Project Time: Build Your Website

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This is it!  Time to take all the skills you have learned and actually build a website.  At then end of this assignment you will have a website you can be proud of, use in the classroom (or wherever) and share with the world.

Are you ready? 😉

Frustration Alert

Going from learning how to build a website to actually putting it together is a big step.  It requires that we try, learn, fail and learn again.  Please note it is ok to make mistakes and, actually, is a sign that you are pushing yourself in a new direction. Websites are dynamic tools and you can make all the changes you need along the development path you are now starting.   Just go for it!

AssignmentAssignment

  • Take the map you designed for your website and put it into action.
  • Create a website with at least 10 pages.  You do not have to populate every page with content, but you should have the pages up and ready to go.  This will motivate you to add content to the pages.
  • Include a graphic/picture or photo gallery on every page. We all are attracted to visual images and it really will enhance the look of your site.
  • Upload/embed at least one video.
  • In the f section below, leave a brief response (for or against) this statement: “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.” Or… Leave a response to one of the existing comments below.
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  • Write an awesome reflection on the process of designing a website.   You may want to discuss:
    1. Include a link to your website
    2. Your hopes and dreams for the website
    3. Obstacles to using the website for your students, parents and other teachers.
    4. How you will overcome these obstacles
    5. Future development and design plans.  Go “blue sky” with this one and discuss what you hope to see happen even if it is unrealistic at this point.

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  1. I agree. We are living in the age of technology. Technology becomes a representative of main way in communication. It would be less effective in information delivery without support of technology. It is also true with education. To be an effective educator in 21st century, it is a Must to have our own website.

    • I agree with you Vanessa, but many people talk to really think it should not be a requirement. I think they find it annoying to have even more work to do on top of their existing work.

    • As a third grade teacher, I’m not sure that a website is critical, but it definitely enhances and showcases what we do in the classroom. Now that my site is up and running I think it will be easy to update from week to week and year to year. My students are so creative and talented that I want the district to be aware of our accomplishments.

    • I agree that we need to use 21st century skills, but I don’t think a website is the only option. My new school is a 1:1 Chrome book school. Students use Google Classrooms to post assignments, comment on peers’ work, access their own work…I’m not even in the school yet and I see the potential. While not a website, this has a lot of the same features on a site that is locked down to the general public. Do I think we are doing our students a disservice? No. Do I think a website is a powerful tool? Absolutely!

  2. I am going to also agree with Vanessa. This is the world our students live in, that of complex technology. Many of my colleagues try to fight against it, I think it is a powerful tool to harness. It may be more work, but a site is also a powerful organizational tool for both students and teachers. We shouldn’t use technology just to use it, but rather, as a vehicle to enhance learning in a very deliberate manner.

    • Funny, I used technology just to use it at first. I was just so nerdy (likely still am) that I had fun playing with it. It was about six years ago that I started to clue in that with a website you can really reach out to a much larger group of people The chance to share, share is awesome and fits well with a teacher’s philosophy of giving content to others. So fun!

  3. In today’s Digital Era, I should agree with it. Technology is everywhere. Therefore for educational field, it’s necessary for teachers to use website to provide students more resources in the modern way.
    However, I still believe technology is only a tool, which cannot cover all the things. Students should learn more things other than how to manipulate technology. And teachers can also use other ways to nurture their students.

  4. In my opinion, I really like having a website. It helps me organize the teaching resources, and also helps students and parents to get timely information about my class. However, every teacher has his/her different teaching style. For me, the website is helpful, but for some other teachers, it may be difficult to use technology or they just don’t like having a website. They could use other ways to help students learn. I believe, as the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome. As a teacher, once you find the most comfortable and effective ways of teaching, just do it!

    • I like your Rome comment. But if a website is the best way to go, should all teachers go that way at some point? So many people are using them now, maybe the road to Rome is a road to a website?

  5. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    Hmmmm. I definitely believe a teacher website is a necessity for me.
    It facilitates organizing, planning, sharing and communicating to students, parents, and other educators.
    (“Ms. B…. what was the homework for last thursday? I was out sick”)
    It takes a little time to create and upkeep, but saves you hours in the long haul.

