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Learning beyond the classroom walls with Google new sites ...
New Google Sites is a great tool for creating web-pages for your classroom. You do nt need to know the program or coding. The new Google Site is a responsive ; adjust the width and content according to ther width of the screen. !
It is in fact a wiki, blog,portfolio, all rolled into one easy to use package". New Google Sites brings together all of the other great Google services in that it allows users to embed Google Docs, Calendar, YouTube, pdf, Forms ,Picasa albums, and much more.
We are going to explore some tips on how to tap into the educational potential of this tool and provide you with some practical ideas on how to use it with your students in the classroom.
Why use Google Sites in the Classroom ?
Here are some of the pertinent reasons why you should consider using Google sites with your students :
Google site is free.
It is very easy to use and has a simple and student friendly interface
Restricted the used who are having the Tyndale email address the site.
Another level of restriction can be provided to the content in the Google site.
A site can be created for a class within a couple of minutes .
New Google Site also offers you control over who can have access to the pages and who can share materials
It can improve students digital literacy skills
It can open up your classroom and make it a collaborative learning environment
Ways Teachers can Use Google Sites in their Classroom
Here are some of the tips to help you get started using Google Sites in your Classroom :
Create a web-page for the class where to include course materials and rich content including videos, images, slides, and audio recordings
Use it for posting day to day resources ( Hyperlinks , You tubes, Educational website links ..etc) . Students need to type lengthy website addresses.
You can also use it as a discussion board where every student can have a say ( provided teacher give the access)
Create a page for posting announcements , class events, reading materials, classroom rules, and many more
Use it as a wiki and let your students collaboratively work on their assignments and edit content
Use the PDFs and other materials to share with your students
You can run surveys and formative assessment.
Embed a calendar to keep track of your deadlines or Google Spreadsheet to keep track of your research
Ways Students Can Use Google Sites
Here are some ideas on how students can use Google Sites :
They can use it to create digital portfolios to feature their work and achievements
Create and manage to-do lists for their assignments and classroom activities
Collaborate on group projects
Students can use it to present their findings on a particular research subject. They can include docs they have created, videos, links and many more
Students can use it to contribute in knowledge building inside the classroom and to help with course materials