Helloooo!! I am back to share a bit more about the website I've been working on for my students and their families. I have big plans for this website/blog this year...
I'm using it as the focal piece of my Parent Information Night presentation!
And I'm linking it up with Elizabeth's and my (sounds awkward, but you can give a teacher a break since it's summer, right?) weekly linky party...Optimum Organization.
Why? Well, it's really helping me get organized in several ways at once:
- I'm setting up all of my information I'd like to share with my parents during Parent Information Night.
- I'm planning out the major parts of my year as I create the site.
- I'm linking up frequently-visited kid sites my class continually uses throughout the year.
Nothing like one project taking care of so many important things, is there?
And, really, I have no idea why I've never thought of this before. In the past, I've always gone with Powerpoint Presentations during Parent Information Night, which are informative and all...but just for that one moment. And I imagine as I nervously speed-talk through all of that important information, my poor parents are completely inundated with systems and procedures. With a website/blog, they can go back and read at their leisure, should they want more information than provided in the 15 minute presentation.
For this particular site I'm using Blogger. I call it our website rather than blog because, with Blogger's page features, it is very easy to make the whole layout more website-like...with the blog part being the home page featuring updates and class news.
So, here's a breakdown of what I have so far my website, as well as how it will be presented during our Parent Information Night...
So. I decided to keep the site pretty simple, that way it wouldn't have too much information to navigate through.
One of the most important features will be the Subcribe widget...
I know how busy parents can be and I certainly don't expect them to frequently visit our class blog on top of everything else they already do...I'm hoping this feature will provide an easy way for them to stay informed of upcoming events and projects, as it will be delivered right to their inbox.
I only have two other widgets in the sidebar...
The home page itself will be the blog of updates.
The black text links are pages for parents...
Each of those sub-headings can be clicked and will jump down the page to the section containing that information. For example, parents can click on Word Work...
This Classroom page has the bulk of the information on our site. I did include a few other pages as well.
Mastery Connect has the code for a Common Core app and widget!
The same was true of the Calendar page...
The final parent page is my contact information.
The remaining pages are those fun little guys on the right hand side of the site. Those are for my students and will feature websites and apps we use during the school year. Now this is something I have always done with my class and it's very helpful for both school and home for my students.
And that's all I have! I really tried to keep it pretty simple and basic...I know I get lost easily when I go to a website that has a lot of information and menus (is it bad to admit that???).
If you would like more information on making those page jumps (return to top) or adding any of those widgets, please let me know and I can in explain in more detail.
Do you have tips to share for keeping parents informed? Maybe you would like to link up with Optimum Organization, we would love to have you join us!
Or please feel free to share your advice in the comments below!