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Create Your Own



Learn how to set up your website, customize it to your preference, set up a

remind feature, upload documents and powerpoint presentations and add
a calendar.

Manual by:
Emilie, Jessica & Nervil

Data & Extra Help

The Email Account Created for a Trial Google Site
Password: idcplacement
Exemplars of previous teacher-websites:
Mr Nemerofsky:
Also a social science teacher.
Uploads a large amount of power points.
Sidebar organizes the whole website (sections for each course he teaches and
subheadings for each unit).
Has a search feature.
Includes a calendar on the front page.
Site targeted towards allowing students access to all powerpoints covered during
Ms Law:
Has a Remind widget: teachers can send class texts/reminders
Useful tutorial resources:
Teaches users how to create the website
How to add headings
How to create posts (multimedia)
How to add a calendar
How to add google gadgets
An official instruction website
How to manage your google site
How to customize the layout of the site (themes etc.)
How to insert images and videos
Technical aspects of the website:
No limits on how many pages one is allowed to create
Size quota of 100MB per site
Max attachment size is 20MB

How to set up your website

Step 1: Setting up the Website

Go to
Log in with TDSB provided Gmail account
Select the red CREATE button on the upper left corner of the screen
We selected the Classroom Site Template, just to show you what a Google Sites
looks like. You can choose the blank template to customize your website, if you wish.
Enter your site name, verify that you are not a robot and select create. If you'd like, you
can choose the blank template and start your website from a blank slate.

You'll see a page like this: The circled yellow widgets is where you'll go to edit
pages, create pages and manage your website

Step 2: Customizing your website

Select the gear icon

Go to manage sites

This toolbar highlighted in yellow on the left is important.

Recent Site Activity: See all the revisions you've made

Pages: Go here to reorder your pages. Just click and drag them
Go to Themes, Colors and Fonts to change the color of your
Once you're done, select your bolded website name at the top of
the toolbar (above recent site activity) to go back to your website.
Now you'll want to edit individual pages. Go to the page you want to tinker with
and select the edit page option.

You can see a tool bar, much like on Microsoft Word, to edit your

You can create new pages for your classes. You can also go to the
Manage Sites section to create subpages:

Step 3: Set up Remind

This is a convenient way to send your students mass reminders regarding deadlines, notices,
field trips, assignments, et cetera.

Ms. Law uses it and students receive messages in the form of text messages/email and the
messages are there for students without cell phones to check.
1. Go to
2. Sign up with your google, TDSB or personal account. Dont worry, there is no
need to use your personal phone #, remind will create one for you:

And thats it! Simply type the message/reminder you want and send it to your students! You can
also add classes (Left side of screen, Join a class) and when you send messages, you can
choose which classes to send to. You can also add documents.
Now, we have to add this to your google sites
a. On your remind account, select the More button at the bottom left corner

b. Accounts Widgets Google Sites

c. You can add a remind for each of your classes. Select the copy code button for
the class you want
d. Heres a practice site with a blank template. Select the class you want; were
going to do biology. Select the edit page button,

e. Select save in the upper right corner.


And now you have remind on your website!

Step 4: Uploading Documents/Powerpoints:

1. First you must click the settings button on the top right side of the page and go to
Manage site


2. From there you will see the sidebar and you will click the Attachments section
and you may upload files using the Upload button at the top left corner of the page. The
file will show up on your attachments list once uploaded.
3. You must then click small box next the File you have just uploaded so you can
unlock the other options to play with the file.


4. Once selected, you can choose to move this file anywhere using the Move button
at the top. You can choose which tab/area to place the file in.

5. To see the links on your website you must then go to the page you moved the file
in and activate the allow attachments for that specific page.
eg. You put the file in the Home Page. You must go to your Home
Page and click the more button. Finally you go to Page Settings and check the Allow
Attachments box and click save.


6. CONGRATULATIONS! You have now uploaded a file to your website for your
students to view/download.

Step 5: Creating a calendar

1. In order to embed a calendar onto your website, you need to have created a
calendar for that specific class (or however you would like to have your calendar
To set up a new calendar, open Google Calendar on your computer.
Click My calendars on the left side of the page and click create
new calendar
Here you can add a name for your calendar (course code for
At the bottom of the page, click create calendar
2. Embedding a calendar to your page:
Navigate to the page where you would like to add your calendar.
Click edit and hover your mouse down to the insert menu
Choose the name of the calendar you would like to embed.
Customize how your calendar appears in the gadget menu.
Click save to preserve your changes.