To me, switching websites was like going to your in-laws house and having to eat chicken liver for dinner (although bless my in-laws this has never happened. However, it did happen early in my childhood and still haunts me!). Anyway, I've literally transferred all of my posts and all of my website content onto Weebly recently—like yesterday. It was painful having to recreate an entire site, and it took several hours, however, I am so glad that I did!
Previously, I had my website running on Wix. Not to say that Wix is a bad website builder/application; it just turns out to be an utterly expensive one (for my needs at least). I'm not going to get into the details of why Wix wasn't a good fit because it can work out wonderfully for others. What I will say is that Weebly is a very user-friendly website builder that has never let me down.
a love story
About five years ago I began using Weebly to create class websites for my students. In fact, building a class website using Weebly's website builder is pretty easy-peasy. I could upload lessons, calendars, technology apps, password protected pages, and more! All you have to do is drag and drop where you would like to input text, videos, documents, slideshows, etc... But don't take my word for it, to get a good idea of how awesome a class website on Weebly can be, check out Elena Lopez's amazing site here. [At this time I am also "rebuilding" my class website and will share the link here when I am finished developing it.]
Weebly is wonderful! It also caters to teachers! Want students to create their own websites? Be able to upload homework? Use multimedia resources to grab and enhance your lessons? Keep parents up to date? Create a classroom blog? Well you can, totally FREE on Weebly. And if you want a couple of extra gadgets, you can pay $39.95 a year to upgrade your sites to "pro" status.
Well, even with all these amazing features, the templates of ole' were just not doing it for me and they had not developed their blog features well enough to my liking. I fell for "the grass is greener on the other side" with Wix, Wordpress, and Blogger. I wanted to try all of these platforms to see if they suited me better.
After giving all of the other programs a shot, I realized that I missed Weebly dearly. For me, the other programs required a lot of trial and error, and there was a substantial learning curve. I just knew how to manage Weebly's software better. So, after coming to this conclusion, I built a website here that I am really proud of and that I hope is user-friendly. Their blog features have improved tremendously since I last used it, and I feel "at home."
moral of the story
Don't be afraid to try new things. But when you find your "true love," you might have to eat that chicken liver.
What websites/blogging platforms do you find easy to manage and why? Have you had to switch platforms in the past? I'd love to hear from you. Please share with a comment below or tweet me!
After attending a wonderful presentation given by the awesome Sharon Birch back in 2012, I knew I needed to incorporate music into my lessons. I was completely sold on the value of using music to teach culture, social issues, traditions, and history. Armed with a folder full of valuable activities to get groovin', I slowly started introducing songs to my students. The instant interest and engagement from them was like music to my ears (I know, I know, so cliché) and I've been incorporating more and more music in class since.
Over time, it's proven to me, that even when a student is not in a good mood or a good "place," a music activity will help transform their attitude, even if it's for a short period of time. Whether it makes them happy, contemplative, or enthusiastically annoyed, it moves them. The best part is that my students are incredibly vocal about sharing their reactions and having their opinions heard about the songs we listen to.
Feel free to download my version here. Or, Sharon's version here. I've had great success using this resource and am thankful that Sharon was kind enough to share it on her blog. Actually, I'm thankful that she shares so many wonderful activities on her blog. She inspires me to do the same. So, stay tuned amigos.
How do you get your students to express their opinions about music in the TL?
What do you get when you put Enrique Iglesias and Nicky Jam together? The voice of an angel—at least that's what one of my students exclaimed after she heard "El Perdón." HA!
Since some teachers are holding a #MarzoDeMusica competition with their Spanish classes, I thought I'd write a quick post and share my first FREEBIE for you guys. Since I am now one organized lady, I found this activity that I did with my students to the song, "El Perdón ."
how we got into the groove
Disclaimer: I teach high school students and felt very comfortable teaching this song with my Spanish III classes. However, some content may not be suitable for some students and for lower grade levels. Go with your gut!
I strive to make my materials very comprehensible, engaging, and instructional. Please let me know if you find any errors in the handouts by contacting me here, and I will fix them immediately.
I hope you'll find this activity useful and fun! And if you do, tell me how you decided to teach with the song by leaving a comment below!