Web 2.0 Tool Review: Weebly



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(Title slide)
In this segment, I will review a Web 2.0 communication tool called Weebly.

(Weebly site and example sites)
Weebly is a free online website builder. You can create anything from blogs, basic information websites, to business sites with e-commerce options. You don't have to know any HTML to use Weebly. All you need is an internet connection and web browser. 

Weebly boasts that its tools are easy to use. Building a site consists of selecting a site format and theme and utilizing drag and drop features. It automatically adapts to your phone internet browsers. This tool is completely web-based and you do not need to download any special programs to use it.


(Screencast of Weebly main page and its different tools) 00:42
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(Before using Weebly slide) 04:16
Here are some suggestions before you begin using Weebly:
1. Decide on the website type (Do you want to make a blog, information, or e-commerce site?)
2. Browse other similar websites (to get ideas on how you want to organize your site)
3. Draft your site (on paper or online)
4. Make a test website to explore tools (and get a sense of how its interface works)

(Educational Uses slide) 04:40
As an educational tool, I think it's great for communicating a large amount of information to learners. For example, as a classroom website, a source of general or expert information, a place for blogging and discussion, and it can also be used as a place to get information on or display completed digital work. For students, weebly is an easy tool to help develop an e-portfolio. 

In my case, I designed my Weebly site as an information resource for people who are interested in the JET Program and Japanese public schools. 


(Screenshot of Weebly and Wix) 05:12
I highly recommend Weebly because it is relatively easy to use. Another website builder with similar features that you might also want to look into is called Wix on wix.com.

(Thank you slide)
Thank you for watching.

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