Allison L. Mollica

Google Sites are often overlooked as a viable app for student learning but they are a great way to integrate a variety of 21st century projects and showcase grade level, course competencies or project based learning.   

Using an 8th Grade example- Project Adopt a Country,  participants will learn how a variety of projects created within Google Apps for Edu and other online resources can be weaved into a portfolio using Google Sites.  This is an ideal way for students and teachers to fully utilize the GAFE Suite while exposing students to a rich 21st Century online learning environment based in Google!

With a focus on the actual implementation and management, participants will leave with a an understanding of how to implement and facilitate an online project or course using GAFE.  Templates, examples, and many resources will be shared.    

Project Adopt A Country ....
  •     3 RING BINDERS - collection of essays and drawings
  •     Online WIKIS - was difficult to train & manage
NOW - Google Apps & Sites: Students and teachers fully utilize the apps and sites seamlessly to create a rich 21st Century portfolio. 

Google Project Portfolios Presentation

Project Based Portfolio - Planning & Set Up (Project Adopt a Country - Instructions)
#1  Define your purpose?  Is it a showcase portfolio?  A reflection portfolio (keep a journal)?  Learning portfolio - learning over time?
#2  Details - How will they be shared?  How will each assignment be submitted?  
#3  What will be included?  Will it be a short term project, long term?  How many assignments, what type of assignments?
#4  Create a "template" -  PAC Template  |  Writing Portfolio Template
#5  Develop a "sample" w/ content so your students know where they are going (and you do as well!) - Guatamala Example
#6  Create Online Instructions - Project site with instructions, assignments, rubrics, how to videos, examples
#7  Create a Link Collector for students to "post their site address"  Assessment Collector Template thank you Kern Kelley
#8  Post an Assessment Collector form for all the assignments (with a checklist for all the assignments, thus only one form)

Things to remember

#1 Students need to make their assignments that they embed "public" or "anyone with the link" so they are viewable.

#2  Create an assignment collectors (form) for
    a.  Student to submit completed assignments - rather than having to go through each portfolio to grade.  
    b.  Use an assignment collector to collect the portfolio page link. 

Use this Assessment Collector Template>>  created by Google Certified Teacher/Guru -  Kern Kelley

#3  Create a You Tube Playlist to quick post instructions.  Then you can link the playlist from the Instructions page.

#4  Enable comments on the template so you can leave feedback on the page when you review it.

This is an Overview of the PAC Project just prior to going GAFE

The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the ways that the Google Apps AND SITES can be used to create "project portfolios" not as a product but a way to engage and teach 21st century skills. Google sites are easy to create, share, and customize and can accommodate a variety of purposes. Using sites in your course or classroom can help students become more engaged and interested in their learning while helping them build a showcase of their success. You will leave with the information and resources to implement these online projects in your own school.

Outcomes: Leverage use of the cloud with Google Apps and Web 2.0 tools to "Demonstrate Understanding" and incorporate them into a course portfolio, topic portfolio, or other "project based" portfolio.