    I will stop short of saying that every educator should have one. Going forward, yes absolutely. But does the mature
    teacher with 20 years of classroom experience and a proven track record need to jump on board? I’m not sure.

    In Oregon there are some schools where a significant number of the students have no home access to the
    internet or a computer. While you can provide school access or point them to public access options, it still can
    leave them at a disadvantage.

    • I many ways I think you answered the question with this response: ” It takes a little time to create and upkeep, but saves you hours in the long haul.” That alone is reason to do it. I even think older teachers should do it as well. I am one of those and it sure helps me. In fact should they maybe help take the lead on doing this?

      I hear what you say about access, but having a website will help push the world to prioritize internet access. That is such a critical component for economic success in the future.

  6. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    Every educator is different. I think the educators that are graduating now and becoming a teacher (if they can find a job) should be pretty technology savvy as the kids they teach will be. For some, the ability to have everything right there for the students is awesome. For others, it may be too much upkeep. I sometimes worry that making things so easy for kids (use of calculators for tests, smart phone looking up info, etc.) makes the kids have to depend on it. Teaching kids and they don’t know their times tables because they have an app for it and it’s easy is kind of scary. With that said, if done right, technology in classrooms can really enrich lives.

    • I’m just not sure how a teacher survives today with a some type of technological communication. Even if that one piece of their website is simply their contact information, it must include an e-mail address that they actively check and reply to. I also am a believe in the encouragement of allowing students to communicate with me via e-mail for homework, about grades, or simply asking questions. I do still want them to be comfortable talking with me face-to-face but opening up the electronic means of communication with students and parents is a piece of the puzzle that can’t be missing as a part of today’s classroom.

  7. In the comments section below, leave a brief response (for or against) this statement: “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.” Or… Leave a response to one of the existing comments below.

    This is a tricky one because, as educators, we serve such a variety of students and already have such a HUGE work load. Parents have to be pretty involved to be using the web page, too, and in my school, many families lack the: internet, involvement, understanding of how to follow something like this. So, I think it depends. It can be very useful if people are using it, but if they are not using it, they are certainly not being disserviced. I am still stoked to have one! It certainly can’t hurt!

    • As a person who has just built a website, you are very kind. 😉 I keep thinking all teachers should have one or at least will at some point in the future. We have to move our classrooms into the digital realm so we can better communicate with our students and parents.

      Let’s talk in a year and let me know what you think then!

  8. I wont be so bold as to say that I believe every teacher today should have a website. However, I do believe that every teacher needs to have some kind of online presence. There are many accommodations such as Edmodo, weebly, squarespace, googlesites, google drive, etc. that provide teachers with online tools for education. The best case scenario is a teacher’s own website, but there are plenty of alternatives for maintaining online presence. Teachers who do not take advantage of today’s digital landscape are not those from which I would choose to learn, or entrust to fully prepare my children. For a teacher’s own sake they should have some online presence to avoid becoming irrelevant and unemployable.

  9. I know that as a parent, I want my child’s teachers to have websites. It makes me feel like I can be more involved and supportive at home. I know that not all of the parents in my school district will use a teacher’s website in the same way that I would. It is true that many of the parents in my district do not even have Internet at home. However, it is the way the world is working now. Everything is on the Internet, so it seems like schools need to keep up with that technology. Even if I know not all parents will use it, I feel like I need to have as site for those who will. Also, I think I can refer to the site in class and show kids that my class is using technology in the same way that the rest of the world does. Even if kids don’t have Internet at home, they still know that the Internet is important. They have never known a world without the Web, so I think they expect everything to be available online.

  10. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I think calling it a “disservice” might be a little too harsh. While I don’t believe every educator needs a website, they should be keeping up with today’s technology and integrating it into their classrooms. I have seen teacher sites that would be better off non-existent, as it was almost damaging to students. One in particular was nothing but walls of text and links – directing students to videos or sites without further explanation. In turn, that made him very ill-prepared in the classroom; never had any handouts and he would blame the students for being unprepared (not printing everything out themselves). He also seemed to enjoy using his site as an avenue for voice his cynicism. Not the most professional.

