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A Teacher's Guide To Designing A Class Webpage

A website for your students and their parents can make your teaching life much easier. You can provide links to help students with homework, update assignments and give basic unit information to your parents. The key to a successful website is to keep it easy and as clutter free as possible.

  • Consider using a blog format such as WordPress or Blogger to run your class website. These formats are easy to update and very easy to navigate.

  • Take advantage of any web space that the school district provides for you.

  • Purchase a URL name and pay for hosting on your own. It does not cost a lot of money, but it does give you more room than most districts would.

  • Follow your school district’s guidelines when you post information online. As a teacher you are still representing them and you can be held accountable for the information that is posted.

  • Look at sites that allow you to create a website for free. EducatorPages provides that service.

  • Avoid posting pictures of your students online unless you do a signed permission slip at the beginning of the year. Some parents do not want their children’s photos online.

  • Design your website with your students age in mind. If you have young students pick a theme that they would like.

  • Create sections for specific things such as homework, units, geography, and spelling or by class period if you teach high school or middle school. Then update each section, as you need to during the week. If you have a blog you can tag the sections and then they will categorize on the side column for easy navigation.

  • Posting PDFs of your homework assignments are a great back up for students who may accidentally leave homework at school or lose it.

  • Add a section that links to resources on your subject. This can help your students access additional information to enrich their understanding.

  • Creating a website with the entire year’s information can be time consuming. Work on it unit by unit instead. Once the information for each unit is updated you can simply change the dates each year and save yourself a lot of work.

  • Give your students the opportunity to earn extra credit by creating a resource link of valuable sources for each unit. You can quickly check the resources and then add them to your website to save yourself extra work.

  • Add your PowerPoint presentations and lectures to your website so that students who are absent can get the notes they missed.

  • Add a section for tests and quizzes and list the information that students should study to prepare for each quiz. You can list chapters, date ranges or notes that they should review.

  • Post supplemental information that relates to the unit that you are studying. For example if you are reading The Great Gatsby then adding additional information on the Roaring Twenties would enhance the unit. 

  • Be sure to include contact information on your webpage. Generally it is best to just provide the information so that your students and their parents can contact you through school.

  • Provide a link back to your school’s web page, as well as your school district’s webpage. You can also post a link directly to the curriculum guidelines for your state.

A teacher's website is a great resource for both parents and students. It can help to reduce confusion on homework and classroom policies. It is important to keep the website regularly updated in order for it to be effective. A well designed website should be both professional and instructional.