Do the students actually publicly publish their websites?
Yes. I guess they don’t have to but it’s a part of the Unit lessons. Once they publish there are still lessons on style sheets to be completed. My students were excited to see their websites online and to be able to show them to their families.
When I set up my student accounts (middle school 6th - 8th) I did not allow students to share because they were younger than 13 (mostly 6th and 7th). Now that we’ve completed the websites, it looks like I’m going to have to override the setting because I don’t know of any other way students can share their websites with their peers for editing. I hope this is OK.
This is completely your choice. I often have students simply switch seats and look through on their computers so they’re editing code and content at the same time. I don’t know the set up of your classroom, but this is what works for me. I don’t love allowing them to share without parent permission, but that’s just my view on it.