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      4k USD Posting Contest   08/16/2016

      Win $4,000 USD for the summer of 2017!  We are having a Forum Contest at InternationalEducators.com. The economy is struggling in most parts of the world. People have lost retirement investment and their portfolios are down.  Many have said they are unable enjoy their summer this year as it is cost prohibitive. We are here are help with our Give-A-Way. The prize: A round-trip ticket from your city to any destination of your choice (up to 1500 USD). Plus, we will get you an American Express Travelers Check or a prepaid ATM for 2500 USD. You can use that $2500 for hotels, meals or barhopping from one place to the next. It is up to you what you do with the prize money. So, the prize is an airline ticket up to 1500 (we book for you) and 2500 to spend! So, a total of up to 4,000 USD! It is a chance to have a free trip during your summer of 2017! All teachers deserve a wonderful summer and we want to help one person have an extra special summer! The way to enter: 1. Join InternationalEducators.com 2. For every 100 posts you have on the site, you get one entry into the contest (up to 5 entries).  For each review you post, you get one entry into the contest (up to 3 reviews). 3. Contest beings today and goes through May 30, 2017. 4. If you have over 100 posts on May 30, 2017, you will get one entry for each 100 posts. For example, if you have 400 posts on May 30, 2017, that is four tickets you get for the Lucky Draw.  If you have 400 posts plus 2 reviews, that is six tickets for the Lucky Draw. 5. To qualify, the posts must be reasonable quality. One or two word posts will not count. While this post is in the main forum, there are other forums here as well and all qualify. In the first week in June 2017, we will have a drawing and the person whose name comes out of the hat will be the winner. This drawing will be held in Bangkok in front of any local teachers who wish to participate. We hope that you sign in and spend some time in the forums and if you have a review to submit of a school you have worked at, there is no better time than the present. Again, thank you for your support and we hope you have a wonderful school year! Be sure your first post is in the Introduction Forum so that you can then post without Moderation! The staff at InternationalEducators.com
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Creating Websites for Educators

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As an international educator, you may need to create a website. It could be that your school needs a site in English and doesn't have the resources to hire outside people to do it. You may want to create a website to showcase your teaching resume to impress potential recruiters. You may even want a website for your class to communicate with parents about homework, policies, etc.  Or, you may want to teach a class on building a website. I require all of my students to have a portfolio.  It doesn't matter the reason; website creation is something you may want to do or be tasked with at some point.

But the question is – how do you do it? You know there are platforms out there that can help make it happen. But which one do you choose?

We've looked at many different platforms that international educators can use to build websites, and today we want to tell you the ones we think are the best.

1.    Google Sites. This is the one to choose if you are going to be working with other people on creating the site. It is specifically designed for collaboration among your peers, without compromising the security of the site itself. It has recently been updated with new features that allow you to make sure your site displays well on mobile devices, insert content directly from Google Drive, embed external content, and move content around the page easily during editing.

2.    WordPress. This is an old standby. It's very easy to create a site, you get a ton of backgrounds to choose from, and you can click and drag various features onto your pages. People have been using WordPress for years, and it's reliable. It is not, however, anywhere near as collaboration-friendly as Google Sites. However, it is something that is very easy to use and something that will be around for a long time.

3.    Wix is another easy-to-use drag-and-drop website builder. It uses an artificial intelligence system to help you build the site, and offers suggestions for improvement. The one downside is that their service is “freemium,” meaning while their ads say it's free, they will try to charge you for many of their tools, for removing ads, and for features that your school requires.

4.    Weebly. This site offers many of the same drag-and-drop systems as Wix, but doesn't hit you up for money when you want to improve the site. Instead, it charges you a fixed monthly fee, which can help your school budget for it. All the actions needed to build a site can be accessed through easy-to-use widgets. You can use the totally free version but you may be limited in the things you want to do.

Those are the ones we like the best. If you've used any of them to build a website and have additional comments on them, let us know. That's the whole point of being a part of the International Educators community!

 

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