For my technology exploration, I decided to look at two tools that I have used. My Weebly site is located at http://maet-portfolio.weebly.com/ and my Google Sites webpage is located at https://sites.google.com/site/ericksonmaetportfolio/.
After using both of these platforms for quite some time and for a variety of reasons, I believe that Weebly will be a better choice for my portfolio. It is quicker and easier to use, which is a requirement since I have a busy six month old girl at home and a full time job. One of the biggest differences between Google and Weebly is the ability to easily embed third party widgets. This is one of the other primary reasons for selecting Weebly over Google. I want to be able to embed anything that I might need and would hate to start my site on Google Sites and get stuck trying to embed something. I do not have the time to troubleshoot and subvert the contraints of Google when I can do this easily in seconds with Weebly. Overall, Google Sites is adequate, but when time is a concern, which it is, Weebly is more effective.
I'm currently in the capstone portfolio class and chose your portfolio as my favorite. Your homepage was very well organized and visually appealing, making it easy for visitors to get acquainted with your portfolio. I like that you included personal information so that viewers could get to know you as a whole person (congratulations on your wedding, by the way). I feel like there is very little disconnect between personal life and professional life when it comes to teaching, so it is important to show that you are a real person. I also really like your organization, both in terms of navigation and on each individual page. The annotated transcript is easy to peruse without getting overwhelmed with the amount of text on the page. Your resume is also easy to follow, especially since it resembles the format of a traditional resume.
Thank you so much for sharing your portfolio! It has given me some great ideas for things I will be incorporating into my own portfolio this semester.
I'm Edie - wife, mom, teacher, instructional designer, home renovator,
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