What is a web presence? Web presence is basically your appearance or occurrence on the World Wide Web, aka, the Internet. Some ways that you may have a web presence are by creating a teacher website, keeping a blog, or participating in social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. A web presence is a great way to stay connected to colleagues, parents, students, and the community. Calendars, assignments, tests, class projects, and any other great things that are going on in your classroom and school can be shared out.
My favorite way to have a web presence is the creation of a teacher website. I don’t think there is any easier way to create a teacher website than with Weebly.com. With weebly you do not have to have any prior experience. If you can use a mouse and drag and drop, then you can create a weebly. Let me show you how.
The first step is to go to www.weebly.com and create an account. Like most sites, you will need a valid email address and create a password.
Once you have signed up and signed in, then you will need to make some decisions. The first of these is to choose a theme or layout of your website. You can choose a theme with pictures, that you can replace with your own. You can choose a theme where the pages of your site display down the side or across the top. To see the themes, click on the design tab at the top and choose Change Theme at the left.
Once you have chosen a theme, you are ready to start building your site. To do that, click on the build tab at the top. You will also see several buttons at the left. Each of these that do not have a star are part of your free website. To use one, simply click and drag it with your mouse over to your webpage. Titles, text, images, maps, buttons to create links and more are available. You can easily drag the components and rearrange them once you have them on your page. To delete a component, simply hover over it with our cursor and click the blue x in the top right corner of the object.
So far, we have only created a home page. To add more pages to your website, click on the pages tab at the top of the page. Click on the orange add page box and give your new page a name. You have four choices of how you would like this new page to look. The tall header is the same as your home page. The short header gives it a smaller picture. The no header leaves the picture out and the landing page gives you a variety of a picture with text around it. From there you can click save and edit to begin work on the new page.
When you are ready for the world to see your webpage, you will have two more decisions to make. What do you want to name your website (Site Title) and what do you want your parents, students, and community members to type in to get to your website (Site Address)? The Site title can be anything you want. The site address can only be used if no one else in the world is using it. For example, www.google.com or www.ebay.com is already taken. If you choose 6gradepumascience.weebly.com, it may not be taken. For the free version of weebly, you must have it end with weebly.com. We are all about free right now. To get to this part, go ahead and click publish in the top right corner. These questions should automatically pop up.
When you have successfully published your site, you will see the following announcement. This is to show you that your site was published and also that the name you chose is available without the weebly.com on the end of it. That is great if you want to pay. This little announcement will pop up every time you publish any changes on your website. If you are happy with the free version, like me, then simply click on the blue and white “x” in the top right corner. You can now go to your website by typing in the site address that you chose. You will now have a web presence that you can begin promoting.
More Great Ways to Have a Web Presence
- Start blogging. You can check out this article. https://evscicats.com/blog/connecting-online-plnscommunities/ and https://evscicats.com/blog/blogging-in-the-classroom/ I like www.blogger.com
- Join Twitter or Facebook. Check out these articles for more information. https://evscicats.com/blog/facebook-and-the-connected-educator/ and https://evscicats.com/blog/day-13-30dc13-social-media/
If you don’t have a teacher website, I encourage you to give it a try in the near future. It is a great way to communicate and share what is happening in your classroom with parents and the community. Today’s challenge is imagine how you would use a teacher website and how it would benefit you as an educator.