How I Use It
The students are given a project, usually a research project, and are asked to design a webpage to present their findings.
One such project was to research renewable energy sources. I used a rubric I designed with the students earlier in the year and showed them exemplars of what was expected. I have also used it for Pythagoras to a grade 9 class and Oceans to Grade 5.
Students are given some class time, but most of the work is to be done in their own time.
Generally speaking, it take about a 20-25 minute tutorial/lecture for middle school students, less for older, before they are able to work on their own and explore the features, but some introduction time is needed.
A great alternative to the Powerpoint or Prezi presentations, students can create their own webpage using the very easy to use drop and drag editing, with lots of templates and elements for them to be creative.
Simple to set up and use, the education version allows a teacher to easily set up student accounts (no student emails allowed) and the teacher can see all their student's pages from their main page.
I used it several times for student research projects and each time, the students really enjoyed the project and many have used it in other classes as a means of presenting their work. I also helped other teachers set up and use the platform and despite some having a fear or technology or that they didn't know how to use the platform themselves, the students quickly caught on and ended up teaching each other and even their teacher!
I found it the best free online webpage building site to use with my classes.