Would you like to publish a blog post for your students to reference, or get students set up with their own personal online pages?
I’ve evaluated hundreds of free tech tools over the last few years, and while I always tend to recommend tools that are simple and easy to use, this one is by far one of the simplest, most effective tools out there.
In short, Pen.io is the easiest way to publish work online. Period. Using Pen.io, you can publish an article, blog post, directions, event invite — any information whatsoever — in a few seconds.
And get this — no registration or email address necessary! Just choose your page URL, set a password, and you’re good to go. To edit your page, enter the text right into the page itself. To enter an image, drag and drop an image from your computer onto the page and it will insert it automatically for you. No HTML skills necessary.
It doesn’t get any easier than this folks. Head over to Pen.io and create your first page now (it’ll only take about 37 seconds; okay 43 if you’re slow).
Now, your Pen.io page is going to be basic. If you’d like to set up something with more advanced features and the ability for some customization, there are many other free web tools you can use to set up a more involved website or blog.
One of my favorites for creating a full-blown classroom website is Google Sites. It’s also free and pretty easy to use, though nowhere near on the ease-of-use spectrum to Pen.io.
To learn more in-depth about how to get started with Google Sites, I recommend this training video, Website Wow! Creating an Interactive Classroom Hub with Google Sites. Learn from experienced educator and tech trainer Lauren Boucher as she explores how to use Google Sites to create a class hub that allows you to embed interactive activities for your students. She’ll also share how you can use your classroom website to develop and manage collaborative projects.
Did you publish a blog post with Pen.io yet? What did you think? Let me know your thoughts in a comment on this article.
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.