My name is Dan Veltri and I am a co-founder of Weebly.com
. I recognize that as a commercial company we have to be careful posting here, but we're really looking for help in understanding what educators' needs are. We know a lot of educators use our product -- for those who do, can you help us to figure out what you need specifically as educators?
For those who don’t know about Weebly, we make it easy to create a website/blog, e-portfolio, or WebQuest online. Here is a quick demo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
Below are some of the features we’re planning to include in the special version of Weebly for Education.
Please help us to understand if these features will be useful for you and let us know what other features you’d like to see included.
- When a teacher signs up for an account, he/she will have access to the same website creation tools available on Weebly.com to optionally build a classroom website.
To see an example teacher website built with Weebly, check out http://ripplingpond.weebly.com
- The teacher account will be an administrator account able to create sub-accounts for his/her students.
Students can then login to their accounts using the username and password provided to them by the teacher to build an e-portfolio, website for a class project, blog, etc. The student will NOT be required to provide an email address.
- All websites, or pages of websites, will have the option to be password protected
- The student websites can optionally be listed in a private or public class directory
which can be browsed by the students to view and comment on other students’ work.
- They’ll be an “assignment dropbox” element for teacher websites
to accept documents or assignment uploads from students.
- We’ll have an integrated video feature
for teachers or students to upload their own videos for playback on the website, bypassing YouTube or similar sites which may be blocked.
Like Weebly.com, we will provide the educational version of Weebly for free with additional “premium” features available for a reasonable fee. What exactly differentiates the free version from the premium version is not yet decided, but the free version will be fully functional and feature packed.
We’re in the planning states and really would love to hear your ideas and criticisms. Do you think this would a useful tool in your curriculum? What additional features would you find useful for your classroom and student websites?