How Online Teachers Can Be Effective in the Digital Classroom

There is a lot of information about the benefits of working remotely, but what about learning remotely? 

While working from home has become more mainstream, online learning is a new technological frontier for many teachers and institutions. Despite the challenges, remote learning is a rewarding opportunity to create a more accessible and inclusive educational environment — while also teaching students the digital communication skills that will be essential in their future careers. 

Whether you’re a K–12 teacher, a higher-ed professor, or offering professional development and continuing education, it’s never been easier to buy your own domain name and make your website a one-stop resource for all your students. 

How is teaching online different from face-to-face?

Teaching online is a big transition from traditional classroom teaching, and it’s important to find the right ratio of synchronous and asynchronous communication. Synchronous communication (like a chat room or videoconference) is real-time, while asynchronous communication (like email or a message board) doesn’t require an immediate response. Successful online teachers utilize the strengths of both communication styles.  

…put yourself in your students’ shoes and set reasonable expectations.

Asynchronous learning is beneficial for students who want to learn on their own schedule and for adult students who may be juggling work or childcare. Be sure to structure your asynchronous communications in bite-size pieces. (Don’t just record a video of yourself giving a long lecture and expect your students to pay attention to the whole thing!) Build in time for students to take a break from their screens and move around. Home environments may be unpredictable or distracting, so it’s important to put yourself in your students’ shoes and set reasonable expectations. 

There are still times when synchronous communication is absolutely essential. One-on-one videoconferencing is the best way to build personal relationships, share critical feedback, or help a struggling student. Group videoconferencing helps create camaraderie among students and foster a classroom community. Just be sure to keep the synchronous discussion groups to a manageable size — break up larger classes into smaller working groups.

What online educational resources are there?

Educational technology services offer many tools to help you organize your online classes and engage with students. These edtech companies produce software called learning management systems that often include website templates, grade books, assessment tools, discussion forums, chat rooms, and live and recorded video. 

For a deep dive on everything from LMS software to lesson planning to engagement strategies, be sure to read the Chronicle of Higher Education’s guide to online teaching. The Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository is another great resource for ideas and best practices.

…the best way to make [your course materials] accessible to students is to direct them to a website with an easy-to-find domain name.

If you need additional teaching materials accessible online, try OER Commons, a public digital library of open educational resources. For higher education resources, check out the Open Textbook Network

How can teachers buy a domain for remote learning?

Once you’ve selected your learning management system and planned your online course, the best way to make it accessible to students is to direct them to a website with an easy-to-find domain name. 

Make your site a one-stop destination for everything your students need. With schedules, lessons, materials, grades, and contact information on your website, you’ll have a simple, centralized portal to communicate with students, and you won’t have to manage unwieldy email threads. 

If you don’t have access to an institutional .edu domain, create a website with a domain like .study or .courses so that your domain name reflects your content.

From April 1–21, if you register your .courses or .study domain name through Porkbun you’ll get a discounted first-year registration and low renewal rates after that. And every Porkbun registration comes with a bundle of complementary services including:

  • free SSL security;
  • free WHOIS Privacy protection;
  • a 3-month trial of personalized email hosting; and
  • a 3-month trial of Weebly’s website builder.

If you get stuck, Porkbun’s world-class customer service will help you out. 

It doesn’t have to be perfect just try it!

If you’re a classroom teacher just dipping your toes into the world of remote learning, don’t be intimidated. Start small using what you know and try new things as you and your students get more comfortable with the technology. One of the best things about digital learning is that it is flexible, adaptable, and editable. You can always make adjustments as your students give you feedback about what works and what doesn’t. 

The best practices for learning remotely also apply to working remotely in the business world. The technology and communication skills that today’s students acquire through online learning will set them up to be successful in their future careers — whether they work from home or not!

5 Apps That Will Make 2020 Your Most Productive Year Yet

Now that the calendar has flipped over to a new year, countless resolutions have been made by professionals and individuals alike. While it’s exciting to set these goals for ourselves and map out plans to make the upcoming year the best it can be, the key to realizing our New Year’s resolutions can often lie in our preparation and the tools we have at our disposal.

Whether you want to launch a new business, bring your app idea to market, or simply be more efficient in your day to day activities, we’re going to introduce you to five .xyz and Porkbun customers whose apps can help get you on a productive path as you stride toward achieving your 2020 goals.

