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F R E E T E C H 4 T E A C H E R S . C O M
Tools for Communicating with
Parents and Students
Free Blogging Platforms File sharing, conferencing, podcasting
There are numerous free blogging Getting started with Drop.io is
Just as with blogs, there are numerous
platforms on the web. Many of these extremely quick and easy. In fact, it's
free platforms for creating a
platforms are great and have excellent easier than setting up a blog. Using
classroom website. Weebly was
support networks, but they were Drop.io doesn’t require registration
selected for inclusion in this guide
never designed with the express and is completely free for up to
because of the excellent user support
purpose of classroom use the way 100mb of storage. You can create as
provided by Weebly.
that Edublogs was. many Drop.io “drops” or pages for
free.
Some people get intimidated by the
Edublogs provides teachers and
thought of trying to create a website,
students with a free blogging Some of things that you do with
but with Weebly if you can send an
platform. Using Edublogs teachers Drop.io include recording podcasts,
email, you can create a website.
can set up and moderate blogs for posting slide shows, posting lecture
their students to write on. For outlines, posting rubrics, posting
Wondering why you would want a
teachers just getting started with links for students, leaving voice
website instead of a blog or a drop.io
blogging, the customer service/ messages for students on the days
page? The quick answer to this is;
support network provided by that you’re out of the classroom, and
websites are good for providing a
Edublogs is second to none. collecting students' assignments
static resource of information with
without cluttering your inbox.
many indexed pages and blogs are
Wondering why you should have a
Drop.io also gives you the capability
good for frequent updates and
blog for your class? Consider this;
to conduct online conferencing for
communication. This is a very
blogging creates less work for
free.
simplistic explanation, but often that's
teachers as it allows for rapid,
all people need to know when
widespread communication with Drop.io is lead by some very smart,
creating their first online presence.
parents and students. Maintaining a forward-thinking people who are
blog provides teachers, continuously working to improve the
Some other good options for building
administrators, parents, and students service’s offerings.
a website are Yola.com and
with an ongoing record of the
Webs.com.
academic year.
http://drop.io
http://weebly.com
http://edublogs.org
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