It’s exciting to be able to teach kids what it means to ‘design’ a web site, and see what they come up with.
I’m not talking about the coding part of the site, but the navigation, layout and content. So much has changed since I worked on web sites and web content ten years ago. Especially with site builders at Wix and Weebly, or even GoDaddy.
So before I introduce students to online site builders, I let them play with design components, using PowerPoint. Yes, PowerPoint!
It’s a quick way to build navigation tabs, work on color and fonts, and eventually embed hyperlinks and video.
Here is some of the work of 6th grade, building a site for Space Day, the school event we just concluded.
Likewise the 5th grade is working on a website for Freedom Tower, a project they began in September.
Later they would be using Photoshop for image manipulation, and create and edit shapes and buttons etc. Much later, when we move into audio recordings, and podcasts, I may have them return to their web sites and add voice files using Audacity.
But for now they experiment with bevels, shadows, and other effects that enable navigation.
Design is not just for 5th and 6th Grade. To address the Arizona CCRS Standard, S1.C4.PO 1: “Use digital creativity tools to create original works” I let 2nd grade students work with shapes, colors and also contrast and perspective.
Here is one student’s poster for the same event, using Microsoft Word.