posted this on April 29, 2009 07:35 AM
How do I make a New Class?
Click the New Class button in the upper right hand corner of the My Classes page to begin setting up your new class.
For full instructions please visit the following entry.
What should I put in my classroom website?
You can include any information and resources relevant to your class. You can:
type information directly onto a page
upload handouts such as Word documents, Excel files, and PowerPoint slide shows
include images and pictures
upload audio and video files
include weblinks to other online resources
create a calendar to post assignment due dates and class activities and events
post discussion topics so that your class members can interact online
create a dropbox where students can hand in assignments
create, manage and administer assessments
keep track of grades through a gradebook
keep track of attendence through an attendence book
How should I lay out my website?
You have the flexibility of laying out your class in a variety of ways. You can create as many pages and sub pages as necessary. You can arrange your pages and content by date, category, topic, chapter - whatever makes sense for you and your students. Some educators choose to create a page and sub pages for each unit they teach, while others prefer to organize their pages based on a general topic.
There are also a variety of ways to organize the information on any page - you're never stuck with only one layout that you have to follow on every page. Once you get started, if you change your mind, you can rearrange as desired by dragging and dropping content to a different location or even a different page (by using the clipboard feature at the top of the pages list to the left).
What is the class URL?
Your class URL is created automatically when you set up your class, but you can change this URL so that it's easy to read and remember.