Your wiki page has served its purpose for years. You used it as a repository of links to games and important websites. You have relied on it to be a constant for your students, a place to call home. As we begin looking to next year and how we can improve ourselves as teachers, you may want to consider creating a classroom website.
I don't have time to be playing with a website!
There is no doubt that it will take time to learn the tools and develop an effective site. I spent many hours looking at other teacher websites and deciding how to shape mine. It took me several hours more to build it and revise it. However, I feel it was a worthwhile investment and keeping it up to date takes only 20 minutes every Monday morning. Our Google Sites is a very easy to use tool and serves the purpose very well.
What benefit is there to having a website?
In my search for good examples of teacher websites, I saw two common themes:
-An information portal for parents. Most, if not all, of the websites I viewed had a good amount space dedicated to providing information to parents about what is going on in the classroom. A decent website could replace your weekly/monthly newsletter. It is also a great place to give parents information about what their child is learning.
-An information portal for students. A website is a great way to provide students access to review materials, videos, and worksheets that can help them at home. Students that need extra help at home would have a place to go for guidance. They would also be able to access the same links from home that they used at school.
Where can I see some good examples?
Below are some links to great sites that I have found and that I am using to try and shape my website as it grows.
Mrs. Mark - Fifth Grade
Mrs. Dunn - Fourth Grade
Mrs. Pearce - Third Grade
Ms. Winston - Second Grade
Mrs. Zider - First Grade
Mrs. Borne - Kindergarten
Want help? Just ask.