Education is a way of life. Here at Wix, we believe in learning that combines fun, challenging and practical knowledge. There’s nothing that makes us happier than seeing our web publishing platform helping students expand their education and their understanding of technology.
All over the world, educators with an innovative approach are introducing website building and technology as part of their curricula and study program. We want to take the opportunity to salute a group of these cutting-edge teachers and their brilliant students. Here’s for taking the modern classroom to the next level!
Teaching Entrepreneurship to the Google Generation
When Reuben Steiger heard PayPal founder Peter Thiel talk about education that is relevant to today’s reality, he decided that this kind of program can be valuable even to elementary school children. Steiger decided to create 8andup, a unique initiative that introduces youngsters to the basics of entreprenuership.
“Each child was given a $50 budget to use to invent a product and launch it on Wix”, Steiger explains. “Our introductory class, which is called ‘What If?’, focuses on the basics of invention, design and marketing.” After three weeks of classes and workshops, the kids are ready to present their very own inventions and products to the world!
To see just how innovative these little geniuses are, visit the 8andup store, where you can browse through all of their wonderful creations! Including awesome video presentations like this one by the co-founders of “Rock Paper Scissors Industries”!
Students Helping Non-Profits Get Online
In 2011, a group of involved students at McGill University in Canada decided they want to give back to their community but didn’t have the financial resources to give donations. “We realized that we could help others who were less tech-savvy by utilizing our social media skills,” says Vanessa Conzon, and that’s how they started NetRoots.
The organization started with just a handful of people and now has about 35 active volunteers, who are dedicated to assisting non-profits with setting up their own websites and creating a social media presence.
With the help of Wix, NetRoots volunteers are building websites for great causes: “We experimented with various website builders, but found them too complicated for our clients. Then we stumbled upon Wix,” says Vanessa. “Wix is extremely user-friendly, and we have used it to create the vast majority of our clients’ websites.” And she’s happy to report that after getting a Wix website on the air, many non-profits are seeing an increase in donations.
Bringing Family Stories to the Web
Realizing that traditional family trees might not be the most appropriate way to present family history in the age of the internet, Israeli high-school Ironi Aleph in Tel Aviv decided to try a different approach. The teachers proposed that their students use Wix to build a family website and document their story.
“Nowadays, creating websites is a way for young students to express themselves,” tells project manager Shoni Aronovich. “Using tools like Wix, PowerPoint or Google Maps allowed us to incorporate important skills into students’ work and to give the ‘classic’ family tree project a boost.”
Surprisingly, the students weren’t entirely convinced at first, says Aronovich, yet they soon discovered the many opportunities that they have in designing their own online family trees and became hooked. After seeing their children’s work, the parents were also enthusiastic about the project. “They soon started fantasizing about their kids’ potential careers in the internet industry,” he adds.
Education Heroes Teaching English to Cambodian Children
Leonie Tensen and her partners at the Education and Conservation Organization Teachers are doing amazing work bringing English language education to children at the Cambodian Island of Koh Rong Samloem. They also train local teachers to continue the English education program and create their own local network of learning.
The ECO Teachers organization often faces challenging conditions, for instance, not having electricity in the classrooms. They manage to overcome these difficulties with a creative program that includes music, gardening, dance and more.
According to Leonie, having a Wix website has been extremely valuable in running the project: “We are very happy that Wix could support us. This website is a place where we collect all the video’s, pictures, information and news.” Wix is grateful to be a part of this wonderful program!