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Back to School? Think Shutterfly Share Sites
Posted By Diana D On September 2, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Family | 5 Comments
Whether you’re a parent or teacher, Shutterfly Share sites  can help make the school year successful.
Teachers can take advantage of Shutterfly’s free Share sites  to communicate easily with students and parents, post upcoming projects, field trips, even homework.
Adding pictures of class activities, parties, and student work is a great way to get parents to visit the site often. Teachers can have members receive update notifications on an immediate, daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
I’m a first grade teacher, and I use my Shutterfly classroom Share site  every day. It is so easy to manage, and my students, their parents, and my principal love it! I also find that my first graders make an extra effort to do well when they know their work is going to be posted on our class site. Many of my class parents share our web address with grandparents as well. To secure the site for privacy, add the email address of those who wish to become members and have them sign in using a password.
*Before posting student pictures or work samples, be sure to check your school’s internet policy.
Parents can also create their own Share sites  to keep family connected with their child throughout the school year. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles love to see pictures from the first day of school, field trips, the prom, sporting events, and special awards. Parents can give site members the option to purchase prints posted to the Share site. They can also add a comments section for family members to leave words of encouragement and positive feedback.
Students who have a family who is involved in their education do better in school, and Share sites are an easy way to make this happen.
Hope that helps!
P.S. Shutterfly just added a new Share site feature called “Volunter Sign-Ups” to make it easier for classrooms to coordinate volunteer activities and needs. With this new tool, you can reduce back and forth emails, eliminate confusion on who will do what, and save a few trees! Create sign-up sheets for teacher’s wish lists, chaperons and drivers for field trips, or whatever volunteer need. Then invite site members to come to the site to sign up.
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 Shutterfly Share sites: http://www.shutterfly.com/share-photos/classroom-websites.jsp
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