On Wednesday the popular blog site Wordpress announce a new feature that will help teachers keep in touch with students and their families. The new feature is called classroom and can be used for classroom assignments, newsletters about field trips, give parents and students a place to leave comments.
For over a decade there has been a growing number of schools that have offered an online presence where teachers could post lesson plans, post a class syllabus and announcements. Most of those have been on sites that have set up for the schools and are limited on what can be posted, the design is usually pretty rigid forcing each class to have the same features and theme as every other class and the interaction between teachers and students is sometimes lacking.
With the introduction of Wordpress classroom teachers will now have the power to customized their own classroom page, allow only those that should have access or shut off the comments altogether to make announcements. If you are setting up a page for a history class and a math class you will be able to give them different themes and features so that they better represent the class. In all there are 12 different academic themes to choose from to make your classroom page standout from just another school web site.
“Maybe your English Grammar class needs a formal, college-ruled look — Runo Lite should do the trick,” says Caroline Moore on the WordPress.com blog. “Or perhaps your kindergarten website needs a whimsical touch-up — enter our newest theme, Chalkboard."
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