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Why You NEED a Classroom Website.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Classroom Website!   But first…a backstory I started a classroom website back in 2006 called MrPanfilsClass.com (don’t go there, it’s not there anymore). I let my father, the other Mr. Panfil use MrPanfil.com while he was teaching, so I took the slightly longer version. I was teaching in a long-term position at a High School, so my students were able to get access through the building if they couldn’t at home. Today, depending on your district, a majority of students will have a computer or mobile device on which they can access the internet. If you aren’t putting something out for them to see when they’re not in your classroom, you’re wasting a huge opportunity. When you look at the things kids share online (ask them in your classroom what they’re browsing habits are like), it’s pretty easy to see that there’s very few rules as to what gets shared. If it’s interesting to watch, listen to, or read (In that order), it can spread through a school faster than the flu in February. MrPanfilsClass.com was VERY popular in my classes, I had hundreds of hits a day from just over 100 students. The pages that got the most hits were recordings of their parts for chorus (my subject) and any page with a game. To get people on the site, I put small, non-violent computer games in the sidebar next to the content. The most popular was a Pac-Man-style game that kept high scores so the kids could compete against their classmates. Because they would go to play the game, they would also... read more
Episode 1: Subscribing to Podcasts via iTunes

Episode 1: Subscribing to Podcasts via iTunes

FTT Video Episode 1 This is the first episode of The Free Teacher Tech video podcast. Each episode with supplement the audio podcast. These are not recordings of myself talking into a mic, these are quick how-to videos on the same topic as the audio podcast. Since this week we talked about the goals of the podcast, it seems fitting to show you how to listen to podcasts in iTunes. For the sake of this, I’m assuming you already have iTunes; if you don’t please click this link to Download iTunes Also, I’m assuming that you’re not here because you’ve already seen the podcast on a feed reader…if you are, forget about downloading anything, you’ve already got this whole podcast thing figured out. Podcasts are Free! I put that as a headline because it’s very important. All of the podcasts on iTunes are free to download and subscribe to. There is a wealth of information on the iTunes store for free (and of varying quality of course). I personally listen to about 10 podcasts regularly, and dozens when they post a topic that sparks my interest. You can find the podcasts from Free Teacher Tech on iTunes by searching for Free Teacher Tech, my name, or by browsing the Educational Technology category. As always, you can find us at Scott@FreeTeacherTech.com Facebook.com/FreeTeacherTech Twitter.com/FreeTeacherTech Youtube.com (716) 391-CAST   http://media.blubrry.com/ftt/p/content.blubrry.com/ftt/FTTV01.m4v Podcast (video): Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android |... read more
Episode 1: The Syllabus and Thesis Statement. It’s About Time!

Episode 1: The Syllabus and Thesis Statement. It’s About Time!

The Free Teacher Tech Podcast! This is Episode number 1 of The Free Teacher Tech Podcast! You’ve found it! I go through the three goals of the FTT Cast in order of importance: Better engage the students in your classroom and out through simple technologies to make your curriculum come alive. Save you time and effort as an educator. Introduce you to tools to make your classroom run more efficiently. Keep things free as often as possible. Although it’s not always possible, I will focus on the free option whenever I can. You can always reach me through my many channels: Through Facebook.com/FreeTeacherTech Twitter.com/FreeTeacherTech Scott@FreeTeacherTech.com (716) 391-CAST   http://media.blubrry.com/ftt/p/content.blubrry.com/ftt/FTT01.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android |... read more

WordPress Resources at SiteGround

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