The Secret of Publishing a Google Site

During the creation of a collaborative Google Site, I discovered the “Publish to Specific People” setting. This share setting provides the ability to restrict a website with a chosen group of people instead of sharing it with the world. In an education setting, this provides the teacher with the power over privacy concerns.

Teachers have the control to share a collaborative website between two classrooms or small groups of students. Connecting classrooms is an easy method a teacher may use for nurturing young students with becoming respectful digital citizens. It also provides the opportunity to practice communication and collaborative skills along with creativity.

Publish to Specific People

Click Publish

  • Type a Website Name
  • Under “Who Can View My Site” click Manage

Type Name Click Manage

  • Add Specific People by typing name or email in box under “Invite People”

add email here

  • Click Edit Pencil to Select what the Specific People can do when visiting the site
    • Can Edit
    • Can View Publish

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Steps to Publish a Google Site

Click Manage

  • Choose one of the following:
    • Anyone can find and view the published version
    • Anyone at “Domain name” can find and view the published version
    • Specific people can view when published
  • Click Blue Publish Button

 

 

Let Sphero & Google Slides Support Math

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Today I’m reminiscing upon my time spent in an Elementary School Math Class, and the teaching of angles. I wonder what would happen in this classroom if the students first watched the teacher model drawing acute, obtuse and right angles. Then the students draw their own angles on paper followed by working in a group where a Sphero Mini is remotely controlled  to move along the rays around the vertex of an angle.

I see this as a group center lesson where one student is responsible for capturing a video as another student formed the angle using a tablet device to move the Sphero bot along the drawn pathway. Once the videos are captured the students would share them in a group Google Drive Folder. They would use this folder to insert the videos into a Google Slide deck. One video for each slide in the deck. This is where the student would write their reflections about each angle type.

The teacher might ask questions to jumpstart the students with writing their reflections.

  • Did the Sphero Mini have difficulties navigating the vertex formed by the two line segments or rays?
    • Why or Why not?

NOTE: The students may answer the questions individually or collaborate in a small group.

Once the angle slide deck is completed this may be embedded into a Classroom Maintained Google Site showcasing student creation and exploration.

Layering Google Calendar for Classroom Website

Thanks to Google Calendar it is so easy to maintain and share calendars with individuals or the “Whole Wide World.” If you are a teacher with a classroom website or blog you might find Google Calendar  a handy tool. All the edits you make to a Class event or Homework Calendar is edited in “Real Time”. Your changes sync synchronously with the website calendar. If you use a Google Calendar for lesson planning you can save time by making a duplicate of the event  and adding it to the classroom Calendar.

One of the beauties of a Google Calendar is it’s layering feature. This means the teacher can layer more than one calendar on top of one another to compare daily events throughout the district, or different content areas. A layered calendar can be embed into a website. It is easy to maintain a homework calendar, layered with a classroom event calendar for the public to see. These individual calendars are housed as separate calendars under the MyCalendar section of Google Calendars.

Direction for Embedding a Google Calendar

NOTE: Each Calendars layer needs to be shared as public
Please follow these directions:
  1. On a computer, open Google Calendar
  2. Click the down arrow to the right of the calendar
  3. Select Share this Calendar
  4. Click the Calendar Details Tab
  5. Scroll down to Embed this Calendar Section
  6. Click Customize to change color, size, along with other options
    • This is located above embed code
  7. Scroll down to the Calendars to Display Section
  8. Select the Calendars you would like to layer
  9. Go to the top of the page and click update HTML Button
  10. Copy and paste the code into the website

Publishing Google Slides Great Ideas

Yes! You Can Embed Google Slides Into a Website!

Why would a teacher want to do this? Here are some practical reasons for embedding a Google Slide into a classroom website or blog.

  1. Share a Gallery of Student’s Art or Writings
  2. Provide an animated welcoming message
  3. Share a classroom presentation
  4. Provide step by step directions for a project
    • Yes! Some students actually do work from home
    • Provides extra support for the absent student
  5. Share upcoming events with students and their parents
  6. Let the community know about exciting events happening at your school
  7. Share video clips of the weeks classroom presentations
  8. Post a virtual Notebook the students can refer
    • Supports the students with doing assignments
    • Project support
    • Study tool for Assessments
  9. Share a slide deck of inspirational quotes
  10. Share a classroom newsletter created by the students
    • Supports a School to Home Connection
  11. Makes the website or blog a little more interesting to look at

Directions for Publishing a Slide to the Web

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Click here to make a copy for this Tutorial

Yes! Text Boxes Can Be Inserted Into a Google Doc!!!

I’m finding a Google Doc seems to be looked upon as one of the most challenging features of GAfE (Google APPS for Education).  It really isn’t difficult to master once you understand how the components hidden within a Google Doc function. Following are directions for inserting a text box within a Google Doc.