Adding dynamic elements for user interactions
Video: Adding dynamic elements for user interactionsSo 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.
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Google Apps has been embraced by millions of schools and campuses, but is your classroom getting the most from it? Join educator Aaron Quigley as he shows K–12 teachers how to use Google Apps for Education to streamline communication, save time, and increase content mastery. Administrators can learn how to set up Apps for Education, verify your domain name, and add users, while teachers learn how to sort personal from school email, set up email signatures, add events to calendars, and create lesson plans with Google Drive. Administrators and teachers alike can learn how to set up custom Google sites for collaboration with parents and students, and extend Google Apps with apps like YouTube and Google Scholar.
- What is Google Apps for Education?
- Creating a Google account
- Verifying the domain name
- Configuring Gmail
- Archiving school communication
- Adding office hours to calendars
- Centralizing school documents
- Collaborating with Google Docs
- Creating a Google site
- Adding educational apps
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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