How Can Teachers Use Google Sites? Let Me Count the Ways.

When teachers use Google Sites, they revolutionize teaching! Now you can organize curriculum, energize instruction, and improve communication. What’s more? You can move to a paperless classroom.

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You Can Learn to Make a Google Site (It’s Easy!)

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1. Teachers Use Google Sites to Direct Student Learning

Now you can curate materials from the Internet! Just organize text, images, and videos in a Google Site. Kids are in the driver’s seat – but you’re directing learning. For example, this Apollo 11 website lets kids click through content to learn about the mission.

2. Teachers Use Google Sites to Supplement Instruction

To reinforce learning, build a supplemental website. Audio and video content make science and social studies content come to life. This Great Lakes website, for example, supports an entire unit of study.

Teachers use Google Sites to supplement learning. For example, this Great Lakes website includes links to videos and interactives, text, images, and more.

3. You Can Promote Independent Learning with Google Sites

If you give kids direction, they can work autonomously. Put it all in a Site. Watch them go!

This hydrosphere site lets kids learn independently.

4. Teachers Can Design Webquests with Google Sites

Try a webquest. Give your kids a task. And provide links to safe resources. They’ll have a blast.

In this Cinderella webquest, for example, students are asked to write a parody. Each task scaffolds kids toward their goal. They learn about elements of a story, read and compare Cinderella folklore from around the world, explore a parody, and learn key strategies to plan and improve their writing.

Teachers use Google Sites to design websites. For example, in this Cinderella webquest, students with writing a parody. Tasks include exploring and comparing Cinderella folktales, reading a parody, and working through the writing process.

5. They Can Make PBLs Too

Problem-based or project-based learning work well with Google Sites too. Everything’s housed in one handy spot. In this Hatchet PBL, for instance, kids read the novel and gather information from the text. Then, using images, maps, and other media, they determine Brian’s location.

In this PBL, kids use information from the text and the Internet to determine Brian's location.

6. Teachers Use Google Sites to Organize Research Projects

With Google Sites, you can provide research project directions – and give examples. With this extra guidance, research papers improve. For example, in this animal research project, kids can look at directions and exemplars time and time again.

This animal research project, created with Google Sites, provides directions and exemplars.

7. Collaborative Websites Let Students Work Together

Think digital jigsaw. This works great for a topic with many parts. First, create a website. Make a page for each child. Then assign topics and set them loose. When it’s finished, you’ll have a complete, collaborative website that covers the entire topic.

I created this Site for my students to learn about diseases. Each child worked on his or her own page to write a blog on a specific illness.

In this collaborative Site, each child completes one page to blog about a specific disease.

8. Teachers Use Google Sites to Direct Homework

A homework website allows you to update often and provide links. You can also create a website for a difficult concept – and have parents help at home.

For example, this Site on multiplication facts provides parents and students methods for learning fact groups, links to timed tests, and printable pages.

This Site gives kids all the support they need to practice their multiplication facts at home.

9. You Can Also Make an Ebook

Teachers or students can do this. Place a different story on each page – and there you have it: an eBook. The image below shows an ebook featuring characters from Greek myths. On each page, students can read a one-page passage.

If you’re asking students to read multiple passages, an ebook provides a great paperless solution. When your students each create a different product, an ebook provides a great way to present them.

The image shows an ebook on characters from Greek mythology. Each page provides a passage about a specific god, goddess, hero, creature, etc.

10. Want to Flip Your Classroom? Use Google Sites.

For a flipped classroom, just link information in a website. Share it so kids can learn at home. Then work on engaging activities during class time. Here, for example, I created a simple Google Site that helped my students prepare to write an opinion paragraph.

This simple Google Site gives kids background information they will need to write an opinion paragraph on the national anthem.

11. Teachers Use Google Sites to Modernize Novel Studies

Instead of the old packet, create a multi-media novel study. When you add images, video, and audio, kids make better connections to the novel.

This Little House in the Big Woods website, for example, allowed me to include a pictorial dictionary. That really helped my kids understand vocabulary related to pioneer times.

Teachers use Google Sites to create novel studies. This Little House in the Big Woods website allowed me to add links, images, videos, and more. On this page a pictorial dictionary for Chapter 1 is shown.

12. You Can Organize Your Teaching Life with Sites

Sites have the power to organize all your teaching stuff. You can embed Google Apps – like this seating chart – in your website. That way, everything is stored in one place. Additionally, when you edit the App, changes automatically show up on the Google Site.

Organize all your teaching stuff in a Google Site. For example, you can embed an editable seating chart in a site.

13. They Give You a Great Way to Store Unit Plans

With Google Sites, you can organize your units logically. Linking allows you to manage printable and paperless text options, as well as audio and video resources.

This fables website lets me click through my unit with ease.

When you create a unit of study, store it in a Google Site.

14. And Organize Your Google Drive

When you Drive, use Google Sites as your dashboard. For example, I find it easier to locate and assign my digital daily language with this website.

You can store files from your Drive on a Google Site. The web design makes it easier to navigate.

15. Teachers Organize Curriculum with Linked Sites

Related units – or even entire subject areas – can be linked using Google Sites. Just make a website and link it to all of the related parts.

This website is really just a shell. The images link to units in my literature curriculum. Try creating a branching website like this to better organize your Google Sites.

Here, each of my literature units are linked to one Google Site. This allows me to connect them for easy navigation.

16. Teachers Store Lesson Plans in Google Sites

First, make a digital lesson plan template using Google Slides. Next, add your plans. Link them to the digital unit plans. Finally, embed the lesson plans into a Site. You’re on your way to creating a digital teacher dashboard.

Teachers use Google Slides to embed lesson plans.

17. Teachers Use Google Sites to Manage Long-Range Plans

Use Google Slides to make a planning grid for each quarter. Insert colored rectangles over the grid. Type unit names on the rectangles and move around to plan. When you’re finished, embed quarterly plans into your teacher dashboard.

Long-range plans can be easily created (and edited) with Google Slides. Then teachers use Google Sites to embed and display them.

18. You Can Make Interactive Seating Charts with Google Slides

Using the same process, create a seating chart with Google Slides. Embed it into your Site. Whenever you want to change seats, edit your Slide. Changes magically appear in your Site!

You can make a digital seating chart with Google Slides.

19. Teachers Use Google Sites to Create the Ultimate Teacher Dashboard

First, embed lesson plans, long-range plans, and seating chart in one site. Add your schedule and other important links. That’s it! You’ve created the ultimate teacher dashboard.

Teachers use Google Sites to create the ultimate dashboard.

20. Sub Plans Are Ready to Go with Google Sites

For the perfect emergency plans, prepare for your sub with Google Sites. You can store everything in one handy place – and students can guide their own learning.

With this frogs website lets kids work independently to explore informational text, language, listening, literature, math, and science. As a bonus, they also do a camouflage project.

These sites are perfect for sub plans – in the classroom, hybrid, or remote!

These interdisciplinary frog lesson plans are perfect for subs. They can direct learning - or let kids learn independently.

Teaching with Google Sites

Sure, it takes some doing. However, teaching with Google Sites has the power to revolutionize your teacher life. Try making one today!

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