As we continue to implement Google Apps for Education in New Kent County Public Schools, more teachers are taking advantage of some of these powerful tools for teaching and learning. One of the most important of these tools us Google Sites, an easy-to-use website authoring tool. Google Sites can be used to provide information on the web for students and parents, to make class resources easily available on the web, to publish student learning products...the list of ways teachers and students can use Google Sites is long! Google Sites are flexible and offer a variety of templates and customizable themes. Remember, Google sites can be made public, can be shared with selected people, or can be kept private, depending on their purpose.
Teacher webpages have become the go-to source for information for many students and parents. It is important for all of us to have a strong professional presence on the web! Like it or not, our students, parents, and the public often make judgments about us based on the information we provide (or don't provide) on our webpages. Think about the professional image of yourself you want to present on the web, as well as the content you want to share.
If you haven't already, begin making improvements to your teacher and class webpages, whether in School Center or on a new Google Site. If you need help, our ITRT's, Beth Kappus and Nick Cammarano are always happy to lend their expertise. Likewise, Ross Miller or yours truly are always happy to help, as well. When you're ready, Ross can also link to your Google site from your school's main web page. A great website is of no use if no one can find it!
A number of NKCPS teachers have begun to develop teacher pages using Google Sites. Here are some links and screen shots of some of our teachers' sites:
Melissa Dalton, NKES Title I Reading
Angie Estis, K-3 ACE Resource
Debbie Fox-Valdez, 4-8 ACE Resource
Rechele Gregory, 4-8 ACE Resource
Beth Kappus, Elementary ITRT
Christen Henninger, GWES Special Education
Lindsay Horne, NKMS 6th Grade Social Studies
Rebekah McClung, NKMS 8th Grade Social Studies
Jennifer Jenkins, NKHS English
Judy Sargent, NKHS English
Sue McIninch, NKHS Science
Great job all, and, thanks for being leaders in implementing Google Sites!!!!