Teacher Review For Weebly

Free web builder for all ages!

Amy W.
Classroom teacher
Bordentown Regional Middle School
Bordentown, NJ
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use Weebly for Education with 8th grade students for the creation of a web portfolio. We work on the websites during 45 minute periods in a computer lab once a week for 5-6 weeks. In that time, the students create 5 web pages that are rich with pictures and text as well as links to .pdf files they upload, photo galleries, and a blog. They have an easy time dragging and dropping the design elements onto the web pages. I have also used it with summer campers as young as third grade. In a 2 hour timeframe, the students made web pages about their hobbies that included text, pictures and links to other websites. The only part they struggle with is getting used to using columns to organize elements side-by-side.
My Take
Weebly and Weebly for Education are website builders. A site can be up and running in a matter of minutes, and visible (or not) the free world. Being a web builder, the content is limited to the tools available when using the free version. However, you are limited to a maximum of a five page web site and not all tools are available for free. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy for all ages to navigate. At times, Weebly has been unstable in our computer lab on IE9 and IE10. Refreshing the screen usually solves the problem, but some recent edits may have to be redone when the page reloads. Overall, it is a great tool for students to learn the principles of web design. Because of its simplicity I changed from using Dreamweaver to Weebly last year and have no plans to go back. I use Weebly for Education with my classes and appreciate the fact that I can supply the students with usernames and passwords and monitor their work from my teacher account. Students also enjoy the fact that they can add to their websites from any computer with Internet access...removing the boundaries of the classroom.