Yesterday I posted a tweet on Twitter asking people for examples of great classroom websites/classroom blogs. I was flooded with a lot of great things, and I’m sure that I’ll be spending the coming weeks exploring the resources my tribe has given me.
The more I think about what I want in my classroom blog/ classroom website, the more I am trying to figure out why I even need them. Yesterday, I started with how I envision my website to look before I envisioned what the purpose of my website could be. When I think back to when classroom websites/blogs were first popping up, I thought of them as a way to connect parents with what is going on in the classroom. Blogs/websites can do this very well, but the more I learn from others the more I see the possibilities that a classroom site can have.
I have a lot of reflecting and thinking still to do, but I figured if I got some of my ideas down in a blog post, than some of my awesome friends could leave comments and help me to continue to grow in this area.
One thing that I really want to do a great job of this year is having a classroom blog. My students will have individual blogs (using either Kidblog or Weebly), but I also want us to have a main classroom blog. I would not like to be the sole author of the blog. I’m not sure what this looks like, or how often we will post, but I want it to truly be our blog, and not another blog for me to run.
One thing that I am really trying to figure out his how I can have the classroom blog and the classroom website living, breathing, and connected. I don’t want to have a classroom blog that you go to by clicking on a link from the classroom website. I need these things to be together. I’ve seen a lot of fancy versions of sites like these that cool tech people have for their own site, but I haven’t seen a lot of examples of these for classrooms.
I could probably (maybe) figure out how to create a site like the professional sites listed above, but then comes the question: what should I include in the site?
I think I’ll reflect on that question a bit.
I’d love it if you had any ideas about classroom websites/blogs, or if you had any examples that you could give. If so, please leave a comment:)