For years and years I have been a huge fan of wikis to serve as my classroom website. But in the 2009/2010 school year, I volunteered to be moved from teaching 8th Grade Science, where I'd been comfortable and connected, to teaching primarily 3rd grade math and science! Wow!
Of course, I still wanted my students to be connected online, but there were some challenges. The biggest one is that, while most of my third graders can read just fine, seeing a page full of text to decipher wasn't very welcoming. So I decided to replace all the text with icons.
The result, though a very simple solution, really made this more of a useful launching pad for my students. This one is hosted on Google Sites (which I love). But because of that service (and my students don't have google accounts), I don't open this up for use as a multi-user-collaborative wiki, but rather more as a classroom launching space that I can update easily.
To try and make it look a little "cooler" I used flavor studios' iPod/iPhone icon generator. [link]
Feel free to have a look and I'd love to hear more suggestions on how I can improve it!
|A snapshot of my classroom wibsite/launding pad.|
Visit http://www.mrmacnevin.com [link] to see it live and bigger.