Google Sites links
Google Sites links
The Google sites app, available with CCSFmail, provides the opportunity for CCSF Faculty and Staff to create a personal web site. For teachers, this is an invaluable way to:
- Provide content and course information, including syllabi, teaching philosophy and expectations to students even before registration
- Post a course calendar, support documents and convenient-to-access web links that students can access from any web-connected computer
For Staff, a web site can provide:
- Schedule info
- Services provided
- Department, project and resource links
Google provides a wealth of online help for sites, and user forums and independent hlpe sites supplement official support.
What's not in Google Sites
Google mines everything on its site. Although its privacy policies are pretty tight right now, who knows what they will be in a year? And restrictions on CCSF Google sites won't satisfy textbook vendors, for example, who provide materials that it might be advantageous for students to access conveniently.
Although you can make an entire Google site (not individual pages) into a Wiki-like object that students can modify, there is no provision for moderated post-and-response areas where people can discuss, reply, add topics.
Monitoring and Grading features
Google Forms provide a quick and easy way to create polls and short quizzes - but they are not integrated with any grading capabilities. And there is no easy way to tell who has looked at your site.
What's the answer?
Google sites provides you with a great tool to get information out - information, documents, schedules. If you want the features that sites lack, you have an option: CCSF's online teaching tool, called Insight (Powered by Moodle, a well-know open-source learning management system.
You can request a "shell" - a place for you to put information, documents, and provide forums and online grading (if you want). It requires students to:
- Be registered in your course (so it's not a good place to put information for prospective students)
- Have an account with a password to login. This means that you can post material that would otherwise not be accessible (like textbook extras).
To use a shell you must apply for one at the TMI department and go through training for the Insight tool.
Google Sites Help Links
Getting started with sites: http://tinyurl.com/2ads3eo
Directory of Sites help pages: http://sites.google.com/support/?hl=en
Help Forum (Q&A mostly from users): http://tinyurl.com/3ys6f9w
Non-Google sites help
Excellent guide to other resources: http://siteshelp.kccloudsolutions.com/resources
Video help (from KCCloud)
- How to Add a Custom Favicon to Google Sites
- How to Delete a Page in Google Sites
- How to Specify Width of Google Sites Website
- How to Change your Site Name in Google Sites
- How to Move the Sidebar to the Right in Google Sites
- How to Display the Sidebar in Google Sites
- How to Remove the Sidebar in Google Sites
- How to Embed a Google Map in Google Sites
- How to Delete a Google Sites Website
- How to Make a Google Sites Website Public
- How to Move a Page in Google Sites
- How to Add the Recent Site Activity Gadget in Google Sites
- How to Remove the Recent Site Activity Gadget from Google Sites
- How to Use the Google Sites Table of Contents Gadget
Youtube has too many Google sites videos to list. Here are a few to start:
How to embed music in a Google site: http://sites.google.com/site/mori79/html-gadgets/media-players/embed-music