Month: February 2016

Google Sites: Updating Site Layouts & Customizing Navigation

You can give your pages structure by changing the layout & customizing navigation To accomplish this follow the steps below:

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  1. In the top right corner of the page, click on the Gear Flower and under Site Actions select Edit Site Layout
  2. To enable/disable headers, footers, sidebars or horizontal navigation, click an option in the toolbar. Click it again to remove the object.
  3. Sidebar Options:
    • To add an item  to your sidebar (navigation,text, etc) click on the plus sign under sidebar
    • To edit an item in your sidebar click on the pencil under sidebar
    • To change individual objects on your site (headers, footers, etc.) hover over that part of your site. Editable areas are highlighted in blue. To make a change to a highlighted object, click it.Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 11.37.35 AM

      • Header—add a custom logo or change its height & alignment
      • Horizontal navigation—Change your navigation bar’s style & select the pages of your site you want to display there.
  4. Once you’re finished changing an object, click OK. When you’re finished making all your changes, click Close

Customizing NavigationAfter you’ve added navigation bars, you can add links or change the order that your links appear.

  1. Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 11.37.13 AMIn the top right corner of the page, click on the Gear Flower and under Site Actions select Edit Site Layout
  2. In the top toolbar, click Horizontal navigation.
  3. In the Configure navigation window, you can configure any of these options.
    • To rearrange the page order, use the arrows
    • To add linked pages, click Add page
    • To make a linked page a subpage in a sidebar or a drop-down list in a horizontal navigation bar, indent the link.
  4. Click OK and click Close



Google Sites: Adjusting Fonts, Colors & Backgrounds


Under the manage site option, you can add a further customize your site’s look by adding background colors or images to the header or entire page.  To accomplish this, follow the steps below:

    1. At the top right of the page, click on the Gear Flower and under Site Actions select Manage Site
    2. On the Manage Site page at the bottom of the  left sidebar select Themes, Colors, and Fonts.
    3. On this page you can change the theme of the site or you can change the color scheme (background, text)  of the entire page or specific areas (site header, content area, etc)
    4. At the bottom, you’ll see your changes reflected in the preview.
    5. When you have completed your changes, click save
    6. If you want to clear all customizations and return to the preset theme, click clear all customizations

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Google Sites: Adding Images, Objects & Other Gadgets

Under the Insert tab, you can add a objects, apps, and gadgets to further customize your site. This is also where you can embed files from your/ your students’ google drive, calendars, and files.

Some useful apps and gadgets include:

  • Recently updated files—Lists the latest additions or updates to files loaded on to the site.
  • Calendar—Embed a class/project calendar to update students of due dates.
  • Drive—You can embed anything from your google drive (docs, slides, drawing, etc.) to your site and students can also load their projects directly from their drives when given permission by the teacher to edit the site. When the source is modified, the document updates automatically within Sites
  • YouTube—Embed any YouTube video in your site.


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Google Sites: Editing Your Pages

In GAFE updating a site page is just like editing a document but you can do more than just adding text. To start click on the pencil in the top right hand corner of the page you want to update. This will open up your editing options that will appear across the top of the page. If you just created the page, the options appear automatically. Below is an overview of some of the basic options:

  1. Insert menu
    • Add images– you can add images by uploading them or by accessing them via their web address (URL) You also have the option of adding “ALT Text” to identify your images.
    • Add links- you can link to another Google Sites page, a Web address or an apps script. You can also choose to have your link open in a new window.
    • Add a table of contents- Google sites can create a tables of contents from the text headers on the page.  
    • Add gadgets under this option you can add snippets from your recent posts, add a text box, add an HTML box (for adding embedded codes or videos) or add other specific gadgets like Google Calendar.
    • Google-specific applicationsadd items from your google drive,  Google Maps, YouTube video, etc.
  2. Format menu and toolbar
    • Format text- you can format your text by choosing your font & text size, the color of your text & the ability to highlight it, the level of page heading and the alignment of the text on the page.
    • Remove text formatting- you can remove the preset formatting of the page in order to customize your content
    • Code- you can edit HTML or CSS content directly
  3. Table menu
    • Insert, delete, and modify table rows and columns
  4. Layout menu
    • Specify the number of columns on the page
    • Add sidebars- sidebars are auxiliary menu found at the edge of a webpage. They can be customized by the site creator and often contain a number of commonly used tools and provide a form of navigation for page viewers.

Google Sites: Adding Pages

When you first create your google site it only has a homepage and site map. To add pages:

  1. Click on the “add page” symbol in the right hand corner or the page
  2. In the new window, add a name for the page (a URL is automatically created for the new page, which you can change later. You can change the URL later by clicking on setting (Gear Flower) in the top right hand corner of the page and selecting Page Settings.  
  3. Choose a page template. The different types of pages available are:
    • Web page: the simplest kind of page; you can write content, embed gadgets, and arrange it to fit your needs. It has standard formatting controls ( bold, italic, bullets, etc.) and you  can attach documents from your hard drive to the bottom of the page. Site collaborators can comment on your pages and if you choose edit them as well.  Google Sites periodically saves versions of your page as you make edits, so it’s easy to go back to earlier versions of the page to make comparisons or undo changes.
    • Announcements: similar to a blog, announcement pages display posts you make to the page in chronological order, starting with the most recent.
    • File cabinet: these pages let you store and organize files from your computer’s hard drive, making it easier to share files with other users of your site. Anyone subscribed to the page will be notified when files are added, changed, or removed.
    • List page: these pages let you make and organize lists of information. Items on  list pages are easy to add, edit & remove and viewers of the list can sort it by any column. Anyone subscribed to the page  are notified when items are added, changed, or removed.

