Classroom websites are useful tools for teachers to communicate with students and their families.

Some tools for creating websites:

Wikispaces: Wikispaces can be used for lots of things. Using it as a classroom website is easy to do, with built in discussion feature, automatic navigation functionality, and support for different types of web media. Make sure you take advantage of the free educator upgrade.

Weebly: Nice, free template-based web site creation tool. Includes a blog feature.

Google Sites: Also free, with lots of templates.

Some ideas for content:

  • "About me" info about the teacher
  • "Contact me" to provide parents and students with different ways to reach the students
  • Homework assignments, for both parents and students
  • Course calendar -- what's coming up
  • Classroom news -- can be a project for students, and helps to keep parents in the loop. If including photos, make sure you get clearance first from parents -- use a media consent form that the parents sign.
  • Showcase for student work -- especially student technology artifacts

A Chicago Public Schools media consent form

The DonorsChoose photo permission form (pdf file)

Communicating with parents and students

Some tools you can add to your website for communicating with students and parents:
A classroom blog
RSS feed for your site and/or blog

Sample classroom websites

Courtney Crawford's Spanish 4 AP website
Art 101 - Ben Zeiser Wiki
Monica Adamski Class website
Melissa Van Dygriff's 2nd Grade Website
Kelly's Class Website
Kathy Salzano's Website
Angela Bursich's Class Website: