Showing posts with label teacher websites. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teacher websites. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Otter - Create a Simple Page for Distributing and Collecting Assignments

Otter is a new service that makes it easy to create simple webpages on which you can distribute information and collect assignments from students. Otter provides four widgets that you can add to your page. Those widgets are announcements, calendar events, hosted documents, and homework uploads. The widgets appear in that order on your page. Hosted documents can be uploaded from your computer or imported from Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox. Students can upload their assignment submissions through your Otter page.

Applications for Education
Otter doesn't allow you to change layouts or customize color schemes. It's just a no nonsense tool for quickly building pages through which you can distribute information and collect assignments. If a simple tool is what you need in order to develop a web presence for your course, give Otter a try.

Otter was developed by Scurry Labs who also developed a neat bookmarking tool called Sqworl

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lifeyo - Quick and Easy Website Creation

Lifeyo is a free service for creating great-looking websites and blogs. It takes less than a minute to create your new website with Lifeyo. To get started just enter a title for your site, pick a design template, and create an account by entering your email address. All of Lifeyo's clean, simple, and good-looking templates allow you to include a blog element within your website. Integrating a blog within the site is a great option for those people who are just getting started online and aren't yet sure how they're going to use their blogs or websites.

I learned about Lifeyo from Allen Stern at Center Networks. Allen recorded a video demonstration of Lifeyo with one of Lifeyo's founders at SXSW. Watch the video below.

Applications for Education
One of the hurdles to getting teachers to build their own classroom website or blog is getting them to believe that they can create their own websites. The ease with which a Lifeyo website can be created makes it a good option for teachers who lack confidence in their "technology skills." Likewise, Lifeyo's ease of use makes it easy to get students creating websites to serve as online portfolios of their work.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
8 Ways to Create Websites (Not Blogs) for Free
Moogo - Create a Free Website

Friday, March 12, 2010

Updated - Creating a Teacher's Online Hub

Earlier this week I posted the first draft (only up for about 30 minutes) and second draft of a slide that I developed for use in a presentation that I'm giving next week. The presentation is about using blogs, websites, and wikis to improve the learning experience for all parties involved (students, parents/guardians, and teachers). Using the feedback that I got on Twitter and in blog comments I made some alterations to the slide. Thank you to everyone that gave me feedback. Your feedback was a good example of why we should all have a PLN. I didn't use every suggestion, but I think you'll notice some changes.

Some people have asked if they can reuse the slide/image. The answer is yes, all I ask is that you give proper attribution. For those who wanted a PDF version, you can grab it here.

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

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jimdo - Great Option for Building Your Website

There is no shortage of free platforms for building your own website. Some are very good and appropriate for schools while other platforms are not. I've outlined eight good free website platforms in the past. Now I will add Jimdo to that list.

Like most other free website building platforms, Jimdo allows you to pick your own subdomain. For example, my Jimdo site is What makes Jimdo such a good option is the wide array of templates, layouts, background options, and editing options. On many free website builders once you pick a template or design you're locked into all of the pre-defined parameters of that template unless you know HTML and CSS. Jimdo is different because it allows you to tweak the predefined templates and designs.

Aside from the design options, Jimdo has some other integrated elements worth mentioning. Jimdo offers you the option to create a blog as an element of your website. You can also take advantage of email management options within Jimdo.

To learn more about Jimdo, watch the short video embedded below.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a free platform on which to build your classroom website and blog, Jimdo is well worth giving a good look. If the look of your website and blog is important to you, Jimdo gives you more options than most of it's direct competitors.

As we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st century, every classroom should have it's own web presence. Not only is it a good resource for parents and students, it's a good way to keep track of what your class has done over the course of a semester or year.