Sites is Google's free tool to create custom websites. Similar to a wiki, you can develop the site by yourself or choose to collaborate with others on the creation and content of the pages. Then, you can decide on the level of sharing you would like to permit. You can determine who the owners are, whom you would like to give permission to edit and revise the site, and whom you would like to give permission to view the site. You can limit viewing your site to a small, private group or you can choose to publish it so that it is accessible to anyone in the world.
Because your site is stored "in the cloud," it is available from any device that can access the internet, and from anywhere in the world an intenet connection is available.
Why use Google Sites?
- It's free.
- It's easy to create. If you can enter text, you are on your way to creating a webpage.
- You can collaborate with others in creating and editing content.
- It is integrated with other Google tools so you can easily share video, photos, presentations, and calendars.
- Your site is searchable using Google Search technology.
- All versions of your pages are saved. You'll be able to see when revisions were made and by whom.
- You determine who has access to your site and the level of permission you would like users to have.
- Users can subscribe to changes to the announcement pages, having updates sent to their iGoogle or Google Reader pages.
- Your site is stored on Google's secure servers.
Teachers can use Google Sites to:
- Create a class webpage. Keep families informed of class news, upcoming events, policies, etc. Include photos and videos.
- Post assignments, templates, and rubrics. No more excuses that "I forgot to bring it home" or "I lost it."
- Post tutorial videos for students to watch at home for extra help or to avoid missing an important concept when absent.
- Create a Google Form Survey and have parent and/or students complete questions online.
Students can use Google Sites to:
- Create a portfolio of their personal work.
- Collaborate with students around the world to share ideas, create content, and communicate ideas.