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There's also an educator from Henrico County in Virginia, +DougSaunders on
Google+, he's created some great templates using Google Sites
https://sites.google.com/site/sitesexamples199/

He even has one that he calls a 'Weebly' template!

Linda


On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM, Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> The pros and cons for either tool probably depends on what you have
> defined as the purpose of the eportfolio. The eportfolio can mean many
> things for different people. For many it is much more of a process than it
> is a web page.  For others it is a final website that you can use as a
> showcase of your best work for a job or college interview, perhaps.  There
> are many products out there (including Weebly)  which provide a much more
> polished look than Google Site for this purpose.  But with a little
> creativity and an eye for design,  even Google Sites can look pretty
> polished.
> If you are looking for some innovative ideas for giving a  Google Site  a
> real facelift  check out the Interesting Designs for Google Tools community
> at https://plus.google.com/communities/103028898804866428882
> I bet you can't even tell some of these are Google Sites.
>
>
> If you want an ecosystem of tools that support a process you might want to
> look at Dr. Helen Barretts recommendations of how to use Google tools (not
> necessarily just sites)  but the whole eco-system of digital tools and how
> they work together to support the process that Dr. Barrett has designed.
>
> Here is a link to Dr. Barrett's work on this topic (as one of the slides
> from my eportfolio presentation fro recent Google Summits).  In this slide
> deck are also several contributions from Vermont schools including Essex,
> Montpelier, St. Albans, and Mt. Abe.
>
> https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1AN3ARnjdbNsxE5s1FuPd3ucOm9dMnzG9RWGLwaqMbK4/edit#slide=id.g2ffa3864_0_47
>
> In my grad class I offer several examples of  eportfolio tools, including
> Weebly and Sites.  One question I always have about Weebly is how the
> eportfolios stay with the students.  If Teacher A buys a classroom
> subscription for Weebly for her class, what happens when the kids go to
> another grade?  or if that teacher discontinues the subscription?  This is
> not picking on Weebly,  I'm sincerely interested in knowing what would
> happen in this case as I do have  grad students who use Weebly, who didn't
> know the answer to that.   Do the student sites disappear once the
> subscription stops?  Can they be transferred to another teacher or
> subscription.
>
> Lucie
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM, Jessica Shurlow <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> I made my library's site with Weebly: http://rhsvtlibrary.weebly.com/ I
>> also pay for a pro subscription (I have other sites on it as well).
>>
>> I am not a fan of Google sites. I don't think it's very user friendly.
>> That said, Weebly irritates me sometimes as well because it's SO CLOSE to
>> letting me do what I want to do but then stops just short of giving the
>> control to do it. We also use Weebly with our students through their Ed
>> portal which gives teachers control to set up classes, etc..
>> http://education.weebly.com/
>>
>> I like the finished product from Weebly better than Google sites.
>>
>> Good Luck!
>>
>> Jessica
>>
>>
>>  On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM, Linda McSweeney <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Mary,
>>>
>>> I am in love with Weedbly (my library website is on weebly:
>>>  http://smhslibrary.weebly.com/  <http://smhslibrary.weebly.com/>
>>>
>>> It's drag and drop interface makes it simple to use for busy educators.
>>>  I love it so much, that I pay for a pro subscription (but have other
>>> websites hosted on it also).
>>>
>>> That being said, I am very much 'in like' with Google Sites.  If your
>>> school is a Google Apps school, Sites work seemlessly with other Google
>>> applications.  So why only 'in like'?  There is more of a learning curve
>>> with Google sites, especially if you don't want it to have the very
>>> recognizable look and feel of a Google Site.  I love that Google totally
>>> supports what is called 'data liberation' in the IT world--seniors with
>>> eportfolio websites can easily copy their site to a private Google account
>>> and export just about all of their data from a school's domain to a private
>>> account--Drive, gmail, etc with Google Takeout
>>>  https://www.google.com/settings/takeout<https://www.google.com/settings/takeout>
>>>  .
>>>
>>> For example, here are a couple I tinkered with to try to give it a bit
>>> more visual appeal than a Google Site:
>>>
>>>  https://sites.google.com/a/lssuvt.org/cool-tools/<https://sites.google.com/a/lssuvt.org/cool-tools/> (example
>>> show experimenting with header)
>>>
>>>
>>> https://sites.google.com/site/vermontschoolibraries/  (see the example
>>> of an embedded google presentation of photos and an embedded blog--802
>>> librarian--here)
>>>
>>> Here's one that is quick and dirty and looks more like a 'typical' site:
>>>
>>> https://sites.google.com/a/lssuvt.org/managing-ipads/
>>>
>>> I teach a grad course at UVM on creating Virtual Libraries--we look at
>>> several tools, but these two are the most popular.  In my perfect world,
>>>  Google would purchase Weebly!  I haven't tried to edit my Weebly sites on
>>> my iPad, but I would imagine that editing most website tools would work
>>> better on a laptop than an iPad.  If you're cutting and pasting code to
>>> embed, it just seems easier to do on a laptop.
>>>
>>> Regards, Linda
>>>
>>>>
>>>> --
>>> Linda McSweeney, *Librarian*
>>> Stowe Middle High School
>>> 413 Barrows Rd.
>>> Stowe, VT  05672
>>> 802-253-7229 x1326
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>>
>>
>> --
>> Jessica Shurlow, MLIS
>> Librarian
>> Rutland High School
>> 22 Stratton Rd.
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