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Classroom Websites
19 Jun, 2013. 7 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last Summer I decided that I was going to really “go for it” and make myself a classroom website. I researched TONS of free sites, made a few sites and even kicked off the year with one. 
However, they all fell short and did not give me everything I wanted. Some sites only gave me a small amount of space for pictures… which I used up by week two of school… (whoops!)
And they didn’t give me everything my parents wanted.
My parents wanted:
Homework Lists
Classroom Contacts
A Classroom Calendar
and
The PICTURES! (they wanted to be able to print them!) 
So… where did that leave me?
SHUTTERFLY! 
Yes, the picture site. 
It’s AMAZING for classroom websites.
Let me show you why.
Shutterfly allows you to invite your members which means that all of the pictures and information is secure. Only the members of your site can access it.
It allows you to set up a calendar, a volunteer list, class list and contacts and pictures! 
Every week, I would quickly log on to my account and add a “journal entry” and type in our Spelling Words, Words to Know and our Bible Verse of the week. My parents could then easily access it no matter where they were! (It even has a phone ap!)
It also has a nice feature where when you change or add something it will ask you if you want to send out an email reminder to all of your contacts. This ensured that all of my parents got all of the information they needed in a timely fashion.
On Saturdays I would upload our weekly pictures! Parents LOVED getting these.
The calendar feature allows you to add all of your monthly and weekly themes. You also can put in any important calendar dates that you need to.
 Not to mention there was a great volunteer tab that let me tell my parents exactly what was coming up and what we needed! Parents could sign up for the items without worrying about duplicates. 
{This also made conference sign ups a breeze!}

Hands down, Shutterfly was a GREAT tool that I used all year. It was parent friendly and included everything I needed! It’s SO easy to set up! Just go to Shutterfly.com and sign up for one today!

Oh… did I mention…. IT’S FREE!!!!

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7 Comments
  1. Lori -

    This.looks.awesome! Ahhh…I have been wanting to set up a blog/website. Last year was my first year teaching first grade (after a long hiatus as a stay-at-home-momma) and I was quite overwhelmed! Maybe this year I will have the energy to tackle this…especially if it’s as easy as you say! :) Thank you for sharing!

  2. This looks fabulous. I had no idea you could do this. Thank you!!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  3. Dear Kristin,
    I just started following your blog and am glad I found you! I also teach in a Christian school. I have taught for 26 years and have only been in Christian schools throughout my career. I teach first grade and love it. I have also taught K-4, K-5 and 2nd grade. I love your classroom website. I have one on TeacherWeb and have had it for about three years. I will probably renew it because I have poured hours and hours into it and have over 100 student learning activity links and 100+ teacher resource links. If you want to visit it, my website is:http://teacherweb.com/TN/LancasterChristianAcademy/MrsStevenson/apt1.aspx I hope you have a great summer! In Christ, Evelyn

  4. I was just going to use blogspot, but I love this option so much more. Thank you!

  5. d -

    couldn’t decide from which site to create a new parent site… after viewing this post, decision was easy! started my shutterfly site. thanks for the details! <3

  6. Wow! Thanks for sharing this. I just created one for my class next year :)

  7. Oh, I had a question- how many parents did not have internet at home? Was it difficult for families without computers?

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  • Lori -

    This.looks.awesome! Ahhh…I have been wanting to set up a blog/website. Last year was my first year teaching first grade (after a long hiatus as a stay-at-home-momma) and I was quite overwhelmed! Maybe this year I will have the energy to tackle this…especially if it’s as easy as you say! :) Thank you for sharing!

  • This looks fabulous. I had no idea you could do this. Thank you!!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  • Dear Kristin,
    I just started following your blog and am glad I found you! I also teach in a Christian school. I have taught for 26 years and have only been in Christian schools throughout my career. I teach first grade and love it. I have also taught K-4, K-5 and 2nd grade. I love your classroom website. I have one on TeacherWeb and have had it for about three years. I will probably renew it because I have poured hours and hours into it and have over 100 student learning activity links and 100+ teacher resource links. If you want to visit it, my website is:http://teacherweb.com/TN/LancasterChristianAcademy/MrsStevenson/apt1.aspx I hope you have a great summer! In Christ, Evelyn

  • I was just going to use blogspot, but I love this option so much more. Thank you!

  • d -

    couldn’t decide from which site to create a new parent site… after viewing this post, decision was easy! started my shutterfly site. thanks for the details! <3

  • Wow! Thanks for sharing this. I just created one for my class next year :)

  • Oh, I had a question- how many parents did not have internet at home? Was it difficult for families without computers?

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