Our school is redesigning our website, and our principal has encouraged us to be creative in designing our individual web pages. Does anyone use a free website hosting outside of their school? I have heard of schoolnotes.com, and have seen several blogs and a wiki, but I am not sure which way I want to go yet. A blog or wiki seems to limit some of what can be done (I think... still new to this), but I am just open to ideas at this point.

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Shaunna, There are some great sources out there for schools. Of course, we can't help but think ours is the best. There's no risk in signing up, no commitment and it's free. Before you buy into anything, I hope that you will give our service a try.

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i just wanted to be clear are you asking for a website builder or webspace/host?
I guess I am thinking of web space -- someplace that I could build a webpage (once I figure out how) that would be free.

I need to look more into the site Brian pitched above... I am concerned about advertisements, though. They annoy me, and I am sure they would annoy my students/parents of students.
The cool thing about our system Shuanna, is that there's no risk in trying it. Activate the site, explore the editing tools, show it to your colleagues and decide for yourself about the ads. I have been supporting education technology for 20 years, so I am very familiar with this discussion. Just know that we are extremely conscientious about what goes on the site, after all, if it doesn't work for the schools, it doesn't work for us. We've had a number of schools and districts that liked the system so much, they went to the board and changed their policies on advertising. Interestingly enough, most schools advertise on their sites now...just take a look around. Yahooligans, the Smithsonian, Nasa, Google search, District Admin magazine, EdWeek...they call them favorite links, or resources...but when it gets right down to it, they're ads, plain and simple. Just know that we go to great links to do this right. You'll never see ads for candy, or soda, or junk food, or video games...what you will see are ads for the things you're communities are looking for, i.e., computers, supplies, tutoring help, spirit wear etc.

Sign up and try it out, you have absolutely nothing to lose. We'll even supply you with references that you can contact if that helps, but really, just sign up, if you don't like it, don't use it, it's that simple, but you owe it to yourself to try it out. By the way, there is also a subscription based non-ad model. One flat fee for the year covers everything...the site, hosting, tech support, training, no hidden costs, no surprise fees and we have great support, online, via email or on the phone. Read the testimonials on our site if you have a minute, we don't make them up, and they come in almost everyday.

Best Regards,

Actually, maybe I am thinking of a website builder. I don't know! :) I will look at anything that is suggested, to see if it fits what I am thinking.
I am a teacher; I teach computer science. I am trying/thinking of building a web hosting business on the side. As a result I would be willing to host your site(s) free of charge with no ads.

my site is: http://jasperstreet.homeip.net/consulting/

ignore the pricing options as I am just playing with the whole business model. With my hosting you can build a completely custom site and/or plug in pre-built tools like a wiki, wordpress blog, moodle, etc.

Give it a look. As I am just testing the waters of the hosting field I would be willing to work with you in terms of free tech suupport in exchange for you beta testing my service. Let me know if you want to give it a try.

You would have to buy your own domain name. Unless you just want to test with a sub domain like: shaunna.jasperstreet.homeip.net

Shaunna, Hopefully I'm not sounding too teacherly but here goes.

1. To design a complete website from scratch you need software to help you build it. You can buy software like Dreamweaver or use freeware like Wordpress or Drupel. There is a steep learning curve when starting from scratch--you have to know what you are doing. You can also use a site like SiteCube to design your site and then pay them to host it. (about 5.00 a month)

2. If you do your site from scratch you then need to buy a domain name.

3. Some one has to host it on a server. If your district doesn't serve the school websites (that would be very rare) then you have to pay someone to do it--all free hosting comes with ads and banners and YOU DO NOT WANT THAT.

Educate yourself by looking at hundreds of school and class websites and blogs, decide what you need. You can ask the author of a site you want to replicate you can ask them and they will tell you what software was used to make it. you can see all my websites here, let me know if you have any more questions. .

Blogs and wikis are used for something completely different.
Thanks, guys! I realized that I definitely do not want to go down the road of building my own from scratch. Wow! I can't handle that.

I looked at webschoolpro, Blaine, and thank you for recommending it!
And thank you, Geoff, for the offer of beta hosting!

I have decided, for now, to look more closely at www.classjump.com. It seems to have what I am thinking that I need, for now. I can always change in the future. It is simple enough for me to use for now, though! :)

Thank you again for your help!
Shaunna, I have just decided to add a classroom site to help students and parents stay connected.. I looked at several options including classjump. I decided on edublogs. I wanted to be able to upload files and post videos. I just got started in June, but I have added some content. You might want to check it out at wartenberg.edublogs.org. I did pay $39.95 for more storage space.
Hi Gerry:

:) You can also try Parentella.com! It is free.

Here is a demo account for a teacher:

un: Mr. Pencil
Pw: demo

Feel free to add content such as homework etc. You can attach files to homework. It is private so only parents who are invited to the class can see the information. It is a great way to keep parents connected and involved.

You can see how a parent would see the information by logging in as a parent

un: Judy Jetson
pw: demo

You can set up your class and invite parents to it as well so that they can participate as well. You can post homework, share links, class events, etc. Maybe worth a look!
Dear Shaunna:

Parentella is very similar to classjump. Here is a demo account for a teacher:

un: Mr. Pencil
Pw: demo

You can set up your class and invite parents to it as well so that they can participate as well. You can post homework, share links, class events, etc. Maybe worth a look!
I forgot to mention that it is free.



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