How I Use It
I have used Weebly in two ways:
1. Class website- here students can find resources for class such as homework, videos, websites, and projects.
2. Student blogging and website creation- students created their own websites which included a blog page.
For me as a teacher, having my own website is a necessity and Weebly makes it so easy to build one that is both functional and reflective of my own personality. My website allows me to present information in an organized format which is easy for students and parents to navigate and equally easy to build due to Weebly’s “drag and drop” construction. I have no complaints.
In terms of student use, there is the ability with Weebly for you to have students create their sites as part of your class. After entering students’ names, Weebly creates unique log-ins for each student (you can select an initial password, if student’s change their password, as the teacher you will have access to that information) which do not require an email address.
My students enjoyed choosing a background and layout that fit their style. They also liked that it was easy to change their background if they changed their minds along the way. Additionally, my students found it easy to create the organizational content for their sites such as text boxes, pictures, and video.
I liked that I had access to the students’ log-ins and passwords and that it was easy for me to remove a site if a student dropped the class or did not follow the blogging rules that I put into place.
Website creation and maintenance (including blogging) is closely associated with 21st Century Skills. Depending on how you assign your students to use Weebly students can learn:
1. Basic website creation skills associated with layout and formatting; basically creating something that is pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate.
2. Writing and constructive feedback skills through the blogging and commenting process. *Including writing for a larger audience!
3. Copyright and fair use knowledge.
4. Research and citation skills.
Basically, what you and your students get out of using Weebly is based on what your expectations are for you and your students. Weebly is merely a tool that you can use to enable deeper student learning.