Teachers Guide to Creating Classroom Websites Using the New Google Sites

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The new Google Sites is one of the best platforms where you can easily create a site for your classroom without the need for any HTM, CSS or any other coding language. Everything is pre-designed and you simply select the sections you want to add to your site, add content, and share your site with others.

As more and more of teachers and educators are making the transition to remote teaching because of the current pandemic, creating an online site for your class becomes a pressing necessity. There are multiple  ways to use your classroom site. For instance, you can use it to share learning materials with your students, share important announcements, invite students to be co-editors of the site, share students work with school community, create ePortfolios, and many more.

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To help you make the best of Google Sites in your instruction, we spent some time going through the resources in Sites Help center and pulled out for you the guidelines below. The purpose is to provide you with a handy resource where you can readily access almost everything you need to create a professional looking site for your class.

1- How to create a website using the new Google Sites
In this section you will learn how to:
  • Create a Site 
  • Rename your site 
  • Add a title to your site
Here you will access guidelines to help you change the looks of your site in terms of its: style, font, menu placement, and many more.

This section helps you learn how to: 
  • Add texts and headings to your site 
  • Add collapsible text boxes to your site
  • Add a section layout
  • Add a button
  • Add and edit images, logos, favicon, etc.
  • Group and ungroup objects
Here you will learn how to :
  • Add a page to your site
  • Add a table of contents
  • Organize your pages (e.g., how to move a page, choose a homepage, hide a page, etc)
  • Add and edit headers and footers
This is where you will get to learn how to :
  • Add a banner
  • Edit banner text
  • Customise banner colour
  • Link your banner to other pages
  • Choose where banner appears
In this section you will learn how to :
  • Add google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms and Charts to your site
  • Add YouTube videos, calendars and maps
  • Add a file from your computer, Google Drive, or from another site
  • Add Google files, tables and other content

In this section you will learn how to:
  • Add an editor
  • Change who can edit your site
  • Limit what editors can change
  • Remove and editor
  • Change the site owner
  • Invite others to edit your site
  • Change who can see a page
Here you will learn how to:
  • Preview your site
  • Publish your site
  • Choose who can see your site
  • Search a Google site
  • Disable or enable anchor links
For more tips and guidelines visit Site Help center and Google for Education