Almost there…

I can not believe that we are already nearing the end of July.  I will be back at school in a month!  That just seems unbelievable.  Needless to say, I have been planning and preparing already.  Today I spent a lot of time on my new class website.

For the past few years I have bounced around between different services.  Last year I used the new service provided by the district but I wasn’t thrilled with it.  It wasn’t user-friendly, it was a pain to update, and parents had a hard time keeping up with it.  When I sat down to figure out what I wanted to do next year, I kept coming back to this blog.  I love the ease of of blog and the interactive aspects of it.  WordPress’ software allows me to design separate pages, upload handouts, offer subscription by email, and so much more.  But of course, I want to keep this blog separate from school.  That is when I discovered Edublogs.  I love this site!  I set up a blog a few days ago and have been playing with it ever since.   I have been writing welcome posts, designing pages, and otherwise tweaking it to my preferences.  The best part is, I know I haven’t even begun to touch on the capabilities of the blog as offered by Edublogs.  So if you are looking for a great place to keep your class website or blog, definitely check out Edublogs.

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6 Responses

  1. A question for you…I just set up an Edublog. Thanks for the tip! Do you worry about safety/privacy for your students? Will you use your actual school name in your blog? What precautions will you take to keep your kids safe?

    Thanks!!

  2. Mary Anne-

    I am using my school’s initials. As for safety/privacy in the case of my students, all the students in our school sign a waiver that their parents permit pictures of them online. I will just post them on the blog instead of on our school’s homepage. And I plan to spend some time at the beginning of the year reviewing safe behavior online- first names only, the fact that I moderate comments, etc. Hopefully that will help.

  3. I just started one too at shubitz.edublogs.org. :)

  4. Thanks!!

  5. Hi Megan,
    I’m a literacy coach in Colorado. My goal for the summer was to start a website, but I have not done it yet, and I’m not even sure quite where to start. I want to use the website to communicate with teachers, and so if we create a rubric or something during a team meeting, I can put it on the website and they can download it and adapt it to meet their own needs. Would edublogs work for that?

    Thanks so much for any suggestions you can offer.
    Carol
    P.S. I already have a blog (www.carolwscorner.blogspot.com)

  6. I think edublogs would work for that. You should be able to upload word files and pdfs.

    Sarah

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