A) What are the strengths? Things you found useful.
I found that the Divi Builder was very useful to personalize and visually enhance my blog. I thoroughly enjoyed using the “Gallery” module to add beautifully laid out images to my blog. Using this module, I was also able to have a button that enlarges the images of the Gallery and I was able to add a caption to the enlarged image. This feature was very easy and straightforward to use as well as the Testimonial module. I used the Testimonial module to integrate a quote into my post and it stands out on my blog. I believe that this is very useful for paragraphs with integrated quotes in them. Instead of having plain text quotes, these Testimonial modules will make them stand out. Lastly, I used the Toggle module to keep my blog visually appealing. I do have a short paragraph below my favorite video explaining why it is my favorite. The Toggle module allowed me to put the title of my paragraph, then other users can press a button if they want to read more. This module is very useful when you see a lot of text on a page. It keeps it organized and clean, allowing other users to choose if they want to read more about the given subject or not.
B) What are the weaknesses? Things you found could be improved.
I found that the results of the Divi Builder are incredible. However, it took me quite some time to get my About Me page to where I wanted it. At first, I was testing out each module and what it looked like. It was slightly confusing because some of the titles weren’t very clear. For example, one of the modules I could add was a blog. I was expecting a slider of my posts but instead, I saw that all of my posts were being displayed in a long line. I think that it would be very helpful if there was a small caption below the title of the module explaining what it would like.
I also had some difficulty adding a widget to my blog. When I was customizing my theme, I decided to change it to a new one. Although I enjoy the new theme, I miss the widgets that I was able to have on it. When I was adding widgets with the Divi Builder, I was not able to add a calendar and a tag cloud, which were two of my favorite features on the theme of my old blog. I would really like to see Divi Builder add those modules.
C) How can this plugin be used in a classroom setting to enhance student learning? Would you use it and/or recommend it?
This plugin would be very useful in a classroom setting to enhance student learning. I believe this plugin gives students a chance to be more knowledgable about what technology can do. The Divi Builder takes an ordinary blog post about a project/assignment to a new level. The Divi Builder would allow students to improve their Edublogs posts while keeping them organized and visually appealing.
In addition, I believe that the Divi Builder allows students to be more creative with their Edublogs. They can test out new modules, add rows, and columns to see what they like best for their post. During this process, students would become more comfortable with using technology and then they can build on their knowledge in the future.
To implement the use of the Divi Builder, I would recommend that someone demonstrates how to use this plugin to students, then gives them some time to explore all of its features. This way, it becomes very simple to get acquainted with new tools and takes away any confusion that the students may have when using it.