We, as educators, have access to the most important and powerful informational tool in the history of mankind. The Internet allows us to not only communicate with students at anytime of the day or night, but to leverage new tools in our classrooms.
In this age of widespread debate regarding education reform, having a website allows a teacher to communicate exactly what happens in the classroom, instead of being left up for conjecture.
But many teachers are hesitant to take this step onto the web. Tools provided by their schools or the systems many times are non-intuitive, difficult to use or lock a teacher into a one-size-fits-all model that may not fit a vision that the educator has.
We are lucky to live in an era with numerous options for establishing a presence online. Google Sites, with its intuitive tool set and ubiquity is a great option for teachers, especially those that are already using Google Apps for Education with their classrooms.
The mission of this site is to break down the process of establishing your web presence with short and easy to follow videos. The initial set of videos will help an educator establish a basic site, with further videos developed to add specific functionality to the site.
To complete the set of tools, an audio podcast, Capturing the Narrative, is now live with its own Podcast Feed. This podcast will discuss issues of web presence for educators, including new tools, features, and issues for teachers on the web.