I am bringing back the weekly feature: Classroom Tech in 3 Minutes or Less! Whoo hoo! Today's topic is how to create a classroom website using Shutterfly. I have heard of Shutterfly, but had no idea you could actually create a private website that you could customize for a classroom! Parents have to be invited and have the link in order to be able to view the content, so you won't have any low-caliber people just randomly checking out your kids.
You can add lots of different pages to the website, which will then show up on the top tab menu bar, including pictures and videos, forums, forms, class rosters, calendars, and message boards! Parents can also subscribe to the RSS Feed at the bottom and be notified whenever you update the sections - even cooler! I love that you are able to tag photos. As a parent myself, I would love for there to be a place where I could see all my child's pictures and then be able to order them right from my own computer, without having to track down the teacher to have her find the photo, download it, and send it to me in an email. That gets to be a lot! If you use digital portfolios, you could even tag students in on their work so that you have a portfolio collection right at your fingertips!
Ok - enough with the words, watch the video below to check it out for yourself. Pretty cool!
How would you utilize Shutterfly in your classroom? I would love if you left a comment below!