NEW Google Sites

The NEW Google Sites is different than CLASSIC Google Sites but it is much simpler and intuitive for Interactive Classroom Projects.  

What makes the NEW Google Sites interactive?

  • Easy to embed student-created projects already made in Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms or Charts. They can upload items from Google Drive or a Drive Folder.
  • Easy for students to make their own website with drag and drop editing.
  • Can embed YouTube videos, calendars, or maps for easy viewing.
  • Can share the Site with team members and everyone can work on a different section or page.
  • Publishing options allow community members to view student work.

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NOTE:  The information below is NO LONGER BEING UPDATED since it refers to CLASSIC Google Sites -- but there are still some great resources here.

CLASSIC Google Sites (available for both Google Apps for Education and regular Google) is a completely online-based tool that allows you to create a simple or extensive web site. With a few clicks, you can create multiple pages, embed rich content, and even allow others (including students) to add and collaborate on content.

This website creation tool is one of the simplest available and one of the most flexible. You can create a complex hierarchy of content, include multiple preps on a single site, upload files, and even make blog-like announcements. Additionally, it brings together all of the other great Google tools - letting you easily embed Google Docs, Calendar, Slides, and much more!

Types of Pages in Classic Sites
  • Web page - A basic page that allows you to write content and embed gadgets.  This is your basic blank slate.
  • Dashboard - A two column webpage with four placeholder gadgets to make it easy to get started creating an overview of information or embed gadgets.
  • File cabinet - A page where you can upload and share files.  You can create folders for different subjects.
  • List - This page can be used to create to-do lists or assignment lists.  You can easily add or remove items.
  • Announcements - This a perfect tools for adding recent announcements to your page.  While much of your content remains static, this lets place time-stamped information anywhere on your site.
by Richard Bryne

Over the last two weeks I've had five occasions towork with teachers to either develop new websites or improve existing websites in Google Sites. Over the course of these workshops I've found that there are five ways that Google Sites are commonly being used in schools.Before you jump to the list, the shameless promotion department at Free Technology for Teachers would like to mention that you should see Google Sites for Teachers if you need help getting started using Google Sites.

5 Ways to Use Google Sites in Schools
1. As a wiki: Google Sites can be used as a wiki if you share your site with others and invite them to be editors. As a teacher you could start a site then add your students as owners or editors on the site. If you add them as owners they will be able to start new pages. If you add them as editors they will only be allowed to edit existing pages. You can also use the new page-level permissions option to allow students to only edit the pages that you grant them access to.

2. As a digital portfolio: Google Sites can be used by students to create digital portfolios featuring their best works and accomplishments. I would encourage high school students to develop a digital portfolio that they can share with university admissions officers. Teachers should also consider developing a digital portfolio of their best lesson plans, credentials, and references to include when they apply for teaching positions.

3. As a digital file cabinet: If you have PDFs, Word files, or other documents that you want your students to be able to easily download, consider using the File Cabinet option in Google Sites. By creating a File Cabinet page you provide a place for those files to be easily accessed. You might also consider putting up a File Cabinet page for forms like permission slips that parents need to access.

4. As a blog: Use the Announcements template to create a blog page within your Google Sites. You can update the blog or make the blog page collaborative and let your students contribute to a class blog.

5. As a website: I left the most obvious option for last. If you need to create a place where parents and students can come to find important information about your course(s) or your school, Google Sites provides all of the tools for that. Incorporate a blog element (see #4 above) for posting updates and use the rest of the pages to house information that doesn't change that often. You can also incorporate a file cabinet (see #3 above) to post forms for parents to download. And if you're using Google Calendar, you can easily add a calendar of events to any page in your Google Site.

Exemplar Google Sites from schools or educators:

  • A Study of Politics for the Digital Generation…
    At this site you’ll find links and lessons to help your students participate and learn about American political elections with online tools from Google. Explore ways to infuse 21st Century Google tools into your classroom during the election season and beyond. Next set up your own participatory Google Site for your students.
  • Digital Photography Lessons for All snapshots, this online workshop will explore the variety of ways digital photography enhances all curricular areas by integrating the elements of art and the geography of place into projects and assignments for students.
  • World History An example how a teacher uses a Google Site with his history class.  Includes syllabus, unit plans, assignments, and announcements. Love the embedded slide show of French Revolution hat projects!

You can see that Google Sites can be used for any grade level or any subject area.  If you are looking for a flexible and easy to use online website creator - then Google Sites will work great.  You can even use it with your students to share projects, track assignments, share document sources and project planning. The pages can be customized with themes and your own logo!

Because Google Sites is built on a wiki foundation, all versions of your document are saved. This means you can always go back to early versions of the document and compare changes between different versions.  Another great feature is that Page subscribers can be notified when the page is updated.