If you can cut and paste, you can easily create your own classroom website
using Google sites. It is a way to help your students become more independent learners. My classroom site can be viewed at the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/catholiccentralbio/
Why did I build a classroom site?
I was tired of being the only resource my students relied on for information outside the textbook. I wanted to teach them that the Internet is a great resource for information if you can properly discriminate between useful and useless information.
When did I get started?
Getting the class site started was an adventure I began three years ago. Slowly but surely I have added to it. Whenever I find something that is applicable to the site I will add it. This has not been an overnight project. Small and steady steps have lead to building it to the point it is at now.
I created a Google account that gives you access to all the useful tools Google has such as reader, sites, docs, and many more. You may already have a Google account under Tools2Go* or it can provided to you by the board.
You also have the option to create a new account.
*Please contact Joe Sisco (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Doug Sadler (email@example.com) for registration information
This is what I have done. I created the address Mr.Cullion@gmail.com.
This is my work gmail account and all professional activities I engage in (RSS feeds, etc.) go through this address.
Here is a link that can get you started.
How do the students access it?
I keep my site private and allow access only to students and people I have provided the link to. I have the students create a gmail account that is THIERNAMECCH@Gmail.COM. This dissuades them from any mischievous activity on the site. I have them send me their gmail address and I share the site with them in the permissions section. To date I have not had a problem with students accessing the site and using it inappropriately. It has been well received and has made a lot of students homework lives much less frustrating.
Ian Cullion is a Science teacher at Catholic Central High School