Man, that was a great show! Omar, Preston and myself sit down and talk about some great ed-tech talk. Check out the agenda below and then check out the podcast yourself. You can also download it (see the link below) or subscribe to us on iTunes.
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Google Classroom – Google’s Learning Management System predictions?
Here is the
YouTube video The link to
Google Classroom Is this a threat to other LMS like Edmodo, Schoology, Engrade, etc.
What features would you like to see?
A Time to Stop and Think About : STEM, Programming, & Feynman a post by Tony on IT Babble
Is the STEM approach incorrect?
Do you think it will fail?
Google Sites – Patrick’s quick review
Should people use it
Don’t interview anyone who hasn’t accomplished anything. Ever. post by Tony DePrato on IT Babble
Should this apply to high school students looking to go to university?
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No, no, no this is not the review you’re looking for. That is coming soon. This is just a resource I’ve thrown together for a Google Site workshop I have coming up. I thought I’d give you guys a sneak peek. It’s nothing flashy, but it will get you started with creating your first Google Site. I won’t get into the good/bad conversation but I will give you two great features that make Google Site worth while for schools who use Google Apps for Education.
You can have multiple collaborators working on one site. This means one site per subject/grade level which will help bring more synergy and horizontal alignment.
You can copy the site. Meaning if you leave your school, you can take a copy of that site with you to your new position – very helpful.
So without much more fan fare, check out the guide below. If you want a PDF copy of the guide click
Google Sites – Getting started
What is Google Sites?
Google Sites is a service freely offered by Google that allows anyone to easily create and share a website. It has many features such as:
Powerful customization tools
Google Drive integration
Easy to use tools
Step 1 – Creating your site
To get started make sure you are using and logged into Chrome.
Then go to
From here click the
A new window will appear. From here you can do many things:
Select a template – You can chose from Google’s own or others people have submitted.
Name your site – This will also affect the URL or web address of the site
Select a theme – What you want your stie to look like
The good news here is that all of these choices can be changed later on, so feel free to experiment and play around with whatever you want.
Step 2 – Let’s edit
Once that is all done, it will take you to your site. It will look pretty bare but that’s OK.
To start editing click on the
in the top right hand corner of your browser. Pencil icon
When you do, the editor will load which is just a toolbar full of formatting options.
Most of these options are pretty straightforward such as font size, color, justification, etc.
So go nuts here and add all the content you want.
Step 3 – Inserting media
Click on Insert in the top menu will give you a large amount of options. Here you can insert Images, Links to other websites, YouTube videos and more.
Your choices are broken into three categories. Common and Google are pretty straight forward. Gadgets on the other hand give you lots of interesting features such as games, RSS feeds and more
There are well over a hundred gadgets to chose from. They are
When you add a gadget this is how it will look while you are editing the page.
When you are done editing or want to see what you’ve done click on the
button in the top right hand corner of your browser. Save
Here is what it looks like on the website
*NOTE: DUE TO THE EVER CHANGING NATURE OF THE INTERNET SOME GADGETS MAY NOT WORK WITH NEWER BROWSERS* Step 4 – Layout
By default your page has one giant column but you can change that here.
Step 5 – Add a new page
Chances are you will need to add more than one page.
To do this make sure you are not editing any pages.
Then click on the New Page icon in the top right hand corner of your web browser.
A new window will appear that will allow you to name your page.
Leave everything else alone and click
Don’t worry about adding it to the navigation bar, this will happen automatically.
Step 6 – Sharing your site
Again, make sure you are not editing any pages.
Click on the
button in the top right hand corner of the screen. Share Sharing and Permissions – blah blah
A familiar window will appear.
Type the person’s Google Apps for Education email address in this box and click
*NOTE: ONLY ONE PERSON CAN EDIT A PAGE AT A TIME* Step 7 – Make it public
By default, your website will be private which means only you (or anyone you’ve shared it with) can view it.
To change this come back to the Share page and click on Change…
Sharing and Permissions – blah blah