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My students want to create a website?

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Started by NicolaC 09 May 2015 5:45pm () Replies (8)

Hi

My year 4,5, and 6 students have asked to learn how to create a website. I've played around with different ways over the years but would love some current insight. 

I'd like to show their process of learning through our latest Inquiry. Somehow I would like a journey shown not a result. These are the features I'd prefer:

Video is easily added - I have many video clips of them debating, questioning, working together, thinking out loud etc and we use Explain Everything which I'd like to include.

Students can create the 'look' of it easily and contribute and comment, maybe create their own parts with different looks. Perhaps their opinions on an aspect can be recorded in voice as well as text?

Other things we use integrated easily eg Brainstorms, voice threads.....

We use Google Apps and have a 'Site' where students go for maths, Inquiry sites etc but I find it very linear and not visually appealing enough for this project.

Would really appreciate any assistance.

Thank you kindly

Nicola

 

 

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  • NicolaC (View all users posts) 13 May 2015 10:18am ()

    Thanks Mark.

    Interestingly I got carried away sorting  and purifying (viewpure.com) all the student video clips over the weekend and then went to place them on our google site to discover I couldn't except making them a clickable link. I could only embed them as a 'youtube'. 

    However thanks to all you lovely responders (my first ever post!) my students are so excited about the possibilities for sharing their Inquiry focuses. Many have opted to learn how to create a place to share their discoveries. Will keep you posted with progress.

     

    Kind regards Nicola

  • Mark Callagher (View all users posts) 12 May 2015 8:45am ()

    Hi Nicola,

    Apologies, I misread your initial post as "your students wanted to learn how to create websites" as opposed to "use websites". I am a big Google Sites fan, but one thing to be a bit wary of is that Google does not support a lot of non-Google tools very well in the sites. ie you end up having to come up with workarounds and embed the applications inside scripts etc. I am talking about things like your voicethreads, any non-YouTube videos etc. I fully agree with Jacinda in that you can make Sites interesting (an non-linear) with multiple pages interlinking and even set up page-level permissions if a shared student site. Here is a class website project my students made in 2011 which shows that you can even create your own theme.

    I would recommend looking at weebly (as Sarah mentioned) or Wix (as Andre mentioned) as they will allow for any nice embedding of objects, unlike Google. However, if you are a Google Apps school and want to fuly integrate mostly Google Apps tools and go in that direction, then maybe Google Sites is the more convenient tool for you to deploy.

    Hope that helps.

    Regards,

    Mark

     

  • Mark Callagher (View all users posts) 10 May 2015 10:14pm ()

    Hi Nicola,

    If you are a Google Apps school and your students want to learn "how" to create websites a great tool out mid-late last year is called "editey". They can do simple (non-coding) and create great featured websites from templates to going for trying out learning coding in a variety of forms. It integrates fully with Google Drive.

    Here is the link: http://www.editey.com

    There is a little hitch to opening the sites from drive so get in touch if you need a hand. Good luck.

  • Sarah Parker (View all users posts) 10 May 2015 9:50am ()

    I used Weebly for education with my class before trying sites.  I prefer it.  Very easy for the students to use and the finished product is great but will mean setting up yet another system, which is the drawback.  

    http://education.weebly.com/

     

     

     

  • NicolaC (View all users posts) 09 May 2015 8:09pm ()

    They look amazing - thank you. Will have a better play with sites. 

    Kind regards Nicola

  • Jacinda Panther (View all users posts) 09 May 2015 7:00pm ()

    Hi Nicola. We use google sites for everything and it is possible to create very different looking websites. Here is one I've made for my Syndicate

    And here are some examples made by my class.

    The Ocean Ocelot (Fictional writing...)

    Book of the week (joint effort with my class and myself)

    Camp 

    I have found them easy to use and to teach how to use and all my Year 5 and 6's are able to easily create and edit their own sites.

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