    Of course, this is a stand-out case, however, my point is that technology can be a double-edged sword. It can be a tool for good or bad. Now don’t get me wrong, I am very much in the pro-website camp, but if this eventually becomes another requirement for educators, it could backfire. Just like students, we cannot force them to learn, but we certainly can put the information out there and hope they grab on, but different strokes for different blokes. I know some great teachers who rarely use technology, and I know some equally great teachers who do. : )

    • Wow, that stinks what he was doing with the site. Sometimes you have to both teach ’em AND learn ’em. He seemed focused on the former and blamed the students for the lack of the latter.

  11. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I personally love having a website and have found that it really helps in conveying information to the families I work with, along with making students take more ownership in their learning. Since I post homework, ppts, videos shown in class, etc. the excuses of “I didn’t know”, “I didn’t have materials”, “I was out sick”, etc I don’t hear because the students in my class know that they are responsible for visiting my website. However, I work with a population that have their own computers and an online presence is the norm. On the other hand, I’ve also worked with schools where ‘technology’ was considered a slate for each student and a piece of chalk. Having an online presence/ website would mean nothing to them. In fact, the disservice would have been if I created material for those teachers and then told them to go online to my website and access it. Seeing as the villages didn’t have electricity, in this case having a website would have been futile. Therefore, I think it’s really important to think about the population you’re working with, access to technology that the students/ families have, and then build from there.

  12. I think that every educator should have a web page. Anything that supports access to information to more people the better. By having one, students and families can gain access to the information from your classroom or team more readily. This supports the students and families in getting the most out of what you are doing. This will only increase in the coming years. As access to the internet becomes more mobile, the way that we correspond with our students and families becomes more frequent, and that can only benefit everyone. I’m excited to see the use of my site and hope that others will be glad to use it.

  13. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I love my new website and can’t wait to share how to make one with my colleagues, but I disagree with this statement. I remember being in seventh grade when I first heard about the internet. None of my junior high or high school teachers ever had a webpage and I feel I learned a great deal from all of them. Having a website does not make you a good teacher. A teacher website is just another tool teachers can use to harvest their students interest and communicate better with both the students and the parents.

  14. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I agree with the above statement and believe that there is no other direction to go. Technology is a necessary evil in our society and while our students and future generations are growing up with it as a huge part of their culture, I did not. I am not that old, but I still struggle with the right balance between utilizing technology and my desire to communicate with a real human. My fear is that we will all become so reliant upon the internet, we will lose ourselves. That being said, I know that in my field and a majority of fields, the internet is simply another tool that needs to be adequately utilized in order to keep moving forward. Luckily, when needed, I simply turn all gadgets off and get lost in a good book, or walk in the woods behind my house, or take the time to meet up with a friend face-to-face. Counseling session done for today!

    • Great point: “My fear is that we will all become so reliant upon the internet, we will lose ourselves.” As this moves forward we are surely having that existential thought as to what “self” really is and how it will change.

      Let’s talk again in 20 years when we can see what happened. 😉

  15. In today’s tech –savvy world, I think it’s important to for teachers to reach out to students in a way that they are familiar. Technology is not going to go away, by using technology in our classrooms, we are teaching our students how to use it responsibly and for a purpose besides socializing. I do however think that whatever teachers do online, it must be done well and with purpose. I think the disservice would be for a teacher to use technology poorly or to be forced into it when it doesn’t work for them. For my particular class, a website will be a great asset that I hope will enhance my student’s experiences and the community’s involvement.

  16. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    Websites provide us all with the opportunity to expand our understanding of the traditional and new digital disciplines. A good website provides teachers with the opportunity to support and facilitate students learning and personal inquiry. However, websites are still just a tool, like iPads and other multimedia devices. When teachers facilitate students learning, they select from a broad range of skills to suite the job at hand. There are millions of teachers out there who don’t have their own website, communicate with students/parents through email etc. and are still doing a fantastic job. I like and see the value of personal websites, but I don’t think teachers who don’t have one are doing their students a disservice.

