Teacher Review for Google Sites

Google Sites: Student digitial portfolios a place to create Positive Digital Footprints.

Kealiʻi A.
Technology coordinator
Kamehameha Schools Hawaii High School
Kea`au, United States
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
We use Google Sites at our school for student Digital Portfolios, Teacher internal sites, event sites, and our High school site. Students use Google sites to complete homework, projects, and to practice digital citizenship principles they learn at school.
My Take
Pro: -Total creative control of site -Ability to create and post site templates to allow for easy duplication of digital portfolios -Sharing ability -Page level permissions to secure site information -Integration with Google Drive and many 3rd party apps -Allows html and widgets to meet the needs multiple levels of technology comfort levels -Collaboration is easy, multiple people can edit and manage site -Blogging feature allows students to blog and to rss feed from the blog -Easy insert of other web pages into site to create the one stop for all students Cons: -Not as easy as a drop and drag widget based webpage building app. -Takes sometime to transfer site when using Google Apps for Education -More Apps sometimes donʻt work -Take a class period or two to get high school students comfortable with the media and the tolls available -Can not customize layouts -Can be overwhelming to students who are not tech developer savy Wanted Improvements: -Allow for better integration with social media -Easier access to graphic widgets and audio widgets -Improve the page level permissions so that you donʻt have to click one at a time to enable current users.