At most schools we use a central site for both the students’ school schedule and their homework. This can make it really hard to keep any kind of overview of what we have done in the past and the resources we have used. Especially since I use quite a few resources in class that is not part of their homework, such as quizzes, videos and articles we read in class.
The school I am at now provide google websites for all our classes with the students pre-registered (so awesome), which make it really easy to start using a website for the class. I have to say that I have fallen in love with the concept. I have never had such an easy overview of what we have done or had such an easy time planning out the weeks. The students can not only see what we did last week or last semester, they can also see what they should focus on with each reading. I also link to any and all resources I used in class or plan to use in class. The slow readers can review articles at home and they can take old quizzes again for review. Students who are home ill can review what we did in class, so they do not fall behind. My students seem to see it as a great resource and all of them act more responsible when they are away now than what I have seen in the past.
Every theme has it’s own sub-site where they can find anything related to the theme we are working on at the time. This also have the official goals of the theme at the top of the site followed by an entry for every single lesson. I also have sub-sites for exam information and useful links they can use for projects. We also tend to share links that was talked about in the lessons.