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Frequently Asked Questions
What software do you use?
Who visits your website?
Who hosts your site?
How did you get your website address (domain)?
Where do you find the time to work on your website
and technology projects?
Do you have any
advice for other teachers who want to start their own website?
Where are some good teacher websites?
What can I do to
evolve my site once I have a basic website started?
Can I use some
of your ideas on my own site?
- How long
did it take you to set up your website?
How long did it take you to
set up your website?
I started out with an
online web service for teachers in the late 90's, and have gradually
worked on it since. I took a class on making websites in 2000, and that
helped me get more of an idea about the direction I wanted to go.
do you use?
I use Front Page 2003 by Microsoft for my
websites. Other software I have purchased/downloaded and use often
- Microsoft Internet Explorer for
browsing the web
- Microsoft Word for documents
- Microsoft PowerPoint for
- Microsoft Excel for graphs
- Corel Paint Shop Pro for graphics
- Corel Photo Album for photos
- Pictures to Execute for slideshows
- Audacity for Podcasts
- iTunes for Podcasts
- Camtasia by Techsmith for software
demos and some presentations
Who visits your website?
Surprisingly, this website gets many visitors!
This year alone it has had over 11,000 visits (over 154,000 hits).
Although not everyone actually e-mails me, I do love hearing
from those who do. I especially enjoy sharing teaching and website
ideas with other teachers. Although my website has been visited from
virtually all across the United States, I have actually heard from
- New York
There are also
"visits" from many other countries, including:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- United Kingdom
Who hosts your website?
For a couple of years, my district
hosted my site, but I am now using a private Internet Hosting provider as my website
host. This way I do not have to harass my technology coordinator every time I want to
update my pages!
How did you get your website
I was able to get my website address -- my
domain -- through the service that my web host provides
www.dexaweb.com . There are many
other ways to register a domain, however. You can go through
www.registerfly.com , a website
that offers low-cost domain registration (this is not an endorsement --
there are other services out there that will help you secure a domain
address). If you are a teacher, you should probably consult your
technology coordinator to discover your options.
Where do you find the time to
work on your website and technology projects?
It does take a lot of time, but it is
something I love to do so it doesn't feel like work. This is my idea of
a relaxing hobby (except when things are not working!).
Do you have any advice for
other teachers wanting to start their own website?
For what it's worth, here is what I would
- Take a lot of time exploring the web
for some good teacher websites. There are lots of them! Try
searching (Google, Yahoo, Lycos, etc.) for a classroom website in
the area you teach.
- Consider your time, skills,
resources, and goals for making your website.
- Realize you can't do it all at once.
It is a living, evolving process.
- Read up on the legalities of
copyright, privacy/protection of students and their work, and your
district's policies and guidelines for building websites.
- If you don't want to have to worry
about the more technical aspects of posting your pages (file
transfer protocol), you will probably want to start out by using a
teacher web-service provider or going through your technology
coordinator. Here is a resource I consult often:
- Get started, and enjoy --
What are some good teacher
Here are some of my
favorite teacher/classroom sites.
Know a great teacher website? Suggest it here!
What can I do to evolve my site once I have a
basic website started?
Always check your links and make sure they are still connecting to
sites that are being updated and are appropriate to your purpose.
Consider getting more of your own content online so that other teachers
benefit from your work. If you are looking for ways to make your site
more attractive or exciting, check out the vast clip art offerings, html
generators, dhtml, and java-script sites. There are so many artistic
people in the web industry! While the look of my site is fairly simple,
there are plenty of artistic examples out there.
Can I use some of your ideas
on my own website?
Where would teachers be without sharing
ideas with each other? I don't mind sharing any of these ideas;
certainly I, too, have gotten my best ideas from other teachers. We all
need to share and evolve the art of teaching. Copying, on the other
hand, is a different thing. If you use any of my ideas, please do not
just copy and paste it as if it is your own by doing so. Make your own version by
using my site as a reference for your own ideas only. Please come up
with your own words, your own
look, your own graphics, your own details -- personalize it. Make sure you
give credit where credit is due. Also, if you get a new, improved, even better
idea from one on my site, I hope you will consider sharing it back with me.
Teachers need each other!
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