What is Google Classroom?
It's a Google App for education that allows educators to distribute class assignments in one central place. It allows you to post simple question and answer assignments, create shared or individual Google Documents, make announcements, grade assignments, and more! The possibilities are truly endless, and even better - it minimizes those piles of paper that stack up throughout the year!
Click through the slides to see tutorials on getting started.
Where Do I Start?
To get started, you do need to have a school email account. Sign up with that account and log in at classroom.google.com. Once that's set up, you can create your class. After you've created your class, students must individually join by using the code that is automatically generated for your specific Google Classroom. All they need to do is log in, click the plus sign at the top right corner of their screen, and enter the join code to join your class. After students are enrolled, you're ready to start making announcements and creating assignments! Check out the slides below for a quick tour to get you started.
What Can I Do With Google Classroom?
- Post an Announcement - Use this when you want to send whole class reminders.
- Ask a Multiple Choice Question - Use this to poll the class on their opinions, or as a quick formative assessment in the form of an exit ticket.
- Ask an Open-Ended Question - Use this for student self reflection, or as a formative assessment.
- Assign Individual Google Documents - This has unlimited possibilities! Think of everything that you would normally give as a worksheet... Turn it into a Google Doc! Your Google Doc can be simple or more advanced. Explore the HyperDocs page to learn more.
- Assign a Shared Google Document - Use this when students are working collaboratively on the same document.
- Assign Google Slides - I use this for class projects, such as a classroom recipe book. Each student is assigned the slide number that correlates to their class number (so there is no confusion about multiple students editing the same slide).
- Attach Videos or Documents - Put the tools directly in the students' hands!
Once you get the hang of posting assignments, you might be asking, "What now?" Well, just like any other assignment you give to your class, it's crucial to provide feedback to your students! Google Classroom makes this so simple - and it's a lot faster than handwriting comments on every student's page. One option is to Take a look at Slide 12 in the Google Classroom Mini Video Tutorials at the top of the page to see how easy it is to add your feedback to student work by commenting on their Google Document. By making comments directly on an assignment, students can go back and view feedback at any time. Even better, they can make changes to their assignment to show improvements!