Mr. Aguilar's Virtual Classroom

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A website can have two purposes.


1. It can help you in your communication with your parents to let them know how things are going and provide them with extra resources.

2. It can help your students by letting them know "where to go" if they have any questions about the material you are covering.


How complex you make your website is completely up to you. Below you will find many different platforms that can be used to have a website up and running in no time. The best part of all this is that depending on which grade level you teach and what you are planning to do with the website, whether it's just for information for for PBL (Project Based Learning) most sites are now made with what is called "click to add features" and little to no knowledge of programming or HTML5/Code is needed to run a successful website. Take a look below and pick the one that best fits your needs and style best. 


Ask yourself 3 Questions:


1. How will this website help improve my teaching?

2. Who will be my target audience?

3. How will I mainly use my website?


Areas to Keep in Mind:


When choosing a site, make sure you take the following 4 areas in mind when rating them on a scale of 1-5 (1 being low and 5 being high): :


  • Ease of useHow easy is the website to use? will you need to have a computer science degree, or will basic computer skills get you through to produce a well developed website?

  • Allowance of Creativity - How creative can you get on this website? Are you able to place pictures, texts and video where you want them to or is everything predestined for you, or pre-selected for you? 

  • Platform Functionality - Will the platform you choose be able to be used with desktops, laptops, Apple products, Android products, Linux products, mobile phones or only one device? Make sure you know which platform you will use and if you will need to be able to run Flash on the device or if basic HTML5 will be enough. (you can send me a message if you need help in this area). 

  • Presentation and Templates - How much of "your own style" can you add to "your website" will you be able to choose from templates that really have what "you want" to portray to you students and parents, or will you just be able to change the color of the website from one color to another "all at once"? How well will you be able to present your thoughts with descent quality?


You will find a description of each site below then at the bottom you will find a comparison chart that will help you decide which is best for you.


Ok, let us begin...

We first begin with Webs.com . This site which you are in has been created with Webs.com . The price plans are decent with unlimited pages and you are able to simply Click and add your icons with your cursor. You have the ability to add forms to this site and embed from other sites to include videos, photos or entire webpages. Editing is as easy as clicking on the space you want to edit and type what you want to appear. Same goes for adding pictures, you just click and either add from your own computer or link it to an image on the net. You are able to create a Facebook like profile and can even link it to your Facebook account allowing for students and parents too sign up pretty easily to become members and have access to additional features. 

Google sites is a place where you can set up pages pretty quick to be accessed from a menu either at the top of the page or at the left side of the page. It is not very customizable as far as the templates that are offered. It's a basic template but what changes are the colors or the content that is shown. You can, however add Todo lists, updates, and link to google products such as google docs, google sheets, google draw, hangouts, youtube... pretty much any google product out there. The platform is absolutely free but has it's limitations as far as howmany files you can upload (size). It's great to be used for project management and can really work for you if you take the time to look at the templates available to get ideas of how you want to run your classroom. Editing is as easy as a click to add but you are limited to a grid when it comes to where you can place your icons/vids/pics/etc... This is probably one of the easiest to use however it's a bit complicated to set up your own domain name through google sites and you will not be able to embed many sites within this site. Note: You cannot embed google translate on this site despite it is a "google site". 

Weebly for Education

Weebly for Education is a platform that will allow you to create a classroom and at the same time share information with your students and parents. You will be able to have a blog space where you can share your thoughts or have discussions. It comes with the ability to create accounts for your students and you will be able to accept homework assignments online. It contains an easy drag and drop website editor, it is free to use and contains no ads. It does have 70+ designs for templates and does allow you to add a bit more of your pizzazz to your website. 

You can find more information about additional features by clicking: Here

This is more education focused and might be a good platform where you can build your classroom website. It is free and all it requires is a sign up. You are able to create a free classroom website or educational blog to keep students, parents, and others informed outside of class. On top of all this, you are also able to share information, documents, and files, hold discussions online or outside of class, report grades online to students or their parents, and keep in touch with private messaging. 



Blogger is a platform that well... blogs. You are able to set up a page and add information to it just like other sites. You are able to add discussions, pictures, links and even connect it to your social media sites. This is a good look kind-of-site. It really does look very professional and all you need to do is set up your web page one page at a time. You will be presented with a "word like" page and you get to customize it and then publish it to your site. Creativity is endless as long as you follow the rules of blogging. 


1. write your thought and add all images, links, etc.. to provide all the information you want.

2. Get ready for comments from others and 

3. Don't be rude, respond back to comments.


HTML5 is a bit required if you want to get more creative with Blogger but you are able to do a lot more advanced imaging and graphics within this site with 50+ templates already available. This is also a free platform where your work is kept nice and neat. There is no interaction between students as a classroom setting other than discussions. You are however able to customize the domain name and add pages that can be accessed through links at the top of the page. (you do connect this to your google account by the way)

Word Press combines both website and blog space into one. The user is able to see your latest posts and comment on them while at the same time reading the information that has been placed in a "website manner". The teacher will be able to add the same information as in other websites, but will need to have a basic concept of HTML5 if they really want to add that extra visual effect on their site. It is a place where it is very easy to write a "report" or "the news" of what is going on and add pictures to it. It is very useful for presentations but lacks the ability to take students to the interactive part of a website other than clicking on links. You are presented with a blank page and you need to generate everything on that page. This is not a click and edit or a drag and drop kind-of-site. The benefit of this site is that it will keep your space looking very neat and you will be able to be as creative as you can be on a blank sheet, just watch your spacing so you place pictures and text where you want them otherwise it can end up looking a little weird. This is an excellent site for students to start responding to blogs.

Wix is a platform that is rather easy to use. The teacher will be able to create an amazing website that will blow the minds away with the graphics it presents. As we all learned from Spiderman's Uncle Ben, "With great power comes great responsibility" and with great graphics we need to also be responsible to make sure the devices that will be used have adobe flash enabled or that they are compatible with such software. Some android phones do not carry flash and this could present a problem. As for the ease of use, this is a drag and drop website creator where the limit is your creativity. One can pretty much place buttons and text anywhere in the page, but if you don't have flash enabled on your device it will be for nothing so please make sure you know what device you will use before you create your website. One other thing is that what is created in WIx stays in Wix so you will not be able to export any of the content at any time. It does have the ability to create a member's area with a general password and gives you the ability to hide several pages and present them only as needed. Embedding is allowed and the transitions between pages are always a site to see.

Please keep in mind, the information below is all according to my research, experience and opinions. If you disagree, that's wonderful!!! Whatever site creator works for you, as long as we keep reaching the world, one child at a time.


Scale of 1 star to 5 stars

Site Creator Name
 Ease of Use
 Creativity
 Devices Compatability
 Presentation and Templates
Webs.com
*****
****
*****
*****
 Google Sites
****
***
*****
***
 Weebly for Education
****
****
***
*****
 School Rack
**
*****
**
*
 Blogger
*
*****
****
**
 Word Press
**
*****
****
**
 Wix
***
*****
*
*****