Weebly.com “Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites”
Type of technology: Website
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
Are you interested in discovering whether or not your students actually read the novel ( or textbook lesson, etc.) you assigned, but you aren’t up to grading more boring tests? Well, I’ve got a solution for you. It’s a Weebly, which is like a website, but easier to create, and it allows your students to show what they know in a variety of creative ways. Each student logs in and creates her own Weebly and designs it to her own specifications by using the buttons on the top and along the left side.
Here’s an example of page one of a Weebly:
So, how do you get started? First, go to Weebly.com. The site will ask if you want to create your own domain name or use one of theirs. You will choose to use one of theirs.
Buttons on the top
Next, you have the option to build your site. You will click on the button labeled “Build” on the top left toolbar at the top. You will then be given multiple templates from which to choose:
Similarly, the next button labeled “Design” at the top of the toolbar, allows you to choose the colors and font you’d like to use. You have the option of trying out different colors and fonts until you finally decide on what you like.
Next, the button labeled “Pages” at the top of the toolbar allows you to design the look of each page. Again, you are offered different types of templates. Each page can be different, or they can all look the same. Your choice.
Buttons on the left
The buttons on the left give you more variety. These buttons allow you to create a title, type or insert text, insert an image, a slideshow of images, a gallery of images, or a map.
If you click on the second button, next to the “T” button, you will see more buttons on the left. By clicking on these, you can create a button that you can link to a site, you can include audio or video or you can link to You Tube.
What would I use this for?
Last year, after my sophomores read Night by Elie Wiesel, I had each of them create a project on genocide. Some students wrote letters, so I copy and pasted them using the text box. Others produced art work, so I took pictures of the art and uploaded it onto the Weebly. One student wrote a rap and sang it, so I uploaded the audio onto the site. When the project was complete, every student had created something on genocide that can be found on this site.
What if I don’t want to give that much work to myself?
Another option, which I did this year, is to have students create their own Weebly to showcase what they learned. In my AP Lit class, after reading The Awakening, each student had to create a Weebly. I provided them with requirements ( main characters, settings, themes, symbols, critique) and they met those requirements in whatever creative way they chose on the Weebly. Here’s an example of one student’s Weebly pages:
The Weebly can be password protected so when they publish them, only specific people can view them. When my students were finished with their Weeblys, I created an “Online” assignment in EDU/NEO. The students logged into EDU/NEO, found the assignment, and copy and pasted their link. I then went into EDU/NEO, clicked on their link and graded it.
Here are the links to two of my Weeblys if you want to check them out:
Overall, my students thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. Because there is no “right” way to do this assignment, students had plenty of freedom to creatively address the requirements. It was more interesting for them (and me!) than an essay, and I beleive they learned more, and retained more, by doing this hand’s on project.