Google Sites Hack- From a 5th Grader!

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I will be the first person to admit…

I don’t know everything. 

No really I don’t…. and honestly, I don’t want to either. It means that I have nothing left to learn.

That, to me, is scary.

My role as a teacher has put me in the position as one who is viewed as “all knowing” or “with knowledge.” I believe that I have humanized my role as an educator and professional by confessing that  I don’t know everything, and that I yearn for information.

My students fully get it when I announce “Kids, I found this great piece of technology…XYZ…. I have NEVER used it before. I think it would be really great to use in this project! Let’s figure it out together!”

It gets me out of my seat- It disrupts the authoritative nature of being an educator, and being in front of the class- it puts me in the chair next to the student. Learning with them.

My room at any given time is much like organized chaos. My students are out of their seats. They are talking. To some, my classroom may seem very overwhelming. But they are excited. They are sharing. And most of all, they are in control of their learning process.

{A little side note, a back story before I fast forward to what I am trying to show you: A while back, I showed my students how you can access Websites “code source” on any given Website. Like, I mean a while ago….. Who knew it would come in handy for the lesson I have been working with them on?}

One of my 5th grade lessons that I am proud of is on the parts of the computer. In this lesson, students dissect and pull a part desktop computers, take photographs, edit them, and create a collaborative Website using Google Sites. This is out first year using the new Google Sites. I love the feel of the of it, but I still find it very limiting when it comes to creatively changing the appearance. I am an artist by trade. It bugs me.

My 5th grade students discovered a “hack” on how to change the look and feel of Google Sites. I was schooled. They taught me something that I cannot believe I didn’t think of myself!

Way to go 5th grade. Way. To. Go.

Without further ado: a 5th Graders Google Site Hack


Upon publishing the site we have determined that the code does not stick. Much attempts by my 5th grade students have erred this post to be only partially awesome. After many attempts and trying ctrl+alt+s, we still cannot get the code to stay. Rest assured- a class pizza party is at stake for the first student who can find (if one exists) workaround. Still, you have to admit that it is pretty cool that they discovered this. My students found this forum regarding this change. Do your part and make a suggestion to Google. This is going to my next lesson!

About Aimee Bloom

I am a run-on sentence. I typically am thought of as someone who is a forward-thinking with innovative ideas. ​ I am also an educational technology coordinator and a computer technology teacher. My passion is coaching and training teachers and administrators on the use of educational technology in their curriculum. One of my favorite pastimes is searching for a technology tool to met a teacher’s needs and the other way around. I coach the teachers in my building and travel to various schools to aid in the endeavor of educational technology. Because of my newly-added position as a student services coordinator, I began to use a Flip for my teacher trainings and recorded screencasts for the teachers to reference. It’s like Rent-a-Bloom. Not a 100% ideal situation, but I make videos as they are needed to either supplement the fact that I may not meet with them as often as they require, or they “heard from the grapevine” that I showed Mrs. XYZ how to use an {innovative} {collaborative} {communicative} tool. In the latter, the videos then served as a tool to get them started. The best part is, and the teachers that I coach will agree, they can fast forward me at anytime. ​ My second passion is sharing the love and sparking a fire. I hope the resources that I leave you with creates some interest in you. I would love to know that I started a blaze.