Google Account and Portfolio Setup

1. Complete the Student Activities

Complete the activities under Unit 1 Lesson 1.3.

2. Review the Lesson Plan

Content Standards (CS)

Learning Objectives
(What students must be able to do)
Essential Knowledge
(What students need to know)
1.1.1 Apply a creative development process when creating computational artifacts. [P2] 1.1.1a A creative process in the development of a computational artifact can include but is not limited to employing non-traditional, non-prescribed techniques; the use of novel combinations of artifacts, tools, and techniques; and the exploration of personal curiosities.
1.2.1 Create a computational artifact for creative expression. [P2] 1.2.1a A computational artifact is anything created by a human using a computer and can be but is not limited to a program, image, audio, video, presentation, or web page file.

Student Objectives (Knowledge and Skills)

Students will be able to:
  • Identify Google sites portfolio as an example of cloud computing.
  • Create a Google sites portfolio that they will use during the course to post their work.


Use the e-mails that students send to you to keep track of student names, Gmail addresses, and Google portfolio URLs.


Access to computer labs

Learning Activities

  • Hook/Motivation (2 minutes): Why we are setting up Google accounts and portfolios? Possible answers:
    • We want to build a culture of sharing our ideas and accomplishments with others, including family and friends.
    • Portfolios enable us to display and share our apps and our other work in the course.
    • Reflecting upon the work you do on assignments will help solidify what you learned.
    • Writing up your work will improve your written communication skills.
    • Google sites portfolios are an example of cloud computing.
  • Experiences and Explorations:
    • Activity 1 (5 minutes): Students should create a Google account by going to the Google account sign up form. It is recommended that students create new Google accounts specifically for use in this course rather than use an existing G-mail (if they have one).
    • Activity 2 (15 minutes): Beginners guide to setting up a Google site.
    • Activity 3 (20 minutes): Customize and personalize the portfolio. Each site must contain basic information:
      • A name, such as "Jane Jone's Mobile Computing Portfolio".
      • A home page with whatever personal information you want to share about yourself, including a photo or image. The photo doesn't have to be a personal photo.
      • A navigation bar containing the categories Homework, Creative projects, Reflections, and Performance Tasks.
      • Ask the students to set their portfolios to Private (i.e. do not leave their site public on the web for anyone to see).
      • If a student finishes early, you can also ask the student to create a new Reflection page that contains a reflection on the Google sites portfolio creation process and on using Google sites.
  • Rethink, Reflect and/or Revise (3 minutes): Have the students compose a new e-mail, using the e-mail account they created, that contains the URL to their Google site portfolio. The students should send the e-mail to the instructor.

3. Reflect on the Activities & Lesson Plan

Your school email may already be based on Gmail accounts. It may work with all the Google products used during the course, but it may not as well. For example, you may be able to access Google Sites, but not App Inventor. Test it out during the summer to determine which route is best for your school. You may need to have each student create a brand new Gmail just for this course.

What are other examples of cloud computing that students may be familiar with?