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Google Sites: Quick Website Templates for You and Your Students

October 13, 2011 by Karen Tusack

UWGoogle site example

This fall the UW-Madison is providing new tools for instructors through a Higher Education license for Google Docs and Google Sites. This license is a way for UW students and instructors to use certain Google applications while protecting intellectual property and student FERPA rights.

To use either UWGoogle Docs or UWGoogle Sites go to and activate your UW Google account via NetID. This account is separate from any personal account you might have with Google, so you will not see any Google Docs you have in your personal account.

If you've never used Google Sites before, give it a try when you have, literally, 3 minutes! Simply

• login at the address above and click on Sites on the black bar at the top of your browser window
• press the Create new site button
• choose a template (there is a UW-Madison template already there!)
• give your site a name and
• save it

When your site appears, click on the Edit page button in the upper right corner of the screen and replace the text with your own.

You can then open the webpage up to your students, selected colleagues, or to the world! You can also let anyone you choose edit the page, which makes for a powerful collaborative tool for your classes. Every one of your students has the same power to create these sites, so think of student blogs, group projects, student-built resource pages, service learning sites, and more.

If you are interested in getting started with Google Sites, visit the UW-Madison Google Apps website at Letters & Science instructors can contact LSS ( for help with Google Apps in the classroom as well.


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