WordPress is a versatile tool for making websites, and, in my opinion, is the best option out there for making a website. Blogs, storefronts, and practically anything else, but is it capable of use in the classroom?
Below is Google Classroom, another great tool for education which we will be comparing WordPress to.
WordPress is absolutely able to be used in a school, with all the different tools at your disposal, you should find no trouble letting WordPress supplement your classroom. Before we delve into the trove of tools for you to use, it should be noted that there is no chance that WordPress, or nearly any other online tool, will be able to entirely replace the pencils, papers, and books of a real class, as the usefulness of these websites / applications do have their limits.
With that said, let’s look into the tools that you can use to integrate WordPress into your class.
1. Uploading a digital version of your docs onto WordPress
WordPress can easily serve as a repository for your assignments and notes, and by making a lot of different pages, you can easily sort your assignments by different subjects, types of documents, etc. Google Classroom, on the other hand, does not really have such a tool.
2. Having students complete assignments using WordPress
Compared to Google Classroom, WordPress is not as impressive when it comes to students completing work. You could feel free to make assignments as posts, and have students comment their answers. With WordPress’ system in which you approve comments, you could hide student answers. However, this is very clunky, and classroom is far superior for this.
3. Student WordPress accounts
The teachers don’t have to be the ones creating and managing a blog or website, the students can too. I doubt it’s surprising that i’m recommending student blogs, considering that’s what this is, but there’s a lot more use for them than I may make apparent. First, it lets students have a very creative outlet to submit work. For example, an english class could have students create blog posts for writing assignments, adding their own personal taste to their work, and creating something they could be proud of.
Technology inevitably is becoming integrated with the physical classroom, and with numerous websites springing up, all promising to be the best and only option, it’s difficult to choose. WordPress, while it may not necessarily be designed for the classroom, it can certainly be used effectively in a class.