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Google Sites

Google Sites is a Google web application that allows users to create wikis and websites, with ease of use and collaborative design. Google Sites is free to use (with a paid option that offers more storage capability) and is included in the Google Workspace suite. If you’re looking for a simple drag-and-drop web design tool for developing class websites, student project sites, or encouraging students to show their knowledge in different ways, check out Google Sites.

Keywords: Constructionism, Social Constructivism

Tool Snapshot

Price Free
Learning Social Constructivism & Constructionism
Ease of Use ★★★★✩
Privacy ★★★✩✩
Accessibility ★★★★✩
Class Size Unlimited
Login Yes for site creation, no for site viewing
ISTE*S Global Collaborator, Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator
COPPA/FERPA Yes for G-Suite Users

Google Sites Overview Video

YouTube Video

Google Sites & the SAMR Model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.

Here is an example of how Google Sites might fit within the SAMR model:

Far too often, technology is used as a direct substitute for other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While substitution has some benefits (e.g., students develop their technology skills and knowledge), we encourage you to think about how you might use Google Sites to modify or redefine learning.

Learning Activities

Math

Students can create a math-based educational website. Examples being a tutorial for a certain math process, an overview of a branch of mathematics, or maybe an interactive biographical site about a given mathematician.

Science

Google Sites is a great tool for creating digital science labs that students can follow along with on their own. There are several great examples of science teachers that have created their own interactive lab sites.

English/Language Arts

Online book reports, classroom discussion forums, and informative sites about literary movements are some possible uses of Google Sites for an ELA classroom.

Other uses

More generally, any classroom teacher could use Google Sites to create a one-stop hub for their students. Homework reminders, important resources, syllabi, and discussion forums are just a few ways a teacher could utilize this tool to make their learning experience go beyond just the classroom.

E-Portfolios: Google Sites can be used to to track a student’s learning or progression throughout their year or multiple years. Check out more info on E-Portfolios here.

Resources

Here are some Google Sites with examples and tips from educators about using Google Sites — How Meta!

How to Use Google Sites

  1. Go to Google Sites.
  2. Click on the “Create” button, signified by the + icon.
  3. Now the content creation is up to you. Pick a theme from the options listed, choose how you want your website to be laid out, and drag and drop buttons and modules from the sidebar.
  4. All of this is very dependent on your individual needs, but Google Sites has an extensive and easily navigable FAQ section here.

How to Use Google Sites - Tutorial for Beginners Video (by Teacher's Tech)

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Watch on YouTube https://edtechbooks.org/-qjoG

Research

Coutinho, C. (2009). Using Blogs, Podcasts, and Google Sites as Educational Tools in a Teacher Education Program. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009–World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2476-2484). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 11, 2018 from https://edtechbooks.org/-QPRH.

Ramadannisa, R. F., & Hartina, M. M. (2021). The Design of Web-Based Learning Using Google Sites for Teaching Heat and Temperature TopicJurnal Penelitian & Pengembangan Pendidikan Fisika7(2), 107-114.

Widayanti, F. D., & Khasanah, R. (2021). Online learning management using google sites in covid-19 pandemic eraJurnal Aplikasi Manajemen19(2), 346-353.

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