Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share websites
No technical programming skills are required
Collaborate with others to create and refine sites, just like other Google Docs
It’s surprisingly easy to make a high-quality website
Accessing Google Sites
Use the insert menu to add content to your site
Move content, change the size and crop images
Organize the site, drag the content to where you want it
Upload video and images
Change the theme and banner to modify the look of the website
Create and name new pages
Preview, share and publish the site
Use Google Sites in just about any classroom or course of instruction. Website development could be incorporated into a variety of courses to demonstrate knowledge of course content. Teachers may also wish to use Google Sites to create a school website for their classes or departments.
I offered students the opportunity for bonus marks if they create a character/picture using shapes in Google Drawings. I was really impressed with what they were able to create. Here are a few student exemplars…
We recently reached the 2nd Major Earnings Milestone on TpT. To celebrate, we will be offering sales and some free downloads this week (Sunday November 27th – Saturday December 3rd). If your looking for something for your classroom, now is a great time to find some free and sale priced products. Click on the image below to browse TeachwithTech…
Kahoot is an online student response system game. Students really enjoy using it. Create quizzes, discussions and surveys to use in your classes. Kahoot recently updated their website with a new interface for creating new Kahoots and questions…
Google Classroom helped me immensely to stay more organized. All class materials are in one place. Google creates a folder for each assignment and all submitted assignments are automatically placed in this folder to ease marking. I can reuse assignments, tests and announcements to quickly recreate a course. Create a test and use the Flubaroo add-on to mark it for you. Finally, the site just looks good, the layout is appealing. You can change the theme to suite your class. It is professional while at the same time inviting to students. Try it for yourself to take advantage of all of all these amazing features in your classroom.
I spent the weekend researching how to create dynamic How-To YouTube videos using Screenflow. Screenflow is screencasting and video editing software for Macs. I purchased the software this morning for $139.99 through the App Store.
Things I need to make high quality professional style videos…
Logitech C920 webcam
Blue Yeti USB microphone
Lighting – 2 umbrella light Kit
Green screen paper
Things I found out about the importance of Thumbnails and Keywords…
After uploading your video, it is very important to create an engaging thumbnail in order to grab people’s attention. Canva is a great program for this as it has many logos, interesting graphics and fonts. Create a consistent thumbnail image for your videos in order to create a “brand” for yourself. If your thumbnails look similar it looks more professional. Also, when you are watching a video in YouTube there is a list of videos along the right hand side of the website offering similar videos you may be interested to watch. Most people will watch several videos on a topic they are investigating. Underneath the thumbnail you will write a description for your video. When describing your video put the most important keywords at the beginning. This will help people find your videos by moving you higher in the search results for those keywords.
Here are a list of short-term goals I want to accomplish…
Create a banner for my YouTube Channel
Create an opening for my videos. Fiverr.com is a good site if you want to hire someone for a cheap price to create an opening for you.
Learn to use Screenflow and use it to create my first how-to video
Reach 100 subscribers so that I can change the name of my channel
It is about “Context”
Here is a really important tip that I learned from DottoTech. Most content has already been published. What is important is “context”. This means people are interested in viewing the information reflected through your experience. More specifically, how I use technology to assist myself and my students in the classroom. I have found that teachers like easy to follow, step-by-step instructions when trying to learn new software or piece of technology.
• Designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog
• Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community
• Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs
Kidblog recently redesigned their website. This lesson has been redesigned (Sept 2016) with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website
Applications for Kidblog.org
• Create classroom discussions
• Learn digital citizenship
• Practice writing skills
• Create an e-portfolio
• Reflect on learning
• Formatively assess writing
Edmodo recently redesigned their website. Edmodo is a Virtual Learning Environment. It allows for secure social networking within classrooms. Teachers and students can post a variety of information (assignments, questions, polls etc.). The interface is similar to Facebook.
Last week I completely redesigned my Edmodo teacher guide with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website. This new guide explains…