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Google Sites

Using Google Sites to develop your own webpage




Web Design Considerations- Elements to keep in mind as you design your web page


1. Keep it simple.

    Try to avoid putting too much on one page. Readers are unlikely to take the time to read a lot of text. They are more likely to scan a page. Similarly, avoid using too many pictures or applets on a page. They can easily become distracting, especially when you're using a site with students.


2. Make it easy to navigate and locate information on your site.

    Readers are not likely to scroll down a long page to find what they need.  The most important links should be easy to find as soon as someone sees the page.  Also consider including navigation links on all of pages so visitors can easily get from one page to another.


3. Make the site easy to locate.

    A long and complicated web address will make it more difficult for parents, students, or teachers to successfully access your site. And if they can't get to the site, they can't take advantage of even the best website!


4. In an education setting, think about how to make your site quick to load.

    Slow Internet connections and old technology at schools can make sites slow to load. Beware of too many pictures or gadgets on a page. They may make the page even slower to load.




A clear, concise explanation of design considerations from the University of Michigan.






Website Examples- Check out ways teachers and schools are using websites. Think about what you like on a site, and what makes a site less useful.










Copyright Issues- When you build your page, keep in mind how to adhere to copyright guidelines



Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education- A downloadable guide for teachers



Copyright Quickguide- Well, not really that quick, but factual, with examples and more resources



Fair Use Checklist- a printable checklist to help you determine if  your proposed use is "Fair Use" or not.




Copyright Friendly Resources


Pics 4 Learning- copyright friendly images for students and teachers



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Safety Issues- How to keep students safe if you're posting anything from or about students, and how to keep yourself safe


1. Limit identifying information about students.

    Use only student first names or initials. Don't post pictures of student faces unless you have a signed release from the parents.


2. Consider a "walled garden."

    A "walled garden" involves setting up a site that can only be accessed by people you allow. It means more work for you as you add users and show people how to access the site, but may mean fewer headaches down the road.


3. Keep the key players informed.

    Let your administrator know what you're doing. Let the parents know what you're doing. If you plan to include a lot of student work or information, consider getting permission from parents first.


4. If students will be contributing, be explicit about what is acceptable.

    Make it clear to students ahead of time what is and is NOT OK. Be explicit about consequences for violations.



If you plan to have students contributing to the website, consider requiring students and parents to sign an agreement in addition to your district's Acceptable Use Policy. The Sample Wiki Warranty below is a good starting place for designing such an agreement.


Sample Wiki Warranty.doc  (From Teachers First)








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