By creating a classroom website, a teacher can really show his/her students what all is available to them literally at their fingertips. As we learned in putting together our PowerPoint presentations last week, there are so many resources out there - you just have to know where/how to look for them. By finding some of the better resources and putting them together in one place, a teacher can illustrate the power of the internet to his/her students without the frustration they may feel if they are looking on their own (at least at first).
The text also emphasized how a website can be a great place for students to post their writing. I definitely agree that some students have more motivation to write to the best of their ability when they are writing for a real audience. Also, I know for me, there have been some instances when posting a blog (and reading other posts) on a course website has forced me to think more critically about something or see something in a way than I might not have otherwise.
This course has already taught me so much about the possibilities of technology in the classroom. In doing the multimedia presentation especially, I have begun to see how even though I knew the basics before, I now can bring something completely different into a classroom - something that is interactive and hopefully will be able to reach students on a deeper level. I think learning to create my own classroom website will be especially helpful. Even though there is a lot on the internet that is far from educational, teaching students the right way to use the internet is definitely worthwhile.