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Creating your classroom webpage requires a lot of planning, this is your interface to the world, your main audience is obviously your students and their parents, but other visitors to the site may include other teachers, potential employees and the general public.

Just remember that you are creating a professional webpage, and keep your target audience in mind at all times. Put yourself in the shoes of parents and students, ask yourself why they might want to visit your site and think about how easy it should be to navigate to the information they may need. There should be nothing on your webpage that you would not be willing to tell or show a parent in a face-to-face meeting.

NOTE: The standards in the teacher portfolio are based on NCLB highly qualified teacher status and the Texas Teacher Technology Competencies. Upon completion of your ePortfolio, you will receive professional development credit and certificates that you can submit to SBEC (if requested) to prove that you meet these standards; in addition your competence is evaluated in your PDAS, this MUST therefore be your own work.

In order to prove that your ePortfolio is your own work, be prepared to demonstrate your competence in these standards when you submit your ePortfolio for acceptance. Teachers who have worked closely with the Instructional Technology Teacher and attended multiple trainings will, for the most part, have demonstrated their competency in the relevant areas during these sessions.

Resources:

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

WEBSITE EVALUATION RUBRIC

STUDENT MEDIA FORM

STUDENT WORK PUBLICATION FORM

The following are guidelines and the exemplary rubric proficiencies (in green) for standard pages to be created by each certified teacher, you may add to these and depending on your position, some of these pages may not be pertinent to you. For more detailed information, please review the web portfolio rubric link below. Remember, the following are only guidelines for minimum requirements, you may change the name of a page, as long as the information is still pertinent, you should also create pages that are outside of the realm of the following requirements, provided they are within the remit of your professional responsibilities.

How to access and edit your teacher web.

 
General Rubric Proficiencies (for your entire site)

Relevance of Content to Students and Parents (5 points max)

  • The content has a unique main idea / purpose / theme and includes useful educational information for students and parents.
  • The content is at grade level, written clearly and concisely, and points readers to high quality, up to date pertinent resources. The content is highly informative and provides essential information to the reader. Information is updated frequently and includes the date of the update to emphasize freshness of content.

 Fair Use Guidelines (5 points max)

  • Fair use guidelines are followed with proper use of citations throughout the Web page.

 

Ensure all images, documents, and audio are properly cited; you must fully comply with all copyright laws. If you are using your own work, cite yourself as the author.

Writing Mechanics (4 points max)

  •  The text on all pages has no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

 

Contact Person, Copyright and Update Information (4 points max)

  • Home page includes the author of the website or contact person including department name, telephone, date of creation or revision, and copyright information.

Use of Photos, Graphics, Sound, Animation and Video (4 points max)

  • All of the photographs, graphics, sound and/or video enhance the content and create interest.
  • All photos, graphics, audio and/or video files are high quality images or sound with proper voice projection, appropriate language, and clear delivery. Background audio is kept in balance and does not overpower the primary audio.
  • Creativity and original images enhance the content of the Web pages in an innovative way.

Internal and External Navigation (4 points max)

  • All of the menus, navigation links and all internal links and sections of the website connect back to the home page and/or
  • All external links to connecting websites are active and functioning.

Layout and Text Elements (4 points max)

  • The typography is easy-to-read and point size varies appropriately for headings and text. Use of bullets, italics, bold, and indentations enhances readability.
  • The background, colors and layout are artful and consistent across the website and enhance the readability of the information presented.

Teacher Home Page - an introductory page, otherwise known as your home page. Place information on this page that would be useful to visitors, such as your name, email address, department, room number, schedule, tutoring times etc. The page should include a greeting and a brief overview as to how the site may be used (e.g. you may want to tell students which page they can download their work from if they are absent for the day). Keep this page brief, but eye catching, images that support your content area or organizations you sponsor are fine, however this is not a page where people should need to scroll down much to read everything.

If you are not a classroom teacher, use this page to describe your role and or duties, you should also include how and when you may best be contacted etc.

A good introduction is present. Page invites the viewer to explore the website. Page explains to the viewer what they can expect on subsequent web pages. This page does not include personal information or course descriptions. (9 points max)

Course Description Page- is where you describe course expectations and objectives based on content area TEKS. You could use the course description from the course catalog and create a hyperlink to the TEKS for your course.  If you handed out a course syllabus, classroom rules & consequences etc. at the beginning of the school year, paste this on this page. You are welcome to add any other relevant elements to your role.

If you are not a classroom teacher, you may use this page for your personal credo or useful information pertinent to your responsibilities.

Course Description page includes an outline or syllabus of the course or classroom grade level. Enough detail is present to satisfy a typical parent or student of what to expect in this class. Detail should be included, but should be determined by the grade and content level. (9 points max)     

Meet the Teacher Page - is where you introduce yourself, include information such as your professional portfolio, maybe your teaching philosophy or some personal information (e.g. where you grew up, your interests, groups you sponsor etc.). Include the institutions where you were educated (include hyperlinks) and create links to these, this enables our students to research them. Please remember to keep this professional, it is NOT a social networking page, but your way of letting parents and students know that you are qualified to teach your subject matter. Include a yearbook style photo of yourself (head and shoulders, not full length). You may include other photos, but they should be current and relevant to your professional life, NOT family photos. If you want to add a link to your teaching certificate, you can lookup the online version here: SBEC teacher lookup.

