If your classroom does not already have an active and vibrant website you are missing out on one of the biggest ways to reach your students and their parents.
Already have a site? Good, now, let’s talk about keeping it in shape. The quality of your site will determine if it is actually used and if the visitors return on a regular basis.
There are a few simple things your should keep in mind to keep your classroom website looking good.
- Embrace white space, don’t overwhelm the user with too much content. Get rid of clutter.
- Make sure your contact information is readily available, don’t always bury it at the bottom of the page.
- Completely avoid any flashing/spinning logos or text.
- Remove out of date images. (Christmas was a long time ago.)
- Use color strategically. Consider going with a single neutral palette. If you have a logo on your site that can be your lead on choosing what colors to employ.
- Limit your fonts, two is more than enough on a single page. Also, everything can’t be bold!
- Now, you might disagree with this one, not too cutesy. Your website is for kids and adults.
- Don’t go overboard on text. You are not writing a book! People scan websites, they don’t have time to read a novel.
- Clean up your links on a regular basis. Dead links will tell your user that your site is not worthy of their time.
- For pete’s sake, proofread! A teacher’s website cannot have spelling mistakes.
- Do your best to bring new content to your homepage on a frequent basis. If nothing ever changes, why come back?
3rd Grade Teacher – Temecula, CA
The Borgeson Bunch (my classroom website)