What is Weebly? This is a wonderful way for our students to share their research with the world as well as each other in class and online. It is also an excellent way for the kids to utilize their 21st century skills.
Step 1. Go to Weebly.com and open an account to let the fun begin. All the student needs is an email address and your student, he/she was told what to use for his/her password.
Step 2 ~ Choose the box on the left "site".
Step 3 ~ Choose a theme, the theme is how the site is set up. I have suggested to the students that they choose one similar to mine, this is a more simplified approach.
Step 4 ~ Choose the top of the 3 boxes. This is the web address for the site. The students must choose, his/her country and his/her last name. For example: ItalyScheck
Step 5 ~ Begin :)
Presentation ~ Required
We will start presentations on Wednesday, Jan. 27
****the presentation must be at least 3 minutes long, no longer than 4.
voice - needs to be heard in the back of the room, the student must project his/her vocals
eye contact - student must look out to the audience frequently, the website will be projected on the wall, but is not to be read **students can use notecards as an aide/support but should not read them as this is a presentation and not story time. ;)
**FYI - it is a great idea to move around your presentation area and use hand gestures, try not to stand in one place. You can use your hands to point to a select/certain item you are sharing about.
Remember, get excited about the information you're sharing, the more enthusiastic you are ~ the better your presentation will be. Like anything else, lots of practice never hurts either. ;)
Conventions/Grammar ~ Required
Any proper nouns (words that name a person, place or thing should start with a capital letter. The expectation is that students write using complete sentences as well as a variety of sentences. Punctuation is a must.
One Source - A book about a country. Students will be expected to use one of his/her pages on the website to cite the source. We will learn the MLA format for citing a book source. Photos are expected to be used on the site. Students are expected to choose photos from his/her book source and research them through GoogleImages. No other ONLINE sources are to be used.
**By Thursday, Jan. 7 students should have his/her research complete and paraphrased to use on the website. We have learned about plagiarism and paraphrasing. The students have been given a worksheet. In the lock he/she is to decide on the Main Idea and in the big box, he/she is to paraphrase at least 3 supporting details for each Main Idea. Possible Main Ideas could be: climate, tourism, education, tradition, religion, geography, foods/delicacies, dress/attire, sports, culture, history, government and etc.
**There should be at least 3 total pictures (1 on each page)
~ pictures should be chosen based on the ones in the student's book, the picture should have a caption or title. The student can google key words in the caption or the actual title if given
~ it's a good idea to search and save images from google images and then go back to the site to import the images from the saved files
~ picture should not take over the page,
***there should be more information than pictures
~pictures should be brought in by clicking and dragging on the image box to the left in the basic tools while editing.
After the image box is dropped another box will appear for the user to click, a green box - from here you go to your files and choose your image, click on the file and click on open and the image appears on your page
*** if you have multiple images that are directly related to your information, the slideshow option is excellent (simply click on the slideshow box right under the image box and drag and choose photos)
Use of VIDEO ~ Optional
***for those of you interested in adding a video via youtube using that box in the media selection tools. No more than 30 seconds is allowed to use during the presentations. The presentation should be at least 3 minutes, therefore :30 seconds is that maximum a video should be. A student can use a 4 minute video, but need to only use 30 seconds or less for sharing during the presentation.
The video then must be directly related to information in the website. The student needs to copy and paste the youtube video of choice and when the youtube box is dropped onto the page, you can click on it and the tutorial, it will tell you exactly what to do. ;)