December 30, 2016

The New Google SITES: Recommended Tutorials for Teachers

Updated Feb. 6, 2017 (at end of post)

The new Google Sites arrived for everyone in November (Finally!).  And according to many early adopters, Sites is a cinch to use.



First, of all, if you're still pondering a transfer to the new Google Sites, check out Mike Reading's comprehensive article comparing the classic Sites to the new:
What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version?. Mike Reading, Google Certified Teacher and Trainer and Microsoft Master Educator. Using Technology Better, no pub. date.
The new Google Sites, with πŸŽ‰ drag-and-drop and πŸŽ‰ real-time co-editing, is looking simple for the moment (just a few themes to choose from), but things are guaranteed to change, ala Google's MO. Luckily, my favorite feature is already in place: πŸŽ‰ seamless integration with other GSuite products. And a must-have feature? πŸŽ‰ automatic optimization of Sites for different devices.

(One drawback is that you can't move your classic site over to the new.)

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If you're the type who likes to jump right in and try new things, all you will need is the Google Sites Help Center website, and a Google Sites Cheat Sheet, which you can download HERE.

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For those who would like a little assistance with visuals (always pausable) and a friendly, authoritative voice, try the video tutorials below, created by excellent trainers I personally trust.

The video tutorials are in reverse chronological order. I will add more I recommend, as they become available. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage for the shorter tutorials, or linger with a second cup for the longer tutorials: your choice!

The All New Google Sites for Schools - Video Tutorial. Eric Curts. Control Alt Achieve. Article, with resources. Dec. 15, 2016. [Length: 1:16:23]



EdTechTeam Live: Google Sites Demo and Q and A. Emily Fitzpatrick, Director of Professional Development. EdTech Team, Nov. 21, 2016. [Length: 31:41]




NEW Google Sites 2016 for Educators. Flipped Classroom Tutorials, Nov. 20, 2016. [Length: 8:31]



I selected some pre-release tutorials, created by experienced trainers who had a sneak peak of Google Sites, out in Beta in June:

The NEW Google Sites - 2016 Tutorial. Technology for Teachers and Students, Aug. 22, 2016. [Length: 17:58]



How to use the New Google Sites - Tutorial 2016. Jamie Keet. Teacher's Tech, June 24, 2016. [Length: 16:03]




Teachers Rejoice! A New Google Sites. Jenn Judkins, Google Certified Trainer, PBS Digital Innovator. TeachingForward, July 16, 2016.

Walk-through with Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast. [Length: 1:01:31]



Two short tutorials, by Dean Stokes:

New Google Sites - Short Overview. Dean Stokes, June 16, 2016. [Length: 5:45]

New Google Sites - Deeper Dive. Dean Stokes, June 19, 2016. [Length: 5:58]



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If you like following step-by-step, written tutorials, try these easy-to-follow guides by Google Certified Trainers:

The New Google Sites Training17-slide tutorial. Gregory Montague, Dec. 22, 2016. Google Slides. (Creative Commons Attribution: ShareAlike 4.0 International License)

Sites: The New Google Sites. Jeremy Badiner, BadinerBytes.com, Dec. 19, 2016. Google Doc. (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License)

NEW Google Sites Cheat Sheet. Jenn Judkins, Dec. 17, 2016. Google Doc.(Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivs 4.0 International License)

New Google Sites. 25-slide tutorial. David Wolford, Nov. 23, 2016. Google Slides. (No license stated.)


New Google Sites tutorials I recommend will be listed here (uncategorized), as I find them:

What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version? Using Technology Better. Downloadable guide comparing the classic and new sites. Added Feb. 1, 2017.

The New Google Sites – GTT003. Podcast. Shake Up Learning, Feb. 6, 2017.




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Whichever way you decide to tackle the new Google Sites ... 

BEST OF LUCK! And remember to have fun with it.



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