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Monday, June 1, 2015

Easy Websites with Weebly

I have used Weebly a few times with students. At the end of this school year, as part of a digital literacy unit, I asked students to make a "fake" website. We had been learning, again, how you can't believe everything you see on the internet. How true! Students created endangered species websites. They were hilarious-- with flying turtles, the elusive "water wallaby" and an Amazonian silver tiger that curiously resembled a house cat. A few even had "stores" where you could donate money or purchase merchandise to help the cause. Kids really enjoyed being over the top creative and it was surprising, even being in the joke, how realistic these websites looked!

This brings me back to Weebly. I wanted this to be a take-your-idea-and-run-with-it kind of thing and didn't want students to be caught up in the finer points of web design. Weebly was definitely the right tool for the job! Weebly is so easy to use and looks so professional. Earlier this quarter we had also made portfolio websites with Google Sites, and the difference in ease-of-use between these two platforms was very noticeable. I like that Google Sites is tied to their Google Apps for Education accounts accounts, but Weebly is definitely easier.

If you are looking for an easy, free website platform for you or your students, Weebly is a great choice. There is also Weebly for Education, specifically designed for teachers.

I want your feedback! What do you use for a website platform? Why do you like it? Share your thoughts!

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