Thursday, August 6, 2009

How-to Week, Day 4 - Building a Classroom Website

This is day four of How-to Week on Free Technology for Teachers. So far this week we've looked at how to create a wiki, how to create a blog, and how to use Today, I have a screencast about creating a free website using Yola. I chose Yola for this demonstration simply because it is the service I use for my department website at school. There are many other good, free website services that you can try. You can find a list of other easy-to-use, free website builders here.

You may be asking, "why would I build a website instead of a blog or wiki?" By building a website you can combine static pages for reference that will always appear in your navigation tab(s). With most website building tools you can also integrate a blog into your website.

The video below demonstrates how to create a website for free using Yola.
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Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
8 Ways to Build Websites (Not Blogs) for Free
School Rack - Website Builder Designed for Teachers
Moogo - Create a Free Website
Jimdo - Great Option for Building Your Website

Design Your Dorm - 3D Models of Rooms

Design Your Dorm is a website to which I posted a link last night on FriendFeed and Twitter. That link I posted was to a TechCrunch article.

Design Your Dorm is a website that students can use to design the layout of their dorm rooms. Students who have roommates, as most do, can collaborate with each other on the design. Design Your Dorm has standard size room designs which students can manipulate using the drag and drop interface.

Although Design Your Dorm is free to use it has a built-in shopping element which students and parents can use to purchase dorm room supplies.

For Vista Users - Retrieve Accidentally Deleted Files

We've all accidentally deleted a file at one time or another. And if you haven't you, you know someone (likely a student) who has. Today's tip from Tekzilla Daily shows you how to recover files that you've accidentally deleted even after you've emptied the trash.

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Applications for Education
If you work in a school that uses the Vista operating system, this little tip could come in handy the next time a student accidentally deletes a file.

Create an Online Quiz Using Google Forms

In keeping with the spirit of how-to week, I am sharing with you a useful video that I learned about through Miguel Guhlin's excellent blog. In the video below, produced by Classroom Next, you can learn how to use Google Docs/ Forms to create an online quiz.

Applications for Education
Placing an online quiz created using Google Forms in your classroom blog or website could be an excellent way to assess your students understanding of the basics of a topic.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
My Studiyo - Create Quizzes for Your Blog or Website
Fling the Teacher - History Quiz Games
Zoho Challenge - Conduct Tests Online