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Teacher Websites I


Summer is the perfect time to get organized with all of your curriculum documents. A teacher website is a great way to assist with your organization and make things accessible to students and parents. We’ll take a look at what works and what doesn't when creating a teacher website and you'll walk out with your own Google Site ready to publish.

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Session Agenda (2 hours):

(5 min) Welcome and Overview
(10 min) Presentation - from ICE: What Works, What Doesn't, What to Do?  Prezi
Some examples of websites - personal reflection (original (2002-2006), revised (2008), sharepoint)
(10 min) Open discussion of what a teacher website should contain, how it should function, who should it serve?
    For the teacher
    For the student
    For the parent(s)


Google Sites
Sample Sites:

Benefits:  Fairly easy/intuitive to setup, more visual options (images, video), integrated with Google Apps, Stability
Shortcomings:  Limited permissions options, File manager clunky, Still visually challenged, Templates challenging to edit?

Sample Sites: 
SchelbertCurtis, SiegelRaisnerBenson

Benefits:  Integrated with MS products, Easy to upload/mange documents, Strong security settings (Permissions), Established templates (more coming soon)
Shortcomings:  Visually blah?, Clunky - not quite WYSIWYG, limited sharing/collaboration tools, server issues?
(15 min) ActivityChoosing a platform, Mapping your site
Google Sites Mapping:  How do you want your site to look and feel?
    Web Page - standard web page layout - use for most pages
            Examples: Homepage, Chapter pages, Unit/Topic pages

        Site Layout
        Standard Text
            Recent announcements
            Text Box

    Announcements - use to keep a "blog" style interface
            Examples: Daily HW, Class updates, Question of the day
    File Cabinet - use to store files
            Examples: Unit file cabinets, Topic file cabinets, Chapters

(45 min) Hands-On
    Create your webpage

(15 min) Getting People to your Page
    Linked from school website
    URL Shortener

(20 min) Next Steps
Consider advanced webpage features

SharePoint Mapping:  

What "web parts" do you want to have on your site?
    Welcome Message - Content Editor Web Part
    Document Library - Create New Document Library
    Announcements - Create New Announcements
    Links - Create New Links
    Calendar - Create New Calendar
    Discussion Board - Create New Discussion Threaded Name in Post
    Picture Library - Create New Picture Library
    Others (including HTML code) - Content Editor WebPart

Other Options?

Embed gadget

Accessing Google Apps @ETHS


Google Sites for a Classroom Webpage

Ms. Schroeder