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How to add a blog or comments box in New #GoogleSites using @Padlet

Add Padlet comments to New Google Sites

When working with New Google Sites, there are two questions that consistently come up from both teachers and web developers.  The first question, is “How do I create a blog in New Google Sites?” The second question is often “How can I teach Digital Citizenship by adding a Comments Section at the bottom of New Google Sites?”  Luckily, the answer to these two questions is pretty simple…  just use Padlet!

What is Padlet?

Padlet Transparent LogoPadlet is one of the most versatile tools that a teacher can have for their classroom. When working with teachers, I have used Padlet as a back channel, digital cork board, and even a substitute for the popular Flipgrid due to how easy it is for students to record video and share it with others in the class.  Padlet is a free tool that allows teachers and students to log in with their Google account.  Check out Padlet today!

How can Padlet and Google Sites work together?

One of the much-needed enhancements to New Google Sites came just recently when New Google Sites opened the ability for embedding and adding HTML code into it's websites.  This now allows users to add just about any type of third party application using what is known as an “iframe.” In the video above, you will see just how easy it is to include Padlet into your site.

Why should I add a blog or comments section to my Google Sites webpage?

Since it's relaunch in 2016, Google Sites has been one of the most popular applications for G Suite users, however, despite owning Blogger, which, technically is not part of the Google Apps Suite, Teachers working in a Google Based environment has no sustainable solution for classroom blogging.  This is where adding a Padlet board can come in really handy.  Blogging is a great activity that allows students to share their thoughts, and become digital publishers.  The fact that a Padlet allows students to add text, audio, video, drawings, images, and much more is a very exciting bonus.

How do I embed a Padlet onto Google Sites?

Step 1: Adjust Security Settings

In order to embed your Padlet onto Google Sites, you must first check your board's security settings.  It is recommended for students to set your board to Private.  This means that your board is available to others as long as they have the link, or in this case, when they are on your class website.

Padlet Security Settings

You will also want to adjust your setting to say “Those with access can write”.  This allows users to create and edit their own posts, but not the posts of others.

Step 2: Copy your Padlet URL and Paste into Google Sites

Once you have your security settings adjusted, click on the tab that says SHARE/EXPORT/EMBED and click on the Copy Link to your Padlet button.  While in Google Sites, click on the Embed button on the right-hand menu and paste the URL into the menu and click the button.  From here, you will be given two options.  Select “Whole Page” to have your Padlet embedded on to your page.

New Google Sites Embed

From this point, it's just a matter of adjusting your Padlet to the settings you need for your particular class project.  For a full list of these and classroom project ideas, please check out the video above.

How can I learn more about New Google Sites?

Here on TeacherCast, we have several great resources that cover New Google Sites.  Click Here to access all of our resources.

How are you using New Google Sites?

We would love to learn how YOU are using New Google Sites. Please share your New Google Sites links below and share your favorite way of using this amazing web development application.

About the author, Jeffrey

Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Westwood Regional School District. Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!