Amplify your message with MakerAds.xyz

The “Maker Movement,” a cultural intersection of developers, inventors, gadget-builders, hackers, and DIY tech enthusiasts, has grown steadily throughout the last decade into one of the most popular online niche communities. As savvy online marketers know, it can also be one of the best places to find tech-minded clients.

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Reaching this audience has never been easier than it is with MakerAds.xyz’s platform. The service sells paid advertising space to established businesses who wish to market to MakerAds.xyz’s audience of over 50,000. In addition, MakerAds.xyz allows makers to post ads for their products completely free, and redistributes 90% of all profits to the paid referrers who help power the platform. 

By using MakerAds.xyz’s service, a business or entrepreneur can promote their product or service to a valuable audience while gaining goodwill among its members through their support of the maker community. Whether you are a maker yourself in need of a way to share your idea or an established company branching into the maker market, MakerAds.xyz’s platform is ready to help you accomplish your professional goals in the New Year.

Spend less time scrolling web pages with BackToTop.xyz

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No matter what kind of mouse you use, scrolling up long web pages can feel like an unnecessary chore you’d rather just have a quick solution for. If that sounds like you, then you may want to check out BackToTop.xyz.

BackToTop.xyz is a browser extension created to scroll to the top of a web page in one click. Once you’ve installed it, you can scroll to the top of any page by simply clicking the little arrow next to your URL bar. The tool’s scroll speed is not affected by any extra added animations, so once you click the BackToTop.xyz button you’ll be sent right back to the top of the page in the blink of an eye.

Generate ultra-secure passwords in seconds with SimplePass.xyz

Following internet safety best practices starts with choosing strong passwords. However, we all know how tough it can be to think of a password that is both easy to remember and strong enough to stand up to hackers or bad actors. Enter SimplePass.xyz.

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SimplePass.xyz is a handy tool that works to automatically generate highly secure passwords using memorable terms and phrases. This is a commonly recommended system for choosing secure passwords that can be remembered by a human user, but near-impossible for a passcode cracker to guess. If you need a quick suggestion for a secure password, no matter where you are, all you have to do is put SimplePass.xyz in your web browser and boom – you have a secure and memorable password!

Spruce up your Twitter feed with CleanMyFeed.xyz

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If you’ve been a Twitter user for at least a few months, then you’re likely following a few accounts that make you regret your decision to have hit the “follow” button on. It may be that influencer who posts way too much or your uncle who really likes sharing daily pictures of his cat. Doing regular checks on the list of accounts your following can help, but it can also be difficult to decide who to unfollow.

CleanMyFeed.xyz is a helpful tool that is designed to help you declutter your Twitter feed. First you’ll need to log into your Twitter to allow the tool to access who you follow, which can easily be done right from CleanMyFeed.xyz. Then you’ll be launched into CleanMyFeed.xyz’s UI which displays a single page of tweets from an account you follow, allowing you to page through them one at a time. You can choose to keep following or unfollow these accounts via the simple click of a button, and you can narrow the number of accounts you see by clicking the button to hide accounts that also follow you.

Expand your knowledge with SparseApp.xyz

No matter what level of expertise you have in your chosen field, there is always room to expand your knowledge base and pick up a new skill or two. If you want to try listening to a few new podcasts that can add to your skillset, but you need some guidance for where to start, then SparseApp.xyz is the tool you need.

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In today’s golden age of podcasting there are so many helpful shows and podcast episodes that offer tips, share expert experience, and inspire new ideas that it can be tough to know where to start. SparseApp.xyz’s simple interface allows you to shuffle through suggestions of user-recommended podcast episodes podcast episodes and discover new shows on topics ranging from digital marketing to UX design to financial independence and beyond. Even if you have no set idea of what you are looking for or just want to dive into podcast-listening headfirst, SparseApp.xyz can help you stumble upon an episode or show that could make all the difference in your work and help you unlock your most productive mindset.

As the New Year begins and you are filled with excitement at the possibilities for growth and success in the fresh year ahead, remember to set yourself up with the tools you’ll need so you don’t fall off the wagon on your resolutions. These five services are helpful to keep in mind as you gear up to accomplish your goals for 2020, and can offer quick and easy solutions to some of the common productivity roadblocks you may face.

