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What Goes Into Building the Perfect Website For Your Technology Coach?

Tech Coach Websites

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick share secrets for what makes a fantastic and usable Tech Coach website.  With so many options, both paid and free, available, it’s easy to spend a ton of time creating a digital hub that nobody uses or wants.  

The secret to any website is to make great content and make sure that your users have it available to them BEFORE they know that they want or need it. In today's podcast, we take a look at websites from the perspective of both the Tech Coach and the busy teacher.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Reflections and reactions to Episode 19 “Creating 1:1 Relationships with Teachers”
      • Is it possible to make everyone happy?
      • What happens you learn that administration is only hearing the bad things about you … that may or may not be completely accurate?
      • How to you recover if something happens you might not be aware of?
  • Ask the Tech Coach Mastermind Signup
      • 8-Week Digital Literacy Challenge
        • 2 Face-to-Face meetings each month
        • Create a Digital Literacy / Tech Integration Plan for your school district
        • 5-week Online Course for Learning Management Systems
        • Bonus Podcasts and Tech Coach Blog Posts
        • FREE Digital Templates and Lesson Plans that can be used in the classroom
        • Exclusive Membership in our Tech Coach Facebook Group
    • Tech Coach Websites
      • Why create a website?
      • How to use a website?
      • Who is the website for?
        • Coaches
        • Teachers
        • District
      • What goes on a Tech Coach website?
        • Appointment Calendar
        • Apps / Web Tools
        • Lessons
        • PD Classes
        • Tips/ Tricks/Helpful resources
      • Tech Coach Website Options
        • WordPress
          • EduBlogs
          • WordPress.com
          • Self-Hosted
        • Google Sites
        • OneNote
        • Learning Management System
      • Useful Tips for Websites
        • Have a clear focus to the content
        • Clean Navigation that everyone can understand
        • Easily searchable
      • How to promote your website and its various components
  • On the Next Episode
    • Episode 21: The Best Training Methods to use as Tech Coaches
      • Online Learning
      • Face to Face
      • Group Training
      • Department vs Whole Building
      • Weekly Newsletters

Tech Coach Website Options

WordPress

Over the last few years, WordPress has grown into a pretty amazing platform. So much so, that WordPress as an online environment now incorporates more than 29% of the entire internet.  

So why not use it for your Tech Coach website?

For many, it’s simply overkill.  Too many things moving around and too much time to keep it all organized with its many plugins and website themes.  However, if you are looking to use WordPress for your Tech Coach blog, then here are some solutions that you might be interested in.

For more information about WordPress, check out our online resources today.

Edublogs

If you are seeking a very easy to learn WordPress solution, I strongly suggest checking out EduBlogs.  Hosting more than 4 MILLION educational websites, it’s one of the easiest and safest ways to create your home blog, or your tech coach website.

WordPress.com

A few years ago, I wouldn’t consider sharing WordPress.com on a review post such as this.  However, recently, the mighty home of all things WP has grown up greatly.  For free, WordPress.com has several free themes and options available for using the world's most popular web platform.  

Google Sites

New to the educational game, but certainly an option that needs to be mentioned is “New” Google Sites.  Honestly, I’m not sure after 3 fantastic years of being in the classroom we should still be calling it “new” but we will save that for another blog post.  

By using Google Sites, you are creating and even modeling very simple yet sophisticated web development for your teachers.  Anyone in a G Suite environment should be taking advantage of how easy it is to create with Google Sites. To learn more about Google Sites, check out our online resources today.

OneNote

Where OneNote is certainly not considered a website, it should be considered as a vital tool in any educational environment using Office 365.  By organizing your OneNote Notebooks into tabs and sections, you can create a very simple interface for your users by adding a table of contents page.  For more information, visit our OneNote resources today to get started.

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  • Consider building your tech coach website from the inside out. Nothing speaks volumes than something organic, where others in your school/district can contribute and be a part of.

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Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Westwood Regional School District. Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!