Using Google Sites for your classroom!

Google Sites can be an easy way to manage and organize your classroom and your students.  It is easy to use, yet full of ways to innovate and customize your site.

On this page you will find some basics about Getting Started, along with some tips on managing the basic Appearance of your site.  You can also learn about Inserting Content, and Embedding External Content.  

The site will continue to grow as the author finds more and more uses for Google Sites in his own classroom, and shares them.

Appearance

  • Creating Pages You can create as many new pages in Google Sites as you like.  You have the option of select the template, as well as the name and location of the ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 9:36 PM by Brian Neises
  • Basic Layout One of your options when you turn Editing On, is LAYOUT.  This will allow you to choose how many columns you have available for placing text and gadgets in.  If ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 9:17 PM by Brian Neises
  • Themes If you do not like, or want to change, the THEME that you chose when creating your site then you can easily access change the overall look of your site ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 8:04 PM by Brian Neises
  • Navigation Want to change the links on your site, or add your own?On the left of the page underneath the links, choose EDIT SIDEBAR.This will take you to the ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 7:54 PM by Brian Neises
  • Manage Page Settings If you would like to change some of the settings for the page you are viewing, you can go to MORE ACTIONS in the upper right hand corner of the ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 7:46 PM by Brian Neises
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Embedding External Elements

  • Using the Embed Gadget One of the most useful tools you can INSERT into your Google Site is the EMBED GADGET.  When editing is turned on, go to INSERT > MORE GADGETSThen browse to ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2010, 2:27 AM by Brian Neises
  • Finding Embed Content Codes Often many sites have embed codes available, but they are hiding under menus.  Sometimes you need to hunt for them, but it's often well worth it!You might need ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2010, 2:10 AM by Brian Neises
  • Embedding Ideas For more embedding ideas head on over to the other Embed_Ed Ideas page that is full of ideas on embedding into your Google Site!
    Posted Nov 18, 2010, 11:22 PM by Brian Neises
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Inserting Content

  • Images Want to insert an image from your computer or from the web?  When editing is turned on, go to INSERT > IMAGEYou can select CHOOSE FILE to upload a file ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 10:57 PM by Brian Neises
  • You Tube Videos If you create YouTube Videos for class, or would like to post a particular video to your Site, you can easily do this with only the address of the video ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 10:03 PM by Brian Neises
  • Calendars If you use Google Calendar to organize your work, it is easy to insert the calendar right into your webpage.When editing is turned on, go to INSERT > CALENDARIt ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 9:55 PM by Brian Neises
  • More Gadgets! Probably one of the most useful tools on Google Sites!When editing is turned on, you can choose INSERT > MORE GADGETS to access hundreds of 3rd party developed content gadgets ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 9:45 PM by Brian Neises
  • Attachments If you would like to add attachments to your pages, you can do this easily once you have checked ADD ATTACHMENTS in the Manage Page Settings section.At the bottom ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 9:29 PM by Brian Neises
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Advanced Tips

  • Twitter Having a bit of trouble with Twitter embedding into Google Sites right now!?  Not sure what's going on!  Will be working on this for sure.Embedding Twitter on your ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2011, 5:38 PM by Brian Neises
  • Site Layout You can tweak the layout of your site by going to MANAGE SITE under the MORE ACTIONS button in the top right corner of the page.You can change the ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2010, 2:43 AM by Brian Neises
  • Horizontal Navigation Bar If you have turned the HORIZONTAL NAVIGATION BAR on in the Site Layout options (see previous post), then you can manually set the links for the Horizontal links.  Unfortunately you ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2010, 2:47 AM by Brian Neises
  • Forms If you have used Google Docs to create FORMS, then you can embed these into your Site as well.When editing is turned on, go to INSERT > SPREADSHEET FORMAnd ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2010, 2:34 AM by Brian Neises
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