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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.
Now that we have a website created and we've shared this website with other teachers in the building, it's time to go ahead and add a little bit of structure so that people know how to use our collaborative site. The way I'm going to do this is I'm going to add various pages to create categories of how we can organize information on this collaborative website. To help us out, I've created a Word document inside chapter six of the exercise files. The document is Website_Page_Contents. Here you can see I've got a very basic layout. Some information for the homepage. I've got a planning page with the description. A funding page as well as some teachers pages.
Now I don't need to create a page for every singe teacher for them to put in their own class information. Teachers, since they have access to site, can take care of this task themself. Let's go ahead and head back to the main site and start building in some of this content. Here you can see we already have a home page created. The next page to create is a planning page. This can be a place where we can all share ideas about how their garden should take shape. To do this, I'm going to add a new page by clicking the new page button in the upper right hand corner. The title of this page is planning page. Now the same way we were able to customize the URL when we created the title of the site, we also have an opportunity to change the URL here.
I'm not a huge fan of hyphens in URLs. So I'm going to go ahead and change this URL, and I'm just going to back up the word page so all it says is planning. I'll go and click the Save button. Now we can also apply a template to this particular page. As of right now, in the default, is a standard web page. That just means that this page is going to fit the look of the rest of the site and it's going to have a large content area where we can put in additional information. I can also choose to have an Announcements page, a File Cabinet, a List, as well as a Start Page. I'm going to go and leave it defaulted to Web Page, so we can add our own content.
The next step is to figure out where this page will fit into the hierarchy of the site. I can choose to leave it as a top level, or I can choose to put it under an additional page. The way this really plays out is in the Menus. If it's a top-level page, then it will be an actual item in the menu itself. If I put it underneath something else, then it will show up on a drop-down menu underneath that particular menu's item. I'm going to go and leave it as a top-level page. Because the basics of the page are configured, I can go ahead and click Create. Now right away, the page is opened up into the editing of the page. So there we have our web page officially created.
I'm going to go and click the save button to make sure that that change takes effect. On the left hand side, you can now see directly below home, we have a planning page. The planning page itself, all it has is the page title, and there's no content to it. In addition to that, you can see that there's a place where I can start adding comments. The comments themselves are tracked by the user. This is one way without any page content, you can go ahead and start collaborating on this particular page. I'm going to go ahead and add a couple more pages to complete the structure of the site. The next one is a funding page. I'll leave it as a webpage, top level, and go to click Create.
I will save this page. We're going to add another page which is called teachers pages, and we're going to change this one from being a webpage. This one is going to be a list and we're actually going to list out every teacher in the building. Let's go and click create, you can now see on this list page you have the ability to add some lists using various templates, we're going to come back and create these templates in a later video. I'm going to go ahead and add the last page which is Mr. Quigly's page. Now Mr. Quigly's page is one of the teachers pages. I'm not going to leave it as a web page but this time I'm going to choose to put it underneath of teacher's pages.
Now by default the page you created prior is always going to show up as the Put page under. So for example, if I went and created a new page right now, it would show up as Put page under Mr. Quigley's. Which is not what we would want for the next teacher's page. If you find yourself in a situation where you want to put it under a page, but the page you'd like it under is not the bolded text, all you have to do is click Choose a different location. But I do want Mr. Quigley's under the teacher's page, so I'm going to go and click the Create button. Now that the page has been created, I'm going to go and click Save to make sure that change takes effect. And there we have it, we have the basic structure to our site.
So, on the left-hand side, I have a homepage, I have a funding and planning page, and then I have a drop-down menu for teachers' pages, with Mr Quigley's page created.
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