Site or File? Customizing and Safety of New Google Sites

Lot’s of Googlers are still in the initial starting phase of the transition from “Classic” Google Sites to the “New” Google Sites. Set aside all the obvious awesome features of “New” Sites (below).

  • Modern web design
  • Responsive design (how the published site looks on differing devices)
  • Ease of use
  • Real-time customizing and editing

Did you know?

One feature that may or may not have gone unnoticed.. Google Sites is now a file which means

  • Google Site privacy and sharing can be addressed by student organizations
  • Google Site (file in Google Drive) cannot be copied (yet?)
  • Google Site (file in Google Drive) can be turned in through Google Classroom

The 3 points stated above is good to know from a teacher and IT admin perspective. Roughly a couple years ago, G Suite allowed the opportunity to change the sharing permissions per organization and sub organizations (aka groups of teachers and groups of students). Since “New” Google Sites technically a file in Drive, all sites per the group follow the same permissions of that group.

sites

What does this mean for students?

If Google Admin Sharing settings (connect  with your IT Admin)

 ous

Option 1: Everything stays in your domain (school or district)

If I only allow my students to share or publish Google Files (Docs, Sheets, Slides) within my domain (school or district) the same thing will automatically happen with Sites!

Option 2: Sharing can happen with Whitelisted Domains (other schools)

If I only allow my students to share or publish Google Files (Docs, Sheets, Slides) within my domain (school or district) and whitelisted domains (other schools) the same thing will automatically happen with Sites!

Option 3: Sharing can happen Outside Your Domain (the world)

If I allow my students to share or publish Google Files (Docs, Sheets, Slides) outside my domain (public) and the same thing will automatically happen with Sites!

 

 

Advertisements