Building a teacher dashboard is easier than you think. But what is it? Just think of it as a teacher binder on steroids. Sleek. Powerful. Sophisticated. And all within your reach.
Tools for Creating a Teacher Dashboard
Google provides three sets of tools for building a website. If you look in the upper right-hand corner of the Sites screen, you’ll see them.
First comes the Insert menu. It allows you to add text boxes and images, as well as embed objects. Layouts options let you click and add your own media. Below that, additions become more specific.
Next to Insert, you’ll see the word Pages. To add a page, simply click the plus button. Then rearrange by dragging and dropping. If you want a subpage, create the page and then drag it on top of the page you want it under. Additionally, if you hover over the plus sign, you can link directly to another site.
Finally, to the far right, you’ll see Themes. Six options with unlimited color combinations are available.
What to Include in a Teacher Dashboard
Your teacher dashboard should reflect your style and needs. Let’s explore some options with this example.
For my home page, I wanted access to my most important classroom management tools. First, I inserted my seating chart, which was created with Google Slides. Because the slide is linked directly to my Drive, anytime I make a change on the seating chart, it automatically shows up on my teacher dashboard.
Below that, I added my class schedule. It was saved as a jpeg and inserted as an image.
Since I didn’t need continual access to the remaining sets of information, I linked them to the bottom of the page.
Each was added in a text box. For better visuals, I alternated colors. To do this, simply hover over a text box until a set of icons appears to the left.
When you click on the palette, this menu appears. Then you can choose the section style you prefer. The icon below the palette allows you to duplicate the section.
Long-Range Quarterly Plans
I also organized my quarterly plans using Google Slides. Those were inserted into pages named Quarter 1, Quarter 2, Quarter 3, and Quarter 4. Again, because they were created with Google Slides, any changes made by my teaching team – or even at the district level – would automatically update on my teacher dashboard as well.
Weekly Lesson Plans
Since I wanted my weekly lesson plans to display separately, I created a subpage for each. For each week, I created a one-page Google Slides presentation and linked it here.
As you can see, each of the items in my plans is linked. When I click, the digital unit opens, and I choose what I want.
Google Sites Organize Teaching
This ultimate teacher organization tool gives you total control of your teaching life. From lesson plans to unit plans to long-range plans to sub plans, this website has the power to manage the stuff in your Drive. Like a filing cabinet, it branches to other sites, arranging your curricula virtually. Try building your own Google Site today!