Wednesday, July 27, 2016

11 Steps to create and maintain a FREE WEBSITE using Google Sites. (Call (954) 646 8246 if you need help)

Here's the 22 minute videoLet's go through the steps ...
STEP 1:  Go into your GMAIL account

STEP 2:  Type  ""  and hit the CREATE button.   
You will see this page:
STEP 3:  Select "blank template"
Type the name of your free site
Tell the computer "I am not a robot"
then hit  the red "CREATE" button again

STEP 4:  Look at the PENCIL on the UPPER RIGHT
 (near the Blue SHARE button)
The pencil is the EDIT icon.
Click on the PENCIL

STEP 5:  Type words across the top of the page.
One word for each of the pages of your website

STEP 6:  Select Projects
LINK:   One of the PROJECTS can be the

These are the typical sub-pages of a Free Website for
showing your work:  It's a DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

STEP 7:  Connect the pages
Highlight the word, click on the "CHAIN" icon
(it is the LINK) and type the name of the link

Step 8:  
You can put the link on the bottom of each page, too
This will give the viewer places to visit at the end of the page

Step 9:  Under SOCIAL MEDIA, consider putting your
POSITIVE photos on display.
Why not create an account that shows the POSITIVE side of you?

To add an image, click on INSERT

then click on IMAGE and find the image

Step 11:  Share the link with friends
Look at the UPPER RIGHT at the BLUE BUTTON
"SHARE" -- you can let your teachers VIEW or
even EDIT your web site

Type to invite a teacher to edit your site
A teacher can add some comments, such as "Spell check!"

This is an option
You could also let your parents
view and perhaps even EDIT your page.
Step 12:   Tell us about your free site.
YOUR Site's LINK is found at the TOP of the page.
Text the link to 
Send a text message to (954) 646 8246
LINK  This page is
This page is also called

About the Free Website Project
Thank you for learning the steps to take to set up a free website.
Here are some links to learn more about the project
Integrate school and community (you don't want to warehouse kids away from the world)
integrate head and hand, across income layers.

Larry Rosenstock
Tomas Jefferson:  the purpose of public schools is to create a public.

More about projects and how they fit with "free websites"
High Tech High started as a school built around projects.  It made sense to keep track of the results of the projects with portfolios... and paper files got messy, so why not put the projects on the Internet?  

The challenge for teachers in a non-project school is "how do we change the culture of a school?"  We could try "top down" or "bottom up."
Top down:  Training for teachers (who are already pressed to include 12 hours of curriculum into 5 or 6 teaching hours each day).   What kind of training about "building digital portfolios" would you give teachers?

Bottom up:  Some students take the lead and other  students copy. This involves virtually no input from the teachers.  The Free Website Project evolved from the idea that "kids will find a way to do cool things" (Facebook, instagram and snapchat were not imposed top down on kids).  How can we entice "early adopters" to start building websites?  
What percent of the student body will eventually adopt "free website" if 1% of the students are trained to make a free website?

The Instagram argument
Who taught teens to get onto snapchat, vine or instagram?

Source of this table

The argument in favor of the "bottom up"approach to introducing "free websites to students" is clear:  
1.  Schools might not have time in the day for training or funds for hiring trainers for staff
2.  Many teachers don't choose to use projects and would prefer not to take times 

If you would like to become a "student advisor" and support other students with your expertise, call (954) 646 8246.  Ask for Steve McCrea.

"I made something really cool and people came to see it."  Mike Strong in a video at Teacher Channel

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