Creating Websites


Websites can be created for multiple purposes. They are a form of composition that receives an authentic audience. With open source software, websites are now easy to make and this practice can be done with students. Moreover, the composition of websites includes following a writing process, but also thinking through a different organizational pattern than other types of writing. This skill can be helpful for reading websites and working through the composition and revision process of organization of a website as a particular genre.

Reasons to Create Websites

  • engages students
  • offers an opportunity to explore a new genre
  • provides a publishing opportunity and authentic audience
  • analysis of composing on the internet can be explored
  • serves multiple purposes for composition including composition of the website and the genre within websites
  • includes an opportunity to engage with multiple forms of media and composition of that media (audio, video, text, visuals are all included in websites)
  • practice in layout and formatting are part of website creation
  • provides an opportunity for various arrangements for collaboration
  • illustrates how easy it is to post a website online, which emphasizes the importance of critically reading websites
  • allows for various types of writing to be present in one collection; multigenre writing is clearly a part of websites

Ways to Use Websites with Students

  • students can post class notes online
  • network students to one another to discuss material or offer response to one another
  • create fictional blogs from various character's point of view (remember to offer a disclaimer about the fictional aspect)
  • create a fictional social network (which can be done in various programs that are not social networks - try a wiki or you could even do this with hyperlinks in Powerpoint) of characters, authors, people you are studying (again offer the disclaimer) and utilize the opportunity to show connections between the people of study (see Poet Wiki for an example)
  • students can publish their work online for feedback (blogs are helpful for this)
  • discussions can take place via websites
  • silent reading and response


Technology Tools


Websites

Weebly - Create a Free Website
Teacher Web
Edublogs
Google Sites- You need a Google account to check this out.

Classroom Examples
Mrs. Allen
Backpack Express
The Sandbox Project
Mr. Coia's Classes
Mrs. Manson


Blogs


Information about Blogs
Blogs
Tips for Teachers
The Edublogger
National Writing Project
7 Things You Should Know About Blogs
Will Richardson's Quickstart Guide to RSS


Blogs
Edublogs
Kidblog

Classroom Examples and Teacher Blogs
Blog with high school students' work
Digital Voices
Beyond the Walls
Basic English
Youth Voices
8th Grade Drama
Future of Math
Dogtrax
Mr. Kabodian's Blog Middle Schoool



Wikis


Information about wikis
Wikis
Wikis in Plain English
7 Things You Should Know About Wikis
PBwiki FAQs Handout

Classroom Examples
Poet Wiki
Wiki with middle school students
Middle school students
Book Reviews with middle school students