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Getting Your Message
Across: Exploring New
Online Website Editors


 Anastasia Trekles & Helen Jancich
 Purdue University ...
What the heck is “the
Cloud” anyhow?
 Internet based computing
 All resources, software,
 and information is
 available on...
The Cloud can give you some great tools for
publishing online...

   SquareSpace.com
   Google Sites
   Wix.com
   Doodlek...
The Cloud and the
Classroom
Workspace and publishing for                      Working with cloud resources
student work, p...
SquareSpace
http://www.squarespace.com

 Easy to use blog and website tool
 Very customizable with many sophisticated temp...
SquareSpace
http://www.squarespace.com


 The down side: Cost
 No free version although 14-day trial is available
 Basic a...
Editing a SquareSpace page
http://www.squarespace.com/total-creative-
control/
iPhone/iPad
Post and preview your site from your mobile
device
Creative or traditional...
SquareSpace has a template for everyone
Google Sites
http://sites.google.com

  Free service allowing the publishing of sophisticated
  websites
  Choose from a v...
Google Sites
http://sites.google.com

  The down side: Not for very young students or
  computer beginners
  Requires some...
Our Site on Google
http://sites.google.com/site/istenecc2010/
Edit Text and Objects




     Edit the Sidebar and
    Navigation of Your Page

All with this little toolbar!
Wix.com
http://www.wix.com


 Create beautiful Flash-based websites without knowing
 anything about Flash, ActionScript, o...
Wix.com
http://www.wix.com

 The down side: Not many templates for education, not
 ADA compliant
 Primarily designed as a ...
Visit Our Wix site!
 http://www.wix.com/stacitrekles/ISTENECC2010
The Wix.com Editor Screen
DoodleKit
http://www.doodlekit.com

 Creates fun, attractive websites and content
 management (blogs, news pages, etc.) wi...
DoodleKit
http://www.doodlekit.com


 The down side: Free version contains some ads, does
 not work well on a Mac
 Advance...
JotForm
http://www.jotform.com

 Only for forms, including contact sheets, polls, signup
 entries, quizzes, and more
 Many...
JotForm
http://www.jotform.com



 The down side: You must have a website before you
 can use JotForm forms
 JotForm also ...
JotForm’s main interface - note the tabs along the left with
different tool options. Simply drag and drop items from the
 ...
Prezi
http://www.prezi.com


 Primarily for presentations only
 Provides a rich, attractive visual aide for any
 presentat...
Prezi
http://www.prezi.com

 The down side: Not ADA compliant
 The only problem with Prezi is that it is Flash-based,
 and...
The Prezi interface uses this wheel to add items,
 change the presentation path, and run your Show




When you want to ed...
Other Favorites
 Jing (Flash-based screen capture software): http://
 www.jingproject.com

 Weebly (free blog with discuss...
Summary
In the end, it’s the not the tool but the message

Teachers and students can publish their messages online easily
...
Thank you!
Staci Trekles -
atrekles@purdue.edu

