Create a website using Google SitesYou can create a completely functional teacher website using Google Sites, which is a part of your Google account!
Goto www.sites.google.com. Select New Google Sites.
Select the plus sign in the red circle in the bottom right corner to create your new site.
Click on Untitled Site in the upper left corner to name your website project.
Click on Your page title to title your website. This is what visitors to your site will see.
When you click on the text, a basic editor window will appear. Click where it says Title to change the size and type of heading. Next is your justification setting, the hyperlink icon, and finally the trashcan to delete the text.
To change the color and style of your text and upper banner, click Themes in the upper right corner. You will have several options to choose from. Note that you do not have infinite customizable options.
Below your header is now a white, empty space waiting for content. To start adding content, be sure you select Insert from the menu in the upper right.
The above picture contains a few of the main editing options - a text box to insert text onto the page, images to insert a photo, ember URL to include a link to an external webpage, and upload to include a file located on your computer.
Other possible additions to your site can be found in the menu on the right side of your screen.
Once you add any of the above to your site, then can then left-click and drag your new addition to another part of the page. You can also grab the blue “handles” that appear then your file is selected to make it appear larger or smaller on the page.
To add more pages to your site, select Pages from the upper right, then click on the icon indicated in this photo.
Be sure to give your page a relevant name, as that is the name that will appear in the page’s navigation menu. Note that you will not see this navigation menu until you create at least a second page.
Just right of center near the top of your screen, you will see the above menu. The left-arrow is to undo your last edit, the right-arrow to redo. The eyeball will allow you to preview your site as visitors would see it on the web. Use this frequently while editing your site to ensure that your edits are yielding the desired results. The plus sign next to a person’s head is the familiar Google share icon. You can share your site with your colleagues so that they can collaborate with you on it.
Finally, when you are finished editing, click Publish. Under Site Location, enter a short variation on the name of your site. This will complete your website’s URL, for example, https://sites.google.com/mpsct.org/yoursitename. Under Who can visit my site, select Anyone on the web if your site is intended for parental viewing. If your site is only for MPS staff or students, you can select Anyone at mpsct.org.
If you would like assistance creating your site, please contact Instructional Technology Coach Steve Matthews at email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Created by Steve Matthews, MPS iTech, 8.23.17
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