Google Sites

Overview and Demonstration

  • Create a new site
  • Examine the templates that are available
  • Set up a home page
  • Add content
    • Add a YouTube video to your page.
    • Insert an image to your page.
  • Create a new page.
  • Locate your navigation and learn how to manage and publish.
  • Embed Content
    • Embed something from another session to your google site.
  • Collaborate on your site, Invite collaborators (owner, collaborator, viewer)
  • Share your site by making it public.

Google Sites Overview 2010


    Sites: 1001 Things I Learned

       Activity 1:  Add a page to the site 1001 Things I Learned and add or embed something you have learned so far.

Adding Content

  1. Click on the "Create Page" button.
  2. Leave it as a top-tier page or as a sub-page to Home, as you wish.
  3. Add a sentence or two of text, and play with the text formatting controls to see what they do.
  4. Beneath your sentences, try adding a picture that you upload or via a link (start with "Insert" in the upper left).
  5. Use the Insert tool to add a Google Doc, Form, Map, and/or Calendar.
  6. Add an unusual gadget (from "Insert"). You'll probably need to save to see how they work.
  7. Save your changes.

Google Sites is one part of the Google Productivity Suite of applications. 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 four different categories: Web Page, 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.

- 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 view the revision history, subscribe to the page changes, change the page settings, print the page, move the page to another place in the site, delete the page, save the page as a template or change the template, manage the site and share the site.

Activity 2:
  How could you use Google SItes?


Google Produced Resources

GCT-Produced Resources

Tips and Tricks

Use these tools to create a Banner

Google Sites in Action

Google SItes Getting Started 2010

Exemplary Google Sites

Staff Development Sites Ideas

  • Hub for staff development activities/handouts
  • Workshop resources
  • Lesson collections
Google Sites for Professional Development
Edina Technology Resources for Teachers
Got Google?
Tech Tip Tuesday

Google Sites for Online Learning 

Classroom Sites are great for:
  • Group collaboration
  • Project presentations
  • Research
  • Hub for teacher/class
  • Portfolios

Other Ways to Use Sites

  • Communication hub for school
  • Activity or athletic web site
  • Online curriculum fair
Management Tips with Sites, Apps and Students
  • Add teacher as collaborator immediately
  • Create a site category that all students put in to reflect topic
  • Have students move or delete their own site prior to end of school year
  • Add personal email account as collaborator as well to the sites you create
  • Add an "s" after http to make the site secure


Creating a Site

Editing a Site


Google Sites


Activity for the Week

1.  Your Choice- Individual or Collaborative: Create a Google Site
  • Individually or with a small group, create a Google Site. (In a collaborative 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 a student or teacher might use. (Or something fun to liven up the afternoon!)
  • Practice adding pages and content.
  • Practice embedding documents, forms, presentations, videos, and more. Think about adding some of the activites you already completed.
  • Add the lead learner ( as a collaborator on your site.
  • Links to each site will be shared below.

Google Site

 Participant Site Links

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