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Google Sites - an easy way to collate and share resources and information

Google Sites is a tool in G Suite to create websites - no programming required. You can build multi-page websites or platforms from scratch in no time at all - just by dragging content onto a page. Once finished, you can share the websites link with other staff, students and parents. It's a great way to collate material together to send out in one go, and easy to keep updated with new resources and information where required. It's also compatible with other Google products like Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms etc which you can embed into a page - you can also add anything you have stored in your Google Drive such as PDF's and images too.

Here's a few ideas for using Google Sites to get you inspired. . .

Revision websites 
A teacher at Havelock Academy has used Google Sites to build a GCSE Science revision website to collate useful revision material into one place. Each page on the website is focused on a specific topic, organised into relevant sections and exam papers and includes PowerPoint materials, explainer videos, and other useful information for the students to revise.

In this example Google Sites has been used to create a bespoke Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which can be replicated easily by any department or class teacher. You can also collaborate on one site with multiple users which means you can setup one website for a whole department in order to drop resources into. Or if you already have a Google Drive full of resources that you share with your students, you can build a Google Site as a front-end platform to link to all of the relevant folders in Drive, with the ability to add additional info to the web page.

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Newsletters 
The eLearning team has previously used Google Sites many times to create a simple one-page newsletter to send out to all staff on new ideas, videos and updates. There's always something going on in schools, whether it's an upcoming event, prom, after school activities or even simply relaying information back to parents from a recent survey. Creating a website in Google Sites makes it easy to advertise this type of information and push it out to many different types of users.

Class collaboration activities
We are all familiar with the typical computer suite lesson whereby students do some research and put their findings together into a presentation format. Why not ask your class to use Sites to present their findings instead. Working in pairs - no problem. Ask one student to create the website and add their partner as a collaborator so they can work on it together.

If you or your department would like to find out more about Google Sites, to see how it could be used in your school or subject, or to book some training - please email elearning@dret.co.uk.

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