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. 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.
The following are the standard pages created for each certified teacher, you may add to these and depending on your position, some of these pages may not be pertinent to you.
- 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, 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), how often you expect to update your grades, web page etc. 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.
- Course Description Page - is where you describe course expectations and objectives based on content area TEKS. You could also place your course syllabus, classroom rules & consequences and supply list on this page. You are welcome to add any other relevant elements to this page.
- Meet the Teacher Page - is where you introduce yourself, you should include your professional portfolio, your teaching philosophy and some personal information (e.g. where you grew up, a brief overview of your family, your interests, groups you sponsor etc.). 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 photo of yourself in a spirit shirt either in school or in front of the school. You may include other photos, but they should be current and relevant to your professional life.
- Helpful Links Page - links to offsite resources
- Instructional Resources Page - is the page you teach from on a regular basis. All of your lesson plans and teaching resources can beplaced on this page. Students can use this page to review concepts and information that have already been covered. Resources that could be stored on this page include hand-outs, PowerPoints, WebQuests, etc.
- Assignments - This is the page where parents and students can obtain information on their assignments, they should see a description of what is expected and download worksheets, rubrics etc. as appropriate. Please ensure that assignments correspond with the information you have in Gradespeed and that assignments from C-Scope are protected with a password. The assignment due date will be populated on your classroom calendar automatically
- Student Showcase Page - is where you can place student work for everyone to see. 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
- Classroom Calendar - a good place to enter upcoming events to remind students and parents alike
Other features that you must include in your web site are podcasts and blogs.
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 – flash video files upload best (see me about a converter) despite what is indicated on the site and it's best to insert video directly from your computer rather than to try and upload it to the School Wires server first.