Planning your class website

Start small - pick one unit to try and then add the following units when it's successful.

Google search your course code - see what other teachers have done.
     Examples for History

Decide on how you want to organize your site - do you want one page per lesson, do you want all of your hand-outs on the same page ... or do you want both?

Decide how much you want to post - do you want everything available for your students or would you rather post your lessons day by day?

Choose one of the default themes so you don't get bogged down in aesthetics.  You can always change the look of the site later.

Upload your documents to the web (handouts, lesson presentations, assignments, rubrics, exemplars) - Google docs is a great vehicle

Create your pages and include links to the documents, other resources (videos, websites) and anything else that will benefit your students.

Include lots of images.  Flickr and Wikipedia are great sources of creative commons licensed (or out of copyright) images.

Get feedback from your colleagues, students and parents.  You're creating a tool that will continue to grow.

Add some fun.  Include links to games, videos and other items - even if you won't use them in class.

Finally, don't struggle too long if you are having a problem with your set up - don't hesitate ask someone for help with the set up ... or check the website creation tool's forums.