I spent the last few hours putting my digital learning hub together in Google Sites, and have to say that I expected a little more than what it is available within this platform. I knew going in that the site was limited and focused more on the ease of creating sites in Google, but I was hoping that there was more opportunity for creativity within this site.
I am going to continue messing around with the site and watch more videos on creating pages and how to organize them efficiently before I switch to another platform. I am going to take into account that I use Google Apps for most of my schoolwork, and Google Sites will play nice with the resources I provide for my students.
Today I created my site and found it difficult to find a layout that I really liked. I will continue tinkering with different layouts until I come across one that I find aesthetically pleasing. I have to use Google Sites because it is unblocked on our network in Meriden, and should be easy for students to navigate through and interact with.
I have created pages for announcements and resources thus far. Within the Resources page, I will include links to all the tools we use for class including our CMS Moodle, Quizlet, and a link to our class list of blogs. Within these resources I will use it as a space to embed the link to my Youtube channel so that students have a direct link to my videos that I record from class. This way if a student is absent, they can go right to the channel for that day’s lesson. I already do this in Moodle, but one more avenue wouldn’t hurt!
I am going to keep the door open to try other sites for my digital learning hub, but will give Google Sites a legitimate chance as I add more content and resources on my hub. I look forward to building up my digital learning hub as a place for students to access class material and for parents to see what is going on their child’s Business class.