As part of the first year of our ePortfolios pilot with 8th graders, we have created a Google Sites template that students are required to use. While I like the idea of having students build a site from scratch (which I believe High Tech High does), this is our first year of the pilot, so we felt that a defined template would ease the process.
We are going to have students create their eportfolio websites using this template next week. On my other blog, I have created instructions on Creating a Google Site from a template. Students will use these instructions to create their sites.