Tech. for Educators
With Google Sites, you can easily specify who has access to your site, but you can also give visitors different levels of access to parts of your site. For example, you can create a class website students can view with a page that functions as a student wiki space that students can edit.
Remember that to add additional users, be sure to first add them to the site (see above, Share Site Overall) before changing page-level permissions for that person.
Google Sites includes easy-to-use tools to help you put together your website. To create your own free Google Site, sign into a Google (gmail or Google Apps) account at sites.google.com. Then, here are a few tricks to get you started with your first Google Site.
If you've created any type of document, you know that the first version is never final. In fact, in some cases, you probably scratch entire documents and start over. This is true for websites, too.
However, when you create a website, you're "locating" it at a web address, which, if you delete the website and start over, can be difficult to reuse. Because of this, I suggest creating a test website and then, once you're happy with the set-up, copying that test site to make your real site. Here's how.
One of the first decisions to make when creating a new Google Site is which template, if any, you'd like to use. While there are many helpful templates, if you don't want to use all the elements, pages, images, etc. from the template, it can be overwhelming clearing out the content you don't want. Alternatively, if you simply would like the header images, colors, and fonts of a template, you can add those after you create a site. This way, you will be able to make use of a template's colors, fonts, and images without getting all the pages and page content. Here's how.
Once you've created your site, you'll be faced with one lone menu:. From this menu, it can be tricky to figure out how to modify the page content vs header, navigation, etc. To help clarify the various editing options, take a look at this how to.
To help organize your web pages, you can make use of Google's built-in page templates or create your own. The built-in page templates offer a blog-type page, file-storage page, list page, as well as basic web pages. Learn more about page template options.
If you use any of the special page types, you can bring highlights of the most recently posted items to one page, perhaps your homepage, thus making one go-to page where visitors can see a snapshot of recent entries. This can be especially helpful for educators who want to make it easy for students to find updates on assignments, projects, class calendar and more at at glance. Here's how.
When you edit a page, you have options to modify fonts, colors, and formatting by word or by section:.
However, it can be better to change formatting at the site level to help keep format consistent between pages throughout your website. Learn how.
When adding text, images, and gadgets to your website, you can use preset page layout options to keep your page organized. Learn how.
If you've implemented a Google Site as a part of your course, you might be interested in getting your students to discuss through the Google Sites forum. Here are a few ideas on how to do this:
If you try any of these, share your experience with the group!
Note: Google is disabling the Appointment Slots feature through Google Calendar. As of 11/4/2013, Google users will not be able to create new appointment slots; existing slots will work through 12/2013. However, Appointment Slots will remain for Google Apps users: more. For alternatives, see here.
Do you find yourself needing to schedule students for presentation projects or office hours but always struggling with how best to do so? If your school is on Google Apps for Education (or at least you and your students have Google accounts), you could really benefit from using Google Calendar appointment slots. Here are the basics of how this works:
For more specifics on how to set up and use these, visit Using appointment slots
If you use a Google Site with your class (or as an eportfolio option), you can choose to have an announcements-style page, which functions similarly to a blog and has a built-in RSS Subscribe to posts link.
But never fear; there are other ways to incorporate subscription options to allow access to more visitors! note: if you are creating a site through a Google Apps for Education or Business domain, your domain must have Feedburner enabled in order for this to work.
For more, visit this Google Sites How To on RSS feed subscription.
Educators are increasingly working to have an online presence either as the main class or a component part. However, the online environment can be a lot of work for educators and sometimes not supply the type of information students want. Online environments that are at all cumbersome to navigate can deter students from getting the most out of tools provided there. In many cases, students want an online homebase where they can get reminders or review important points for class.
To help educators meet these points, I have created a Google Sites website template that automatically puts information important to students in the spotlight. This template has
Hopefully this template will give educators the power to easily create a dynamic online homebase for students to have access to the information they need most.
When you want to find audio content online, searches can be tricky to structure because it is hard to search audio content for keywords.
This video* explains how to use the video website Hulu.com to search for specific words or phrases in videos. The words/phrase might be in the title of the movie/show/episode or in the dialogue.
Hulu Captions Search allows you to
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Once you have learned the basics of Google search, you can begin to use more advanced search features that will allow you to structure even more precise searches. This video is especially helpful for language teachers/learners or those interested in learning about language and language usages through Google search.
This video explains finding word groupings (word collocations):
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