Adding Tools to Your Site
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Now that you have a Google site and have decided how you want to use it, it is time for you to add some of the features to your site that will make it a useful tool in your classroom. The tools in this unit are just a few of the many available to you on Google sites. I encourage you to explore and try any that interest you. As you will see there are many tutorials available to assist you in adding them to your site, all you need to do is type "tutorials for google sites" into your search engine.
I recommend that whenever you go to a page outside of this mini course you open it in a new window. To open any page in a new window you need to right click on the link and select "open in new window". By using a new window, you will be able to get back to this course without having to use the back button on your browser.
When creating and editing your google site, you can make both the Google window and the mini course window smaller. You will then be able to follow the instructions as I walk you through the steps by seeing both screens at the same time.
Creating new pages
As you saw on the example sites in Unit 1, you will need to create new pages on your website for different intended uses. If you want a very simple site with only one page, you can add all the tools in this unit to your homepage but I recommend creating at least one new page so that you know how to.
A calendar can be a very useful tool on your website. You can use it to help students remember their lesson times, remind parents and students of concert dates, or even put a practice schedule on it.
This tutorial will walk you through the steps to adding a google calendar to your website.
Here is a link to a video tutorial for setting up a Google calendar if you do not have one already and would like use one. This is the first video tutorial in a series. You can watch as many of the videos in the series as you would like to learn more about the various features of Google calendars.
Pictures can add a lot to your website and can be used for a variety of educational purposes. They are also very easy to add to your site.
Adding a link to another website or a different page on your site can be a helpful navigation tool. You can also have pages on your site with links to resources for yourself, other teachers, your students or their parents.
There are a few simple steps for adding a link.
- Sign in to your Google account and go to your site.
- If you want to add the links on your main page click on the button on the top right side of the screen that says "Edit Page".
Proceed to Unit 3 Embedding Video on Your Site