Workshop Objectives

  • Collaborate and create a student technology academic portfolio prototype for your grade level and/or department
  • Learn how to set up a Google Site
  • Add pages, text, images, video, gadgets, and hyperlinks to Sites


As new technology reaches classrooms in the coming months, students will be expected to not only learn new tools, but to learn in new ways.  As part of the WUSD Technology Plan, students will create a student technology academic portfolio that includes digital artifacts that demonstrate a progression toward mastery of technology skills as integrated into a Common Core aligned curriculum while practicing responsible online communication and collaboration as part of building 21st century skills.  The artifacts representing learning should show a transition from the transformative to the enhancement levels of SAMR, progression from lower to higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, and deeper levels of knowledge in a Depths of Knowledge framework.  

SAMR in 120 Seconds


Your teaching team will design and submit an online portfolio prototype to be used by your grade level or department to capture the transformation of your students becoming 21st century learners through the use of technology.  Your team's final prototype will be shared online in the Innovative Educators space on Schoology where your colleagues will provide feedback through exploring, questioning, and commenting.  Through this process, our Innovative Educators will establish the standard template for student technology academic portfolios for each grade level and/or department.

Watch this brief Google Sites Tour for an overview of how Google Sites works.  Note that the interface of Sites has changed since this video was made, however, Sites still has the functionality and features described in the video.

Google Sites Tour - Overview

Collaborating and Planning the Student Portfolio

Vision for the WUSD student technology academic portfolios includes:

  • Developmental or working portfolio that reflects on growth and interconnectedness of student work (curriculum/content, technology, digital citizenship, 21st century skills), shows diverse content, and represents the learning taking place in the grade level/curricular area.
  • Showcase - each portfolio would include a Showcase section designed to share annual Student Multimedia Festival
  • Reflection - reflection should be throughout the portfolio
Review ePortfolios with Google Apps and Chromebooks graphic.  Be sure to read through the steps listed beneath the graphic for ideas of what elements to include in the student portfolio as well as what Google Apps could support those tools.
  • Step 1: Purpose is identified above under vision.
  • Step 2: Collection/Classify: As a team brainstorm and list artifacts that your grade level/department would ask students to create during the course of the year.  Record your team's work on the WUSD Student Technology Academic Portfolio Continuum that everyone will add to.
    • Follow Up (Step 2): After identifying the artifacts, categorize them by which level of SAMR they meet. 
      • What patterns do you see? 
      • What changes could you change to move to a higher level of SAMR?
  • Step 3: Reflection
  • Step 4: Connection/Interaction/Dialogue/Feedback
  • Step 5: Summative Reflection/Selection/Evaluation
  • Step 6: Presentation/Publishing

Padlet (Chrome App) for Creating the Site Map

  1. Go to the Padlet Wall to start planning your team's student portfolio website.  
  2. Click on your grade level and/or department to go to the Wall for your team.  
  3. Identify the main pages for your student portfolio site by clicking, typing, and dragging to build a structure for your site.  This will serve as your site map.

Google Sites Tutorials

Team Activity:
  1. Watch this short video with your team: Getting Started with Google Sites Tutorial (annotated using Zaption) Here are written step-by-step instructions.
  2. Designate a member of your team to set up the initial site according to the instructions in this video.  Record your team information.
  3. Share your site with your team members with edit rights
  4. Change your site's layout, theme, colors or fonts (this can be completed later, but should be decided as a group)
Individual Activity:
Follow the Prezi of embedded tutorials to work through some of the basic features of Google Sites.  Stop the Prezi and work on your Google Sites pages using the information shared.

Embed gadget

More Google Sites information can be found in the Level 2 training for Google Certified Educator training for Google Sites (text).  For a collection of videos on Google Sites created by ed tech leaders, visit the CUE Videos playlist for Google Sites.

Session Evaluation:  Give us your feedback on how the session went for you! The topic is Google Sites.