virtual-classroom-icon.jpgGeaux Online

Presenter: Lisa Dick
Are you ready to have your class geaux online? This workshop focuses on various avenues you can use to create a website for your classroom. You will even get to try out two of the possibilities hands-on! Don't worry about this being too time consuming, because this workshop is focused on the philosophy of "working smarter not harder."

What is your Comfort Level?

website.gifSteps to Create a Class Website

What Not to Do
  • Keep it simple
  • Use short titles for your pages
  • Keep pages short to avoid excessive scrolling
  • Reading from a computer is 25% slower than reading paper documents
  • Use animations effectively and sparingly
  • Watch load time with pictures, animations, and banners
  • Always be able to return to home page from anywhere on site
  • Include contact information
  • Check grammar and spelling
  • Watch for visual readability or colors and size
I wish we had an hour to spend on this

Get Lots of Ideas

  • Google Advanced Search
  • Create a Folder
  • Make a List of Items/Pages/etc
    • Philosophy of education
    • Class schedule
    • Daily quote
    • Weather
    • Homework
    • Class Rules
    • Syllabus
    • Photos
    • Sites links
    • Quizzes
    • Files

Plan, but Start Small

  • Select the basics such as home, contact, about
  • Add others that you already have prepared
  • Add other items one at a time

Learn to Evaluate Websites

ABCs of Website Evaluation

Create According to Your Comfort Level

Comfort Level One

Examples: Teacher Web, Wiki, NiceNet

comic-14.jpgComfort Level Two

Examples: Weebly, Shutterfly, Wix, Blogs

Comfort Level Three

Examples: Brain Honey, Blackboard, Edu 2.0, Schoology