Monday, October 22, 2012

Introducing The New Google Sites Editor (Video): Guest Post by Google Certified Teacher JR Ginex-Orinion

JR Ginex-Orinion
High School Chemistry Teacher, Google Certified Teacher

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I've been using Google Sites as a centralized location for my students to obtain documents, view calendar events, check announcements, and access resources for all my Chemistry classes. Recently, Google Sites updated their Layout Editor, which allows users to quickly change the components of their site without having to dig into the Manage Site settings just to add a gadget or update the navigation. 

Here is a quick video on how to turn on the editor, and how to navigate through the new selections.


With this new update, editing the components to your Google Site is a breeze. The next step is to teach kids to create their digital portfolios using Google Sites. I can't wait!

3 comments:

Linda Lindsay said...

Coincidence? One of our teachers just called me this afternoon expressing frustration because she didn't know how the new editor worked.

So nice to be able to send her this screencast.

Thanks, JR!

JR Ginex-Orinion said...

You're welcome Linda! Great to see you at Tanya's G+ hangout yesterday! Hope you're doing well.

Mr. Theriault said...

I'm glad they are working on the editor, but I still think they have a long way to go to get the casual teacher to try using Google Sites. I'd start with the template page. The template choices are so blah... and there is no easy way to find out which templates are popular. They should show downloads or current users of the template so you can see which ones people stuck with. Seeing how many teachers could be using Sites I'd have the Google edu team create about 3-5 awesome templates and leave them out there for us to use.