July 6th – A Week With Scratch

In all honesty – I’m traveling a lot this summer. I’m very fortunate to be going to ISTE (in Denver at the end of June… which I’ve done), CSTA which is July 10th – 13th and then some family vacations. With all that being said, I’m going to be putting out some “A Week With” as I won’t be able to stay current with everything going on. The (very) few people I’ve talked to that read the blog say the “A Week With” series are good as a deeper dive – so in that spirit we’re going to have “A Week With” Scratch, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, MIT App Inventor and possibly SNAP – with a few Maker type products mixed in (as I learn things from CSTA and ISTE). Hope you stick with me over the next few weeks and looking forward to some deeper dives!

July 6th – A Week With Scratch

Scratch is a programming environment that uses block based programming to teach simple concepts. Born out of the MIT Media Lab and the Forever Kindergarten project, Scratch is a GREAT way to introduce students (of all ages) to programming and based on their age and experience they typically self evaluate whether or not they can move on.

I use Scratch as a base level. The “shared knowledge” of everyone in the group and something they can always refer back to.

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July 5th – A Week Revisited

As we are winding down our Revisited Week with the new Google Sites, I think today will be the last post, only because things are bound to change.  Today I’ll review how to add pages and change the navigation options – then we’ll wait for the new Google Sites to be out of Beta mode and see what other bells and whistles were added.

July 5th – A Week Revisited

We’ve gone over themes, and content now lets add multiple pages.  The old Google Sites was a little wonky (does anyone else use that word?) to add pages, the new Google Sites fixes that and makes it very easy.

Adding a Page:

New Google Sites Pages

On the right side of the page you have 3 options: Insert, Pages, Themes.  Pages is the middle “tab” and you’ll see the main page and then a plus sign.  When you click on the addition sign you’ll get the option to rename the page, then it automatically adds the page below.  You can then drag the new page on top of the old page to change navigation.

Changing Navigation:

New Google Sites Pages Navigation

Once the page has been added, you can make it a subpage by dragging on top of another page, then adding additional subpages if you want.  You can also change the look of the navigation by clicking on the “gear” on the left hand side from top to side navigation.

So many more wonderful options right!  Enjoy playing around with the Beta and we’ll check-in closer to the beginning of the school year so everyone can create websites for their classrooms!

July 4th – A Week Revisited

Happy 4th of July! Today we’ll be looking to add some fireworks to your website, or just some additional content – the fireworks thing was probably too much of a stretch.

July 4th –  A Week Revisited Google Sites

Over the past two days we’ve gone over the 5 options – Text, Image, URL, From Drive, Upload – that you get when you double click on the body of the webpage.  Hopefully you’ve noticed the content options on the right side of the page as well.

These handy widgets take your website to even the next level up, so try a few out and see which tools are right for your website (or future websites).


New Google Sites YouTube

The YouTube widget allows you to select a video, then a few different options (full screen, red or white progress bar).


New Google Sites Calendar

The Calendar widget shows a calendar view (which you can resize) and then a few different options.  The calendar also allows you to add the calendar to your personal calendar by clicking on the bottom right hand corner.


New Google Sites Map

You can embed a map and it has all the features the normal map (from Google Maps) do.  You can which to Satellite view and make bigger along with resizing (which I didn’t show in the GIF above).


July 3rd – A Week Revisited

Yesterday we looked at the Text and Image options when you double click on the body of the new Google Sites – today we’ll look at the other 3 options: URL, From Google Drive, and Upload.

July 3rd – A Week Revisited new Google Sites

Hopefully just a few days in you already notice how much easier the new Google Sites is.  We are able to drag and drop content and the grid helps us in organizing.  To add content to the body of our webpage just double click and you’ll get a circle with 5 options.


New Google Sites URL

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July 2nd – A Week Revisited

With the new Google Sites – everything is slightly different.  In the old Google Sites you would use the “Insert” menu option for everything.  In this new drag and drop system – adding content is easier and you have an easier resizing interface.

July 2nd – A Week Revisited

Once you’ve titled your website, you’ll want to start adding content.  There are 5+ types of content to add.  I say 5+ because when you double click on the body of the page, you get 5: Text, Images, URL, From Drive, Upload – but on the right side you have options from YouTube, Maps and others.

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July 1st – A Week Revisited

Yesterday I started an introduction to the “new” Google Sites – which is still in Beta.  The “A Week With Google Sites” earlier in the month is still valid, but will soon be replaced by this one – which might (and hopefully will) have continued updates.

July 1st – A Week Revisited

Today we focus on the basics – including changing themes and “the grid” that I spoke of yesterday.

The Themes (3 for right now) are located on the right side of the page.  Each theme has a different look and color scheme to go along with it.

New Google Sites Theme

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June 30th – A Week Revisited

Well, technology changes rapidly and earlier in the month I did A Week With Google Sites, and now Google has announced a new Google that is currently in beta.  The good news is the new Sites is SOOOO much better and student friendly.  So I’ll try this again – and the older Google Sites information should be valid for a little while still.

June 30th – A Week Revisited with the NEW Google Sites

Ah technology, just when you think you’ve figured it out, an update happens and the learning curve begins again.  Fortunately with the new Google Sites, it is easy to pick up, integrates with other Google Products even easier and looks a lot better.

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