New Google Sites

Another new update to Google Apps this summer was the introduction of the new Google Sites.  The new Sites will be the standard Sites sometime in the next year or so but you can still use the old Sites for the time being.  The new Sites are very simple and easy to use, which is great for students and teachers who have not done much with website creating and editing.  You can easily embed any Google Apps including YouTube, Sheets, Slides, and Docs.

While new Sites are currently missing some features that were in the old Sites that allowed for more customization and inclusion of tools, the new Sites are much easier for students and most teachers to use.  I fully expect Google to include more with the new Sites before they are the default.

My advice is that if you are creating a new site for your class or having your students creating a site, such as a digital portfolio, I would use the new Sites so you don’t have to worry about it being converted later.  The new Sites do include a feature that I really like, which is the ability to see how your Site looks on various devices by clicking the Preview button.  This makes it much easier to see how your Site will look on cell phones, tablets, or computers without having to use each one of them separately to view them.  This is important for those working at schools that are using tablets or small laptops to make sure the format is working for what you want.

Watch the video below to see how to get started with the new Sites.

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