Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Creating Classroom Web Sites (Cheaply)

The Classroom Web Site Services & Tools
The Freebies:

Protopage.com: Free. Drag and drop widgets. Here is an example I set up for myself: http://protopage.com/markrepp

PageFlakes.com: Free. Drag and drop widgets. Here is an example of one used by a PHASD teacher: http://www.pageflakes.com/kgreene2/

Weebly.com: Free. Drag and drop personal widgets available. It also has over 35 site designs to choose from. Hover your cursor over a design to automatically change your page. There is also the option to download a complete ZIP file ready to upload to your server. Here is an example of a Weebly site: http://beginwithme.weebly.com/

MOODLE: Free in our District. Allows you to create entire courses online. Everyone who visits the site needs a login and/or enrollment key (course password). Here is an example of a moodle site I created: http://moodle.phasd.us/course/view.php?id=23 You can log in as a Guest.

Google Sites: (http://sites.google.com/) Free with a Gmail account. Here is one example: http://sites.google.com/site/porthuronlacrosse/
Here is another example: http://sites.google.com/site/phasdtraining/Home

Blogger.com: Free with a Gmail account. Extremely easy to set up. Most blogs are based on a theme, such as technology, fans of a celebrity, or a hobby/interest. Here is an example I set up for myself: http://www.markrepp.com/ (the domain is $10 to set up).

Learn more about Google Domains at http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/domain.html

Geocities: (http://geocities.yahoo.com/) Free, but with advertising included. Includes site-building tools.

Tripod: (http://www.tripod.lycos.com/) Free, but with advertising included. Features site-building tools. Here is a site I created: http://themark720.tripod.com/.

LetterPop.com: This is a way to create online newsletters. Very simple to use; drag and drop. Here is a tutorial: http://letterpop.com/how_it_works.php. The free version lets you publish up to 10 newsletters (for free). After 10, you can delete one.

The Pay Services:

SchoolWorld’s MyTeacherPages (http://myteacherpages.com/): $39/yr. for a single account, or $20/yr. for multiple accounts. Here is an example created by a PHASD teacher: http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/dmoore17/index.cfm

eBoard.com: $39/yr per page (10 tabs). Here is an example of one used by a PHASD teacher: http://tinyurl.com/an7fol. Holland Woods and Ft. Gratiot Middle Schools use it. Try it free: http://www2.eboard.com/eboard/servlet/BoardCreateServlet

TeacherWeb.com: $39/yr. 3 steps to create a site. There is a free 30-day trial.

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