  17. Yes, I think every teacher should have some kind of web presence as a service to students and parents. As an art teacher, the ability to show galleries of student work and provide links to art resources is already proving to be valuable. A website is an extension of the classroom and one thing I am very adamant about in my classroom is creating a welcoming, community based environment. It is an interesting challenge for me to consider the look, feel and function of my site as a tool to strengthen the sense of community among my students.

    • Ooh! I love the idea of students being able to show galleries of their work. I am not an art teacher–I teach science and birth and breastfeeding classes, so I had not thought about this application. Also, I see it as being such a great way for students to develop a real professional skill–especially when it comes to promoting their skills as an artist and showcasing their work, something that will be useful for them as they move beyond school. And a great way for them to view other student’s sites and learn from each other–both in terms of their art, but also in terms of how they present that the the wider world. Very cool.

  18. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”
    At my school we have Edmodo, a service that kind of works like Facebook. A lot of teachers, including me, use this.
    Some educators for what ever reason do not use any digital communication. Part of the issue is that not all of our
    students have access to computers, except at school. Even that is limited. I do love being able to put work on
    line and having students get work that way. This class is a great example of where education is headed.

  19. I’m going to take the middle road on this claim that every teacher must have his/her own website.

    An unnecessary/poorly-designed/redundant website is no help to anyone, so I wouldn’t say that every educator must have one. That being said, I have yet to see a single class that doesn’t benefit from some level of web-presence. Even my woodshop class has benefited from the web–my kids keep blogs of their work, their resources are all linked from the class site, their grades are posted via the web, they watch videos demonstrating safe use of tools, etc. However, a co-worker of mine has almost zero web-integration in the exact same class, and his kids produce work that is every bit as high-quality as mine, and they certainly don’t complain about the lack of the website. In fact, I wouldnt be suprised if they were even a bit relieved! How many times do we ask our kids to open their laptops and go to the Moodle, share a document on Google Drive, etc. etc. Maybe they are yearning for the old-school. They certainly enjoy using ‘ancient’ tools (i.e. hammer and chisel) more than modern ones (i.e. 3D printers)–to my surprise.

    All that being said, the process of building a website forces you to do a lot of very useful things, such as organize your content in student-navigable ways, develop resources that appeal to digital-learners, and generally improve your tech-skills. Not to mention, they are wonderful to point parents towards when they have questions like, “What does ____ need to study for their exam?” and “When will ____ have his next test?”.

  20. I really disagree with this blanket statement (despite being a technology teacher, having had websites for years, and heavily into all things tech). Having a website does not make a good teacher, and not having a website certainly does not harm the students’ abilities to learn. Having a web presence is different though, and the majority of educators in the US already have that through their district tools, Gradebooks and email is generally available to parents and students at the very least. Programs like Synergy, Jupitergrades, and Edmodo enable parents and students to communicate with teachers. They also allow assignments and files to be shared. Use of the Internet and other technologies are being integrated more and more into all classroom subjects through a variety of tech tools. For most, websites are not the primary communication tool since other things have evolved to take up that niche. It takes lots of time to make and maintain a website, so as a professional, teachers should be able to judge whether or not the time spent on a website will be worth it. Some student populations do not use the Internet as much or have the access out of school. Some classes, like mine, lend themselves to using websites more than others.

  21. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I agree and disagree with this statement. I agree that we should all have a class website, however I don’t think that we are doing a HUGE disservice to our students if we don’t. I’ve taught the past two years without one, and while it would have been helpful to have a class website (in the end more helpful to me than my students for the extra work it saves me), I think that my students have been well served without. That being said, this next year will be better for all parties because I have one.
    My only issue with all of this is the equity issue. I have some very poor students who don’t have smart phones or internet access at home. I’m worried about them being able to use the website with same ease as the rest of my students. They will have opportunities to use it at the library, but I don’t want this to put added strain on their lives…

  22. Having a website has nothing to do with my ability to teach, but it does aid in the communication piece. I like my students to be aware of what is happening, and I use my website for this. It is where I upload the daily assignments and lessons in the hope that an absent student will get this information and be prepared for when they are next in my class.

