How I Use It
This spring, our 8th grade students spent two days in a neighboring town doing community service. As one of their projects, they decided to build a website for the town with scenic photos and information documenting the cleanup work we did. I quickly showed Weebly but the student group (none of whom had any web design experience) mostly taught themselves how to use it. Weebly was so easy to use we had ample time to teach principles of good web design and work on creating the best possible content for the site. In a larger group I would definitely pre-plan and draft the site with students before logging in to Weebly.
I have also used Weebly in professional development. When I do professional development workshops, I add links, upload handouts, and distribute pre- and post- assessments to my staff using my Weebly site. It is quick and easy, and works consistently on laptops, desktops, and mobile devices in multiple browsers.
When I took my middle school librarian job in 2004, I did not realize it included design and maintenance of the building's website. After all, I had zero web design experience and zero desire to learn. In the following years I have designed our site six times in six different programs, all chosen by someone else. Weebly was recommended to me by fellow librarians and teachers, and it has been so simple to use with such well-designed results, I can't believe a basic membership is free. Anyone with basic tech skills can use Weebly within minutes to design a great-looking website, and those with more advanced skills can embed surveys, Twitter feeds, photo slideshows, polls, and more. Weebly on its own doesn't have inherent educational value, but it provides a great platform for students to display their work and teachers to organize their resources. Some features require a paid subscription and I have found it challenging to design a site using the Safari browser. Compared to its competitors, Weebly excels.