Have you ever wanted to create a quick one page website that your students and/or parents could access? Well there's two resources to do just that. The first one is called Smore. On Smore you can create online flyers for anything and everything. I use Smore for my weekly newsletter and then go in a update it each week. Parents and students can view it by simply returning to the same link or I can embed a copy of it on my class webite. Each week when you update online it will automatically update the copy embedded on your website. Students can also create a Smore flyer for any content learning as well. It allows you add different forms of media such as photos and movies. There is also an education version (smore.com/education) that has a free and paid subscription based on your needs. See the video below for more information.
Another great resource for creating one pagers is Tackk. Tackk is very similiar to Smore and allows you to create a one page website as well. It's easy to create and edit these pages. There are different kinds of Tackks that you can create. My favorite is the Classroom Assignment because it allows my students to add content to the Tackk page itself. It would be a great way to do a short or extended research project. You can add all kinds of media to the Tackk page. See the video below for more ways for using Tackk.
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One of the things that I still struggle with at times is how do I share links with my students so that they don't have to type in a web address that seems to be a mile long. The main reason I don't want students typing in the address themselves is that out of a class of 25 students at least 10 will type it in wrong and then I'm spending valuable instructional time trying to get them to the correct web page.
About a year ago I stumbled across a great way to save links and share them called Symbaloo. Symbaloo has a version just for education too called Symbaloo EDU. There is also an iOS app and Android app for tablet computers and cell phones. Symbaloo allows you to create what is called a "webmix". The webmix is made up of many "tiles" that you can customize to any websites that you want your students to visit. Students will need their own Symbaloo EDU accounts to be able to view your webmix. If you school has student email accounts I suggest you use that email address to set up their accounts.
One of the really great features is that I can find other webmixes created by other educators. Let's say that I wanted to find a webmix or tiles on "Common Core Reading". Symbaloo has a search box for that you can search for tiles related to a particular website or topic. Below is a short video that introduces Symbaloo. I also suggest that you watch this webinar on using Symbaloo in the classroom. It lasts about 45 minutes.
I'm a 7th grade Reading teacher and a technology lover. During the 2011-2012 school year we implemented a BYOD initiative. I hope that you will find some helpful information here.