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Technology Integration Ideas for the Elementary School Teacher

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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Class Websites with Weebly

Posted by Computing for Kids on April 1, 2011

Weebly is a completely free resource for teachers and their students to create classroom websites, blogs, and e-portfolios. Teachers can create two websites for free and up to 40 students can create their own website.  Weebly offers a variety of multimedia features that can be easily added using a drag and drop interface.  Photos, videos, audio, documents, maps, and galleries are easily added to create a website within a completely protected environment. Many teachers avoid allowing students to create websites or blogs because of the lack of control.  But Weebly allows teachers to password protect all student websites. You have full control over which websites are public, which are private, and which can be edited by the student.

Another great feature is that there are no ads on the websites that you or your students create.  Typically, free websites include ads which allow the website to remain a free resource.   But Weebly makes it money by charging $10.00 for 10 additional sites beyond the 40 free ones.  It also offers a pro option for $39.95 a year, which gives the user   more features.

Another great option with Weebly is the unlimited number of blogs you and your students can create within your website.  Blogs are a great way for teachers to post homework assignments and keep parents informed on what is happening in class.  For students,  blogs give them the opportunity to express their thoughts and receive comments from others.  It is also a great way to encourage students to write.

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