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Thursday, December 4, 2014

siteMaestro for ePortfolios

One thing I always struggled with as a teacher in a 1:1 classroom was having a place for students to share their digital work/life so they had a more real audience than me and their parents and the refrigerator.  I've looked at a lot of tools, like Three Ring and Moodle, but always kept coming back to the thought that Google Sites was a free, easy to use alternative.  But it seemed laborious to set them all up with the correct permissions for each student.  Enter siteMaestro!  This Google script add-on is attached to your Google Sheets and automatically creates a Google Site for each of your kids, gives them the sharing permissions so they can edit it, and allows you to control who can view the sight (in or outside of your domain).

First of all, it's free.  Second, it's very easy to setup.  You have to create one Google Site template first and then enter your students information into the spreadsheet.  But then you press the Create button and the magic begins and the script creates all of the sites, assigns permissions, and populates the spreadsheet with all of the students' URLs.  Whoa!  Blows my mind how cool that is.  The neat step about having it in a Google Sheet is that the teacher can publish that sheet and have one place with all of the students' URLs for their sites.

If you're looking for an easy way to have digital portfolios then take a look at siteMaestro.

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