Reflection: Real World Applications Creating a Pleasing Homepage for Your Google Site: Lesson A (Part 3 of 6) - Section 1: Introduction and Context

 

As I think about this lesson and as I write these plans, I’m wondering a great deal about the eventual future of Google Sites.  It seems that Google has put “their money” on the development of Google+ of late, and I think they are making a real push to compete with the social media powerhouse Facebook.  Google+ allows for “pages” to be created for users to share with friends in their “circles,” so I wonder what will become of Sites eventually.  Part of me is even hesitant to use the Sites tool, BUT as an educator (and a public educator at that), I really struggle with the idea of social networks as, well, learning networks -- “liking” and “re-tweeting” just seem to insincere at times.  I still think there is something to be said for “building it” and then encouraging “them to come” instead of adding it or tagging it or tweeting so they will come.

That being said, I do acknowledge the ever evolving role of, say, Linkedin -- is it social or is it professional?  Or is it both?  I get that Facebook groups and, maybe, Google+ “circles” can be “classrooms,” but I still think there is something powerful about creative and/or intellectual work one creates and “distributes” instead of “sharing”  For this reason, I am going to help my students to build a good base, web-based “Research Notebook” this semester at least … (yet I do see the possibility of “meeting in the middle” and using Blogger in the future …)

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Creating a Pleasing Homepage for Your Google Site: Lesson A (Part 3 of 6)

Unit 1: "The Medium is the Message": Modern Technology Meets Classic Research Methods
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to add specific pre-writing-for-research functionality to their Google Sites as well as better organize their sites for aesthetic reasons.

Big Idea: the right home page/landing page builds "your brand"

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