June 13th – A Week With Google Sites

As our brief week with Google Sites comes to a close, we’ve really only focused on the content part – not the design.  Website design could be an entire “post a day series” with all of the different techniques used to capture attention and create clicks.  If you are in front of a class regularly, I’d suggest doing some “website critiques” to find out what works and what doesn’t (while improving writing, summarizing and critical thinking skills) – and use that to guide you (and students) in your website creation experience.

Today we’ll focus on the layout options and how to create a template to share with your students as a starting point.

June 13th – A Week With Google Sites

The Layout Menu Bar option gives you 9 different options, 1, 2, and 3 column and then variations on each.

Google Sites Layouts

The GIF above shows a few of the different options, and what happens when you change layout after you’ve typed in your content – so as you can see it doesn’t delete it, but you can see what it looks like.

Once you’ve created a layout – you might want to make a template for your students to use in their projects.  Google Sites has made that very easy and with an Add-On (check back tomorrow) you can manage all those sites you assign.

To create a template, switch out of editing mode, then click on the *newer* universal sign for settings – the “Gear” in the top right hand corner.

Google Sites Template

Once we click on the gear, a whole new level of options come up and we see “Create a Template.”  The process takes a while, but I’ve included a screenshot of the finished product below.  Tune in tomorrow for how to easy share that template with your class!

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