Helen Jancich -
hjancich@sbcglobal.net

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    1. 1. Getting Your Message Across: Exploring New Online Website Editors Anastasia Trekles & Helen Jancich Purdue University Calumet Hammond, IN, USA
    2. 2. What the heck is “the Cloud” anyhow? Internet based computing All resources, software, and information is available on-demand on the Internet Few or no files are needed or kept on your personal computer, meaning that you can work from anywhere
    3. 3. The Cloud can give you some great tools for publishing online... SquareSpace.com Google Sites Wix.com Doodlekit.com Jotform.com Prezi.com
    4. 4. The Cloud and the Classroom Workspace and publishing for Working with cloud resources student work, portfolios to create and publish concurrently improves digital Provide a place to aggregate literacy skills classroom resources, documents Gives teachers an opportunity to teach students important, Individualize educational fundamental, and lifelong resources and instruction lessons about Internet safety, Provides nearly unlimited data security, privacy (and the lack storage and access to a wealth thereof), and ethics of information from anywhere See http://smart.com.ph/SmartSchools/SmartTools/CloudComputingInSchools.htm
    5. 5. SquareSpace http://www.squarespace.com Easy to use blog and website tool Very customizable with many sophisticated templates and galleries Can aggregate data from social networks (i.e., Flickr, Twitter, RSS feeds) Able to import existing blogs iPhone/iPod/iPad app available
    6. 6. SquareSpace http://www.squarespace.com The down side: Cost No free version although 14-day trial is available Basic account: $8/mo (use offer code TWIT or TECH to receive 12% monthly discount) Custom domains, more storage, and additional stylesheet options available in the $14/mo and $20/mo accounts
    7. 7. Editing a SquareSpace page http://www.squarespace.com/total-creative- control/
    8. 8. iPhone/iPad Post and preview your site from your mobile device
    9. 9. Creative or traditional... SquareSpace has a template for everyone
    10. 10. Google Sites http://sites.google.com Free service allowing the publishing of sophisticated websites Choose from a variety of starter themes and edit everything from text and graphics to tables and more Blog-like format allows for full integration of other Google products, including search, Picasa (images), Maps, Calendar, and Docs Many available extra gadgets and widgets
    11. 11. Google Sites http://sites.google.com The down side: Not for very young students or computer beginners Requires some exploration to get used to navigating and editing your site See http://www.scribd.com/doc/12740926/Google- Sites-Tutorial or http://www.google.com/nonprofits/ sitestutorial.html for a good tutorial on using Google Sites
    12. 12. Our Site on Google http://sites.google.com/site/istenecc2010/
    13. 13. Edit Text and Objects Edit the Sidebar and Navigation of Your Page All with this little toolbar!
    14. 14. Wix.com http://www.wix.com Create beautiful Flash-based websites without knowing anything about Flash, ActionScript, or programming! Simple drag-and-drop interface Many attractive templates to choose from, or you can create your own Each website contains a great deal of built-in functionality for that “professional” look and feel
    15. 15. Wix.com http://www.wix.com The down side: Not many templates for education, not ADA compliant Primarily designed as a tool for personal homepages, artists and photographers showing off their work, and small businesses advertising their products, Wix.com does not “cater” to education users Flash by its nature is not fully accessible to users with disabilities or users of mobile devices like iPad and iPhone
    16. 16. Visit Our Wix site! http://www.wix.com/stacitrekles/ISTENECC2010
    17. 17. The Wix.com Editor Screen
    18. 18. DoodleKit http://www.doodlekit.com Creates fun, attractive websites and content management (blogs, news pages, etc.) with many useful features Available in both free and paid versions, each with different features Those who understand HTML and CSS code can create their own code, or use the Advanced Editor (extra free download)
    19. 19. DoodleKit http://www.doodlekit.com The down side: Free version contains some ads, does not work well on a Mac Advanced editor can crash Firefox and does not appear to open correctly in Safari Despite problems that will surely be rectified over time, Doodlekit is a very attractive, easy-to-use blog and web publishing tool
    20. 20. JotForm http://www.jotform.com Only for forms, including contact sheets, polls, signup entries, quizzes, and more Many extra features, including survey and rating tools, password and signup tools, and even options for having users pay you through PayPal or Google Responses come to you via email Share forms via a JotForm URL or by copying and pasting code into your website
    21. 21. JotForm http://www.jotform.com The down side: You must have a website before you can use JotForm forms JotForm also cannot store responses in a database - you may only receive responses in email, where you can then copy entries into your own spreadsheet or database
    22. 22. JotForm’s main interface - note the tabs along the left with different tool options. Simply drag and drop items from the left menu into the content area
    23. 23. Prezi http://www.prezi.com Primarily for presentations only Provides a rich, attractive visual aide for any presentation - a unique alternative to PowerPoint Relatively simple, intuitive interface Free education account provides additional storage space and option to download and view your Prezi offline
    24. 24. Prezi http://www.prezi.com The down side: Not ADA compliant The only problem with Prezi is that it is Flash-based, and thus not accessible to users using screen readers or some mobile devices Otherwise, it is an excellent service! For an example Prezi, check out Staci’s recent presentation on the digital divide at SITE 2010: http:// prezi.com/ocjihsiew7in/
    25. 25. The Prezi interface uses this wheel to add items, change the presentation path, and run your Show When you want to edit an item on the page, click on it and use the wheel to resize, move, edit, or delete. You can copy and paste text, videos, links, and insert pictures or PDFs from your computer.
    26. 26. Other Favorites Jing (Flash-based screen capture software): http:// www.jingproject.com Weebly (free blog with discussion and other tools): http:// education.weebly.com/ Glogster (online posters): http://edu.glogster.com SurveyMonkey (surveys and forms): http://surveymonkey.com MapMash (map mashups and data visualization: http:// www.mapmash.in Slideshare (presentation sharing): http://www.slideshare.net
    27. 27. Summary In the end, it’s the not the tool but the message Teachers and students can publish their messages online easily in lots of ways: e-portfolios, assignments, WebQuests, reports, inquiry-based projects, stories, and more! Many tools out there do the same things slightly differently - some may meet your needs at any one time better than another The key is to build a list of your personal favorites and choose the tool that can best get the particular job at hand done!
    28. 28. Thank you! Staci Trekles - atrekles@purdue.edu Helen Jancich - hjancich@sbcglobal.net Slides on Slideshare: http:// www.slideshare.net/andella Purdue University Calumet - http:// www.calumet.purdue.edu/ education
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