Weebly: Because We’re That Easy to Confuse.

Hello fellow Earth walkers, I sure hope you’re enjoying yourselves.

WHAT IN THE WORLD? SHE’S STILL ALIVE? IS SHE EVER GOING TO LEAVE US ALONE??

Well, I’m currently in my hometown, a lovely little town on the countryside with a population of roughly 3000 people and about the same number of wild animal species and crawling insects. Peace.

Luckily enough for me, about 6 months ago, electricity found my shed hometown and we now have computers! Ok, let’s get as serious as this blog allows me to be.

Alright, prep yourselves fellas because I found a blogging solution for all of us (teachers and students) with enough hands and fingers to write but not enough patience and/or easiness with HTML codes and/or motivation to write. It’s called Weebly, more especially its version for educational purposes.

ALRIGHT. ENLIGHTEN US WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE.

Roughly, the website describes itself as ”the easiest way to create a website”. Oh, and it’s free. That’s right, people. As long as you have two arms (preferably with hands connected to them), a functional brain, and a computer, you can create your own website. But what interests me the most here is that they’ve thought of something especially for us lunatics (most people call us teachers). That’s right, there’s even a version for educational purposes (if you recall what I wrote just a few lines above).

FOR REAL? WHAT COULD I USE THIS FOR?

Well, as suggested on Richard Byrne’s lovely technology-related blog, because it’s one of the easiest blogging platforms to understand, it can serve as a digital portfolio for classwork. Why not have the students communicate with us through it? Hell, they’ll be on their computers anyway. Asking them to submit work through their blog makes it much easier for them and, let’s be honest, I believe it enhances the chances that they’ll even hand in the work. I may be a young teacher but I’ve already learned one major lesson: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A STUDENT’S LACK OF MOTIVATION.

Of course, you can have you students create a blog that’ll allow them to post homework, various assignments, stay updated on the course, etc. but you can even create your own website for the class. It even turns out that the people who designed this little baby thought of features specifically for educational purposes AND that can be useful for both teachers, students, AND their parents.

WAIT. I HAVE TO CLEAN THE POOL OF BLOOD THAT I JUST CRIED OUT OF SHEER AMAZEMENT. OK, CONTINUE. WHAT’S SO NICE ABOUT THOSE FEATURES?

Well, as mentioned earlier, not only is it easy as pie, but it’s also customizable. CONTROL YOURSELVES. That’s right, you can customize that baby. Thank the Lord. It’s not a mere online replica of a word document. It can LOOK great too. That’ll attract a great deal of students.

I would like to highlight that it’s a risk-free, safe, and ad-free web tool. No ads do not guarantee that our students’ pure and innocent hearts will not be corrupted by the vicious world of online advertisement and irresponsible online behaviour, but I think it minimizes the chances of having to handle such situations. Plus, who said we couldn’t use it to promote safe online behaviour?

Privacy setting can be adjusted. What happens in class can stay there. Again, let’s be honest.. Do you really want to have your unmotivated student’s defamatory essay on the class’s obligatory reading for the world to see?

NOPE.

That’s what I thought.

Plus, because we’re not all Picasso’s of the internet, the website offers over 70 built-in designs that can, again, be customized indefinitely! For class purposes, I’d ask the students to pick one that the website offers. I’d like to reduce the risks of having to deal with some Playboy bunny background.

The multimedia features (pictures, videos, audio players, documents, maps, and even photo galleries!) allow both teachers and students to submit all kinds of work assignments. It’s a heck of a universal platform. Don’t we all hate to have to go through e-mails, loose sheets, class notes, online portals just to find out when is the due date to hand in a piece of work?

Thank goodness, there’s finally a one-stop shop for sharing classroom documents and information.

LIKE STARBUCKS?

Not really but my favorite part is that it allows the students to be creative. Honestly, they have enough rules to put up with. Let them put that rainbow at the end of their homework assignment. The best part is that (as mentioned on Wikispaces’ digital tutorial for Weebly), because it’s creative, students can actually enjoy what they’re doing while working in a pedagogically-controlled environment, while working in their natural habitat  online environment.

IS THIS HEAVEN?

Not quite, but it’s not that far away from it.

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One Response to “Weebly: Because We’re That Easy to Confuse.”

  1. […] service offers more than 70 built-in designs, for those who are not very good with technologies, but we can also create our own designs. For […]

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