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Why Google Sites Works For Our Schools?

It is obvious Google Sites will never be a Dreamweaver design platform. It is also obvious Google Sites will never be robust as a wikispaces or pbworks.  What Google Sites does provide is a practical and simple communication platform to disseminate information quickly, either as an internal site or external site within our Google Apps for Education domain. Giving our teachers and staff choices to build sites either as private and public websites allows flexibility in how they decide to roll out information. We have adopted a model where the teachers create classroom web pages as public external sites, while also building internal school sites that share resources and information across the seven academies. The other advantages to the Google Site system is the ability to embed all our shared internal calendars and lesson plans shared on Google Docs. While any software program requires professional development to maximize use, Google Sites is a program that requires less than half a day of training. You can quickly deploy Google Sites to provide a central repository for all your school’s information, public or private. We now have internal Google Sites managed by various staff and teachers providing information from Human Resources to our parent/community collaborative website. While we will never reach CSS status on Google Sites, we will however get content out across our seven academies and community in a timely and effective manner. Did I also say I don’t manage any web servers and pay for all of this…

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  1. September 26, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Yes, having grown up making my websites as text files and exporting them as HTML, it was hard for me to go with the flow and give up Dreamweaver with my students. However, your mission statement says it perfectly, because when I asked myself if it was worth it in a science class for them to be concerning themselves so much with layout and template errors, broken links and unprofessional formatting when I primarily wanted a place for them to showcase their work, the decision became easier.

    Now with all of the easy embedding options, I am quite pleased with how their digital portfolios look. Part of me still smiles when they want to create their own HTML page for fun.

    • September 27, 2010 at 7:52 am

      Thanks for the comments Phil! Digital portfolios are a great idea to use Google Sites for students. We are opening up Google Sites for our high school domain and looking to develop portfolios for them as well. Do you have any examples to share? Thanks.

  2. September 27, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Howard and Phil, would you mind sharing links to some of your school, class, and student Google sites? My district is investigating Google Apps for Edu and I’d appreciate some good examples to share with my colleages. Thanks for sharing the ideas in this post!

  3. September 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Here is an example from one of my students from last year.


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