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Flexible website tool that facilitates blogging & sharing
How I Use It
I currently use Wordpress to blog about my own learnings and reflections about education and technology and to share a digital portfolio of my work experience. I have found Wordpress to be very flexible because it allows you to have static content pages for information that does not change often, as well as a blog space that you can update frequently. This flexibility means students can use it to check homework or post responses, to create a project or learn new content and teachers could use it for similar purposes. I would recommend that teachers consider using Wordpress to post their own reflections and resources, especially because of the easy sharing features and high level of customizability. The platform could also be a good tool for high school students who are interested in building a personal portfolio of their work before going to college or entering the workforce. There is also a mobile app, so you can write posts and update your website on-the-go and easily respond to people’s comments. One challenge I have found with the free version is that plugins are not available, which means that more advanced features are not offered for free sites (e.g., embedding certain media).
Wordpress is a great website and blogging platform because it is free and user-friendly, even for educators who have never created a website. The dashboard on the back-end is easy to navigate and arranged in a logical format so you can figure out how to add content, create menus, and adjust your website settings just by clicking and trying things. Wordpress is also highly customizable. You can choose your own themes, widgets, and backgrounds to suit your needs and goals. One downside to the Wordpress platform is the ads although you can purchase their new classroom version or use something like Edublogs, which runs on Wordpress but is made for educators, to avoid this. You can also add a “subscribe” widget so that parents and families can automatically receive updates if you are posting about your class.