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

 

 

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Simplicity & Power of Authentic Learning…

 

This week I stumbled upon Wanda’s Terrel’s Tweet about Day 2 of #SketchCue &  at first thought, “what an opportunity for me to further explore using Google Drawings”. The focus of #SketchCue supports the tenets of learning to create Sketchnotes. A sketchnote is exactly how it sounds. One uses the creative power of drawing and design to capture notes from lectures, research, and etc…  Sketchnoting supports an individual with expressing their content knowledge in a visual format. I found this opportunity to share my Google Drawings Sketchnotes to be engaging and motivating. It was then when I realized a simple activity such as this has the ability to develop into a  “Powerful Authentic Learning Tool” supporting student engagement.

I found myself exploring clipart designs along with examining the meanings for the #SketchCue word topics. After sharing my first sketchnote and receiving a “Like” it dawned on me how this simple use of social media could engage students with further developing vocabulary skills. It always amazes me how a simple activity shared in an authentic manner has the power to motivate the creator. I found myself wanting to contribute new creations every day as well as enjoying reading the creative shares of educators from around the world. It became evident to me authentic learning opportunities are engaging and leads to furthering one’s content knowledge base.

My #SketchCue Day 1 Entry

Word: Arrows

#SketchCue Arrows (1)

My #SketchCue Day 2 Entry

Word: Banners

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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.

1st Weeks of School: Community Builders

The first week of school is here and teachers are looking forward to greeting both old and new students. The first few weeks of school are crucial for building new relationships along with strengthening old ones. This helps to pave the way for student success!

The very first day isn’t too early for introducing community building activities. Community building activities may consist of both digital and non-digital formats. The most important step to remember is remaining focused on the objective of learning about your students. When facilitating a community building activity it is important for the adult to participate too! It is amazing when students find a common bond how differently they interact with you.

Following is a list of a few digital ideas to assist with building classroom community.

Create a Google Slide

  • Use a Google Slide Deck to build community by having students answer a few basic questions.
    • What is your name?
    • Do you have a favorite summer food?
      • Add an image if you do
  • How do you feel about reading?
NOTE:
The first time the slide deck is presented it is with teacher created questions. You can continue this activity by using Poll Everywhere or Answer Garden to create a word cloud for input to create a Slide Deck. The second slide deck will focus upon what the students would like to learn about each other

Please click here to Make a Copy of the Template

I like to thank Alice Keeler for inspiring this template! Please click here to visit a list of Google APP Templates created by Alice: http://alicekeeler.com/scripts/templates/

Drop location pins on Google Map

  • Create a Google Map
    • Students Drop Pins on towns, cities, states, or countries they’d like to visit
    • The student will edit location card
      • Add name
      • Favorite movie, TV, Book or Game Title with image
NOTE:
The first time the Google My Map is presented it is with teacher created directions. You can continue this Answer Garden to create a word cloud or a Google Form to collect ideas from the students. After all the students will probably want to know different information about each other. Providing the students with this type of input may be empowering and supports building a stronger community bond. This method supports by giving a voice for choice to everyone in the classroom community.

 

Use a Google Spreadsheet

  • Add several Sheets to a Spreadsheet
  • Label tabs with food, colors, hobbies, towns and etc…
  • Merge several columns in the first row
    • This is where the question is typed
    • Title 1st Column with Named
    • Title 2nd Column with Answer
  • Share Spreadsheet as group activity
NOTE:
Students don’t have to provide an answer on every sheet. However suggesting a minimum amount of sheets to be answered will help the teacher learn more about the student.

Please Click Here to Make a Copy of the Template

Share a Google Drawing Graphic Organizer

  • Use Google Drawing to Graphic Organizer
  • Compare and Contrast what students like
  • Create one Graphic Organizer for each topic
  • Do this as a group
NOTE:
You may use the data collected from each Graphic Organizer and enter it into a Google Sheet. Create a spreadsheet with one sheet  for each topic. This will allow you to make separate charts to compare. This community builder leads into an introduction to graphing.

 

Please Click Here to Make a Copy of the Template

Digital Citizenship & Androidify…

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Each school year I change the avatar profile image for my school G+ account. I like using avatars versus my actual face for my teaching assistant position. My reasoning for this is I work with mostly students who are 13 years or under. I feel when using social media for communication with students and their families it is my responsibility to be a good “Digital Citizen Role Model”.  This is why this year I chose to create an Androidify Avatar likeness of myself for my school profile.

Theoretically it isn’t permissible for children 13 years or under to register for a social media account. However I suspect there are many under age children who do it anyway. I also realize the words “Social Media” are often mistaken as limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and etc… When in actuality according to the following definition from Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary social media means so much more!

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After reading an official definition I hope you come to realize Social Media may be considered as using almost any form of digital media to communicate on the world wide web. Social media formats also include and are not limited to: YouTube, Blogs, Websites, Google+, Padlet, Flipgrid, and etc… The words “Social Media” is not bad nor should it be considered a negative force. There are ways to use Social Media proactively in both education and business arenas. Due to the direction the world is heading in there may be a need for young people to learn about building and maintaining a positive digital tattoo.