Communication is Key!

via TECH TREK by Twyla Felty

Wow! Things have been so busy that I am just getting back to the blog….and continuing the idea that there is something on the web for all subjects and all grade levels.

Today, I want to focus on “communication”. It is central to all human interactions: parents to children, spouse to spouse, boss to employee, teacher to teacher, teacher to student and parent….the list is endless. Technology has become a HUGE part of our culture for interpersonal communication, and it should translate seamlessly into school as well. Right? Well, not always.

One hurdle is accessibility. Many of the tools we love to use personally, such as Twitter and Facebook, are often blocked at the public school level. While there are some understandable concerns in using and “controlling” the use of Twitter and Facebook, these are natural places for communication for literally millions of people. So, where can we go next?

There are so many tools out there that it can be difficult to know, and, for many people, time can be a concern. So, let’s consider something clean, simple and very easy to use: Weebly.com or Weebly for Educators.  This free tool allows you to create a website by just dragging and dropping. It is really that simple! Weebly can be used to quickly set up a site for classroom announcements, instructional videos, photo galleries, and links to classroom resources. If you join as an educator, you can even manage your students’ accounts and accept assignments online. Need to see more?

Visit one of our very own Weebly sites: A Piece of Our Pi in Room 103!  This great site was started by a busy math teacher and mom, Mrs. Spivey.

So, if you need to communicate with your students beyond the classroom walls but have limited time to learn the ins-and-outs of a more complicate website builder or even consider yourself a “non-techie”, then Weebly is a great solution to go “high tech” without the hassles of a steep learning curve! Try it out!

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