Even if you are not a classroom teacher, parents and students have a right to know that you are qualified to be in your position.

Meet the Teacher page should have relevant information about the teacher. This is not a place to over-share… just enough information for students and parents. Includes a yearbook-style photo. (9 points max)

Helpful Links Page - links to offsite resources, you need a minimum of 5 relevant links.

Irrespective of your position, you should be able to provide links to sites that tie in with your duties, these may include instructional sites, resources on the TEA website or local organizations that provide services.

Helpful Links page has several useful links for students and parents. This is the place students want to go to in order to begin research on classroom work. (9 points max)

Instructional Resources Page – this is the page you teach from on a regular basis, it is not a helpful links page. I would recommend you use the “Assignments Page” template to create this page since it lends itself best to the variety of resources that you may use and it accommodates due dates. Your entire collection of lesson plans and teaching resources can be placed on this page. Students can then use these to review concepts and information that have already been covered. Resources that could be stored on this page include handouts, presentations, links to websites you may use in your lesson, etc.  If you have students who are absent or homebound, they should be able to come to this page to review the lessons that you have taught and download any assignments that they may have missed. If you use any documents that need to have restricted access, ensure you page is password protected.

If you are not a classroom teacher, you may still have resources or presentations that should be shared with staff, students or parents.

The Instructional Resource page is full of Teacher directed lessons and activities. It is apparent that the teacher uses this page to direct discussion and activities on the classroom. (7 points max)

Student Showcase Page - is where you can place student work for everyone to see, you should have a good collection of differing assignments from multiple students in different classes. Remember to use only the first names of students and do not place a visible grade on their work. Please ensure you have the parental consent form completed before you display the work of any student. You need at least 15 examples of student work to get the full 9 points.

Student Showcase page includes scans or links to several student works. Only first names are present on the student products. No grades are present. (9 points max)

Blog Page - is where you allow students, parents or other staff members to comment on a topic of your choice.  This is a good means of obtaining ideas or feedback and although it is wise to moderate posts, responses may be anonymous.  If you are going to use this for a grade, make sure your students have usernames that do not identify them to others. Student names on blogs should be in first name, last initial or first initial, last name format.

Blog page includes at least two relevant posts to the site that encourages others to respond. At least two posts are present and several relevant responses are present. (9 points max)

Podcast Page – if you have a Flip camera, or a document camera that has recording functionality, this is your perfect opportunity to making good use of it.  Create instructional videos that can be used to re-teach or reviewed by students who were absent.  There should be evidence that you have edited the video (title, credits etc.) and it must include narration.  You can create videos with photographs or drawings, a document camera, an iPad/cell phone app, a Flip camera (or other video camera) or with screen recording software such as that on the Promethean ActivInspire software.

Podcast page includes a self-made video that focuses on one topic. Video should be at least 1 minute long, but less than 5 minutes long. (9 points max)

Classroom Calendar – is a good place to enter upcoming events to remind staff, students and parents alike.  When you create assignments, you can have them auto populate your calendar.

Documents – are best added as links to SkyDrive files (or embed the HTML) if you choose to upload a document ensure that it is in PDF format, both methods allow users to view the files without the need for expensive software.  The advantage to using linked SkyDrive files is that the item can be amended and this will reflect immediately on the website.

Photo tips – make sure the photo is not blurred; use the two-thirds rule, portraits should be head and shoulders only. Some teachers have experienced problems with photos if they do not upload them to the School Wires server before inserting them on their page.

Video tips – the best page template to use is the Podcast Page, media files should be in one of these formats: SWF, AVI, P3, MP4, WAV or WMV. When uploading files, it’s best to insert video directly from your computer rather than to try and upload it to the School Wires server first. Don’t forget, if you use a web-based video, you can embed the HTML code.

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Unless they are adult students, parental consent should be obtained to add student images (still or video) and student work.
  • Never include a student’s full name on the website; you may use the first initial with last name.  Names should not be linked to photos either.
  • Make sure you run a spelling/grammar check, you can do this by pasting text in Word and then proof-read it
  • Check your links, make sure they work, do not use a special characters other than a dash or an underscore in a file name, this is the most common cause of broken links
  • For Word, PowerPoint, Excel or OneNote files, place the documents in SkyDrive and embed the HTML, all other documents should be saved in PDF format, this means that users can view your documents without having to buy specialized software
  • Follow copyright law when adding anything that is not your own work to your website, please ensure you cite the source of all images (even if they are copyright free) and do not publish anything that specifically states that it may not be reproduced. For work that you created, you are the source, make sure you indicate this somewhere
  • Proprietary files should be password protected
  • Do not over share, KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL
  • Your portfolio is a work in progress, keep it up-to-date
  • Anyone who creates an account with a Gaggle email address is considered a student for security purposes
  • Make sure you use legible fonts (12 point Arial or Verdana is good)
  • Make sure the font colors don't prohibit readability
  • Don't type more than a few words in ALL CAPS
  • Don't underline words if they're not links

 

CONSIDER CREATING YOUR PORTFOLIO IN PROJECT SHARE

  • It stays with you even if you change districts
  • Students have Project Share accounts, which can make working with assignments easier
  • Project Share is a TEA initiative, it is here to stay
  • It’s a one-stop-shop for your ePortfolio, resources and to connect with students
  • If you do this, make sure you place a link on your Schoolwires site to connect to you Project Share ePortfolio

 http://projectsharetexas.org/