Tune into Technology Linky: Classroom Websites

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We have been loving reading all the posts you all have been linking up with for our Tune into Technology linky! This week’s topic is Classroom Websites and we are looking forward to getting some great ideas for our websites, so please link up!
Classroom websites are such a great tool for students and their families. They are such a nice way to keep parents informed on all things related to your classroom.  For today’s post, we wanted to provide you with a list of what we consider essential items to include on your classroom website…we are sure there are some we’re forgetting, but this will hopefully at least get you started! 
Contact Information: Parents need to know the best way to get in touch with you- always mention what your preferred method of contact is so parents will hopefully use that method first! 
Information about yourself: Just like I enjoy reading about you other bloggers out there, parents most likely also like reading about their child’s teacher.  Include fun information about yourself as well as your educational/teaching background.
Daily Class Schedule:  It is important that parents know what specials are on which days and the general set up/schedule of your class.  I would include when your reading and math times are as well so maybe they will take that into consideration if they need to pull their child out for a doctor’s appointment! 
Weekly/Monthly Calendar: People like to plan ahead– provide them with information ahead of time by keeping a calendar up to date on your website!
Recommended Educational Websites:  Parents are always looking for ideas of what they can do at home with their child– create a list of your favorite educational websites so parents can help their students learn at home too! Since we are constantly adding websites the organization of this part is essential.  Please check out our post here of how we use Draggo to organize our classroom websites.  
Tips for Home: Include a list of reading, writing, math activities, etc. that students can do at home with their parents.  Same with the websites, this will give parents an idea of what they can be doing to help their child at home.
Pictures: We LOVE pictures so we incorporate a lot on our classroom websites. We don’t necessarily include student faces because some parents do not want that (just ask for approval beforehand) but even including your daily center activities, word wall, journal creations, etc helps gives parents an idea of what their children really are doing while at school each day.
Important Documents: These documents can range from something like Dolch Sight Word lists to field trip sign up forms.  Anything that is important that you want parents to access easily!

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