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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)


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





  • 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.

  • 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.




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