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.
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.
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.
Examples of common widgets Calendars Mortgage calculators Weather forecast tools Survey/poll forms Counters Clocks Flashing banners Videos Podcasts, newsfeed, RSS feed, Google maps
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
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?
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.
Websites to get widgetswww.widgetbox.comwww.googlegadgets.comhttp://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/widgetshttp://www.emailmeform.com/www.flashvortex.com
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.