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Monday, July 30, 2012

Part Classroom Website - Part Thesis

About six months ago, I began working on my thesis. In addition to the huge paper I have to write, I must also create a classroom website that supports my philosophy, meets all the requirements of my university and professors, and is designed to be read by parents and students alike.

It is no small feat. 

I began building in Weebly. I needed a lot of room to work and Blogger limits me to 20 pages per site. Weebly is unlimited in pages. I shared with you my original site. It was okay... I submitted it for a status review.

Results:

Content:
Satisfactory
Missing required elements

Design :
Does not meet expectations

So I went to my friend and business partner over at Honey Bunch Blog Design and said... 

WAAAAAAAAAAA!

yea... there was a lot of whining
complaining
more whining

Erika says shhh! I'll fix it!
LOVE HER!!

So she headed over to Weebly to see what she can do. She researched and played. She even took a design class but even though Weebly claims it is user friendly and customizable... its really not. Not to the standards I needed any way. 

After a few debates and much brain storming... we decided to move all the content to Blogger. 

WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!

There are over 80 pages of content
I am still moving it over

It was well worth it... take a look!

 
Isn't it beautiful???

It is due August 30 and I still have so much to finish adding to the site but the design is done. Erika is amazing and learned so many new things to create this site. 

All o f those page links are actually drop down menus. In Blogger! Amazing right?? 

Now while this site has the feel of one huge seamless blog... it's not. It is 5 blogs combined. It allows me to have up to 100 pages so I have room to grow if I need to.

I also need to thank Nikki over at Melonheadz Illustrating. Nikki has created all the additional graphics on every page of the design and is still working on more. She has completed at least 50 graphics at this point and counting. 

I have some truly amazing friends! 

The picture above is a link to the site. Feel free to stop in and take a look around. If you find any errors, please, please, please let me know! I am leaving this site open until I have my own classroom. 

Feel free to use anything on my site for your own classroom just remember to site your sources! (great I am starting to sound like my professors!) You can link directly to the classroom pages from another classroom and not violate district and federal policies. YEA! As I have done that quite often in my own site.

I am sending it off for a final status review on August first so you know what I will be doing for the next few days. I will be posting more about my site and my favorite pages in the coming days.

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3 Comments:

At July 30, 2012 at 9:51 AM , Blogger catherine said...

It looks fabulous. Love the transparency look. clever, clever to link up 5 blogs. good luck. :)

catherine

 
At July 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM , Blogger Susie Q said...

It is so whimsical and fun. It will definitely draw in parents, students, and teachers. Good luck with everything.

susieqsclass@gmail.com

http://learningwithsusieq.blogspot.com

 
At July 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Bill Kolesnik said...

WOW!! I thought that your TWT website was awesome, but this one ROCKS!!

I teach fifth grade and we have a grade level website, www.fintasticfifth.net. I've been using Yahoo as our domain host but have been looking to improve it.

Do you mind or would you be able to guess what something like this might cost if I went through Honey Bunch?

Thanks for sharing all that you do!

billkolesnik@me.com

 

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