The Tool

Google Sites is one part of the Google Productivity Suite of applications. Google Sites are easy to set up web sites that you can work on and share with others. Google has integrated most Google applications to work within Google Sites.

When you create a site, you need to give it a Name, a URL and a theme. 

Creating Pages:
Each page in a Google Site must be in one of five different categories: Web Page, Dashboard, Announcement, File Cabinet or List.  

- Web Page: Standard Web like page, similar to Google Pages, with a WYSIWYG  editor and a few page lay out options.

 - Dashboard:  Pre-designed pages, with templates, where you can insert any Google Gadget that is available.  This is helpful for student pages, where they can insert the most useful gadgets for their personal pages.  Students can also create their own Google Gadgets to add into their site.  

- Announcements:  Announcement pages function much like a blog, where pages are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent announcement on top.  These pages can be used as personal blogs or journal entries, to list homework assignments or to document the progress on a group project.  Each entry also has the ability to comment, so a complete threaded discussion can be documented from a single announcement.  As with all other pages  within a Google Site, the owner of the page can make it 100% public or share only with those  people they wish to have access to it.   

- File Cabinet: File Cabinet pages allow users to create their own online file cabinet, with content from their own files or files from the Internet, by pasting the URL into the editor.  You  can also add folders to the file cabinet to create easier access to files for a particular course   or unit of a course.  

- List Pages:  The name really doesn't tell everything a list page can do.  It really is a way to collect data from multiple users.  There are a few templates for specific types of lists, or you can create your own, using the following types of fields: Check Box, Date, Drop Down, Text  or URL.  List Pages are a nifty way to collect data and make it accessible to a group of  people.

More Actions:
In the 'More Actions' tab, which is visible to the owner or collaborators of a particular page, you can change the 'properties' of the page.  You can subscribe to the page settings, change the page settings, print the page, move the page to another place in the site, delete the page, share the site with others, or view the site map.  There is also an 'Advanced Settings' link at the bottom, which allows you to make the site globally significant. 

Google Sites

Google Sites

Extras With Google Sites:

Further reading: Google Sites - Visitor Comments - Google Spreadsheet Form


  • With a small group of three, create a Google Site. (One participant will create the site and add others as collaborators.)
  • Decide on a topic for the site. Ideally this will be something that your school might use, something you all want to do this summer or just something fun you are all interested in to make the afternoon fun!.
  • Create a new page
  • Add a YouTube video to your page.
  • Insert an image to your page.
  • Embed something from another session to your google site.
  • Locate your navigation and learn how to manage and publish.
  • Collaborate on your site, learn how to invite!
  • Practice adding pages and content.
  • Practice embedding documents, presentations, videos, and more.
  • Add the lead learner as a collaborator on your site. Links to each site will be shared below.
  • A representative from each group will share their site with the large group. (Time Permitting)


The ISTE NETS-T and NETS-A along with the KY State Standards assessment can be found here.
Kentucky Standards
KY Teacher Standard 3.4
KY Teacher Standard 3.5
KY Teacher Standard 5.5
KY Teacher Standard 6.1
KY Teacher Standard 6.4
KY Teacher Standard 8.2

NETS-A 2.b
NETS-A 2.d
NETS-A 3.c
NETS-A 4.a
NETS-A 5.b