So to match my reboot on this site, I have taken a step back in my online history, and started managing my class using a blog again today. You can find my newly redesigned class website at www.keenansclass.wordpress.com. It’s nothing fancy, but it gives me a place to enter in the days events, post the assigned tasks in each subject, and gives my students a common place to look for online materials. If you read the first post, you’ll understand.
So why step backward?
Because as I so often find with technology, the simplest solutions are the best ones. I have plenty of tools and methods of completing many different tasks in education, and many of them are great! However, what I find is the more ‘stuff’ I add in, the harder it is for me to maintain. Wordpress (particularly the free .com site) is simple and easy to manage, and I have really great controls on what is being put out. Most of the alternate tools I may want to use are embeddable as HTML or links into the site, so it makes a great ‘home base’ to work from.
I also realize that website building is a scary thing for teachers, which is another great advantage that wordpress has. It has been around for so long, that there are literally thousands of support websites, videos, tips and tricks to support a teacher setting this up. However, it is simple enough that it will likely only take you an hour anyway, and if you get stuck, it walks you through the process.
There is a reason that educational thinkers like Grant Wiggins use WordPress, it gets out of the way to let you share what you need to, simply. I wanted that for my students, and I bet many other teachers out there do to.