If you’ve created a website for your classroom, you know how helpful it is to have all your content organized in one convenient and accessible space. You probably also enjoy how easy it is to keep your students informed and engage parents with just a few clicks of a mouse.
But with a website comes maintenance and worry that students and parents aren’t utilizing it to its full potential. If your digital classroom is due for a much-needed overhaul, TeacherPop has come up with a few platforms and services to consider. Check out these seven alternatives to a classroom website, all of which will help you connect with your students on a deeper level.
Google Classroom describes itself as “mission control” for your classroom. With innovative tools and apps, engaging and collaborating with your students in real-time is easy. It’s is also a great way to stay organized, and as a result, increase productivity and save time.
The fine folks behind Moodle keep both teaching and learning in mind to help you create a free digital classroom that keeps you and your students organized and on task all year long. It’s free and easily customized based on the needs of your classroom. And they even have demos where you can experience Moodle as a teacher, student, and parent.
WordPress is a great alternative to a classroom website that will keep students and parents engaged. Don’t expect the same capabilities as you would with Google Classroom or Moodle, but with easy updating and little to no maintenance, you can deliver all the information your kids need for success.
If working in a high school setting, creating a Facebook group for your kids is yet another alternative to a classroom website. Facebook is a great way to keep your students up to date on assignments and answer any questions they may have.
Edlio is easy to use and hosts a lot of features like email subscriptions that allow parents and students to sign up for daily emails from teachers. This platform also has voice and text messaging capabilities in case urgent alerts or time-sensitive information has to be relayed to parents and students.
Edmodo allows teachers to easily integrate Google Apps for Education and Microsoft applications to create a state-of-the-art digital classroom. You can assign homework, schedule tests and exams, and keep students and parents up to date on all the happenings in your classroom.
One way to deliver all the vital information students and parents need to know is through an email newsletter. While there are a number of platforms to choose from, Tiny Letter may be one of the easiest to use. And it’s free!
How do you keep your students and parents informed on the happenings in your classroom? Share your ideas and suggestions below.