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1.) Teacher Site - Initial Setup

  1. Go to http://sites.jalsd.org. If you’re not already logged in to your Google account enter your Google username and password.

  2. Click on the red CREATE button.

  3. On the next screen:

    1. Click on the Teacher Site Template. (It should already be selected.)

    2. Enter your name in the “Name your site” box (Mrs. Smith).

    3. In the “Site location” box enter your first and last name using all lowercase, no punctuation, and no spaces. It is very important that do this correctly. If you do this step incorrectly your site will not be accessible from our district web site. It should look like this: markpickard

    4. Once you verify that all of the information is correct, click on the red CREATE button.

  4. It may take several seconds to create your initial site setup so please be patient. Once the initial setup is complete you should see your site layout with a default home page.

  5. The first thing you will need to do is to change the name on the home page:

    1. Click on the edit button (towards the upper right of the page).

    2. Change the title of your homepage from the default (Mrs. Smith) to your name. (The title is the first single-line box towards the top of the page.)

    3. Delete the current welcome message (yes, most of that is Latin) and enter your own welcome message.

    4. Click the blue Save button (towards the upper right of the page). Note that your name should now appear at the top of the navigation links at the left (instead of Mrs. Smith).

  6. In the links on the left:

    1. Click on About Me.

    2. Click the edit button.

    3. Edit the information to reflect your qualifications. Feel free to add any other information about you.

    4. Click the blue Save button.

  7. In the links on the left:

    1. Click on Contact Me.

    2. Click the edit button.

    3. Edit the information to reflect your situation. Enter information about the best time for parents to contact you. Add any other information you would like parents to know about contacting you.

    4. Click the blue Save button.

  8. Setup your subjects/preps on the left.

    1. In the links on the left click on LANGUAGE ARTS.

    2. Click the edit button.

    3. Change the title of the page to match your subject/prep (US History, World History, etc.). We recommend using all caps for the title page of each section.

    4. Enter a course overview in the section below the title.

    5. Click the blue Save button.

    6. Repeat steps a. - e. for each of your subjects/preps.

  9. If you only have one or two preps/subjects you can delete the sections you don’t need.
    For example, if you only have two preps then you would do step 8 twice (change Language Arts and Math) and then delete the rest of the sections:

    1. In the links on the left click on READING.

    2. Click the More Actions menu button (towards the upper right of the page).

    3. In the More Actions menu click on Delete page.

    4. You will see a warning about how this will also delete all of its sub pages. This is what we want so go ahead and click the red delete button. It may take a few seconds to complete the deletion process.

    5. Repeat steps a. - d. with the SCIENCE section (or any section you want to delete).

  10. You can edit the Class Info & News page and the Resources page to add extra content to you site. For instance you may want to add classroom news or course syllabi on the Class Info page. You could use the Resources page to add links to external resources.

  11. To make your site visible to parents and students you'll need to share it.

    1. Click the More Actions menu button (towards the upper right of the page) and then click Sharing and Permissions.
    2. In the "Who has access" section click the "Change..." link next to "Private - only you can access".
    3. Under the "Visibility options" click on "Public on the web" and then click the green "Save" button.
  12. Go back to http://sites.jalsd.org and click on the site with your name to continue editing your teacher site.


Click here to go to topic 2 and learn how to add assignments to your teacher site.