Google Sites (Sites) is a free tool to create websites. Sites is an intuitive web development tool that allows you to use a ready-made template and add elements such as text, links, videos, images, quiz forms, and more. You can customize the appearance of the site with layouts, logos, and themes. No website development experience is necessary!
Programs use Sites to create organizational websites. Support staff use it to share PD resources, and teachers can make websites for their classes as a repository for learning resources or as a class website. Sites can be used to complement Google Classroom as well as other platforms and tools. How do you imagine you could use Sites?
During this first of two sessions, you will examine three sample Sites. Then you will build your own Google Site to include a theme, pages, and content such as text, video, and Google applications (e.g., Slides, Forms, Docs).
The second session will build on the basics presented in this session and add more advanced features such as external web links with customized buttons, a Google Calendar, and a customized URL.
The facilitator will lead you through the step-by-step process of creating and enhancing your own website.
Technology coordinators, advisors, directors, teachers, and anyone interested in creating a website
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
The total time for this offering is up to four PD hours (for both sessions) plus independent development time.
- This first session is Friday, April 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. with the option to stay until 3:00 p.m. for additional development time with the facilitator.
- The second session, Yes You Can! Enhancing Your Program, Class, or Advising Website is Friday, April 30 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. with the option to stay until 3:00 p.m. for additional development time with the facilitator.
You will register for each session separately. Those who are proficient at the prerequisites (see below) are welcome to both sessions, but can feel free to only register for Session 2.
Assignment: Between sessions, participants can apply what they have learned to continue the planning and development of their websites. The facilitator will provide support and feedback on your draft website.
Note: We will be contacting you a week before the session with information on how to join online. Watch for a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Examine three different uses of Google Sites
Use the three building blocks of Google Sites to create a website for your context that includes a theme, two pages, and a layout with text and video
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
In order to participate, you need to have a Google account. You should have basic computer skills, familiarity with Google Drive, and the ability to navigate websites, including resizing windows and opening/closing tabs.