The resource type 'Compose a Web Page' leads you to what is essentially an online word processor. The difference is that you do not need to prepare your document offline, then upload it, then link to it, then have your students click the link and download the document locally on their machines.
With the web page all you ever need to do is type straight into the online text editor, save it and you are done. In fact, you might like to copy and paste your content from an existing document!Using web pages instead of document files, students will only need to click the link to view the content, and they can use your content without the need for any bulky (and sometimes expensive) offline piece of software like MS Office.
The other feature that makes web pages so great is that they seamlessly allow you to draw in great content from the web. Take this one, for example:
This word cloud (created in www.wordle.net) contains the text content of this web page. Larger words appear more frequently in this text than smaller words. Such word clouds can serve as a great visual overview of what a document is about.
Google Maps and Street View can be embedded (Moodle HQ in Perth, Western Australia):
Most online media content, such as images, videos and podcasts, can easily be embedded in a web page:
When using external content, please always screen the material for appropriateness and bear in mind any copyright issues, too.
When creating content on sites like GoAnimate.com, for example, please be careful not to publish any sensitive information or items that you do not mind 'losing': you never know how long these services are around for.
Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 6:48 PM