There was a time when our classrooms were like Vegas, when the door shut, what happened in the classroom stayed in the classroom. Today’s Internet technologies can change that by using various technologies like Twitter, Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Voice. These services allow us to seamlessly update our online spaces, open lines of communication between students and parents, and place reminders in places our students and parents visit the most. In the past there were two inherent problems with creating spaces like classroom websites, wiki pages, blogs, Facebook fan pages, and Moodle sites. One was that teachers had to take the time to continuously update them, the other was that students needed to visit these sites to get the information.

What if there was a way to ensure the information on our online spaces stayed current without having to continually visit and update the space? What if we were able to not only post classroom updates to our online spaces, but also have them appear in the places students and parents visit the most? What if we were able to communicate with students and parents outside of the classroom in a way that didn’t intrude on our privacy or compromise our profession? This course will show you how to maximize your efforts and save you considerable time in updating your classroom’s online presence. Additionally we will explore how to move your classroom updates from the seldom visited realms of the Internet to your students’ pockets! It is time to work smarter, not harder, and free up more time for the instructional activities that matter the most.