E-Portfolios contain a wide range of digital files, including, text or PDF documents, videos, sound files, images and links to other websites or online resources, while Google Sites is a free web application for creating websites. You can develop the site by yourself or collaborate with others to develop the content of the pages.
Also, you can decide what you would like to permit for sharing, the owners of the website, and to whom you’d like to authorize the site’s management. You can as well grant permission to visitors for viewing purposes only.
Advantages of using Google Sites
- It’s free and easy to create, more so, you don’t need to understand any web coding.
- Your website can be created solely or in collaboration with others
- Your e-portfolio is integrated with other Google Apps and tools so you can easily share videos, photos, presentations, or calendars.
- Your site will be stored on Google’s server, with no need of using VPN compression software, and you can have at least 100 MB of free online storage.
Getting Started: Creating Your Own e-Portfolio
- Go to sites.google.com
- If you have an existing Google Account, you can effectively login using your Gmail account details
- If you do not have a Google Account, Sign Up by clicking on the signup to create a new account and follow the setup steps then Click Create.
The page editor screen enables you to add content to your page, and it has an interface very similar to a Microsoft document editing page allowing you to change the font, add links, create lists, create bullet lists, etc.
- Just Click on the pencil icon to edit a page.
To Insert an Image:
- Click on Insert then select Image
- The pop-up box enables you to upload any image from your computer
- To select Uploaded images, click Browse to find the image on your hard drive and click OK OR Select Web address (URL), then Insert the URL of the web image and click OK.
- Click on a Template
- Enter the name for your website under the Name Your Site column.
If you will be sharing your URL with others, the shorter name is often more accessible; you can override the default and enter a URL of your choice.
- Enter the code and click Create.
To Insert a Link:
- Highlight the text you wanted to change to a link, then Click on Insert and select Link
- Choose if you wish to use an existing page in your site (Sites page), a Web Address or an Apps Script in the Create Link pop-up box.
- Click on the appropriate option
If you want to use a video from an external link:
- Enter the URL or the correct page and click OK to Insert a Video.
- Choose either YouTube, Google Video, or Google Docs Video
- Insert the URL of the Google Video or YouTube video you need to utilize and click Save.
- Click on the “New Page” button to generate another page
- Insert the name of the New page under “Name your page” Then Click on Web Page to choose a template
- Select Put page at the top level to make the new page stand at the same level as the Home page, or you can choose Put the page under to make it a sub-page to one of your pages
- Click on Create
Google site default settings for pages is to enable others to include Attachments and Comments which show up as connections at the base of the page.
- If you don’t need these alternatives to show up on your page, click the More catch in the upper right corner and click Page Settings.
- Uncheck the boxes for “Allow remarks” to remove the connections and click Save