Teacher Review For Google Sites

Create websites easily for teaching or learning

Heddi C.
Discovery Learning Center
Santa Cruz, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
"Google Sites has many uses in the classroom. I use Sites to post the weekly homework for my class. I can link to online articles and videos for my history students to read and view and also link to the discussion forums I use in Collaborize Classroom. Students often complete group projects in shared Google Docs or Google Presentations through the website. Students can also create their own websites or collaborative websites. One teacher I know has his students create a website over the course of his class that could teach future students the content of the class. Other teachers have students create websites to share research rather than a more formal paper. Sites could also be used to create a self-paced learning environment in which students are given access to lesson pages on the site as the master the previous lesson. Another teacher I met at a conference created a private Google Site to keep all the resources she used for teaching her lessons. Because of it's flexibility, Google Sites is really limited on by the imagination of the users."
My Take
"Google Sites is an easy to use interface for creating websites. Schools which use Google products have the option of turning on Sites for their teachers and students. Using Google Sites is very easy: you log into your Google account, go to sites and click on ""Create"". You are then prompted to pick a name and URL for your site, select a theme, and write a description for your site. You are then given a blank site with your chosen theme in which you can start adding content. Although it will take a little time to learn to use the menus, Google Sites is very flexible and will allow you to create websites with pictures and embedded media. The support documentation is very good and each button, menu, and action is described and explained in detail. Even if you or your students have never created a webpage before, you can do it easily with Google Sites. Sites can be configured to various levels of privacy. A Site can be public on the web, public to only those with a link, or private to only those email addresses that you designate (for instance, others with your school or district email or a group of specific people). You can even create copies of a site to use with a different year or class of students. Google Sites even offers some handy templates to create teacher sites."