What are the strengths? Things you found useful.
Through exploring the DiVi builder i felt it gave a lot of freedom. It gave us the ability to not only explore the appearance of our blog but new and unique ways for us to show what we’ve learned. Most of the time when we are posting assignments to our blog they are meant to just give the information to our teachers but using this program i felt it gave us the option to show our information giving the appearance more of an infographic look. Throughout using the divi builder it gave us the opportunity to use its tools such as adding a video, image, column or row but using the formats given instead of the simple word document visual we usually get. Using the divi builder we are given the choice of a pre-made format or we can make our own giving us even more room for creativity. The options and controls are very similar to the ones we use when changing the theme of our blog, giving us the opportunity to detail and customize even more about our own individual blogs!
What are the weaknesses? Things you found could be improved.
Throughout using the DiVi builder I did have a few difficulties and continue to struggle with the how portion. When opening the program you are given so many options from design to change every last inch of your blogs space. While it is very nice to be able to use this platform and create whatever we wish, it is still slightly overwhelming to someone who has never used a program like DiVi builder before. For me I began struggling with simple things such as font and image size only because the amount of freedom I had was overwhelming. Working throughout the program I began to figure out some tools with the pre formatted pages but soon realized that you cannot use DiVi builder on top of information you have but you must make your format then add in your information. Throughout this learning process I learned a lot about how freedom can make things easier and harder at the same time.
How can this plugin be used in a classroom setting to enhance student learning? Would you use it and/or recommend it?
I believe this plugin would be an amazing tool for our classes to use. Not only does it spruce up the appearance of your blog but also allows you to give your project a more personal and appealing feel. I think students would very much enjoy the opportunity to explore this platform but maybe with more instruction on how DiVi builder works. Using DiVi builder is easy once explained, but learning on your own can be challenging. I would suggest that our Tech Team create a short tutorial posted to the Riverside Youtube Channel that could be viewed by students to make their learning experience much easier. With this explanation I believe that students would have a lot more fun exploring all the tools DiVi builder has, allowing them to showcase their blogs!