Web Site Features for Literacy Teachers
by Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Baker
Associate Professor, Literacy Studies
University of Missouri

- Purpose of this site
- How to use this site

Instructional Approaches
- Basal/skills-based
- Process-writing
- Literature-based
- Unit-based
- Language Experience

Web Site Features for
- Basal/skills-based
- Process-writing
- Literature-based
- Unit-based
- Language Experience

Support for Classroom Web Site Development
- Example Sites
- Web development software

- Collaborate with other literacy teachers
- Online graduate courses

Contact Dr. Baker
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO • 65211
Phone: (573) 882-4
Fax: (573) 884-7492
Email: BakerE@missouri.edu
Web Site: www.coe.missouri.edu/~baker/

Purpose of this site

Have you ever wanted to create a web site for your classroom but were not sure how to get started? Are you dissatisfied with the web site you currently have but are not sure how to revise it? If so, this site is for you.

Dr. Baker works with literacy teachers who want to use the internet to support children's literacy. She created this site to assist teachers who want to take a step towards designing and creating their own classroom web sites.

Peruse. Enjoy. Share your web site with us so we can add you to the "Example Sites" section.

Why create a classroom web site?

  • Motivation: Students get excited about reading and writing when it involves technology
  • Always Available: Students can "lose ground" during after-school hours, holidays, absences, and summers--your web site is available 24/7
  • Parent Communication:
    • Parents can read announcements about homework, literacy activities, and literacy skills being targeted
    • Parents can see their child's work
    • Parents, teachers, and children can discuss progress--via your web site
  • Volunteers: Family members (parents, older siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents) and paraprofessionals (i.e., teachers’ aides, tutors, preservice teachers) can volunteer to support your students' literacy--via your web site
  • Prepare children for the workplace: Employees are expected to be proficient users of communication technologies (i.e., word processing, email, surfing the web for pertinent and accurate information, creating web sites, using listservs)--your web site can foster such proficiencies









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