Getting Started with Google Sites by @CTuckerEnglish

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My students are creating digital portfolios to celebrate and share the work they have produced in our class this year. They have to build a website to share their digital writing, multimedia projects and blog posts.

I encouraged my students to use Google sites since all of the work we have done with  Google apps and YouTube work seamlessly with Google sites. That said, Google sites have a slightly steeper learning curve than other website creators like Weebly or Wix.

Here are the basics of creating a Google site.

First, log into your Gmail and click “More” at the top of your screen.

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Click “Even more,” which takes you to all of the fun stuff on the back end of your Google account.  Scroll down until you see the word “Sites” about half way down under “Home & Office” on your right.

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After you click “Sites,” it will take you to your sites page where you can click “Create” to build a new website.

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After you click “Create,” you need to find a site name that is not already taken. This may require some creativity because the most common site names are already taken. I told my students to start with our school acronym, WHS, then add the phrase “digital portfolio” and the year.

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Once you enter the code, you have your new site! There are some important buttons at the top right of your site. Click the pencil icon to edit the page you are currently on. Click on the paper with a plus sign to add another page.

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When adding a new page to your site, it’s important to select the right type of page.

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The most important button of all is the “More” button which lets you into the back end of your site.

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The “Manage site” is your go to button for changing your site name, theme and color/font.


Once you have changed your site name and selected a theme, you can begin adding content (images, documents, and vidos) to your site.

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These basics should help beginners get started with Google sites. Just remember to click “Save” after every change, so you don’t lose anything.

Please post questions or additional tips for other educators!

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About @CTuckerEnglish

@CTuckerEnglish I am a Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner. I teach 9th and 10th grade English language arts at Windsor High School in Sonoma County. I spent the 2011-2012 school year on leave from teaching while I finished writing my first book titled Blended Learning for Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create a Student-Centered Classroom (Corwin Publishing). I am an advocate for a teacher-designed blended learning model that encourages educators to engage students in active learning online using a range of Web 2.0 tools to complement traditional instruction.


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