Google is one of the new products for classroom learning and it has received raga reviews from many educators. It is a learning management system that allows you to digitally create and manage as well as provide feedback to your students. Google Classroom is a suite of productivity tools (Drive, Docs, Gmail, etc.) that you can already use in your school, especially Google Apps for Education.
Google Apps for Education for classroom learning and useful for advanced users. It has a simple, easy-to-navigate interface that appeals to many teachers. If you’re already fully committed to managing student work using Docs and Google Drive folders, you may be surprised to find that Google Classroom makes this process easier for you.
The Google Classroom has evolved extensively since the first summer session last year. New features seem to be added all the time, so stay tuned for future improvements!
Check out this short introductory video and presentation of Diamond Breedlove to familiarize yourself with Google Classroom.
Important link for future reference
Here are four links you’d like to keep for future reference: Google Classroom
- On the web
- iPad App
- Android App
- Help Center
- Training Materials
- Make sure you’re logged in with your Google Apps for Education account. If you use your personal Google Account or attend a school that does not use GAFE, you cannot use the classroom.
- You must visit your Google Classroom Home. Below is a picture of my homepage with annotations to explain the different features.
- Click on + sign to create your first class. Create an existing class or one for practice for the purpose of this tutorial.
Step 2: Create a class
Do the following practice activities. Notice that there are three tabs in a class: Stream, Student, and About This support material will help you in this step.
01. Select the About tab Fill in the basic information about your class. Notice that you have a folder in Google Drive that contains files related to this category.
02. Click on the Students tab and add a student or two (probably a colleague who will serve as a guinea pig for this test). Be sure to indicate what permission you want these “students” to post and comment on.
03. And/or, give post-class code to a student or fellow student section for practice. This code is also available in this strip tab.
04. Go to your Streams tab. Share an announcement with your class. Notice how you can attach a file, a document from Google Drive, a YouTube video, or a link to another source.
05. Stay in your stream tab, create a comic work for this class. Fill in the title, description, and give it a set date. Connect to an organization and hire students admitted to this class.
Step 3: Monitor student recruitment
Here is information about grading and return assignments.
01. In your Streams tab, under the headings of your Offensive Assignments, you will now see your assignments in the top left corner. One-click of your performance.
02. This will take you to a page where you can see the status of students in terms of completion of tasks. This is called the student work page. For a placement to be fully marked, the student must be logged into their Google classified account.
03. Notice that you can determine grades and points. Click on a student and you can send them a personal comment.
04. If you check the box next to a student’s name, you can email the student or students.
05. If a student’s job is submitted, you can grade it and the student can return it.
06. To see all the student work at the same time, you need to click the folder at the top of the student work page. This folder link will be grayed out until the students have started the task.
Step 4: Try the classroom from a student perspective
Specific student help is available here.
- Ask a coworker to invite them to a practice class and create an assignment for that class.
- Attempt to start the assignment
- Assign this to your peer grade and return it to you.
Step 5: Consider the creative use of Google Classroom
How can we use Google Classroom in an innovative way?
- To enhance professional development materials
- Distribute digital citizenship courses
- Conduct departmental activities, meetings, and projects.
Step 6: Download the iPad app and repeat the previous activities
How does the Google Classroom experience differ from the iPad web experience? What features make that app perspective unique? Discuss your results with your colleagues and share your preferred method of using Google Classroom.