Google Sites Webpublishing

Creating a class website on a theme of your choosing using Google Sites

I have chosen not to set this up in lessons as each teacher needs to respond to the needs of each class. Sometimes a phase is shorter than a lesson and sometimes more time is needed. This approach lets you choose the pace and not the planning. Generally I would expect phase 2 to take less than a single lesson, phase 3 could be any length of time. Phase 4 can be covered at any time during Phase 3.

Main Planning Index at Created by Phil Bagge @baggiepr

Teacher Preparation Phase 1

Create a class website template

Logon to Google

Navigate to sites

Description: C:\Users\Owner\Pictures\sites\sitesbar.JPG

It won’t always be in this position and you may have to look under More

Click create when in sites page

Description: C:\Users\Owner\Pictures\sites\create.JPG

From the setup options choose blank template.

Name your site

This will automatically create a site location but you can simplify it if it looks too long winded.

Select a theme

Fill in a category and site description as pupils will use that to find the site initially.

Click create again

Description: C:\Users\Owner\Pictures\sites\create.JPG

You can always change these settings from the


manage site options.

Description: C:\Users\Owner\Pictures\sites\createinstructions.JPG

At this point it is worth editing the front page to say what the website is about. Add some pictures that you know you can use legally (copyright)

It is worth giving some thought to the type of sections that you want pupil’s to go create. This will enable you to find worthy topics for those without the skills to come up with their own ideas.

Learning Objective Phase 2

Phase Plan

Selling the idea of the jointly created website to demonstrate class research on a topic of the class teachers choosing.

Pupils choose or are given their area to cover.


· Each group or individual will have a page on the same group edited webpage

· The website will be public so high standards are expected (revision history will enable you to see who makes what changes)

· Today they are going to choose their areas and setup a page

Demonstrate how they can find the website you created by

Login on to Google

Navigating to sites

Browsing Sites or using the search box at the top (Your categories or site description)

Adding a page

using plus page button

Filling in page details

Pages named for sub topic
e.g. Roman Army, The Baths, Roman Medicine etc.)

Leave template as webpage

For initial page put at top level

Allow pupils to create other pages under their first page once they have the starting page full up

ICT Skills

Able & SEN Support



Creating an additional web page per pupil or per small group

More able pupils could create a whole site themselves under your supervision. See phase 1 tasks

Learning Objective Phase 3

Phase Plan

Editing pages to create the website

Demonstrate how to edit a page using the pencil button

Cover Images, links & layout

When you cover images it is worth reminding pupils of the need to reduce images in size.

There is a video help file here that will help you in case pupils have forgotten how to do this.

Links can point to other pages within the site or other websites.

Layout is a case of encouraging items to go underneath each other aligned left and to keep presentation simple, content over presentation.


· Only edit a page you or your group created

· Only use your first names to identify you as page authors at the bottom of the page only

· If you find information from other sources this must be rewritten in your own words.

· This phase is all about the subject or topic that you have decided to work on so limit pupils to the following resources only (excluding crossed out ones) to focus on quality outcome instead of random technology.

ICT Skills

Able & SEN Support



Adding images

Adding web links

Items underneath each other

Learning Objective Phase 4

Phase Plan Phase 4 can be covered at any time during Phase 3

Digital citizenship aspects of web site creation including esafety

· Websites are public documents which can be read by anyone in the world. Because of this we have to be careful about what we publish online.

o If we are under 18 we should only use our first names as there are nasty people in the world who could possibly use the information to target you.

o For the same reason we shouldn’t publish any personal information online such as information about our family, our photo or our address as this could be used by burglars. (burglars are good to talk about as it is an easier concept for kids to understand than other forms of abusers)

o If we use images we should either take them ourselves or use images from sources that allow them to be published online free of copyright issues.

o If we choose to publish information about ourselves when we are older we should be aware that this information can be accessed by anyone even potential employers.

Free Images websites

Lots of these website ask that you to logon and or attribute each photo that you use underneath the photo. The following three sites don’t ask for that. The search is poor, better to use the categories search. Once you have the image right click on it and save image as. You will probably then need to adjust the size using the Microsoft Office Tool (video help file) use the bulley point categories on the left to find an image. Once you have the image size you want right click and save as. You will probably then need to adjust the size using the Microsoft Office Tool (video help file) Once you have your image click on the right hand button to download as a jpeg image

ICT Skills

Able & SEN Support



Finding the right image

Web publishing issues

Digital citizenship issues

Esafety issues

If a pupil is not able to abide by these simple rules they either need to have their work checked or should be using more traditional methods.

Learning Objective Phase 5

Lesson Plan

Evaluation and page feedback

There are two aspects to consider when evaluating this project.

From an IT perspective

· Is the site easy to read?

· Is the information presented well?

· Can you find information easily?

From a subject or topic perspective

· Is the information accurate?

· Has it been written by the child or children themselves? If you spot a section and are not sure if they have written it just copy the section and paste it into Google.

A short instant evaluation is to ask pupils to browse the site and leave it on the page they think is best.

Another good method is to add a comment on another page using the two stars and a wish format.

ICT Skills

Able & SEN Support



Using the commenting box