9/17/13 - Teacher Websites

I am not an expert on each of these platforms, but I AM a resource to help you figure them out. I've been creating websites since I was in high school (1997 MPHS graduate!) and since have helped numerous small businesses and individuals create their own websites, as well as creating and maintaining websites for NCSU Department of Communication and NCSU Research Administration. For the 2005-2006 school year, I was one of three finalists for CMS' Libby Gray Award - Webmaster of the Year (our very own Geeta, whom some of you may remember, beat me out to win the award!). No, I may not know everything when you ask me in passing, but I pride myself in being able to figure out those things that I do not know right off (and sometimes, my brain may be fried and I just need a moment to sit down and look at something before I can speak intelligently on it)! Please let me know if you need any assistance and there are also a handful of other excellent resources here at Dilworth who would be more than happy to help! Thanks for joining me for Tech Tuesday, whether in person or by visiting this page, and let me know what you would like to learn about next!

The following websites are now acceptable platforms in CMS to create your teacher website:
  • Wikispaces
    • For the last couple of years, Wikispaces has been THE platform for creating your teacher website. It is a wiki, which is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a Web site that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections." Of course, in CMS, only you are allowed to make the changes.
    • CMS support page for Wikispaces

  • Weebly
    • Weebly is a fun way to create a website wherein you drag and drop the different elements you wish to include and then edit the content. The websites look professional and they even make sure that your site is easily found in search engine searches.
    • Beginner's Guide to Weebly

  • WordPress
    • WordPress started as a blogging system, but has evolved to be a full content management system. I like the idea of using WordPress if you want to feel more like you're having a conversation with your class as opposed to just 'hanging things on the wall.' However, you can make any of the sites feel more timely, but it's easy to do with WordPress.
    • Learn WordPress.com

  • Google Sites
    • Another easy to use website creator, Google Sites stands out, in my opinion, with its educational themes that help you jump start your website creation. (There's even a WebQuest template that will help you make sure you include all of the steps of a WebQuest!)
    • Template Tips

Examples (to view other examples of our teachers' websites, go to Faculty and Staff on the Dilworth website. If your link isn't there, send me your URL!):

In doing my research for this, I came across the blog, Edudemic. Wow! I haven't had a chance to spend much time with it yet, but I would recommend checking it out when you get a chance. There's a great How-To page, as well!