Common Sense Review
Updated October 2016

Weebly

Impressively easy-to-use website-creation tool
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Common Sense Rating 4
  • To begin, choose a theme for your site.
  • The website-creation tool prompts users at various steps in the process.
  • Teachers can view students’ progress through the teacher dashboard.
  • Teachers can submit purchased domain names or use a weebly.com subdomain to publish sites.
  • Teachers receive 40 free student accounts when registering.
Pros
Easy to use, and its education dashboard gives teachers access and privacy controls.
Cons
Learning value relies heavily on educator input; the site could benefit from some tutorials on design.
Bottom Line
Helpfully walks students through each step of website creation, and teachers can control access and monitor progress.
Stephanie Trautman
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Students will enjoy creating stellar websites with drag-and-drop ease. Users should have fun selecting themes, placing photos, adding text, publishing sites, and promoting them on social media.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Responsive to kid input, Weebly's sites depend on creative minds for content. Social networking is built into most sites, and blogs allow for communication, which teachers can control. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Users can access some information about SEO basics, HTML, and coding, but it’s a little tricky to find. The dashboard helps teachers manage students and control privacy.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

You can set up accounts for up to 40 students and continuously track their progress through the site (or Chrome app). Students can build new websites using the step-by-step instructions that are intuitive and well-organized. Have students practice uploading an image and then rotate, crop, or fade its opacity; they can also choose from numerous template designs and add headers and other written content. 

Because teachers create classroom accounts and control access, Weebly for Education offers a safe learning environment. There could be privacy concerns if you opt to make students' sites public, but you can choose to set privacy to classroom-only viewing when registering. You'll control the account through Weebly's teacher dashboard, and you can view recent student updates and disable sites if needed. Teachers can also accept homework assignments from students through their Weebly teacher site.

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What's It Like?

Weebly for Education is a platform that lets teachers and students build websites for free. Adults and kids can create personal websites devoted to any subject, and lots of people use Weebly for e-commerce, promoting products and services. Content elements are the building blocks of the website, and Weebly’s drag-and-drop functionality lets users select themes, place photos, add text and other pages, and publish their site. Users can provide a URL or house their site on a weebly.com subdomain.

The educational version of the site lets teachers set up an account that gives access to up to 40 students. Students log in using a username and password that can be assigned by a teacher. A paid premium account allows teachers to add more than 40 students and integrate HD video and audio players.

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Is It Good For Learning?

With some guidance, Weebly is a reasonable platform to use for personal or school-based sites. If kids know HTML already, they can include some while designing their Weebly site. However, students won’t learn any new HTML skills here, and there’s little advice to help kids learn design principles, making it difficult to transfer the skills to future, non-Weebly web projects.

Still, Weebly’s clear, straightforward functionality provides a solid platform for producing and sharing websites and lets kids express themselves in a fun, creative way. If students get confused at any point, a support center answers many common questions, and free live training sessions are also offered to initiate new users.

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