Well, we discussed google sites in tech class yesterday. I'm sure that the rest of the class' mind was swept up in the tide of possibilities as mine was. Initially, I was focused on all the great resources I could add: homework calendars, subject timelines, discussion forums, announcement sections, lecture presentation postings.
This morning, I got thinking about marketing the website. How do I get the students to actually visit the website? I can give them all the resources they could possibly need, but why would the students leave Facebook and Youtube for a classroom resource? I'm sure that some would visit it anyways ... and when it came to assignment time, the students would seek that final resource.
But I don't want my website to just be a study site. I'm dreaming of voluntary visits. I realized that what I wanted more than anything was a site that would teach history the way I dream of teaching history. Like this:
Or teach viking history like this: Viking Quest
Or problems with the British Succession like this: