Today my Frugal Friday tip is something that has been staring you right in the face.
I'm serious. It couldn't be any more "in your face" at this very moment.
Today's tip: Blogger
This little ole blog of mine may look all fancy pants (humor me people), but it's actually very simple to put together. It's the creative genius and witty wisdom of the posts that take the time (again, humor me people).
The actual blog itself is quite simple. A few years back I shut down my costly, time-consuming, headache-causing(#$@! HTML) class website and switched to blogger. It was a great move. Here's what I love:
- The newest material is at the top so families don't have to check in and hunt for updates.
- It's kid friendly for the same reason.
- It's free.
- That's worth mentioning twice. It's FREE!
- You can keep it simple and have it serve it's function or you can make it all fancy pants.
- You can easily add links, photos, videos, etc.
- You can blog a post and then set a date and time for it to go live. (Hence all the typos on this blog. I often compose them at midnight when the Littles are asleep and I should be too.)
- People can "follow you" which means they are automatically alerted when you make an update. You do follow me, right?
So, how can a blog be a class website you ask?
See those tabs at the top that read Shop Littlest Learners, About Me, Contact Us, etc? If you click on them you will see that they take you to set pages.
You could just as easily make those pages be: About the Teacher, Class Information, Homework, etc.
Want to know the best part? I use my blog in class with the kids. Not this one, Silly. I have a different one for school. And in case you are wondering it doesn't play Margaritaville or make mention to my innards.
Have you ever tried having a class of children type in a URL? Even in today's high-tech era where kids are smarter than adults, the task of typing in a URL is painful at best. What I do is blog a message to the class and set it to publish just before we go to the computer lab. My site is bookmarked so my little friends just need to log in, click on the link to the blog and read the daily entry. In the entry I give them instructions on their tasks in the lab and provide all the links. No pesky URL typing going on in my lab. The bonus is that children who are absent can still take part in the daily activity and they can always revisit it from home.
Another bonus is that you can eliminate paper and skip the hassle of doing a weekly newsletter by simply updating the blog.
Give it a try.
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