Once when describing Disneyland,  Walt Disney said, "The park means a lot to me. It's something that will never be finished, something I can keep developing, keep 'plussing' and adding to. It's alive. It will be a live, breathing thing that will need changes." 

I suppose I feel the same way about my lessons and the curricular material that it's taken me years to put together, so when I discovered Google Sites and a way to organize and share my materials, it was like magic to me. Now, several years later I teach workshops in the summer showing teachers how to use Google Apps and build virtual classrooms like mine. I put together this website to be a resource for others who have discovered the magic of having a virtual classroom.

How to use this site:
The center panel here contains articles offering tips on doing virtual classrooms with Google Sites. Use the navigation to the left or at the top of the page to find what you are looking for, and if that fails, use the search box in the header and type your topic in.

Recent Announcements:
  • Why Google Sites? Why Google Sites?This site is dedicated to the support of virtual classrooms or teacher websites, but almost all of my videos on my YouTube channel and tutorials from my ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 7:15 PM by Clayton Trehal
  • Why Use a Virtual Classroom? I recently created a blog and I will begin to gradually move resources from my Virtual Classroom Workshop Site to my blog so I thought it would be good to ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2016, 5:08 AM by Clayton Trehal
  • Platform Over Device: What the iPod Can Teach Educators about Educational Technology Platform Over Device: What the iPod Can Teach Educators about Educational TechnologyIt seems like every day one hears about a district or school delivering a new educational technology to ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2016, 8:57 AM by Clayton Trehal
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Virtual Classroom Tips:
  • Google Sites Advanced Tips: Making Interactive Buttons This tutorial shows you how to make interactive buttons on your Google Site. What is an interactive button? It's an image that changes as you scroll over it with your mouse letting the viewer know that if they click the image something will happen, like them moving to a subpage or external link. I can't say that there is any direct academic purpose in doing this, but being able to make interactive buttons makes your site look so much more professional and I'm excited to share this because it's actually really easy to do.Hover over the button below and watch it change color. Click the button and it will take you to the video on ...
    Posted May 19, 2016, 6:17 AM by Clayton Trehal
  • Google Sites Basic Tips: Using Powerpoint to Create Custom Headers I generally try to keep these videos as short as possible, but this one goes for 26 minutes. Despite its length, I urge you to watch this if you want a nice looking header and you don't know any graphic design programs except for PPT. Using PPT slides as headers was one of the first tricks I learned and it was the key to unlocking Google Sites for me.Did you know you can save PPT slides as images? The key to making professional-looking websites is the ability to use images, because Google Sites gives you some good color and font options, but they don't offer gradients, multiple lines of text in a header, etc. This tutorial ...
    Posted May 19, 2016, 6:37 AM by Clayton Trehal
  • Google Classroom Part 1: Setting Up Courses and Adding Students Google Classroom may just be the best app for education ever! I will use the next three posts to go over the basics of classroom and its applications. Part 1: Setting Up Courses and Adding Students Part 2: Creating and Grading AssignmentsPart 3: Classroom in Android, Delivering Homework Assignments to Students and Parents on a Silver PlatterOne of the fundamental problems in every classroom throughout the land is homework completion. When I think of the many students that I've failed over the years, I think I can say that pretty much without exception they all failed because of missing assignments, aka zeroes. Now I have children of my own, and despite my many vows not to be ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 3:40 PM by Clayton Trehal
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