Designing a website is a great way to add innovative learning into your course. In this video, we’ll walk through using WiX as a learning tool in your classroom.
Integrating technology into your instructional practices can open up new possibilities for you and your students in many ways:
- Enables learning beyond the traditional classroom
- Encourages exploration, experimentation, and innovation
- Is a higher order thinking: analyze, evaluate, create
Wix can be considered as a Learner-Centered Tool because it allows differentiations of learners. For example, teachers can create different tiers when asking students to submit web project (eg. Beginner – using exist template to create a website, Intermediate – start from scratch to create their unique website, Advance – create their unique website and develop a template that can be used by themselves or other learners in the future).
Using a website for a class project is an example of problem-based learning (PBL). The teacher presents a scenario, question, or topic for the student assignment. Working individually or in groups, the students research, design, develop content and media, and present their completed project online.
Need a few ideas to get you started?
- Investigation: Give your students a topic related to the subject matter and instruct them to become an expert on the topic. Through investigation, they design a website to present their findings. Example: Is Wind Power a Viable Alternative Energy Source?
- Challenge Projects: Give your students a real-world problem to solve in groups. The students will engage in inquiry, problem solving, evaluation, analysis, and more as they complete this assignment. Example: Free Healthcare
In addition to the website builder, there are a host of free tools that students can use in designing media and content. Learning in Hand has a extensive list of tools. Here are a few easy-to-use resources:
- Powerpoint and prezi
- Vimeo or Youtube
- Stop Motion Studio
- Educreations: Create screencasts with Educreations free iPad app. Narrate as you draw, type, and import photos. After saving online, you can click Share and then copy the embed code.
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