. It will be never be outdated, obsolete or have to be redone. They call it mashing. When one technology mashes itself into the next technology and so on and so on. Eventually blogs, wikis and websites will all morph and mash into something that hasn't even come about yet.

There are many tools to choose from. This site is based on WordPress technology. Its awesome. But for school districts we need something that can be scaled for large numbers of teachers, PD can be easily rolled out and teachers can support and help each other to creatively develop their sites. This posting is not about which is the best tool. Its more about moving forward with a simple tool that all teachers could utilize and be successful.

Which Tool?

I recommend Google Sites for beginner to medium level skilled teachers and wordpress for highly skilled teachers.

Why Google Sites?

  • Simple to use for teachers with low tech skills. Perfect for medium tech teachers and will grow and expand for advanced users.
  • Intuitive (yes…my favorite word). By looking at it, you can figure out what to do next.
  • EVERYTHING will embed like: Glogster Posters, Prezi presentations, presentations, spreadsheets, videos, music and more.
  • Auto save.
  • Great template ability.
  • Teachers private and school use of gmail and Google Drive (one stop shop).

How Do I Start?

  • Use my teacher template starter.
  • Includes all necessary pages and setup for a successful website. The delete, modify and change look to suit.

What Tips and Tricks Do You Recommend?

  • List your homework.
  • Buy yourself a .com like and then create a URL stealth redirect. This will mean when someone types in your .com it will point at your new Google Site. Click here for more info.
  • Make a list of your curriculum and match that with videos and games.
  • Click on my website for more ideas.