Google Sites for Teacher Websites
Why should I have a teacher website?
In today's world, a web presence is expected by almost everyone who provides some level of service.
A teacher or PLC team website serves as the communication hub for everything you do with students. It is also the face of your class to parents and the community. Many parents appreciate knowing the rules, upcoming due dates, grades, and anything else you are willing to share with them.
As more teachers use Internet-based resources, Google Drive, and other web-based tools, a website becomes even more essential.
This should also be looked at a long term investment. A teacher website is not something you create each school year. Once it is created, you can just go in and edit it the following term.
Why Google Sites?
In GUHSD our recommended and only supported website creation tool is Google Sites. Sites is part of our Google Apps for Education account and it integrates seamlessly with Google Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations, and Calendar.
Additionally, it is surprisingly easy to create and maintain.
Teacher Website Creation
The following screencasts are designed to help you set-up and maintain a teacher website in Google Sites. The screencasts provide specific instruction and can be paused and re-viewed as often as needed.
- Create a Site
- Create and Move Pages + Navigation Options
- Themes, Colors, Fonts
- Insert, Edit, Embed
- Publish Your Site
- Previewing Site
- Complete - "New" Google Sites YouTube Playlist
- Google Docs Calendar Templates - Add your lessons and links to a doc calendar. Then insert or link the calendar on your website.
The following items are recommended for classroom websites:
- Syllabus for each course taught
- Contact information
- List of courses taught
- Assignments, exam dates, etc. (As a list, on a calendar, by unit, etc.)
Additional Items might include:
- Unit calendars
- Links to online assignments, resources, Google Classroom, etc.
- Classroom news updates