[MUSIC PLAYING] MORGAN WEISMAN: Welcome
back to “EDU in 90.” On today’s episode, we’ll be
focusing on innovative ways that educators use Google
Sites inside and outside of the classroom. TIM ANDERSON: That’s right. As with so many G
Suite tools, educators are finding creative ways
to not only leverage sites for in classroom use and student
collaboration, but also ways to keep students engaged,
even outside of school, and to connect with guardians. So to learn more, we asked you
for your best tips and tricks for using Google Sites. Let’s check out a few favorites. MORGAN WEISMAN:
Digital breakouts are an increasingly popular
way for students to collaborate and problem solve in an
engaging, interactive manner, almost like a
virtual escape room. Tom Mullaney, a middle school
digital learning coach, has created breakout
templates via Google Sites by leveraging tools like Google
Forms and Tour Creator, which uses 360 degree VR tours to
help make the experience more immersive. TIM ANDERSON: We also
heard from educators who love that sites are
easily shared with colleagues, students, and guardians. And many recommended
leveraging sites to develop a centralized
classroom resource hub. Bethany Petty in
Missouri has done this to provide easy access to
syllabus information, homework assignments, and
other resource links. She’s even embedded her
Google Calendar to the site to keep students and
guardians apprised of important assignment
and syllabus dates– a one-stop shop for everyone. MORGAN WEISMAN: Student
portfolios are a versatile way to showcase student
growth, consolidate work samples for
specific subjects, and even prepare
college resumes. We heard from an
educator from Canada who recommended digital
portfolios to share progress through report cards so
students can review them with their parent or Guardian
and track growth over time. Similarly, Stewart
Lee in South Carolina empowers his students to
create digital portfolios with Google Sites, allowing them
to customize the ways that they are demonstrating
their learning. TIM ANDERSON: Blogging is a
tried and true digital learning approach. And Google Sites can
be a helpful tool as students share their
thoughts and ideas digitally. It can enable students
to practice and build digital proficiency in
a safe online space, while gaining the
confidence for storytelling. Susanna Polanco, a
foreign language educator, uses Google Sites
to help students create interactive blogs where
students can get comfortable engaging and commenting in
Spanish with their classmates. MORGAN WEISMAN: Well, that’s
it for this round of tips. Hopefully this video
gave you some new ideas for leveraging sites
within and beyond the walls of your classroom. In the comments below, let
us know your favorite ways to use Google Sites. We’ll see you next time
for more “EDU in 90.” SPEAKER: Keep up with the latest
news in Google for Education. Check out our last
episode for updates, including Google Assignments and
future of the classroom country reports.