Enabling Page-Level Permissions Using Google Sites

Recently, a 6th grade teacher contacted me with a question about Google Sites. What she is hoping to do is have students create their own digital stories and share them through a common Google Site. Each class will have their own page that they can edit in order to create their digital stories. After all the stories have been created, the students’ work will be public so they can can share their stories with friends, family, and the world.

What this teacher has her students doing is pretty neat, however, she did not contact me just to share what she has planned for her students. She was looking for help on how to enable page-level permissions so students can only edit their class page on the Google Site. I know there are other teachers hoping to do this, so I decided to share my response on my blog. Please read below on how to enable page-level permissions. If you read this and it is helpful, please share a comment on how you are using page-level permissions in your classroom.

How to Enable Page-Level Permissions Using Google Sites

  1. Go to: http://sites.google.com and open your Google Site.
  2. Click on the gear/cog towards the top-right, then select Manage site.
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  3. On the left-hand side, select Sharing and Permissions from the menu.
  4. Click on Enable page-level permissions towards the top-right.
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  5. There will be a warning about page-level permissions. Click the button to confirm that you want to enable page-level permissions.
  6. You will now will be able to select from your site pages on the left-hand side. Select the page for which you would like to edit permissions.
  7. By default, pages will follow the permissions of the site. To change this, click on the Change button. In the pop-up, select Use custom permissions, then select Custom permissions: Add new users to this page. Then click Save.
  8. You can now customize the permissions of each user on your site so they have different privileges on different pages. The interface for this works similarly to sharing in Google Drive.

Now you might be asking, “How do I add students to this page?” Unfortunately, you cannot add students to just a single page. You need to add them to your site, then customize their permissions on the page you want them to edit. Read below on how to do this.

  1. If you are not already there, navigate to the Sharing and Permissions page on your Google Site. (Read above if you do not know how to get there.)
  2. Click on the title of your site above the list of pages for your site. Towards the right-hand side, you will see a sharing screen. This will allow you to change the permission of users on your site and add new users. Simply invite people using the text box. After adding user’s names or email addresses, change the permissions off to the right from Can edit to Can view. This will add users to your site, but will not allow them to edit anything. I also like to uncheck the Notify people via email box. This way students aren’t confused before I email them with the directions. When you are done. Click on OK.
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  3. Navigate to the page you want students to edit. You will see all of the students with whom you have shared your site. Simply change the permissions from Can view to Can edit for the specific students you want to edit that page. When you are done, click Save changes.

I hope the information above is helpful. If it is, please share how you are using page-level permissions with your students using the comments below.

Upcoming Webinar: The Flipped Classroom- How to Turn Your Classroom Upside Down

Have you ever wanted to devote more time in the classroom to exercises, projects, discussions or hands on activities? The “flipped classroom” is a class structure where the lectures are the “homework” and class time is used for application of concepts.

Join us onMe Wednesday, April 29 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM for a live webinar event where Steve Virkstis, a science teacher at Comstock Park High School, will share his experience implementing the “flipped classroom” model at the high school level. Steve will discuss his experiences changing from the traditional classroom to the “flipped classroom”. Steve will also discuss various aspects of producing your own video lectures.

While this webinar focuses on the high school level, middle school educators are encouraged to attend.

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The ShiftMich Idea Slam: A Unique Event to Bring Out Innovative Education Ideas and Fund Them

This post was originally published at Abud.me on March 9, 2015.

An emerging network, known as ShiftMich, is forming within the Michigan educator community and it’s out to connect the innovative people in Michigan schools. In just ten days, ShiftMich is making its debut with a unique event: the Idea Slam.

shiftmich idea slamMichigan has its largest educational technology conference coming up next week, organized by the MIchigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL,) in Detroit. The event will bring several thousand educators from across the state of Michigan and beyond together for a three-day affair. From keynotes, to featured presentations, to breakout sessions and more, #MACUL15 week is primed to be one of the best experiences of the year.

That’s why the folks behind ShiftMich are asking: what better time than now; what better place than here?

The Idea Slam is a fast-paced “pitch fest” and networking event for educators. Selected projects will be presented and attendees will vote on their favorite ideas. Winning projects will receive up to $1,000 towards their innovative educational idea. The rest of the evening is an informal meet-up with fun conversations and the opportunity to meet other like-minded educators during the conference week.

The concept of the Idea Slam was inspired by the Detroit Soup and TED Conference formats, but you don’t need to bring anything or have any specific “ideas” to attend!

All you need to be a part of this first-of-a-kind unique event during MACUL week is be a Michigan educator who is ready to…connect with others and be inspired!

If you believe in innovation in education…meet in Detroit at the Idea Slam.


Thursday, March 19th, 7:30-11pm (after the MACUL party at Cobo Hall)


1529 Broadway Street | Detroit, MI


  • 7:30pm | Doors open
  • 8:00pm | Opening remarks
  • 8:15pm | Idea Slam pitches
  • 9:00pm | Voting
  • 9:15pm | Winners announced
  • 9:15-11:00pm | Networking and idea sharing

Upcoming Webinar: How Google Classroom Has Transformed the Elementary Classroom

Google Apps for Education has quickly become one of the most popular educational tools in the United States. Its most recent app, Google Classroom, has allowed teachers to change the way they teach and students learn. While many educators have heard of Google Classroom, few have been able to see how it works in an actual classroom. Matt Becker, 5th grade teacher at Central Woodlands 5-6 School in Forest Hills Public Schools, would like to change that.

Google-Classroom LogoJoin us on March 17 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a live webinar event where Matt Becker will share his experience with Google Classroom at the elementary level. In addition to sharing his experiences, Matt will provide demonstrations and tips for teachers who would like to start using Google Classroom with their students. By the end of this webinar, attendees will have a strong understanding of how to use Google Classroom at the elementary level.

While this webinar focuses on the elementary level, secondary educators are encouraged to attend. Many of the experiences and ideas shared will be applicable to all grade levels.

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Presenting at e-Cornucopia 2014

UPDATE 7/20/14
You can view the recording from my session, as well as all of the e-Cornucopia sessions, here on iTunesU.

“Among the many great breakout sessions stood Andrew Steinman’s, Infuse Student Engagement and Assessment using InfuseLearning.”

– Erik Bean, Examiner.com

I don’t normally post about my conference presentations, but I am honored to share that Erik Bean from Examiner.com wrote an article about e-Cornucopia and highlighted my session on “Infuse Student Engagement and Assessment Using InfuseLearning.” In his article, Bean shares his experience at e-Cornucopia and discusses some of the highlights of InfuseLearning, which he considers to be a great formative assessment tool for educators.

You can view the article in its entirety by going to: http://www.examiner.com/review/infuselearning-freely-pushes-content-to-student-devices