Google Sites for Teachers


1. Make an awesome site.

New or Old Sites?

Questions to ask yourself

  • Allow others to edit your site?
  • If others can edit, will you provide page-level or site permissions
    • More -->Sharing & Permissions
  • File Cabinet vs. Web Page.
  • Allow comments and/or attachments?
    • More -->Page Settings
  • Will you create a page per day or use Revision History to "go back in time."
  • Automatic vs. Manually-configured navigation.


Teacher Examples

Student Portfolio Examples

Make your Site

Page types (templates) available with Sites

  • Web page
  • List
    • Use "Create your own."
  • Announcements (Blog)
  • File Cabinet
  • Create your own template
    • More --> Save Page as Template

Three-and-a-half ways to edit

  1. Edit Page (pencil icon)
  2. Edit Site Layout
  3. Manage Site
  4. HTML

Formatting pages

  • Columns
  • Headers

Customizing your site

  • Themes, colors, logos, etc.
  • Layout
  • Navigation
  • Sidebar Navigation
  • Header Navigation
  • Submenus


  • Site Permissions
  • Page-level permissions


  • Images, links, and TOC (Requires headings)
  • Google Drive items, calendars, and other Googley Goodies
  • Forms
  • Groups
  • Moderator posts
  • Other web pages (iFrame gadget)

Site Management

  • Moving pages within your site
  • Providing Access to others/Publishing
  • Revison History
  • Subscribe to changes
  • Redierct from purchased domain name. (

Advanced Sites Techniques


Sites Ideas

  • File cabinet page for submitted assignments. When students are ready to turn in an assignment for a grade, they can upload it to the file cabinet.
  • Project status page. You can use a list type to create a general template for tasks to be completed for a project. Students can duplicate this page for other projects and update the list page to show the status of each piece of the project
  • Journal for assignment reflection. Using the announcement page type, students can reflect on past assignments or write daily/weekly journal entries based on other writing prompts.
  • Goals for the class. You can set up either a regular web page or use a list type for listing goals and progress on those goals for the class.