Creating an e-Portfolio Using Google Sites 

What is an ePortfolio? 

• A collection of digital files (artifacts) that are shared electronically for the purpose of  reflection, comment and evaluation. 

• It’s quite simply a website that enables users to collate digital evidence of their learning. • ePortfolios contain a wide range of digital files, including but not limited to, text or PDF  documents, videos, sound files, images and links to other websites or online resources. 

What are Google Sites? 

Google Sites is a free web application for creating websites. You can develop the website by  yourself or collaborate with others to create the content of the pages. You can decide the level of  sharing you would like to permit, who the owners of the website are, and to whom you’d like to give  permission to edit or revise the site. You can also provide permission to visitors for viewing  purposes only. 

Why Use Google Sites? 

• It’s free and it’s easy to create. You don’t need to know any web coding. • You can collaborate with other users or create the website solely. 

• It is integrated with other Google Apps and tools so you can easily share videos, photos,  presentations, or calendars. 

• Your site is stored on Google’s server. 

• 100 MB of free online storage. 

How Do Students Use Google Sites? 

Students can

• Create an ePortfolio of their personal, professional and academic work. 

• Collaborate with other students around the world to share ideas, create content and  communicate ideas. 

• Assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career  evaluation, and course preparation. 

• Maintain and expand individual ePortfolios over the duration of a class and beyond  university years.

Examples of Google Sites ePortfolios:

Step 1: Getting Started: Creating Your Own ePortfolio 

1) Go to 

2) If you already have a Google Account (gmail, blogger, etc.), use it to log in 3) If you do not have a Google Account, click on Sign Up to create a new account and followthe  setup steps 

4) Click + Create or click on Template Gallery

5) Follow the steps to create a new page. 

• Click on a Template – Like Student Learning Journal 

• Enter a name for your site under Name Your Site. The Site location will automatically  populate as the site name removing the spaces and any special characters. Rememberthat  your site URL MUST be unique. If you will be sharing your URL with others, shorter is often  easier; you can override the default and enter a URL of your choosing. 

Select a theme and More options will be discussed later. 

• Enter the code and click Create 

Step 2: Editing Pages 

These steps are for the “classic sites” on google sites, however, you can now  just follow the instructions on the site for the new google sites OR follow  these instructions below for the classic sites. 

1) Click on the pencil icon to edit a page 

The page editor screen allows you to add content to your page. The interface is similar to a  document editor allowing you to change the font, add links, create lists, create bullet lists, etc.

To Insert an Image: 

2) Click on Insert 

3) Select Image 

The pop-up box gives you the option to upload an image from your computer 

4) Select Uploaded images 

5) Click Browse to find the image on your hard drive and click OK OR 

5) Select Web address (URL) 

6) Insert the URL of the web image and click OK 

To Insert a Link: 

6) Highlight the text you want to become a link 

7) Click on Insert and select Link

8) In the Create Link pop-up box, determine whether you want to use an existing page in yoursite  (Sites page), a Web Address or an Apps Script 

9) Click on the appropriate option 

10) Enter the URL or select the correct page (if using an existing page in your site) and click OK

To Insert a Video: 

11) Click on Insert and select Video 

12) Choose either Google Video, YouTube or Google Docs Video 

13) Enter the URL of the Google Video or YouTube clip you want to use and click Save

Step 3: Adding Pages 

1) Click on the New Page button to create a new page 

2) Enter a name for the page under Name your page

3) Click on Web Page to select a template 

4) Select a location: 

• Select Put page at the top level to make the page at the same level as the Home page • Select Put the page under …(one of your page names) to make it a sub-page to one of  your pages 

• Click on Create 

Step 4: Formatting 

Formatting Defaults: 

The default setting for pages in Google Sites is to allow others to add Attachments and/or  Comments which appear as links at the bottom of the page.

13) If you don’t want these options to appear on your page, click the More button in the top right  corner and click Page Settings 

14) Uncheck the boxes for Allow attachments and Allow comments to remove the links and click Save

Additional Formatting Options: 

1) Click on the More button in the top right corner and select Manage site from the drop down list  From this menu, you can opt to change the colors, fonts and theme of your site. 

Step 5: Editing the Sidebar 

The Sidebar helps site visitors find what they are looking for and stays with the user while  navigating the site. 

1) Click on the More button in the top right corner and select Edit slide layout 2) Click on Sidebar 

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