Starting Your Google Portfolio Site


  • If today is your first day of class – please view the blog post from Monday and Wednesday (click on Monday and Wednesday’s date on the calendar to the right.)
  • Any questions about the syllabus?
  • Laptop Check-Out/In Procedure:
  1. Detach the laptop from the power cord. Use the VELCRO to secure the correct power cord for each laptop in the cart.
  2. Make sure you initial in the check-out binder.
  3. If you check out a PC, you need login Username and Password (find them on the whiteboard next to the windows)
  4. The data in the laptop WILL NOT be wiped.  Therefore, please respect other users and do not change anything or download personal data. Remember to LOG OUT for the websites you use.
  5. Since the data will not be wiped, it will be nice that you stay with the same one during this semester.  It will also be a good chance for you to learn how to protect your online privacy.
  6. When you return the laptop to the cart, please make sure you PLUG it BACK in.
  7. Do not remove any power cords from the cart. If you need power cord for the laptop you checked out, please let the instructor know and you will get one from the power cord bag in the laptop cart.

Today, we are going to create the structure of your e-Portfolio. Before we start working on e-portfolio, I would like to go over the scavenger hunt we did on Wednesday and talk about a research participation opportunity.


*Additional resources:


Even if you don’t have a website, you probably already have an online presence – through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. As a learner in the 21st century – it is important for you to know how to create your own website. We’ll be working on this project throughout the semester.  You’ll be using your website throughout the semester to store, display, and reflect upon course projects.

The tool for this project is Google Sites. Google Sites is like a combination website, blog, and wiki all rolled into one. We’ll be using it for all three functions. You’re going to be really amazed at what you can create without knowing anything about HTML code!

View a few sample websites created using Google Sites:

Your tasks for today:

  • Go to: and log in using your Gmail account. 
  • Open your Google Site.
  • Create a Home Page, include:
    • Picture of you
    • Short description of what you would like to learn this semester
  • Create an “About Me” page and include:
    • Insert 2-3 pictures
    • Include 2-3 links to relevant websites
    • Write 2-3 paragraphs about yourself

We’re just getting comfortable with the tool – so we’ll mess up a few times – but in a few weeks we won’t remember what is was like to not be able to create web pages.

For Monday:

Continue working on your Home and About Me pages. We will share these on Monday. If you come to class Monday with your site incomplete, no worries. I still want you to try and complete as much as you can on your own so that you can receive focused help on Monday. Completing these pages is due next Wednesday, January 16.

*1st reading assignment is due Friday, January 18.


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