How to Integrate Website Building Into the Classroom
A good rule of thumb is that the person doing the work is the
Hello, I’m Milo De Prieto for About.com and today we are talking about some tips for integrating websites into the classroom.Internet literacy is essential and there are ways of incorporating it into your lessons without it taking valuable time from the actual subjects. The overall goal for any technology is the actual learning. So ask yourself how can this activity explicitly create academic learning time, or more specifically how can it tangibly achieve your actual learning objective? Technology allows for students to actively manipulate the content and can smooth the learning process when the goal of learning is kept front and center at all times. A good rule of thumb is that the person doing the work is the person doing the learning. Another way of saying that is that what you are working with is what you are leaning about. So to incorporate this, or any technology into your lesson plan, first think what it is you want the students to walk away with so as to make sure that is where the action of the lesson goes.To streamline acquisition and get right into the use and benefits of websites, make use of one of the many free online services. A quick google search and an idea of what features you want to make use of will give you a myriad of possibilities. To help you choose a design template and service, think about what you want to achieve with the site. A blog, for instance, would be a running account of what is happening, and can be updated by yourself or the students. There is usually one news feed and no actual sections. The only other information in this typical format is a blurb about the creators, and possibly a comments section. More fleshed out templates for websites can be divided into sections, allowing for more readily accessible information on a variety of topics at once.Depending on how you want to use the website, the following ideas can be in a simpler blog format, or a more complex template as needed:For more education tips and helpful information, check us out at About.com.