Publish information using Sites
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
- Create and customize a Google Site
- Choose a theme
- Share a Google Site
The following scenarios are examples of how educators use Google Sites in their classrooms.
Create a class or school website
Mrs. Alabi-isama teaches in a nation of many islands. Due to the distance and the fact that many parents work more than one job, it is hard for the parents to communicate with Mrs. Alabi-isama. This is especially hard when her students have questions about a field trip or the date of an upcoming performance.
Mrs. Alabi-isama consults a technology friend who suggests that she create a class or school website. Mrs. Alabi-isama creates a simple website using Google Sites the next day. Now, whenever her students are unsure about the date of a field trip or performance, the student’s parents can simply look at the website for the information. Mrs. Alabi-isama achieves 95% and 100% attendance at the last two performances and field trips after setting up the site.
Encourage business skills
A year-11 science teacher wants to do an integrated project with a year-11 social studies teacher. They discuss how difficult it is for students to understand how school subjects and courses are integrated; famous scientists were also accomplished mathematicians, and renown historians and social scientists were excellent writers. They decide to include the year-11 language and mathematics teachers in the conversation, as well. The four teachers assign the 11-year students the task of brainstorming a future scientific invention and then creating a business plan, proposal, and presentation to market the idea to potential funders.
The project requires students to create a business website and to embed the business proposal, 1-year plan, and 5-year plan documents in the website as well as the investor presentation. The project helps show the students how they must use language skills to communicate the idea, science and math skills to come up with the idea, and business and economics ideas to create the business plan, forecast, and request amount. Students create the websites using Google Sites, which enables them to collaborate with each other, use existing templates, and embed Google documents. The entire project also involves research skills and creates an opportunity for four teachers to work together on a joint project for all 11-year students. Additionally, the teachers save time in marking because all the project documents are located in one website location. The students enjoy the project so much they ask for another similar, integrated project across all the disciplines.
Showcase student portfolios
A standard 6 teacher, Mr. El-Nahas has to show visitors, potential school investors, and government officials examples of student work each week. Additionally, Mr. El-Nahas hosts a parent night every six weeks to show parents examples of student work. Mr. El-Nahas usually spends six hours each week sifting, vetting, collating, and consolidating student work in order to show them to the various groups and visitors.
Now that his school has started using Google Apps for Education, and he decides to try Google Sites to showcase student work. He assigns each student to create a Google Site where they select, collate, and consolidate their best work. He reduces his portfolio preparation time down to one hour every six weeks after this change, and their portfolios are in an easy format for visitors and parents to view. Mr. El-Nahas only spends time deciding which sites to print for weekly visits from government officials and investors.
Create and customize a Google Site and choose a theme
To create a Google Site:
- Sign in at sites.google.com.
- Click Create.
- Select a template to use. If this is your first website, we recommend choosing a simple template like the classroom template.
NOTE: If you decide to change your site’s template later, all of your previous edits will be deleted. To save your content or photos you’ve uploaded from your original site, make a copy of your site. Click More in the top-right corner and select Manage site. Then click Copy this site.
- Name your site. You can always change your site’s name later if you wish.
- Customize your URL. All sites have the same basic URL but you can customize the last part: https://sites.google.com/site/___
When you are creating a custom URL, keep these things in mind:
- You can only use A-Z, a-z, 0-9
- It cannot be the same as an existing URL or Gmail username (unless it's your own)
- Choose a theme. A theme automatically creates a background image, font style, and font colors for your site. If you leave this blank, your selected template will set this up for you. You can also change your theme or add to it after the site has been created.
You can also set additional options:
- Site description (optional) - Add a short description of your site to help people find your page.
- Mature content - Check this box if your site will include mature content that is only suitable for adults. For more information on Google Sites policies, please review the Sites policy page.
Share a Google Site
To share a Site:
- Click Share in the top-right corner while viewing a site you can edit.
- In the text box below Invite people, enter the email addresses of the people with whom you wish to share your site.
- Choose the level of access you wish to give them. (Anyone you set to Can view can look at the site. Anyone you set to Can edit can change the look and content of the site. Anyone you set to Is owner can change the look and feel of the site as well as make administrative changes, such as deleting the site or adding new owners.)
The people whose email addresses you added will be sent an automated message when you add them unless you uncheck the box next to Notify people via email. If you choose to send the group a notification, you can add a personalized message. Write your message in the box below where you added the email address. You can also opt to have the invitation sent to you as well by checking the box next to Send a copy to myself.
- Click Send.
Note: For invitations to non-public Sites, students and other users will need to sign in with a Google Account before they can accept the invite.
- Create a site for your class. Embed a class calendar, videos, and presentations.
- Create student e-Portfolios with Sites. Showcase student work; pass it on from year to year.
- Build a portal that houses lesson plans, resources, and other class-level or subject-specific resources.
- Create a webpage for the class with course materials and rich content including videos, images, slides, and audio recordings. Use it for posting homework, assignments, and class events.
- Create a discussion board where every student can have a say.
- Create a page for posting announcements, class events, reading materials, classroom rules, and many more.
- Use Google sites as a wiki and let your students collaboratively work on their assignments and edit content.
- Create a private page to share information with parents like curriculum resources.
- Showcase your achievements – You can use it to create digital portfolios to feature your work and achievements.
- Get organised - Create and manage to-do lists for their assignments and classroom activities.
- Work with others - Collaborate on group projects.
- Present your findings – You can use it to present your findings on a particular research subject. You can include docs you have created, videos, links and many more.
- Contribute to classroom learning – You can use it to contribute in knowledge-building inside the classroom and to help with course materials.
Part A. Create a site and invite a guest
Create a Google Site with the following characteristics:
- Use the classroom site template.
- Choose a language to use in order to give it a title, for example “Japanese 200.”
- Add a site description.
- Change the Sharing setting from Public to people you choose.
- Share the site with a colleague.
- Include a welcome message when you share: “Please join my language class.”
[Optional] Part B. Practice editing the site
- Change the title of the first page.
- Add information about the class, what days it meets, and what time it meets.
- Write a description about the instructor. Search for a photo on the web and add one for the instructor.
- Add an image of China.
- Create a section for reviews about the class. Write a few sample reviews.
Part C. How will you use Google Sites in your classroom?