Trinket for Course Web Sites
In Fall 2014, I used Trinket for my course web site, PHY 3110 (Classical Mechanics).
I have developed web-based course material since 1994. Thus I have created many course web sites over the last 20 years. In recent years, I've used HTML and PHP. However I recognize the usefulness of tools that do not require programming. For example, teachers may simply use Blackboard, for example. Others might use a WYSIWYG editor like Dreamweaver or iWeb (by Apple).
However, I believe that Trinket is my now my favorite way to create a course web site. My favorite features are:
- the ability to write "markup" instead of HTML.
- the outline of topics along the left edge of the site. Before Trinket, my course web sites already had this style.
- the ability to embed YouTube videos, pdfs, and code.
- the ability to embed interactive Python Trinkets where students can directly edit the code and view the results.
- the ability to create interactive GlowScript Trinkets to create 3D physics models that students can edit.