Creating a Classroom Website

Get a teaching tool that will help you become a more modern, effective and dynamic teacher. This easy-to-understand course will help build a published classroom website complete with content, images, animation, links, and a blog.
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Course code: 5wb

In this fun, easy-to-understand course for teachers, you will learn how to build a site with text, images, animations, tables, links, and more. Then you will create a WebQuest and a blog to add to your site. You'll also discover how students can use site builders to create their own websites in minutes.

You will be amazed by how simple creating a classroom website can be and all the ways in which having one can make you a more effective and dynamic teacher. By the end of this course, you'll have your own published classroom website, and you'll feel energized by your great new teaching tool!

What you will learn

  • Learn to create a plan to launch your own website
  • Learn about text editing and HTML
  • Discover formatting and how you can use it to bring visual appeal to your website
  • Learn to add graphics
  • Customize your own banner for your website
  • Learn about the different kind of links and how to create them
  • Organize student assignments by using tables and incorporating them into your website
  • Discover how to design WebQuest and add it to your site
  • Learn to create a blog and teach your students how to blog
  • Discover ways to help your students create their own websites and post projects online

How you will benefit

  • Become a more effective and dynamic teacher by creating your own website
  • Learn to keep your students safe when surfing the web
  • Implement a great communication tool in your classroom by creating a blog and teaching your students about blogging

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

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 the lesson, 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.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.