So far this year, my 6th grade tech students have been learning html by completing assignments on one of my Drupal web sites.
I purposefully left out of the installation any text editing tools, so all links, images, tables, headings, fonts, colors, etc. had to be coded.
We’ve had some success so far. I was getting a bit discouraged for awhile, and wanted to trash the whole thing because only a few were actually following directions, but decided to hang in there. I’m glad I did, as the last class session went much better.
Now I’m toying with the idea of creating student publishing teams, building a WordPress site for them, making them all Editors, and going live on the internet. This would be a much more sophisticated project, with much more significant risks and rewards.
Going to let it simmer on the back burner for the time being and see what bubbles up.