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To edit your Google site, click the Edit Page button (pencil icon) in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  It looks like this: 
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 The edit toolbar will then appear, providing you with the following options. Click the image below if you need a fuller explanation.





Add images

It's easy to enhance your site by adding images from your computer or online images:

  1. Navigate to the page where you would like to place your image and click the Edit page icon, which looks like a pencil.
  2. From the Insert menu, select Image.
  3. If the image is on your computer, click Upload images and navigate your computer to select the image. If you want to choose an image you found online, click Web address (URL) and enter the URL of the image in the box next to Image URL. Only use images that are not copyright protected, for example, you could use 'creative commons' images from Flickr with the right permissions.
  4. When writing for the web, it's good practise to type in a name or 'alt tag' for your images for the benefit of visually impaired viewers, whose 'screenreader' will read out your description.
  5. Click OK to add your image.
  6. If you choose, you can then make changes to the size or position of the image or wrap text around the image.
  7. Continue making changes to your page or click Save to preserve all changes to the current page.

Any new image you add is automatically linked to itself. If a visitor clicks on it, it will click through to a full version of the image in its own window.




Add links

Adding links is an easy way to help tutors and other visitors better navigate your portfolio and provide them with further information:
  1. Navigate to the page where you would like to add the link and click the Edit page icon, which looks like a pencil.
  2. Highlight the text you'd like to turn into a link and click the Link icon in the toolbar.
  3. You can choose whether you want to link to a page on another site, a page that already exists on your site, a new page on your site, or an uploaded document on your site:
    • External page: If you want to link to a page on another website, select the Web address tab and enter the URL of the page you want to link to in the box below Link to this URL.
    • Existing internal page: If you would like to link to an existing page on your site, select the Existing page tab. You can then find the page you want by searching for its name, looking through your site map, or, if you have edited it recently, finding it in your list of recent changes.
    • New internal page: If you would like to link to a new page on your site, select the Existing page tab and click the Create new page button in the lower right of the dialog. Then, give the page a title, choose what type of pageyou want it to be, and choose where to place the page.
    • Uploaded document on your site: find the document to which you would like to link.  Right click it and select 'copy shortcut' or 'copy link location.'  Select the Web address tab and paste in the link address.
  4. Regardless of what type of link you choose, if you would like the linked page to open in a new browser window or tab when a visitor clicks on it, check the box next to Open this link in a new window.
  5. Click OK
  6. Continue editing your page or click Save to preserve your changes.



Add YouTube video

It's possible to enhance your site by adding video from YouTube:

  1. Navigate to the page where you would like to place your video and click the Edit page icon, which looks like a pencil.
  2. From the Insert menu, select YouTube.
  3. Enter the Web address (URL) of the  video when prompted. You can pick up this URL by clicking on the Share button underneath your video on YouTube.  Only use footage that is not copyright protected
  4. Click OK to add your video.
  5. If you choose, you can make changes to the size or position of the video or wrap text around it.
  6. Continue making changes to your page or click Save to preserve all changes to the current page.
  7. When creating video for the web it's good practise to add captions for the hearing impaired where possible.  Check out the captioning tools on YouTube if you want to learn how to do this for one of your videos.

Amongst other things, you could use video in your iPDP to create video reflective journals or to record your micro-teach or personal skills presentation.  You could then upload these to YouTube, making them unlisted so that they are only available to those who have the exact web address if you want.  Multimedia can really bring your portfolio to life and you can record new IT skills in Targets and Reflective Journal 3..




Add Google Drive content

If you want a more private way of adding large files such as audio or video to your iPDP, you can use your Google drive space.  This is online storage space where you can lodge files for embedding in your iPDP:

  1. Login to your iPDP
  2. Navigate to http://drive.google.com
  3. Click on the red upload button (an upward pointing arrow)
  4. Browse for the file you want to upload and select then upload it.
  5. Make sure you click to Share it and change the privacy from 'private' so that your tutor can see it.  Setting it to 'anyone with the link' can view will do this and if you want to share your site with others at some point, will allow them to see it also.
  6. Navigate to the page where you would like to place your file and click the Edit page icon, which looks like a pencil.
  7. From the Insert menu, select Drive.
  8. Select the file type and file you want and click OK to embed it in your page. 
  9. If you choose, you can make changes to the size or position of the file or wrap text around it.
  10. Continue making changes to your page or click Save to preserve all changes to the current page.



Add comments and attachments

Note that when you attach or upload a file of the same name, it overwrites previous copies of that same file name, in the same way that Word overwrites each time you Save.  If you want two different versions of a file with a similar name, you need to rename to indicate that it's a new version.


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