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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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

  1. 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
  2. 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/

The Challenge

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.

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Jeffrey Tron
I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 1993. I got my masters degree in education in 1999 from Indiana Wesleyan University. I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Helfrich Park STEM Academy for 17 years. While there, I was the technology coordinator, student council rep, book coordinator, and I ran the announcements on the television studio. I taught reading, English, mathematics, social studies, science, and health in all three grade levels. In the summer of 2010, I worked for the IDOE to help implement the Indiana Science Initiative. I led several workshops around the state helping teachers integrate notebooking and hands-on science kits in their classrooms. During the 2010-2011 school year, I taught fourth grade science at Fairlawn Elementary School. I am currently an eLearning Coach for an elementary school, two middle schools, and a high school. I love technology and I love teaching and helping teachers. Put the two together and you have my dream job. I am very excited about being an eLearning coach and helping others implement technology into their daily instruction.

33 COMMENTS

  1. I have used Weebly in the past and created a website that students could use to find out what’s going on in their particular class..Parents and students have access and this is a plus. It’s easy to create and use. Now, I use Schoology.

  2. I love the idea of a class website! The students could go and see whats due and complete any wkshts or a collection of resources that could help them. Also as a collection for other teachers to come in and use them to help their own students. On of my favorite teacher websites created by a Mr. Keith!

    Has some great resources on there for anyone to use!

    I will end up making a website one of these days….but it’s going to have to be later down the road when I have enough of my own resources that work to create such a page.

  3. I signed up for a Weebly account and it looks really easy to make. There are several teachers in my building who use this already. Assignments are posted, announcements can be made, etc. Our students have even created websites using this in their technology class this year. I am thinking it could even be used for a family page to keep family members updated on events and happenings. So many uses. I like that videos, music, polls, pictures etc can be added.

  4. Here are the links to my Weebly sites:

    1st semester (we’ll will build a new site for spring) – http://shepardacademyfreshmanfall.weebly.com/
    1st semester –
    2nd semester – http://shepardacademyjuniorblockspring.weebly.com/

    I am a HUGE fan of Weebly, and would not want to teach without it. The tears would definitely flow! Because Shepard Academy integrates multiple courses, strives to be paperless, and uses virtually no textbooks, it is vital for our freshmen and juniors to have a “one stop shop” for the Academy. On our Weebly sites each tab represents a different course with the pages directing students to units, ongoing activities, and other large content items. We post lots of pictures, links to resources, all our document files, and content. Our Weebly sites are our courses. We design the sites not just with the students in mind, but also their parents and anyone else who might visit the site. Our Weebly sites are the on-line face of our program.

  5. I do not have a teacher website, but have been using Weebly for years in our technology classes. It is definitely a wonderful tool and easy to use. We have Sycamore Education as our system manage software, and each teacher can relate directly to the students and to the parents, about upcoming events, grades, lesson plans, lunch menu, amount of money in lunch account and much more. We just started using it this school year and seems very user friendly.

  6. Here’s a link to my site: mrbarringer.weebly.com

    On the front page I have a contact box so parents and students can contact me. I also have links to resources, pictures from classes, and information about myself. On each class’s tabs, I have a weekly schedule, bellringers, assignments, lessons, and everything else we use in class.

    I don’t know what I’d do without Weebly. Everything I need is right on the website. It’s perfectly organized, and I am the type of person who needs organization. As two of my good friends once said, “I think I’d cry if my Weebly was deleted.”

  7. I can definitely see the benefit of having a teacher website and totally agree weebly is the way to go. Having a hub for students and parents to access info, links, upcoming events is a great alternative, or substitute for a paper newsletter.

    I have been beating the Twitter drum to our teachers. Having a classroom twitter account is also an easy way to get real-time information out to students and parents.

  8. Before regular use of MyBigCampus or Blackboard to communicate class events, assignments, and resources on a daily/weekly basis this would be vital in many classes. However, with those now in play, I think that it takes the pace of a blog or webpage. Some teachers do weekly update emails which adding another page to update on a routine basis might be too much to juggle. Many teachers do use Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Remind101, and even Instagram to share similar things to have a web presence.

  9. I have a weebly site that I use for technology resources for my school district. It has a technology integration blog and several resources and how to’s for the teachers to look at.

  10. I don’t have a teacher website, but through my team, I communicate with parents daily. We send out mass emails, we create a calendar with all of our assignments on the school website, and we send out newsletters.

    I have thought about a teacher website, but I just don’t feel like I could keep up with it on a regular basis. I don’t want to start something and then not be able to give it my full attention.

    I feel like the things that my team and I do are beneficial to the students and the parents. Also, I’m able to add anything I want to the school newsletter that goes out once a month.

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