Learn how to create a classroom website and how having one can make you a more effective and dynamic teacher.
In this fun, easy-to-understand course for teachers, you will learn how to build a site with text, images, animations, tables, links, and more. Then you will create a WebQuest and a blog to add to your site. You'll also discover how students can use site builders to create their own websites in minutes.
You will be amazed by how simple creating a classroom website can be and all the ways in which having one can make you a more effective and dynamic teacher. By the end of this course, you'll have your own published classroom website, and you'll feel energized by your great new teaching tool!
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or newer.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Get a teaching tool that will help you become a more modern, effective and dynamic teacher. This easy-to-understand course will help build a published classroom website complete with content, images, animation, links, and a blog.
Planning a Classroom Website
Teachers, don't let technology intimidate you! It's easier—and more fun—to create a classroom website than you might think. In this first lesson, you'll explore the ways that a website can help you organize information, instruct your students, and interact with others. Then you'll create a plan for your very own classroom website and learn how to keep your students safe when they surf the Internet.
In this lesson, you'll put your plan into action and enter the exciting world of classroom websites as an author! You'll learn about text editors and HTML as you begin creating a website. By the end of Lesson 2, you'll have a title, description, heading, and text for your site.
Fun With Formatting
In this lesson, you'll bring your site to life with formatting. You'll give your website visual appeal as you add color to the text and the background. You'll also learn to format and arrange text, giving your site a unique, professional look.
Selecting and Adding Images
Would you like to add a picture of your school to your website? Do you want to showcase student work? In this lesson, you'll learn how and why you should add graphics to your site and discover just how easy it is.
Banners, Backgrounds, and Animated Images
You'll take your website to the next level in this lesson. You'll find out how to select and format a background image and animated graphics for your home page. Then you'll top it all off with a custom-designed banner. These additions will liven up your web pages and impress your students!
This lesson is all about links! You'll learn about the different kinds of links and how to create them. You'll see how to place them to make it easy for visitors to navigate your site.
It's time for table fun. Tables are a great way to organize information, such as student assignments. By the end of this lesson, you'll know how to create a table, format it, add color and graphics to it, and incorporate it as an important part of your classroom website.
WebQuest Evaluation and Planning
In this lesson, you'll focus on WebQuests: unique Internet learning adventures. You'll discover how to design a fun, successful WebQuest that will enrich and educate your students. After planning your WebQuest, you'll use your HTML knowledge to begin creating it.
Completing Your WebQuest
It won't be long until your work is on the Web! Then you'll be part of that elite crowd with the skills to create and post WebQuests online to share with other teachers. In this lesson, you'll complete your WebQuest and link it to your website. You'll also explore the best ways to use this learning experience in the classroom.
Are you ready to implement a great communication tool in your classroom? In this lesson, you'll develop your own blog that will enhance your teaching and create a learning environment that transcends your classroom's walls. By the end of the lesson, you'll have the knowledge you need to create a blog, teach your students about blogging, and use blogs effectively.
Publishing Your Site
It's time to go public and post your site online! In this lesson, you'll find a host and a domain name for your site. You'll explore options to suit all budgets—including no budget. You'll also learn about File Transfer Protocol so that you can move your website files from one computer to another with ease.
Student Website Tools
Now that you're a web expert, you can share your skills with your students! In this final lesson, you'll discover great ways to help your students create their own websites and post their projects online. You'll learn how to use HTML to build a site in mere minutes, and you'll find out how web authoring software programs and your web host's site-building tools can make creating a site a snap.
Robin Sellers is a certified teacher with a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communication. She has over 11 years of experience in the traditional classroom and has been an online instructor since 2000, training thousands of students. She has the ability to take difficult or technical concepts and make them easy for her students to understand. Her students claim that she has a gift for communicating online in a clear, concise, and personal way and that she is a "born" teacher who makes her courses interesting and enjoyable.
Kt (Katie) Paxton is a certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Learning and Technology. She has more than 20 years of classroom experience and has been an online instructor since 2003. She also owned and managed a home daycare for five years and is the author of More Adventures With Kids in San Diego. Furthermore, Kt has trained and placed tutors with at-risk students in over 100 schools in addition to working with the students herself.