Feeling inspired and ready to launch your next business, app, or idea online? Follow in the footsteps of these .xyz adopters and secure your own brandable and memorable .xyz domain from Porkbun for just $1.99. 

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A Complete Guide: Using Your Startup’s Domain Name To Boost Your Branding

So you’ve decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Kudos.

If you’re running a startup, then you know how hard it is to find the right business name and a subsequent domain name that is worthy of the value that you’re providing. What if your name is taken under .com?

When it comes to your startup, the conception of your brand happens with its name. For something that is at the core of your brand’s identity, often entrepreneurs underestimate the importance of a good name.

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3 Useful Things You Can Do With Your Domain Name To Brand Yourself

You’ve just purchased a new domain name. You’ve launched your website and you’re ready to get your name out there. The question is, what are some effective ways to make your new website name known? There is the option of paying for advertising, but if you don’t have a large marketing budget or backing from investors, that might not be feasible. Instead, by applying guerrilla marketing tactics, you can spread the word about your new website for little to no cost at all. Check out these 3 useful things you can do with your domain name to brand yourself.

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Announcing: Porkbun’s HTTPS URL Forwarder

Nearly 90% of browser traffic worldwide is securely transmitted over HTTPS. So why are most URL forwarders stuck in the insecure ‘90s? 

A URL forwarder allows you to redirect browser requests for your domain to another website. Unfortunately, nearly every URL forwarder on the market won’t accept incoming connections over the modern, secure HTTPS protocol, forcing your customers to type HTTP:// (without the “s”) or risk the site not loading at all. At Porkbun, we decided that’s unacceptable. So we built something better. The result? Porkbun’s dead-simple URL forwarder allows you to securely forward browser traffic to any other website, wholly over HTTPS.

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Happy 9th Birthday, .co!

In 2015, the internet welcomed 500+ new Top Level Domain endings – new gTLDs – giving people more options to choose from when registering a domain name. In addition to .com, .net and .org, people could choose from anything from .love to .marketing. But even before that, in 2010, there was another alternative to .com that was already making waves in its infancy: .co. In its 9 years being available to the public, .co has become a popular domain name choice for many startups as well as enterprise brands. This post share some fun stats about .co and why you should consider one for your entrepreneurial endeavor.

.co Stats, By The Books

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How ThoughtLeaders.io Is Changing the Online Marketing Landscape

Are you a business trying to get your product or service in front of the right people? Sometimes throwing up some ads on facebook doesn’t do the trick because it’s not where your customers hang out. Moreover, banner ads on major platforms feel intrusive. Native advertising is definitely a smoother experience for the user, especially if it integrates with blogs and newsletters that people love to follow. That’s where ThoughtLeaders.io comes in. ThoughtLeaders connects brands with the websites and blogs who publish content that is related to their product or service. Not only does ThoughtLeaders present a novel solution, but their domain name extension of .io helps them to stand out as a leading edge tech firm.

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Getting To Know The Creator of seamlesscreative.design, Brandon Reader

We were at the Adobe Max Design Conference last year, when Brandon Reader introduced himself and visited our booth. We started to explain the purpose of the .design domain name extension and he mentioned that he already had one! After pouring a lot of time and soul getting it to look and function the way he envisioned, he reached out to share it. And wow, the result, seamlesscreative.design, did not disappoint! If you’re a designer, this is a great website to learn from in terms of clearly communicating the types of design you can offer. The navigation of the site makes it easy to check out past projects or contact Brandon. And the contrast between the dark grey, futuristic headers and the white background below the fold on each page help to establish a visual continuity throughout the site.

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Read This Before Deciding On Your Startup’s Name

You took your idea and put it together in a business plan. After long, grueling hours or market research, analyzing your competition, coming up with prototypes, you’re finally ready to put this plan into profitable business action.

You even have a plan to raise funds to get your idea off the ground. But… before you proceed any further, you need a name for your startup. Sure, you may have an idea or two but how do you know it’ll work?

Most entrepreneurs consider naming their startup as the most undervalued aspect of their business. On the contrary, this name is going to stick with your business for its whole life. It’s the most valued aspects of your business. You need to get it right from the beginning.

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Connect With Customers By Using the .help Domain

If your company or organization conducts any of its business online, chances are your customers will need help with something. Whether it’s pre-sales type questions, or support for existing customers, or questions on how to use your product, you will need to find the best way to provide them with the information they need.

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