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hi guys welcome to chalk it up to crops wisdom Wednesday's today I'm gonna help educators learn how to create Google Sites so that they can utilize them in their classroom for their students Google Sites can be used for multiple reasons in the classroom one of them is having an end-of-year portfolio that you have your students put together so if you look over in the top right screen on the google page you can see this little box with three dots across three dots down and it all repeats that's what you click on to find all of your Google Apps if your school has Google Suites you'll see Google Sites come up in here I'm using a personal computer so it doesn't just pop up right away and if you are in the same boat and want to make a cool site Google Sites go to more from Google so once you get to the page you can scroll down and try to find Google Sites this way right here you see Google Forms where you can make tests for your students to take online Google Docs for them to have shared collaborative place to create stories or whatever that you want them to work on together as a group and I am trying to find Google Sites here then I'll open up a quarter of course sites so once you get to the Google Sites homepage go ahead and click the plus button its to create a me site in the bottom right corner of your computer screen and you just put in what you want but I have my to be inter site name so say that this is your student portfolio click on share with others and now students can either share it with you or other students so if you want them to work collaboratively on this project maybe it is a project for a book you just read it each person's going to work on different tabs in the website and analyze the literature or you're having groups work together to have a group portfolio whatever it is once it's shared I think that I always recommend that you share it both with the teacher and the students in the group or just the teacher and this is because teachers need to be able to see this means that once it's shared while students are working you can pull it up and see what students are working on in real time now here are the advanced things that you want to teach your students how to do you want to teach them how to change the layout which is right here under layouts so here now they can add a picture or a video you can select an image from Google very search or you have a link that you put into here so if you want them to search symbols and have them have pictures that represent those symbols then you've got that here so then they could put a title for what they're gonna talk about and then put like a caption here about the symbol and its meaning there's lots of things that you can do here here's another example so you can have them put videos and pictures from Google and the only things that that are going to come up for them to be allowed to use or things that do not have any copyright infringement even if they're talking about Batman these are the types of images you're gonna get because these are the ones that are a lot used legally see the character analysis here and maybe you put like three main characters the save I want the protagonist the antagonist and the supporting character and then that's what you want for your first page or whatever it is that you want from your students so you can use it this way or again you can make it into a portfolio and the things that they've done over time through Google Apps you can add by adding in Google Docs slides sheets forms when you scroll down on this right-hand side page so in order to create new pages obviously you click pages and then you see that the only page right now is just the home page here you can add another one so it could be order one assessments or projects right done so now the next page is that quarters projects and what you want to do is insert and you can do text box images or just use their pre-made layouts and maybe you want to add and their projects that they already created so maybe it's a slideshow that they've worked on good insert a new slide show that they've done in the previous years our quarters and now they've got a portfolio full the things that they've worked on and what's cool here is that yes you have a slideshow that you can actually interact with and scroll through when you're not in the editing duction so as the teacher looking at it you get the full site where you're able to like scroll through these and you can use arrow buttons to move this up and down to Center it or have it all outside you can add it in Google Docs so now maybe they wrote a short story that goes along with this is what it looks like when you add in a Google Doc this is my one of the articles that I'll be coming out for thumbs don't eat that let me just go to the side and put it I don't like that something is selected I mean it or if I feel like it I can change some things about the layout and how it looks there's the regular and then you can also put a different image behind it you can select an image from the internet which is really cool say I'm going to search and I'm gonna search let's see what happens if I sort of chocolate to crop I have no idea no images ha ha that makes me feel special this guy wants a little cool so this and then it will automatically place it in here and now look at it's just making it prettier and prettier all right let's get out of my documents so let's add another page let's say it's this one is gonna be a quarter two projects for if you're doing a portfolio assignment now we have our three pages we've got our home page quarter one quarter two they're compiling all this stuff that they've done throughout the year so you can see how much they learn how much super progressed and you can see side-by-side you know how much they have done throughout the year so let's move on to the next part of Google Sites which is these themes are the overall look and the type of fonts that you're going to use the color scheme and design and how it's gonna look so you've got all of these to choose from and what's cool about some of these is that they additionally have like other options to change color and customize color and that's just this third tab here on the right side so inserting things and you've got let's back up so you can see you got the layout and the layout looks a little different because it's based on the theme it changes the font so students can change the font change colors change the themes add in different pages and insert things so there's multiple ways to use this if you have them putting in forms sheets charts documents slides and those are all things that you can do whether it is to create something for a portfolio or a science project or history project and each of these cool little tabs and pages that you're adding in our different parts in major elements within a certain time period so you're talking about the 20s and you want one page on the Great Depression one on the Hoover though and another one on maybe just different things whatever it is I'm a English teacher so I could take the Odyssey and turn this Google site into a project on the diff
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