Tech Tidbit: Displaying Classroom Photos Online
Do you take photos or videos of your students completing experiments or cooperative learning assignments in your classroom? Do you want to find a way to display your photos for families without much hassle? Beginning an account at Shutterfly.com may be the answer for you since it includes templates and color schemes you can easily customize. You do not need to be an expert at technology to make an effective website for sharing class photos and videos or updating parents about upcoming events.
Shutterfly Share has a page geared specifically to teachers. Here are the perks of starting a classroom share site:
- Securely and privately share photos of the class using permissions and passwords.
- Parents and teachers can collaborate on classroom projects such as books and posters.
- Stay up to date on school events and fundraising activities with a scheduling calendar.
- Keep parents updated on class activities through forums where everyone can participate.
- Add videos of recitals, school plays, school sports, or field trips.
What I particularly enjoy about Shutterfly is the fact I can make photo books and calendars including photos of my students. It makes for a wonderful end-of-the-year project for families.
One last tidbit: No matter what, before starting a website you can share with parents, please seek their permission in placing any photos or videos online that includes their child. I would even seek their approval if the photos and videos were just being shared privately.
If you have any questions, please post them in the comments and you're welcome to post your links here to any classroom photo/video websites you have created.
See you again next Wednesday with my first post in a series of reading-related entries!