Posted by admin | Posted in Classroom Management, Create, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Subject, Teacher Resources, video, web tools, Websites | Posted on 16-04-2012
Tags: classroom website, drag and drop, easy, editor, eportfolio, html5, portfolio, school site, website builder, website design, wix, work, wysiwyg
What it is: I never learned HTML, sure I know a few basics but nothing that will build me a good looking, functional website. Wix has long been my secret weapon. I use it often. In fact, it was how I built the Anastasis Academy website. The one drawback: Wix creates flash sites. Which means that it doesn’t work on all devices.
Wix recently introduced a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor for building websites in HTML5. Woohoo! This is such great news on a number of fronts. First and foremost, they have again made it possible for your average Joe (and me) to create well-designed, well functioning websites easily. These HTML5 templates are just as beautiful and impressive as their Flash counterparts. There are a few less bells and whistles available, but with a little creativity, you can have a fully customized HTML5 site in no time. If you can edit a word document, you can build a website.
If you have shied away from creating your own classroom website in the past, today is the day to take a deep breath and plunge in. Wix is the one of the most amazing online website builders I have ever seen. Why is it so amazing? 1) It is simple to use and learn, you truly don’t have to know anything about website development. 2) It produces amazing results with a small amount of effort, I am really blown away by the possibilities here. 3) The sign up process is completely painless. 4) You have an unbelievable amount of control when you are feeling creative (still extremely easy!). 5) It is free, and what could be better than free for a teacher?! 6) It is web-based which means that you can update your website from anywhere.
You can choose to publish with a wix domain or purchase your own domain and connect the two. It is free to use the wix domain…again, you can’t beat free!
How to integrate Wix HTML5 Editor into the classroom: Wix is a great place for students and teachers to create a website quickly and easily. Wix is the perfect tool to use to create a classroom website for your students. Post classroom rules, homework assignments, links for your students, units you are working on, school information, parent newsletters, etc. Wix is also a great place for your students to create a website. They will go nuts with this (trust me!), Wix is one of those assignments they will continue to work on at home without being asked. Instead of having students display knowledge of a subject in traditional ways, invite them to create a website about it where they can be the classroom “expert” on the subject.
Be sure to ask your students what non-school websites they are creating too (I know from experience they will take off with this!) you will get to know your students more personally by viewing websites that they create both in and out of class. You could also create Wix websites as a class if you have limited computer use. Have your students prepare a website to teach other classes about a subject that they have been studying.
In addition to sharing knowledge, Wix has some fantastic portfolio templates that students could use as a portfolio of school work. Students can include any pictures, audio, video, and writing that has shaped their learning throughout the year. Wix will help your students create a professional, polished eportfolio that they can share with family, friends and teachers.
With the addition of the HTML5 templates, teachers can easily create sites that students and parents can access from anywhere, including mobile devices. Pretty cool!
Please leave a comment and share how you are using Wix HTML5 Editor in your classroom!