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EDUC 439/639: Google Sites in Education

You will be happy to discover that you do not necessarily need to purchase any textbooks for use in this course, because your course instructor has selected resources that are available freely online.

Google's Training Center

Google provides a wide selection of free tutorials covering a wide range of topics at the Google Apps Education Training Center. See especially the Google Sites training modules. These modules can be considered the official textbook for this course.

Dr. Fred's Video Tutorials

Your course instructor has created a series of Google Sites video tutorials that you can work your way through as the course progresses. Working through these videos at the same time as you study the Google Sites training modules can be a good way of helping to ensure that you are learning the Web design concepts that will enable you to make effective use of Google Sites.

Google Sites for Teachers

For examples of how Google suggests using its tools in education, follow this link to Google Sites for Teachers.

Google's End User Help Center

The gateway to Google's online assistance for end users is this End User Help Center.

Google Sites Help Forum

Google has created a site where you can obtain help on a wide range of Google Sites topics. To see the rich array of discussion categories, follow this link to the Google Sites Help Forum.

Google Sites Common Issues

Google Sites is constantly evolving as it pushes the envelope in providing innovative new services in the cloud. Along the way, inevitably there are a few problems Google is aware of needing to solve. During the course, if you encounter trouble that you cannot solve, follow this link to see if your problem is one of the Google Sites Common Issues.

Google Apps YouTube Channel

Follow this link to the Google Apps YouTube Channel. Here you will find the videos that Google has placed on its own channel for disseminating information about Google Apps.

Google Apps Update Feed

Google is constantly working on new features across the entire suite of Google Apps. To keep updated on Google Apps features, subscribe to the Google Apps Update Feed.

Google Apps Blog

Another feed to monitor is the Google Apps Blog. Especially useful are the videos Google embeds in this blog illustrating how to use the many features of Google Apps. You can subscribe to these feeds using Google Reader.

Google Apps Deployment Videos

Google has made eLearning videos to help Google Apps administrators learn how to configure the many settings available on the Google Apps Dashboard. You may be interested in persuing these features if you are interested in becoming a Google Apps administrator, or if you would like to know more about the features you could ask your Google Apps administrator to provide. If you want to learn what is involved in administering Google Apps, follow this link to the Google Apps eLearning videos.


To complete the hands-on computer assignments, each student will need access to a multimedia computer (Windows PC or Macintosh) that is connected to the Internet via the latest version of either Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

Computer Accounts

Every University of Delaware student automatically receives an e-mail account. You should visit www.udel.edu/network to manage your password, username, and quotas.

Computer Sites

All students registered in this class have the option of using the multimedia PCs and Macs in the campus computing sites. Use www.it.udel.edu/computingsites to link to the general access site schedule. Please note that the use of the campus computing sites is totally optional in this course. If you have your own computer and Internet connection, you may never need to use the campus computing sites.

E-mail Addresses

Every student in this class must have an e-mail address on the Internet and read e-mail regularly. If you're enrolled in a University of Delaware course, and you do not have an e-mail account yet, go to the help center and follow the e-mail link for detailed instructions on how to activate your e-mail account. If you do not read your UD mail regularly, you should go to www.udel.edu/network and follow the instructions to forward your e-mail to your preferred e-mail address.