Embedding widgets into a wiki or website

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Embedding widgets into a wiki or website

  1. 1. By: Nhia Yang
  2. 2. Today’s Lesson Includes: Define what a widget is. Explore different widget resources. Observe and examine the practice of embedding widgets into a wiki site.
  3. 3. What is a widget? A widget is an interactive tool that serves a specific purpose. A widget is anything that can be taken off of a web site and run somewhere else. Its basically a small application that does one simple thing, but it does it well. The term “widget” is a generic term for a bit of self-contained code that displays a program, or a piece of a program, that is also (usually) a shortcut to a larger application. People were first introduced to widgets with the Android version 1.5. Since then, widgets have gained in popularity. The purpose of a widget is to bring functionality and engagement to the end user.
  4. 4. Where are widgets found? Widgets exist on your desktop, cell phones, and thousands of websites that you use every single day. We often take them for granted and not even notice that they serve an important purpose.
  5. 5. Examples of common widgets Calendars Mortgage calculators Weather forecast tools Survey/poll forms Counters Clocks Flashing banners Videos Podcasts, newsfeed, RSS feed, Google maps
  6. 6. Different kinds of widgets There are 3 kinds of widgets: * Self-expression widgets - enable people to show off who they are and what they’re passionate about. A good example is a flickr widget that lets people post their pictures. * Ecommerce widgets - allow people to sell things from their sites. Amazon has a good example of that. * Enhancement widgets - add functionality to a web site. Guestbook widgets are a popular example.Source:http://www.linkedin.com/answers/technology/blogging/TCH_BLG/267065-6668786
  7. 7. Guidelines for using a widget Do not overcrowd your website with a bunch of widgets. Be selective in what you choose and also where you place it on your website. Widgets should add functionality to your website. Widgets should make your website pop, add enhancement, and pizzazz to your site. Widgets help to make your website engaging and interactive for your user. Widgets serve a specific purpose. Does it give you any valuable feedback? For example: poll/survey Is the widget appropriate for your given audience?
  8. 8. How to embed a widget Widgets can often be customized to fit a certain size. Widgets can be simply be embedded with code. Users can easily find the code to any widget that they find on a website. Please watch the following video on how to embed a widget.
  9. 9. Youtube Video on Widgets
  10. 10. Websites to get widgetswww.widgetbox.comwww.googlegadgets.comhttp://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/widgetshttp://www.emailmeform.com/www.flashvortex.com
  11. 11. Widgets on my current wiki site Email form for parents/students Video slideshows to showcase classroom events Student of the week banner Website Counters Built in Interactive CalendarPossible Ideas for Future:Twitter news feed widget to remind parents/students of fieldtrips, assignments, and school events.

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