New year…new website?

I’ve always been a bit of a website addict. The first thing I do when going somewhere new is scope out the website…a new park for my kids, a new restaurant, etc. So it only makes sense for our library media center (which I take great pride in) to have a great website!

However, I also knew I needed an easy way to create a website. I’m all about content – no time to spend fixing layouts or writing code. I settled on using Weebly to help design my webpage because it was easy-to-use, looked great, and came recommended by education and business folks alike.

That was over 2 years ago, and Weebly just keeps getting better. You can choose from a wide variety of templates, drag-and-drop the elements you want on a page, and add as many pages as you want. It’s free, but you may find you need more space (think lots of videos or powerpoints) for about $40 a year. It’s been well worth it to me!

I’ve recommended this website to so many people, and I’ve gotten good feedback from other library media specialists, counselors, teachers, and students. Weebly has recently launched a version for educators, and they’ve partnered with National History Day as a project possibility for students.

If you aren’t happy with your website, or need to create one, spend some time looking at library media center websites, figure out what you want to say to your audiences, then give Weebly a try. Create a few pages and show them to teachers and administrators, but be sure to test it out on students too. I got great feedback from some classes when I asked them to critique the site. And feel free to email me with any questions. Good luck!

Holly Frilot, Library Media Specialist

Collins Hill High School Media Center

Posted on January 18, 2011, in Ideas, Technology, Web 2.0 and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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