Considering a website for your classroom? You might be surprised just how useful the site can be for your class. Here are some ways a classroom website can benefit you, your students and your parents.
Central Communication Spot
A website helps you control communications with your students and families. It becomes a central location for information, such as upcoming tests, field trips and classroom happenings. You can use it to alert parents to upcoming projects or due dates for assignments so they can make sure their kids are prepared. Once you train your parents to check the website frequently, you can use it as your prime communication source, assuming all of the families have regular access to the internet.
You can also include ways for parents to contact you via the website. That might be a forum where parents can chat or a contact me page for direct communications to you.
Along with sharing information, the classroom website helps create a link between your classroom and home. Not all parents have a schedule that allows them to physically be involved in the classroom. By connecting with them through a website, the parents still get a chance to be involved in the education process. They can support child learning at home when they know what is happening at school.
For parents who are a little too involved or always want to talk to you about classroom activities, the website is a way to give yourself a little space. You can share the information those parents want on the website. This may keep you from being asked the same questions several times by several different parents.
A website makes it easy to share supplemental educational materials with your students and their parents. You can provide links to educational websites that give the kids a chance to practice skills they’re learning in school. You can also provide lists of things parents can do at home to help their kids learn.
Classroom websites can also benefit you and your fellow teachers. A website is a great way to showcase some of the great ideas you have. Other teachers might find inspiration in what you share on your website. Visiting other teachers’ websites can spark your own ideas for classroom activities.
You might also find connections with teachers that can benefit your students. You might strike up a relationship with a teacher in another part of the country and become a buddy class. Take turns having your students write to her students and her students to your students.
Year Long Record
A website is a great way to record the highlights of the year. At the end of the school year, you can look back and see what you did with the students. You can use the website to record the progress of the students. Parents will enjoy the chance to look back and see how far their kids have come with you as their teacher.