Blogging is a truly authentic and meaningful way to promote student voice in your classroom. It allows students to reflect, establish a positive digital footprint and generate an open archive of their learning.
Weebly for Education is an easy & free way to have students create blogs. Among its many features are that it allows you, the teacher, to have prior approval over what students post and comments on students’ blogs.
This post will guide you through how to create a teacher account and set up a class. It also provides a tutorial that you can share with students on creating their own blogs.
Creating a Teacher Account
1..To create a teacher site start by going to Weebly for Education and completing Get Started Here. Choose a username, a password and use your LMTSD email address.
2..Next, you will be prompted to fill in your district information
3..Then you can watch a demo, set up a class or create a website. Choose “Create a Website”
4..You will be taken to the theme gallery where you can choose from several different themes. You will be prompted to name your site (Choosing a subdomain of Weebly is free).
5..Pick the theme you like and click on choose
6..You can customize your theme by using one of the several drag & drop options in the left-hand side menu.
7..When you have created your site, click on publish.
Setting Up Your Class
1..To set up your class, log into Weebly for education and click on my students
2..Add a class name, select your grade, make your students’ sites private or public (if they are private you will have to create a password) and click create class
3..You can add students one at a time or add multiple students via a .csv file (if you have a google class set up then you can get a .csv of your class by following these instructions
4..You can either upload a .csv file (ex. from Google Classroom) or copy & past the student information form the .csv file into the student account information box on the right-hand side of the page
5..Once all of your students are added you will be able to see a class list. If you click on the print student list on the bottom right-hand side of the page a class login information sheet (with cards to hand out to the students with their log-in information) will be created
Instructions for Students to Creating Blogs
1..To log into your Weebly for Education account & create your blog, start by going to Weebly for education and typing the log-in information provided to you by your teacher
2..After you have logged in, click on create a site
3..You will be taken to the theme gallery where you can choose from several different themes. You will be prompted to name your site (Choosing a subdomain of Weebly is free).
4..Pick the theme you like and click on choose
5..You can customize your theme by using one of the several drag & drop options in the left-hand side menu.
6..To create your blog, click on the pages tab in the top left-hand corner and choose blog
7..The first thing you should do is go to settings and set up the settings for your page (for example, click no to email notifications every time you receive a comment on a post)
8..Next you can customize your blog by using one of the several drag & drop options in the left-hand side menu.
9..When you are ready to create a post simply click on new post in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen
10..When you are done with your post, click post and click publish.