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Adding dynamic elements for user interactions

From: Google Apps for Educators

Video: Adding dynamic elements for user interactions

So far, our Google site is very static, meaning that it's I'll add another one, which is Funding Support.

Adding dynamic elements for user interactions

So far, our Google site is very static, meaning that it's not much more than just information being displayed on a page. We can however, create a lot of interactivity to our Google site by using some of the built in features that Google offers. The first way we can add some interactivity to our website is to create dynamic lists directly inside of Google sites. For example, on our teacher's page, we chose list as the drop down page type. Here we can go ahead and create a list that teachers can fill out as they start adding their own pages to our collaborative website. To do this, there's a variety of pre-made lists that I can choose from, including action items, issue lists, unit statuses.

However, I'm going to choose to go ahead and create our own. I'm going to click on Use Template in the create your own box. The way this works is, we can go ahead and create columns and each column has a title. As people come to this webpage, they can choose to then fill out various parts of the columns. This first column is going to be Teacher's Name and the type is going to be a Text insert. I'm going to go and click to add a second column. The second column is going to be Project, where the teachers can tell us exactly what project they're working on. I'm going to go and leave it as Text and I'm going to click Add Column.

The third column is going to be Volunteer Needs, where they can select the needs that they have that volunteers can help meet. This time instead of doing a Text box, I'm going to choose to do a Dropdown. For the dropdown, I'm going to give them a couple options to choose from, such as Physical Help. I'll add another one, which is Funding Support. I'll add a third one which is Phone Calling. I'll go ahead and scroll down and I'll add a fourth one, which is Student and Project Management. So here, if a teacher needs help from one of our volunteers, they can go ahead and choose one of these categories and we can properly place a volunteer to help. I'm going to go ahead and click the Save button and you can see that our page has been updated with that list.

So now as people log into the website, they have the opportunity to add an item. For example, I'll go ahead and add in Mr. Quigley's information from the page that we've already created. So the teachers name is Mr. Quigley, the project is a Rain Barrel, and maybe some volunteer needs that we have are in Funding Support. Let's go and click Save. That information is now shown up in our list item and we have some interactivity added to our site. The other way we can add interactivity is to use our Google site in conjunction with Google Docs. To show you this, we're going to go and create a new page and we're going to call this page Staff Survey.

Earlier in this course, we created a staff survey to collect some basic information on how our staff wanted to be communicated with. We can actually go ahead and embed that survey directly into this webpage. To do this, however, I'll need to access this survey in my Google Drive. I'm going to go ahead and leave the website open in this particular tab, and in a second tab, I'm going to go ahead and navigate to my Google Drive. Under the Google Drive, I'm going to go ahead and click on and open up the staff survey we created. So here's the survey that we created prior. What I'd like to do is to get some specialized code that will allow me to embed this survey into our webpage.

To do that, I'm going to go to File and I'm going to choose Embed. Here Google's going to automatically create something called an iFrame. It's a way for us to embed this particular document into a webpage. I can also choose custom width for this particular form. I'm going to go and leave it set to the default of 760 by 500. I'm going to highlight all of the text, use the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+C or Ctrl+C on the PC, click Done, head back to my website. Here I'm going to click on the HTML button. Under the HTML section, I'm going to go ahead and paste in this iFrame which is, in fact, HTML.

Now that it's pasted in and I used the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+V or Ctrl+V on the PC, I can go ahead and click Update. So this point, we've created a new page and we've pasted in that survey. I'm going to go and click the Save button for this particular page. Now that we've saved the page, we can see that that survey is officially showing up. So now as staff members come to our website, all they have to do is navigate to the Staff Survey page. They can fill out the survey, click Submit and it'll be automatically recorded into our Google Drive. So in summary, using Google Site in conjunction with Google Drives can allow you to create dynamic webpages that users not only can view information on, but also input information into.

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36 video lessons · 3440 viewers

Aaron Quigley

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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
    2. Things to know before watching this course
      1m 30s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 18m 22s
    1. What is Google Apps for Education?
    2. Setting up Google Apps
      4m 27s
    3. Verifying your domain name
      2m 40s
    4. Adding users
      5m 30s
    5. Customizing Google Apps
      4m 51s
  3. 26m 11s
    1. Configuring Gmail
      7m 37s
    2. Gmail communication
      5m 5s
    3. Creating a school signature
      3m 56s
    4. Archiving school communication
      2m 0s
    5. Sending large attachments
      3m 5s
    6. Using common shortcuts
      4m 28s
  4. 16m 12s
    1. Collaborating with calendars
      4m 47s
    2. Adding office hours with repeating events
      4m 48s
    3. Creating event invitations
      3m 0s
    4. Managing alerts
      3m 37s
  5. 8m 8s
    1. Understanding Google Drive
      1m 44s
    2. Creating a lesson-planning workflow
      3m 21s
    3. Centralizing school documents
      3m 3s
  6. 13m 6s
    1. Understanding Google Docs
      2m 30s
    2. Collaborating with Google Docs
      3m 10s
    3. Surveying other teachers
      7m 26s
  7. 26m 2s
    1. Getting started with a collaborative planning website
      3m 6s
    2. Adding collaborators
      1m 39s
    3. Adding pages
      3m 55s
    4. Styling your website
      5m 14s
    5. Styling individual pages
      4m 49s
    6. Adding dynamic elements for user interactions
      3m 55s
    7. Publishing your website
      1m 55s
    8. Google Sites in the classroom
      1m 29s
  8. 8m 14s
    1. Adding educational apps
      3m 6s
    2. Using YouTube for education
      2m 27s
    3. Teaching with Google Scholar
      2m 41s
  9. 45s
    1. Next steps

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