SchoolRackSo, it’s time to get your own website. You could do it the old fashioned way and build it from scratch, but then you’d have to know HTML, CSS or some such. Or, you could do it the Web 2.0 way and start a blog on Blogspot, Tumblr, or WordPress. Easy enough, but then you’re going to get a lot of what you don’t necessarily need, and not a lot of what you do. What’s a teacher to do? Well, you can start by checking out SchoolRack, a content platform designed to help teachers create their very own websites easily for no cost. (There’s an upgrade you can get for a low monthly cost, but you probably won’t ever need to bother with it.)

With the free version, you can create a site that will allow your students and their parents to keep up with what you’re doing. You can choose from a variety of themes as well as customize the content to meet the needs of your classroom. You can even host files in case a student needs to download a homework assignment. The design of the site template isn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but you can customize colors enough that you can show off your web-savviness without compromising a good, fun theme for young students.

Other features include a photos option, a calendar, and mailing lists. SchoolRack seems like a great place to start if you need a website to help stay connected with your students. Also, you’ll be a part of a network of searchable teachers in your area, so those looking to relocate to your area can find out all the details about a great teacher such as yourself. Here’s a sample page to give you an idea of what to expect. (Please try to ignore the Comic Sans. I know. I know.) -JEREMY S. GRIFFIN


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