We are going to take a break from Google Drive, to share the benefit of another tech tool for teaching: WordPress. It may seem cliche that here we are on a WordPress blog, promoting WordPress, but hear me out.
I have used class blogs since I started teaching here in Guatemala, and they are a lifesaver! Here, three big benefits:
- I can use them to upload handouts I give in class, which saves me having to hunt down students if they were missing, and saves students who can easily access the instructions for the project due tomorrow, when they have lost the copy I gave them
- I can upload project due dates — even keep a countdown, if I choose — as well as instructions given during class, in case the student forgets or doesn’t take notes
- I can share materials used in class, such as presentations, YouTube videos, or articles, allowing students to access them at any time, but also giving access to their parents to see what we are doing in class, and allowing my principal/coordinator/boss to see materials used and topics covered
I have also used the blog to offer extra credit opportunities, such as articles found or extra topic-related resources from which they can benefit. All while saving my precious class time for more guided learning. Below are links to two class blogs from 2015 and 2014, for 9th grade Geography: