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Update. Update. Update. September 9, 2007

Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
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typing   I used to be quite concerned about teachers who did not have web pages on their school sites especially after training sessions. I have discovered something even worse, teachers who have web pages but fail to keep them up-to-date.

My daughter has six teachers in her middle school. Four of them have websites. Two of those are placeholder pages with no information of any value except to note that information will be forthcoming. One of the websites has links to class information however it is dated 2004 and the information on the page is about the end of school party.

My advice to teachers who, I assume, are too busy to be bothered keeping their web pages up to date is as follows:

  1. Get a student or two to help keep the information current on your website
  2. Try to get into the habit of posting something daily 
  3. Keep your posts simple. Parents want information, not design.
  4. Copy and paste. If you type your homework assignment in one document, open FrontPage, Nvu, or whatever editor you use and paste the information into a page.
  5. Ask for help. Many parents are eager to assist in the classroom and this is a good job that they can do, even from home.
  6. Administrators might consider making updating the web pages part of the teaching evaluation. Communication with your community of parents is extremely important and class webpage is an excellent tool to keep that up.
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