  23. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I think every teacher needs to have at least some online presence – it could be a website, a blog, a google classroom site, a wiki, etc – This is how students access information and what they expect – It really depends on the course and classes as to how a teacher creates their online presence. For me a website works for most of my content because my classes are held in a lab where every student has a computer in front of them – It is easy for me to put all my content online and have students access it via the web – Even if you aren’t building a site, I really do believe you do a disservice to your students if they can’t access your content digitally – even if that is just dropbox or google drive. They should really be able to get things they need at any time and access the course material.

  24. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I don’t know that I totally agree with this statement. I do not believe that NOT having a website automatically does a disservice to the students. The quality of teaching is not necessarily determined by a teachers online presence, but by a teacher’s relationship with his/her students. All that said, I think an online presence is helpful for students and parents IF it is updated regularly. If it is not up to date information, it really is not relevant.

  25. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I do think that having a website does improve accessibility to parents and students, but having a website is not a necessity. What goes on in the classroom, what is being taught, and what is being learned isn’t dictated by a website. I do think that having a website is helpful. It can open a window into the classroom and allows the teacher to better communicate about what is going on in the classroom. That can enhance the learning opportunities for students.

  26. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I think that having a class website is nice supplement to students’ education. Students can certainly achieve great academic success without a class website. I don’t see it as a necessity. I don’t think that educators that do not use one are doing a disservice to their students. I think that educators that do use them are providing an awesome additional service for their students. With that in mind, I would encourage as many other educators to use a class website as possible. It won’t hurt, it will only help.

  27. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I don’t 100% agree with this statement. While I am excited about my new website and I think it will be incredibly helpful for my students and their parents, I don’t feel that a website makes or breaks a good teacher. While not against technology by any means, I’d like to see kids do more hands on work away from computer screens. I think most students on average see an incredible amount of screen time already. Can websites be incredibly beneficial? Yes. Can a poorly designed website be a time trap and frustrate students? Yes, sadly I’ve seen it happen. So…. while I feel a website is a great tool, saying an educator is somehow hurting their students by not having one is, in my opinion, not true.

  28. As educators we should strive to prepare students for the future and life beyond high school. Part of this preparation is connecting them with and educating them about digital resources. Increasingly, more jobs require some knowledge of computers. Additionally, to obtain information you need to know how to navigate a wide variety of technologies. By exposing students to educational resources in the classroom, we are helping to prepare them for real world experiences.

  29. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.” In my role as a teacher-librarian, I don’t have students connecting to my website for class usage, so it’s difficult to get students to go to it and interact with in when there are classroom teachers demanding daily interaction with theirs. Every educator should have a website or something similar because it’s what students are familiar with. Learning the language of the web is part of one’s job, learning how to better utilize it for instructional practice through creative projects that are authentic learning opportunities for students. Website construction can be part of that learning. It doesn’t meant that teachers have to be totally proficient with it but at the least able to project the possibilities it offers.

    • I too, am a teacher-librarian. I love the idea of a website and it seems the students use and respond to their teacher’s websites. For the library, there is so much information to get to the students that a website makes sense. I sometimes wonder about website overload for our students but they seem able to navigate the various sites they need for each class. As a school we have the overall portals and grading sites as well as the individual class sites. It is a lot, but if each website is able to organize the information the students need, then using these sites will help our students find what they need efficiently.

  30. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”
    I don’t entirely agree with this statement. I see a lot of very good teachers that put a lot of time and effort into their classes. Creating a website could actually take away from their vitality and creativity. Sometimes teachers are pounded with so many “you shoulds” that they get very overwhelmed. The disservice to the students is when the teachers don’t care and don’t continue to work on making their material exciting. However, I do think that having a website as a teacher can be very beneficial. As time goes on, parents and students can start to depend on online lesson plans to help them manage their lives. It is also a great opportunity for students to get help, get an understanding of what a teacher is looking for, a way to showcase student work, and a way to garner excitement for their program.

