Keith brings up a good point here.. we at AOE have been under the gun for most of a year now on getting ALL of our stuff in compliance here on this front.  


If you are using the Sites for any “official” school web interfaces, it is going to have to be compliant in terms of accessibility.


I had asked back in the summer for our communication/legal office to provide some guidance for schools on this issue. I will revisit it with them and try to get some more tangible info on this. 


If the pages are being used within classrooms to organize projects, etc. with a limited “public” front, you are probably OK, but there are more serious consequences in lieu of these recent cases if you are putting information out for public consumption. 




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I do like sites...


Not to sidetrack this thread, but any of you know if the new sites will be able to easily comply with this from VSBIT?  Anyone looked at it from this angle?  


Accessibility of School Websites

Over the past several months, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has brought hundreds of complaints against schools and universities concerning website accessibility. Click here to view the resource which details issues that OCR investigations have highlighted and gives advice to schools as to how to have their websites comply with accessibility requirements.




On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:21 PM, Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Drew... I felt the same way  -  when I looked at the BETA.

I'm crossing my finger that the same thing will happen to New Sites as did to Classroom.  

I did not take Classroom seriously when it first came out because of its limited features.

Crossing my fingers. 

And have also reached out to some of the well known "AppsScript" folks to see if they see a Site Maestro type tool in their future.  Whichever one of us finds this type of tool available first... should make sure to SHOUT it from the ROOFTOP on School IT or SLACK or wherever!  ;-) 


Happy Turkey Day all..






On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:17 PM, Drew Blanchard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The new Sites make it easy to quickly setup a Website with teachers or students, but the current lack features we consider critical is a huge disappointment.


In particular:

- no ability to publish as a template (and thus to use Site Maestro) is a deal breaker right now

- no ability to copy a new Site

- no categories

- no recent Site Activity

- no page-level permissions (seriously?!)

- extremely limited (waaaaay too limited) number of themes and fonts

- no ability to recover deleted pages (again - seriously?!)


We have more on our list of dislikes, but these are the biggies.


Again, we love the simple look, ease of the drag and drop and other quick creation tools.   But new Sites are really, disappointingly limited right now.


REALLY hoping Google brings these missing features into the new Sites - and soon.




On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM, Bonnie Birdsall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

This is a good comparison chart, of the old and new Sites. I hope that more updates come soon.  


~ Bonnie




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On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 1:37 PM, Linda McSweeney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello, piggybacking on Lucie's post....  I'm currently teaching a grad course and here are a couple additional resources I shared with my students yesterday. One is a 30-minute recorded Hangout and the other is a blog post.  Both are from the EdTech Team.


 EdTech Team Live:  Google Sites Demo Q and A (this is recorded and available on YouTube)


Suite! G Suite Google Sites Top Ten Web-based Tips


Happy Thanksgiving all,






Linda McSweeney


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