Course Code: 5wb
Teachers, don't let technology intimidate you! It's easier—and more fun—to create a classroom website than you might think. In this first lesson, you'll explore the ways that a website can help you organize information, instruct your students, and interact with others. Then you'll create a plan for your very own classroom website and learn how to keep your students safe when they surf the Internet.
In this lesson, you'll put your plan into action and enter the exciting world of classroom websites as an author! You'll learn about text editors and HTML as you begin creating a website. By the end of Lesson 2, you'll have a title, description, heading, and text for your site.
In this lesson, you'll bring your site to life with formatting. You'll give your website visual appeal as you add color to the text and the background. You'll also learn to format and arrange text, giving your site a unique, professional look.
Would you like to add a picture of your school to your website? Do you want to showcase student work? In this lesson, you'll learn how and why you should add graphics to your site and discover just how easy it is.
You'll take your website to the next level in this lesson. You'll find out how to select and format a background image and animated graphics for your home page. Then you'll top it all off with a custom-designed banner. These additions will liven up your web pages and impress your students!
This lesson is all about links! You'll learn about the different kinds of links and how to create them. You'll see how to place them to make it easy for visitors to navigate your site.
It's time for table fun. Tables are a great way to organize information, such as student assignments. By the end of this lesson, you'll know how to create a table, format it, add color and graphics to it, and incorporate it as an important part of your classroom website.
In this lesson, you'll focus on WebQuests: unique Internet learning adventures. You'll discover how to design a fun, successful WebQuest that will enrich and educate your students. After planning your WebQuest, you'll use your HTML knowledge to begin creating it.
It won't be long until your work is on the Web! Then you'll be part of that elite crowd with the skills to create and post WebQuests online to share with other teachers. In this lesson, you'll complete your WebQuest and link it to your website. You'll also explore the best ways to use this learning experience in the classroom.
Are you ready to implement a great communication tool in your classroom? In this lesson, you'll develop your own blog that will enhance your teaching and create a learning environment that transcends your classroom's walls. By the end of the lesson, you'll have the knowledge you need to create a blog, teach your students about blogging, and use blogs effectively.
It's time to go public and post your site online! In this lesson, you'll find a host and a domain name for your site. You'll explore options to suit all budgets—including no budget. You'll also learn about File Transfer Protocol so that you can move your website files from one computer to another with ease.
Now that you're a web expert, you can share your skills with your students! In this final lesson, you'll discover great ways to help your students create their own websites and post their projects online. You'll learn how to use HTML to build a site in mere minutes, and you'll find out how web authoring software programs and your web host's site-building tools can make creating a site a snap.
Robin Sellers is a certified teacher with a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communication. She has over 11 years of experience in the traditional classroom and has been an online instructor since 2000, training thousands of students. She has the ability to take difficult or technical concepts and make them easy for her students to understand. Her students claim that she has a gift for communicating online in a clear, concise, and personal way and that she is a "born" teacher who makes her courses interesting and enjoyable.
Kt (Katie) Paxton is a certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Learning and Technology. She has more than 20 years of classroom experience and has been an online instructor since 2003. She also owned and managed a home daycare for five years and is the author of More Adventures With Kids in San Diego. Furthermore, Kt has trained and placed tutors with at-risk students in over 100 schools in addition to working with the students herself.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Thank you for an informative and helpful class. I have learned much about the world of technology. Robin Sellers is a great instructor. I felt she was here beside me giving me the directions. Thank you again!"
This class offered the perfect balance of content and practice! Thank you for the well thought out, nicely paced program! I feel I now have the skills and confidence to take the next steps!"
I would like to thank you for all of this great information! I am excited to have this new knowledge to use as I begin a new journey in my life. I liked the pace of the course and the content wasn't so much that I was overwhelmed with it."
Thanks for the great course, Robin. I learned so much. Now I have to sit back and reflect on what I truly want on my web site. You have given me the confidence to create my own site. Now I don't have to be envious of other teachers who have their own sites. Thanks again. It was fun!"
Not being extremely computer savvy, thinking about creating something as technical as a website was daunting. I am so impressed at how the instructor was able to put the information into "layman's" terms. The course was completely doable and therefore I will definitely be back for more!"
Thank you so much for this course! It is only the beginning of a new world for me in technology. This will definitely benefit me for my future career as a teacher. I have been asked about blogging in an interview and was not knowledgeable in it, but now I can say I am! I will see you again in a future course!"
I was very pleased that Robin, our instructor, wrote our lessons as if she was talking to me individually. Her instructions are clear and not written in what I call "doctorate language". I have attended some lecture classes that sounded like you needed a personal translator so you could understand the content. This was my first online class. I hope all my classes in the future are just as easy to understand and educational."
I have completely enjoyed learning from Instructor Sellers, because she understands what working teachers need. Instructor Sellers is definitely a "teacher's teacher"!"