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Dear Otto: What’s a good kids website creator?

Posted by on September 18, 2013

tech questionsDear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

Here’s a great question I got from Laurie:

Do you know of any websites where teachers can create a free web page for their classroom? But I’d like to have my students maintain it, so they would need accounts and then I approve and publish the material?

Hi Laurie

The easiest free answer is to use KidBlogs as a website, but they are limited because they’re sanitized for kids. Edublogs (another blog that could be used as a website) is popular, though I have never used them. I love WordPress and use one as a website. It’s very flexible. Kids could certainly maintain it. You’d have to set up a static first page, then blog posts for the information. Maybe not as good as Google Sites or Wix or Weebly.

More of a traditional website is Wix and Weebly–both nice. They are fairly intuitive (my 4th graders used them), but they aren’t geared for kids so the free pictures are all ages. I didn’t see any bad ones (and I was looking), but their purpose isn’t to be G. For teacher use, I think you’d love Wix. There are some beautiful templates. There’s also Google Sites (comes with Google Apps for Ed–not to be confused with Blogger)

Any of these, kids could maintain. It’s simpler to have multiple users with blogs because you make them contributors with appropriate privileges, but websites are close to being as simple.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, a columnist for, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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3 Responses to Dear Otto: What’s a good kids website creator?

  1. Cindy Winfiele

    Hi .. I have been a K – 8 technology teacher for 20 years .. I follow you and your blog religiously and love all of your innovative ideas. I used one of your listed/recommended sites about Explorers (listed above) with my 5th graders; posted it on our school portaportal page and discovered – its totally bogus content. Just letting you know you might want to remove it or as I did, use it as an learning tool as to “don’t believe everything you see on the internet” .. maybe there was a disclaimer that I missed .. Thanks ..

    • Jacqui

      Hi Cindy

      Which site? You mean the AllAboutExplorers site? Where did you find a problem with it? I did notice a few links didn’t work…

      Thanks for the feedback.

      • Cindy Winfiele

        Yes .. the link listed above .. for example .. click on link for content ~ says Christopher Columbus sailed in 1952 .. mentions cruise ships .. another explorer link mentions he was never seen again and abducted by aliens etc .. each explorer begins with legitimate content .. then in other paragraphs it’s all bogus info ..

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