Thursday, November 17, 2011

Getting Started With Google Sites

It has been my opinion for the past 16+ years that every teacher should have a web presence. I have tried many avenues to encourage this in our district and many teachers have taken off with the idea and created web sites, blogs, wikis, and other forms of media that they've managed for their students and parents. The addition of Google Apps for Education to our district now makes this opportunity even easier. Teachers have the ability to quickly and easily create and manage Google Sites from any Internet-enabled device and they can integrate other Google Apps into their sites including documents, forms, slideshows, YouTube clips, class calendars, blogs, and more. In the near future, when page-level permissions gets rolled out, parts of the site itself can even become a class wiki. Teachers can even go a step further and create specific sites for specific projects or units of study. And because it's part of the Google Apps suite, teachers can invite other teachers to collaborate on and manage the sites together.

A teacher web site can be an incredibly valuable digital extension of the classroom that improves the teaching and learning experiences for you and your students. If you'd like to learn how to get started building a Google Site, please visit my YouTube channel which is currently featuring the Google Sites tutorials put together by Leyden's very own Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and me - My YouTube Channel

You can also visit the Google Sites Help Center to assist you with getting started or improving your site.

Please consider leaving a comment on this post to share your thoughts and ideas for you how you use a web site, a link to a site you're proud of, suggestions for tutorials you'd like to see added to the YouTube channel, or any questions you may have.