Top 8 tips to making your own student website:
One of my favourite and probably most useful resources I’ve made so far is my own student ‘website’. I know there’s the VLE and that has it has its place but this is something that I’ve made just for the students I teach. It has a different feel, it’s not school work it’s fun. It’s a place where they can revise what we’ve done in class, leave messages, make suggestions and learn in their own way.
The one I’ve made is actually a blog format that I’ve made to look like a website. Each group/year has their own page as well as a page for my form and links to my Youtube channel. I can post videos, PowerPoint’s from lessons, word documents, links and revision notes. It might look like a lot of work to create but once you set it up you just add things as you go along. My year 7 classes use it the most and seem to find it really useful for revision. I love getting all the comments, they really make me smile & it’s great to know the impact you can have when the class is over!
Top 8 tips:
- Keep updating regularly; I update about once a month at the moment depending on what’s going on.
- Make QR codes that link to their page and stick it in their organisers.
- Reply to their comments
- Show some of their work on the blog
- Use www.slideshare.com to upload powerpoints and word documents then embed into the page (sometimes you need to switch to HTML for pasting)
- Maybe start off with one group first then build up depending on interest from students
- Everything I didn’t know I asked my Twitter colleagues, Googled or Youtubed
- Go to https://en.wordpress.com/signup/ to start your blog!