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Google sites as student portfolios

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Presentation for the European Google Apps Summit in Zurich, Sept. 2015

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Google sites as student portfolios

  1. 1. Google Sites as Student Portfolios European Summit, Zurich Switzerland, September 2015 Jennifer Fenton Primary Technology for Learning Coordinator International School of Geneva https://goo.gl/aNGfu6
  2. 2. What is a Google Site? A Google app that allows users to create a website using their own content as well as embedding media from the internet. Easy to use editor with an interface similar to all Google apps (i.e. Google Docs, Google Slides) it is a logical choice for schools using GAFE. Ability to manage site to control access - for both editing and viewing. Customisable for particular school, organisation, classroom or child.
  3. 3. Why use Google Sites? Students can… Create a relevant product to share their learning. Build a website to present a project and publish for the world to see. Create a personal e-portfolio of their work. Collaborate and share ideas with other students for group work and peer tutoring. Teachers can… Create a class web page, including handouts and tutorial videos. Collaborate with other teachers on department or school-wide projects. Manage a international project that connects teachers and students around the world. Maintain their digital presence as a teacher and leader
  4. 4. Why use Google Sites? Students can… Create a relevant product to share their learning. Build a website to present a project and publish for the world to see. Create a personal e-portfolio of their work. Collaborate and share ideas with other students for group work and peer tutoring. Teachers can… Create a class web page, including handouts and tutorial videos. Collaborate with other teachers on department or school-wide projects. Manage a international project that connects teachers and students around the world. Maintain their digital presence as a teacher and leader
  5. 5. What is a student portfolio? A compilation of student work assembled to: evaluate student progress and/or achievement create an archive of student work means to determine if curricula criteria has been met Hidden curriculum (2014, August 26). In S. Abbott (Ed.), The glossary of education reform. Retrieved from http://edglossary.org/hidden-curriculum
  6. 6. Where to start?
  7. 7. Let’s create a site! Leap of Faith by Javier Morales on Flickr CC BY 2.0
  8. 8. Step by Step If you were unable to attend the conference or would like detailed notes on how to create a Google site, click here for the step by step directions. ClkerFreeVectorImages on Pixabay CC0 Public Domain
  9. 9. Example Google Sites
  10. 10. Using Google Templates Digital Portfolio: Modified from a Science Notebook Template on Google Sites PEP Student Portfolio: A collection from 4th - 12th Grade with examples of reflection and including state standards My ePortfolio: Another possibility - simple and easy to customise PYP Student Portfolio: Another template with some specific PYP suggestions Classroom Website: Looking through there are tips to help you customise your own website.
  11. 11. Tricks & Tips
  12. 12. Keep it simple When first starting out, be clear about the purpose of the portfolio and establish criteria or expectations with the students. (Example) You may want to create your own template to assist students with the creation of their first portfolio. Make time in your schedule to build a portfolio during the course of a school year.
  13. 13. Add your school’s logo 1. Click the gear icon . 2. Select Edit site layout. 3. Hover over the Header section until you see "Edit site header" and then click the header. 4. Select Custom Logo and then click Choose file. Browse for the logo file on your hard drive (or select No logo to exclude an image). 5. Once you have the image selected, click OK to confirm your choice. 6. Click the Close button to exit out of editing the site layout. Google recommends your logo is 145 px wide x 52 px tall. Otherwise, it might not appear or might be warped.
  14. 14. Get connected Create a class website to provide links to your students’ digital portfolios (Example) Share links to other classes with other students’ portfolios to encourage students to share ideas with each other Enable comments on your students’ portfolios (Note - only available within same domain) Really want comments from outside your domain and feel up to a challenge? Try this work-around.
  15. 15. Resources
  16. 16. Google Sites Tutorial for Education A concise overview of Google Sites, including selecting a template, embedding content and managing your site.
  17. 17. Websites to assist with Google Sites Google Sites Help Center (by Google): First stop for any difficulties Google Sites for Education: website with some educational examples and video tutorials Google Sites Help: website by Julie Sharma with list of tutorials Google Sites Workshop: website by Becky Berg for iTeach 2 Achieve Getting Started with Google Sites: website by Google Certified teacher, Mary Fran
  18. 18. Websites focused on digital portfolios Student Digital Portfolios: Redefining Assessment with iPads & Google Apps with Holly Clark by Jen Carey Managing Digital Portfolios by Kern Kelley Google Sites as a Tool for Student Portfolios: from the Flipped Education, a comprehensive list of resources with links, from beginners to advanced users E Portfolios with Google Apps: by Dr Helen Barrett

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