We fully believe that all teachers need to have their own personal website. Yes, we might be a little bit biased, but we have good reason to be; over 9 of them in fact. Below are the highlights with links to specific examples on our founder’s own website he uses with his students.
1. It’s a noticeboard. It’s a central resource for your students to get info; from homework details to specific lesson contents. (Example)
2. No pesky or sleazy ads for your students to see. You own your web space, you control the content. Yes, if you want, you can include ads for your own revenue needs.
3. It’s like a textbook, but better. Great for blended learning and promoting autonomous learning. Easily collate appropriate and relevant information and multimedia resources like animations, diagrams, infographics, videos and more to enhance learning. (Example)
4. No more handouts. Handouts are great, until the printer or photocopier breaks down, you discover a really bad typo, or you discover better or more up-to-date info after you’ve already distributed handouts. Having info on a website means that it is easily updated and accessed any time, can be tweaked and fixed, always accessible by your students (who would otherwise lose their handouts), and it’s already ready for next year’s cohort. (Example)
5. Cloud storage. It’s a big time & space saver; stop searching through your stacks of binders and folders for “that” handout. Keep it all online. Install your own cloud web apps to store your handouts and other materials in a centrally located space.
6. Online publishing. It’s a safe place for your students to proudly publish their work online. Teach media and online literacy, including writing and publishing skills, how to comment, whilst promoting a deeper sense of community within your class. Give your students “Author” status, and let them publish and moderate blog posts. Excellent for collaborative learning and supporting peer teaching (yes, we are Vygotskians).
7. Easily communicate professionally to students, parents, or colleagues in a place separate from your personal social media (and family) accounts. (Example)
We lied. There’s way more than nine reasons.
10. Got a great lesson idea? Share it with your colleagues on your own blog. Great for those who want to establish their credentials as researchers, teacher trainers, and managers. (Example)
11. It’s a central place to establish and manage your professional identity in the online world. It also “travels” with you to your next job easily.
12. It’s like a résumé for the 21st Century. It’s a teaching portfolio that gives you credibility and can help you land your next job. All employers now Google their applicants, so make sure they only find the right and relevant stuff about you. (Example)
13. Why HelloSpace.Me? We are educators too. We know what teachers need. We have extra services to help and support teachers including artists and writers to assist in developing your own unique content covered under your own copyright license. See Extras here.
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