  31. Every educator SHOULD have a website. Our students are digital natives who basically live on the internet. By providing them a well designed website can increase their access to information they wouldn’t otherwise have. This is also a way to improve their ability to use websites as they learn to navigate the class page.

  32. “Every educator should have a website.” I think the world is definitely moving that direction. The pros are that it is one more way to keep students connected, and by utilizing technology you can ‘flip’ instruction so that students view a piece of online learning and then make best use of the teacher getting targeted help implementing whatever was learned. The con is how hugely time consuming it is to build and keep up a website-especially in the beginning. I could never start that project in the middle of the year, definitely a summer activity for me.

  33. Not every educator needs a website. Many of my most respected colleagues do not have a site. Teaching is much more about relationships and sharing a passion for learning.

  34. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I have mix feelings about such statement. On one hand, in the ideal world where educators have sufficient time to create and maintain a website, it makes sense for every teacher to have a website. As a parent and an educator, I can see a lot of value in it. On the other hand, as priorities of public education stand today, it would be unrealistic to ask every teacher to create and maintain such site. Between planning, teaching, and grading there is no time to do anything else. Even those tasks take up a lot more then seven hours a day that teachers are paid for. I am all for doing whatever it takes to educate the future generation, but one must draw a line somewhere.

  35. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    It is difficult for me to say this statement is 100% true in all cases. I feel a website can do great things to supplement learning in the classroom if it is utilized in the right way and if an instructor is capable of creating such a website. I have seen plenty of effective teachers who do not use a website at all and I believe they do not need one. On the other hand students do tend toward technology these days so I see how a website can be effective and useful. I plan to use my website as a means for students to access classroom materials at home and to extend their thinking a little bit more if they so choose.

  36. (for or against) this statement: “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I don’t like to make decisions for other people and what is best for them, but I think it will work well for me. I have not been good about keeping up on my past websites, but I do think it is helpful for parents, especially for events, calendar, permission slips & photos.

    At the younger age parents see teachers enough and can ask questions anytime. As a parent of older students I love when I can access information on their teachers’ websites because you don’t have as much contact with teachers at this point, your children usually don’t want you to be around at school, and I am trying to teach them to handle things themselves more, being more independent. With that being said, I am still their parent, and like to watch from afar to make sure they are keeping up on their responsibilities.

  37. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    I somewhat agree with this statement. While I can see how a website can greatly benefit students, it can be very time consuming to create such a website. As teachers, we are already to busy with lesson planning, prep, etc. that I can see how many educators would choose not to create a class website. However, once the backbone of the website is created it could be periodically updated by the teacher. You would also have to convince students to buy into to visiting your website everyday in order to most effectively utilize it. At my school, several teachers do not have access to computers without reserving a computer lab, so I could see why they might steer away from creating a class website. I however, have a computer lab in my classroom so I am excited to see how receptive students will be to my website.

  38. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”
    To say that every educator should have a website is maybe a little too demanding. Educators got along fine without websites in the past and will continue to do so in the future. However, I am big believer in what the professional world calls “Best Practices.” I do believe it is best practice to have a personal website if you are an educator. The reasons are seemingly too obvious. First, in the age of communication, another means to communicate is just good sense. Creating and maintaining one’s own website is also a very modern and professional way to show that you are a modern and professional teacher. I plan to use my website as a portfolio as well which will look good (I hope) to any administrator.

    • I really agree with what you said Seaghan. I intend to have a website for my students; however, I won’t sacrifice my classroom preparation time to maintain an online presence. What happens face to face with my students will always be my priority

  39. “Every educator really should have a website. If they don’t, then they are doing a huge disservice to their students.”

    This is a tricky statement to comment on. While I am currently very invested in catching up my classroom with the existing technology, I believe there are a lot of ways to reach our students. Technology is certainly a device that we can use to our advantage as educators, but in this day and age where we are being pulled in countless different directions, we need to pick and choose how we spend our time. I completely agree with Seaghan’s and Marcy’s posts above, there is only so much time in the day, we have to decide how best to use it to educate our students.

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