Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to people who need quick, up-to-date access. People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Creating a site together is as easy as editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether it's just yourself, your team, or your whole organization. You can even publish Sites to the world. The Google Sites web application is accessible from any internet connected computer.
- Single-click page creation
- Customizable look and feel
- Dozens of pre-built templates
- Settings for accessing and sharing information
- And it's free!
Single-click page creation
Creating a new page for your Google Site just takes the click of a button.
No HTML required
Creating a Google Site is as easy as editing a document, which means there's no markup language for you to learn — just get started.
Make it your own
Our customization options let you give your Google Site your own look and feel
Get started with templates
We offer a growing list of page types — web page, announcements, file cabinet, dashboard and list — to help you get started with your Google Sites pages.
Upload files and attachments
Use the file cabinet to upload files up to 10MB in size. Each Google Apps account receives at least 10GB of storage in Google Sites. Google Apps Premier and Education editions get an additional 500MB for each user account.
Embed rich content
Google Sites is integrated with other Google products, so you can insert videos, docs, spreadsheets, presentations, photo slide shows, and calendars directly onto your Google Sites pages.
Work together and share
Our permission settings let you designate owners, viewers and collaborators (meaning they can edit pages) for your site. And you can make your Google Sites available to just a few people, your entire organization, or the world.
Search with Google
You can search across Google Sites pages and content using powerful Google search technology. You'll find specific pages and documents instantly, the same way you would on Google.com.
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This In addition to regular web pages, Google site has a file cabinet type page, which my students use as an e-portfolio. Students can upload documents of all type (spreadsheet, presentations, etc.) and provide a description of the file (I don't think there is a limit to the length.). Part of my assignment instructions is to put a reflection on the learning that happened in creating the file in the Google sites description field. Students find this e-portfolio useful to them after the clas. They can reference it when they have similar tasks to perform and most importantly to demonstrate to employers and potential employers their proficiency in various computer skills.
I have them store their class notes as web pages.
I also use Google sites to make a class wiki on which links to each student's wiki. Yes - some could say that this enables students to “cheat” by looking at the work of others. However, each of my assignment requires unique product, like a resume or research paper or presentation. Thus the work of fellow students is just another source of learning and they can leave comment on how their peers can improve their work.
One drawback is that only one student can update a page at a time. Thus my students also use Google docs, spreadsheets and slides These can be put onto a page using the Insert menu.
Note the video above shows screenshots of an old version, the new version is global (icons instead of English for new page etc.)
I have used PBWorks and WetPaint in the past. They are both good but clutter the screen with ads which Google sites does not.
Worth using if you want to create your own subject website.
Highly recommended as an entry level tool into web design, good compatibility with google docs.
It is a must have for any educator.
Strengths and weaknesses? There are two ways to use it, either through personal accounts or through your organisation having a Google Apps account. In our case, we chose to set up an account for the organisation, so each student had an email address under the college domain name. This was a huge strength, in that not all students had college (.ac.uk) addresses and it also gave them additional storage space and an online 'office' suite of applications. From another viewpoint, this is a weakness in that it requires setting up by your organisation with all that may entail.
All sites can be set up for the group involved, and can be shared and made as open (or private) as you require.
I would recommend Google Sites wholeheartedly to any colleagues, especially if they then move on to the possibilities of collaborating on documents/presentations/surveys. You're in the 'cloud' with a minimum of fuss...
Ratings - the learning curve will obviously be very different if you use individual accounts or an organisational Google Apps setup.
One of the major benefits of creating a Google Site is that I am able to update the page from any computer at any time since it is web-based. All I have to do is log on to my Google account. This has been a huge help as I do a lot of work from home and don't have to bring home my work computer. I have not used yet used it as part of the curriculum but it certainly could be used by students to create a website for a particular topic we are studying.
I have attempted to use Google sites to create a class website and found it incredibly limiting. Even just organizing tables is a hassle. I began making class websites back in 2000 with Dreamweaver. The customization offered by many other website creators like Dreamweaver puts Google Sites to shame - but, hey, its hard to beat free!