Creating a Google Sites
Graduation with Leadership Distinction E-portfolio
Welcome to the USC Connect E-Portfolio Technology guide. Here you will find all the information you need to create your Graduation with Leadership Distinction E-Portfolio using Google Sites. The E-Portfolio is the required culmination activity for Graduation with Leadership Distinction.
- To find out what goes into your E-Portfolio check out the E-Portfolio Content Guide.
- Cocky’s Graduation with Leadership Distinction E-Portfolio is an example of what is expected in a student’s GLD E-Portfolio.
Getting Started Creating your E-Portfolio
Google Support - Google’s official support site provides you with an overview of everything you need to know when building your site.
Ingot - A General overview on how to build a website using Google Sites.
Ms. Computer Teacher - A basic tutorial with information to get you started on building your Google Site.
Create your site
The E-Portfolio is made up of a minimum of four sections, About Me, Key Insights, In-Depth Analysis, and Leadership. To find out more about what goes into each section check out the E-Portfolio Content Guide.
Below you will find helpful links on how to create your site and add new pages to your E-Portfolio.
This is how you get around your site, not only the creation of a side bar, but also how to link from one page to the next.
Some helpful links on how to manage navigation within your E-Portfolio:
Youtube: How to Change Navigation Sidebar Links in Google Sites (6:03)
Youtube: Adding Horizontal Navigation Tabs (4:57)
Google: Add and Edit the Horizontal Navigation Bar
Look & Feel
While the content of your e-portfolio is most important, your e-portfolio also communicates who you are in style and attention to detail. Information should be well-organized and professionally presented. Take care to ensure you are using appropriate color combinations and that your E-Portfolio is aesthetically appealing.
Some How-To’s on how to create or change the look and feel of your portfolio:
Fonts and Sizes:
Youtube: How to change font type and size (1:02)
Change the Page Template:
YouTube: Working with Page Templates (3:38)
Artifacts are items that you upload into your e-portfolio that Illustrate significant components of your engagement in beyond the classroom experiences or provide evidence of your knowledge or skills as demonstrated in class assignments or other projects.
Artifacts can be anything from pictures, papers, video clips, to art work, a bulletin from an event, or graphs/charts.
When you upload an artifact to your E-Portfolio make sure to include within the text of your portfolio why you have chosen that specific artifact and why it is important to you.
Some tips on how to upload different types of artifacts:
Inserting a Document:
Youtube: Inserting a document (5:01)
Inserting a Google Map:
Youtube: Embedding a Google Map (1:03)
Working with Lists:
Ingot: Add and Remove List Items
Submit & Share
How to submit your E-Portfolio
For students completing the E-Portfolio requirement independently you must submit it by the following dates:
- February 17 for May Graduates
- September 15 for December Graduates
- May 15 for August Graduates
You must submit the e-portfolio to USC Connect via the USC Connect Blackboard Organization “Graduation with Leadership Distinction” for your graduating semester and year (e.g., May 2014). Further details will be posted as we approach the deadline for submission.
If you are completing the E-Portfolio requirement through a course you will submit the E-Portfolio as a course assignment in Blackboard by the due date established by your instructor.
Sharing your Site
Hints & Tips
In this section you will find some helpful hints and tips for creating and updating your E-Portfolio.
Google Sites Trouble Shooting:
Steegle: Google Sites Accessing and Editing Troubleshooter
Deleting your E-Portfolio:
Steegle: How do I delete my site?
Increasing your E-Portfolio’s Search Results
Steegle: Get Found in Google Search
Add a Second Sidebar
Youtube: Creating a new sidebar, renaming it, and adding pages (2:17)
Add a link from an image (Making a button)
Youtube: Making a Button (5:29)
Youtube: Working with Page Templates in Google Sites (3:37)
Removing items from the Google Footer
Steegle: How do I remove recent site activity and revision history?
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