4. Choose your page’s location within the site by nesting it under an existing page or keeping it at the top level. You can move pages later by clicking on setting (Gear Flower) in the top right hand corner of the page and selecting Page Settings.  

5. Click on Create
Now you’re ready to edit the your pages

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Google Sites: Creating a Basic Site

Google Sites is a great tool for creating webpages. Google Sites is not only easy to use but it also brings together all of the other great GAFE services in that it allows users to embedGoogle-sites-icon Google Docs, Drawings, Youtube Videos, etc. It is also a great way for teachers to share student projects via a class website or to create student portfolios. For more uses, read Richard Byrne’s  5 Ways to Use Google Sites in Schools or Technology Enhanced Learning’s  10 Ideas for Google Sites in Education ways to use Creating a site is fairly easy, just follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your Google account
  2. Click on the Google Apps Waffle
  3. Click on sites and enter the sites page
  4. Click on the red “create” button on the left hand side of your screen
  5. Choose a template, click on:
    • Browse Gallery for More- to work from an existing site template created by LMTSD or to search public templates. Some pre-made template will be hard to modify.
    • Blank Template– to design your own site from scratch
  6. Enter a name for your site. The name and URL you choose must be unique within your domain. You can change the name later, but you can’t change the URL.
  7. Click on choose a theme and pick a theme for your site. Each theme comes with a preset background, color scheme, and font selection. You can adjust fonts, colors, and the background later, and you can always change the theme once the site has been created.
  8. Optional:  You can click on more options to categorize your site or to  add a site description.
  9. Click on Create

Now you are ready to add pages to your site

Deleted Posts in Google Classroom

If you have ever accidentally deleted a post in Google Classroom you are probably wondering if you can recover or “undelete” it. The answer is yes & no.

You cannot recover a deleted post however it stays on a deleted posts list (left hand side of your teacher screen) so you can look at work that students handed in for 28 days. You can also go into the post and manually copy & paste the information if you want to “reuse” the post.

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 To look at student work follow the steps below

  1. Go to your google drive

2. Search for “Classroom”

3.Open Classroom folder and locate your class.

4. Find Assignment folder.

5. All student work should be present in that folder.

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How To Create An EDpuzzle & Share It On Google Classroom

EDpuzzle- is a great interactive video assessment tool that allows students to watch and engage with videos while the teacher gathers data throughout the lesson. To create an EDpuzzle and share it with your class via Google Classroom follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the EDpuzzle website: and sign up for an account or if you already have an account simply click on Log In and put in your username & passwordScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.34.55 AM.png
  2. Click on My Content, create and new videoScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.31.11 AM.png
  3. On the create new video page you can either search for a video on a specific topic by typing in your search term in the search bar and clicking on the channel you wish to search. You must identify the channel or it will default to EDpuzzle and provide you with already created EDpuzzles. You can also type in the URL for the video you wish to use (EDpuzzle can only use videos from the channels associated with it) Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.38.40 AM.png
  4. Choose the video you wish to use and click on use itScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.43.40 AM.png
  5. On the video editing screen you can do several tasks:
    • You can crop the video so that you only include the part(s) of the video that you want to useScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.59.58 AM
    • You can add an audio track and talk over the video in order to give instructions or clarify something the video is discussingScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.01.03 AM
    • You can add audio notes to supplement the videoScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.03.09 AM.png
    • You can add open ended or multiple choice questions with feedbackScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.04.02 AM
    • You can provide a comment on the videoScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.04.37 AM
  6. Once you have created your EDpuzzle click on save & finish top right hand corner of the screenScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.11.19 AM
  7. Click on assign to classScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.10.54 AM
  8. Click on share & share with your Google ClassroomScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.10.08 AM
  9. Share your EDpuzzle as an assignment on Google Classroom and click assignScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.09.28 AM.png


Quizizz reviewed by Cody Pearson (LMHS World LanguageTeacher)


Google-compatible: YES

iPad App: NO Quizizz does NOT have an iPad app — it is completely web-based, and accessible via any device with connectivity. Students and teachers can sign into Quizizz through Safari or Chrome apps.

PRO: Students are able to work at their own pace while still competing with the rest of the class. It is a great formative assessment for teachers, and all the data from the students’ responses is stored and easy to analyze.

CON: None

Specific Teaching Activities: I have used quizizz as a way to review material before an assessment, as an exit ticket, and also as a warm-up at the start of a lesson.

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