Its the Summer holidays, at last 🙂 and a time for relaxing, chilling out and not thinking of School, and I will enjoy my long awaited Summer break, but I must just tell you about creating a Google website as a teaching and learning tool for your students.
In the new academic year I will be introducing my new year 9 and 10 students, who will be working on the OCR Nationals Unit 1 2010 spec, my Google website. I particularly liked the Classroom template because of all the brilliant pages it has to offer. Below I have listed some of them and the reasons for deciding to create a Google website.
The features in the Classroom Education template are:
Homework page – very useful for the introduction of our new whole-school Homework Policy starting September 2011
Class Announcements – I like this facility because important details from the school calendar can be highlighted
Calendar – great tool for sharing with my students, setting deadline dates for coursework/homework. It has a built in “reminder” either by sending emails or a pop up message
Forms and Docs – this facility allows me to add files for students to view or download
Reading List – this page allows links to be added, naming the author, title and description
Poll – you can easily create your own Survey
Links – you can add weblinks, listing it by Subject and giving it a description
plus others too many to list, not forgetting being able to embed youtube videos, and collaborating real-time using Google docs. It is so easy to set-up, use and modify – why not check it out. I’ve included samples from my website below – still working on it! If you are a Googler, please share.