CREATING A WEBSITE WITH WEEBLY
complete the basics
Review Sample Weebly Sites and Decide Purpose of Your Site
- Faculty/Teacher Courses/Classes - navigation tabs will include multiple courses and sub-tabs for each course syllabus, presentations, assignments, resources
- Single Course/Class or Topic - navigation tabs will include weekly topics and resources
- Faculty Portfollio or Digital Vita - navigation tabs will include vita, scholarship, research, presentations, service, teaching, etc (see Costa Faculty Page)
- Program or Group - navigation tabs will include program/group features
- Handbook or Manual - navigation tabs will include manual chapter titles
- Go to http://www.weebly.com/ and create an account. Save your password in a simple place. Bookmark www.weebly.com on your computer for future reference.
- Choose a site theme. You will be able to change your theme as often as you like, so don’t worry.
- Give your site a name. Choose something simple – last name and year (i.e., Costa2014).
- Save. DO NOT PAY! If it asks for money, you've done something wrong.
- Add a title (i.e., Dr. Costa’s Website)
- Find an image you would like to use on your site. You may have something on your desktop or you might want to Google an image related to your research or teaching. If so, save it to your desktop.
- Drag an image box over and upload your image.
- Click on the About link and give this page a title (i.e., About this Site).
- Drag a text box over and add 1-3 sentences describing what this site is about. (EX: This site belongs to Vikki Costa. Here you will find information about my courses and research. Click on the links to find more information.)
- Drag another text box over and add 1-3 sentences describing you. (EX: Vikki Costa is a Professor of Secondary Education at California State University Fullerton. Her research focuses on how to use technology to support teaching and learning. She provides professional development on effective teaching to international faculty.)
- Click on the Contact page and add a title (i.e., Contact Information).
- Drag a contact form box over and click on it to edit.
- Click on Form Options and make sure your email address is listed.
- Click to Save.
- Click on PUBLISH in the top right corner.
- Click on the link in the new window to see your published site.
- Bookmark the link on your computer for future reference.
- Email the link to yourself and to me (email@example.com).
COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION, CREATIVITY, CRITICAL THINKING
HELPFUL TIPS TO REMEMBER
Add a Content Page (i.e., Course or Topic Page)
- Go back to your editing site at http://www.weebly.com/.
- Click on PAGES on the top menu.
- Click on ADD PAGE and choose STANDARD PAGE. Name the page a specific course or topic you teach (i.e., PERSONAL FINANCE).
- Under page layout, select SHORT HEADER. On the left, click and drag PERSONAL FINANCE to under ABOUT. Click and drag ABOUT to the right and indent that page.
- Click again on your course page (to select that page) and then on SAVE & EDIT. You should now be on your new course materials page. If not, click on PAGES on the top menu and try again.
- Give this page a title (i.e., PERSONAL FINANCE). Drag a document box over and upload a course syllabus or other resource for a course you teach. Drag a file box over and upload another (or the same) document. Drag an image box over and find/upload an image related to this course. Rearrange the page as you wish.
- Title the page: Teach 21 Workshop.
- Add a text box and make a link to www.teach21.us.
- Open a new tab or window and go to YouTube. Search and select a video that demonstrates 21st century content in your academic discipline. Copy the youtube link and click over to your Teach 21 Workshop page. Scroll down the build menu and find the YouTube box. Drag it over to your page, input the URL to the video you selected, and click away.
- Create a textbox titled: Resources.
- Click over to your YouTube tab and look for more videos in your academic discipline, or open a new tab and search Google for current issues. Try using Google Scholar (google it!) or search for images. Search for "current problems in X" or "instructional resources for Y." Add text (or buttons) with hyperlinks to other sites you want to remember.
- Click on the PAGES tab on the top menu.
- Click on ADD PAGE and choose EXTERNAL LINK.
- Type the name of your university in the page name.
- Type the link to your university website.
- Select “open link in new tab.”
- Link your weebly site to your Facebook Site - look under Settings, then Facebook Sharing. Your Blog entires will then be posted on Facebook.
- Click on the PAGES tab on the top menu. Click on ADD PAGE and choose BLOG. Select the Short Header if you wish. Click SAVE & EDIT.
- On the blog page, click on BLOG SETTINGS. Make decisions on each of the features. Save changes.
- Create a new post explaining how digital tools are used in your academic discipline. Add a picture or link.
- Publish. If all was done correctly, your new blog post should show up on your Facebook site.
- Google "how to add a google calendar" in Weebly. Then follow directions and add one to your website.
- Add a resume page.
- Add a password and protect select pages. Click on SETTINGS on top menu. Scroll down, add a simple password, and SAVE. Click on PAGES, select any pages you want to protect, and click to select PASSWORD PROTECT THIS PAGE.
- Add a page named Research (or Scholarship). Add a text box for each abstract of current/past presentations and publications. Include links to conferences where you have presented or will present.
- Add a page for a program you direct. Include useful materials for program faculty and staff.
- Reorganize your pages to be more organized and engaging. Change the theme of your site. Add images to your theme. Add a logo.
- Add pages for each of the courses you teach. On these pages, include the syllabus, handouts, and resources, and/or links to important website resources. Find and add useful YouTube videos.
- Add a new page called COURSES and drag all of your course pages to under that page. Indent them.
- Add more pages and images, experiment with font size and colors; try creating columns; and experiment with other features. PUBLISH OFTEN!
- Embed your Voki, Quizlet, Popplet, Prezi, or other interactives.
- Find the site on your cell phone or tablet – compare the views of Mobile/Web. See what shows up and what doesn’t.