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Google Sites in the Classroom

Thinking of creating a classroom website, or having your students create sites for themselves? Watch 9 year olds Grace and Sophie explain how easy it is to do with Google Sites.

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4 responses to “Google Sites in the Classroom

  1. Deven Black January 10, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I would love to watch the videos on your site but, as in many schools, YouTube is blocked. Would you please consider using SchoolTube or Vimeo to host your videos so that everyone could access them. Thank you.

    • @k_ferrell March 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Thank you Deven,
      It is very unfortunate, on many levels that YouTube is blocked. I dislike Schooltube and Teachertube and I don’t use Vimeo because the school I teach at is fully integrated into Google Apps (which I love). I would push for teachers at your school to band together to get your district to reverse this inane policy.

      • Deven Black March 7, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        We have been pushing for years. The NYCDOE is intransigent, so I guess I’m stuck between their rock and your hard place.

      • @k_ferrell March 8, 2013 at 5:23 am

        I hope for the sake of your students and staff this policy gets reversed. Tina Barseghian wrote a nice article about dispelling the myths of blocking where she interviewed Karen Cater, the Director of Ed Tech from the US Department of Education. Cater states that, “Accessing YouTube is not violating CIPA rules. The rule is to block inappropriate sites. All sorts of YouTube videos are helpful in explaining complex concepts or telling a story, or for hearing an expert or an authentic voice — they present learning opportunities that are really helpful.”

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