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.
Session Agenda (2 hours):
(5 min) Welcome and Overview
(10 min) Presentation - from ICE: What Works, What Doesn't, What to Do? Prezi
(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)
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?
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) Activity: Choosing 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
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
(20 min) Next Steps
Consider advanced webpage features
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
Accessing Google Apps @ETHS