Google Sites

Google Sites allows you to easily create a free website for your classroom.

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Rubric for Google Sites Technology Badge
Page Creation and Layout
Web Page Create at least 1 additional web page with an appropriate title and content. The new page(s) should be on an appropriate navigation level (i.e. a top level page or a sub-page).
Announcements Page Create an announcements page (using the announcements template), with an appropriate title, and make at least 1 post (i.e. announcement). The page should be on an appropriate navigation level (most likely, a top level page).
File Cabinet Page Create a file cabinet page (using the file cabinet template), with an appropriate title. Add at least two folders. Add at least one of each of the following: an uploaded file, a link to another website, and at least one file from Google Drive. All files should be set to public. At least one of the files should be in a folder. The page should be on an appropriate navigation level (most likely, a top level page).
Portfolio Page Create an additional web page that could serve as a portfolio page (if you are in IPT286, you will upload future assignments for IPT 286 to this page). You may use any template type you feel appropriate for this page. The page should be on an appropriate navigation level (most likely, a top level page).
Page Layout Use titles and appropriate heading formats (ex. H2, H3 or H4), the paragraph format, and line spacing, to organize text on the page. At least 1 heading must be used somewhere on the site. Sub-headings should also be used when appropriate. Heading sizes for each level should be consistent throughout the site. Extra spacing between sections should be used when needed. Those who view the page should be able to understand the organization of a page instantly.
Text Alignment Most text should be left aligned. Avoid centered text, except possibly for captions and titles. However, often left aligned text will look better even with captions and titles. Occasionally right aligned text is appropriate.
Links Somewhere in the body of your website, include at least 1 relevant link to another site.
Embedding Content
Images Insert at least 1 image from a URL and at least 1 uploaded image.
Google Doc At least 1 relevant Google Document (a document, presentation, or spreadsheet) must be embedded on an appropriate page. The privacy settings on the Doc should allow it to be viewable on the page (generally the settings should be set to public).
Google Calendar A Google calendar with multiple events is properly embedded on a webpage. The privacy settings for the calendar is set so that visitors to the website can view the calendar (generally the settings should be set to public). Calendar should be on its own page or at least be visible and not “below the fold” (Where you have to scroll to see it).
Google Form At least 1 Google Form (such as a quiz, reading check or contact form) must be embedded on an appropriate page. The privacy settings on the form should allow it to be viewable on the page (generally the settings should be set to public).
YouTube Video An appropriate YouTube video is embedded on a page. The size of the video should fit well on the page. “Suggested videos” should not be shown when the video ends.
Embed Additional Content Embed 1 additional piece of content of your choice which is relevant to your site. This is content from another website, such as a Slideshare, Quizlet, GoodReads, or a Voicethread using the embed code that site provides.
Professional Look and Feel
Theme Select a professional theme. The theme should improve the overall look of your site without distracting from the content.
Color Scheme Themes come with a color scheme. Occasionally, there is a reason to change the theme. New colors should match colors already used in the theme and color scheme. The color scheme should always improve the overall look of the site without distracting from the content.
Navigation: Logical The navigation of the site should be logical. Pages should be organized either as a top level page or a sub-page of an appropriate page. A user should easily be able to navigate the site to find the page or information they are looking for. Your site should have at least two levels of webpages.
Site Layout Top level pages should be organized in a logical manner. Home should always be the first of the pages listed. Other pages can be listed alphabetically or using some other convention (ex. often a contact page is the last page listed). Important information should be visible and easy to find, and shouldn’t be “below the fold” so that people who don’t know to scroll down won’t miss something important.
Privacy Settings The privacy settings of the site should be set so visitors to the site can view all the content. Usually the settings should be set to public.
Rubric for Google Sites Planning Badge
Prerequisites
Technology You must have previously earned the Google Sites Technology Badge.
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Rubric for Google Sites Integration Badge
Prerequisites
Technology You must have previously earned the Google Sites Technology Badge.
Planning You must have previously earned the Google Sites Planning Badge.
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