Sites

Google Sites allows you to make a web site that students and parents can view and use as a resource.
"Why do I have to make two websites?  I already use SchooLoop."
    You only have to maintain one web site.  If you are comfortable with SchooLoop, continue to use it.  It is the web page that is linked to your Dry Creek School Directory.  However, you can put a link in SchooLoop directing students and parents to your Google Site.  If you would like to send out the URL (website address) on a sticker, you can use a URL shortener like goo.gl
    How to link your SchooLoop page to your Google Site.

Features of Google Sites:
    Easy to embed documents from Drive
    Embed a Homework Calendar and changes are automatically updated.
    Embed YouTube videos with two clicks
    Themes and Color Combinations unique to your classroom.

Beginner
Setting up your first page: There are several steps when you first set up your web site.  The very first page is called the "Home Page".  Once you start to get comfortable with making pages in your site, you can add more.  Please see the Intermediate/Advanced section for more information. 

Getting Started


Making a second (sub) page: Adding additional pages will help keep your site organized if you teach multiple subjects.
Types of Pages:
Web Page - This is the basic page that allows you 
Announcements -  This type of page will allow you to make posts or announcements.  This can be used for reminders or important dates.  This "feed" can be embedded into your Home Page. (See Embed below)
File Cabinet - If you have any files you would like students/parents to access make a new File Cabinet Page.  This is where you can keep templets of reports or essays.  There is an option to make folders in your File Cabinet (Parent Forms, Project Handouts)
List - Make a sortable list for links to various web sites, sports records, etc.

Adding Pages


Linking a Google Drive Item: If you are using the Google Drive for Slides, Documents, etc you can link them directly into your website.  You no longer have to convert items to PDF to send to students. Links are "live" which means any changes to Google Slides will show up on your web page without having to update.

Insert from Drive


Embed items into a page:  There are a lot of items you can add or embed into your Site.  Examples of items you can embed:
Recent Announcements or Files, Images, You Tube Videos, 

Sites - Embed & Link


Insert an Image: Using Google Images you can add clip art to your page.  If you have uploaded photos from your phone, or to your computer (Drive) you can upload them to your Site.

Sites - Images





Intermediate
Setting up Navigation:   It is very important after you make more pages in your Site, that you provide navigation for people visiting your pages.  If you only have one page navigation is not necessary.  However, if you find that adding more pages is a way to organize your information, you will need to set up either a sidebar or horizontal navigation.  Please watch the video below to learn how to add navigation to your Google Site.

Navigation


Calendars: You can add one of your Google Calendars (Homework, Class Info, Agenda, etc) to your site.  Any changes made in Calendar automatically show up on the web site.  No need to update twice.


Advanced
Color and Themes: Changing the background, fonts, colors, etc can be very overwhelming.  Please use caution when adding too much to your web site, as it may become confusing to the viewer.

Changing Color and Themes



Site Layout: You can add sidebars, header titles, tabs, etc within the Site Layout.  

Page Layout: This is where you can rearrange the layout of the page.  Always keep in mind the best way to organize the information you are presenting to the viewer.

Sites - Layout


Gadgets: There are numerous gadgets (web based programs) that you can add to your site.  This does add some functionality to your site, but should be used sparingly.
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