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Tour of Google Classroom

Welcome to 50thingsbook.com. This site is created by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller to provide a look at Google Classroom. Scroll down to review each section of Google Classroom. We have outlined the elements you will find for each part of the Google Classroom platform.

Signing Into Google Classroom

Google Classroom Website

Start with the Google Classroom website: classroom.google.com.

Creating or Joining a Class

Locate the plus icon in the upper right-hand corner after signing up. Teachers can join a class as a student or create a class.

Google Classroom click on the plus icon to join or create a class

Class Tiles

Class tiles page

The class tiles page allows the teacher or student to easily switch from one Google Classroom class to another.

  1. Join or create a new class.
  2. Menu
  3. Click on class title to enter class.
  4. Upcoming assignments.
  5. Link to class folder in Google Drive.
  6. Student view “Your Work.”
  7. More options: Rename class, Archive, Leave Class (student), Copy Class


The Stream is the social hub of Google Classroom. This is where announcements can be made by the teacher. Students, if enabled, are able to share resources or ask questions. Any assignments created on the Classwork tab are announced on the Stream.

Stream of Google Classroom in teacher view
  1. View the Stream.
  2. Post an announcement to the Stream.
  3. View assignment announced from the Classwork page.
  4. View an announcement in the Stream.
  5. Make a class comment.
  6. View upcoming work.
  7. Display the class code.
  8. Expand out the class description.
  9. Select a theme.
  10. Switch to the Classwork page for creating and organizing assignments.
  11. View list of students.
  12. Settings Cog for Google Classroom
  13. Google Classroom Menu

Student View

  1. View the Stream.
  2. View the Classwork page where assignments are organized.
  3. View list of classmates.
  4. Add a post to the Stream.
  5. Upcoming assignments that will be due.
  6. Announced assignment from the Classwork page.
  7. Announcement.
  8. Class comments. Add a comment.

Settings Cog

As with Google Forms always head up to the Settings cog for each class you create.

On the Settings Cog for the class you’re able to change the class title and set a description for the class.

General Section

At the bottom of the settings is a section for General Settings. We HIGHLY recommend you change the Classwork on the stream from “Show condensed notifications” to “Show attachments and details.”

Change to show attachments and details
  1. The class code is how students can join your class.
  2. Enable or disable students from posting on the Stream.
  3. Collapse, expand out, or disable assignments from posting on the Stream.
  4. When an item is deleted from the Stream, show the teacher the deleted items.
  5. Enabled, Google Classroom will email parents a summary of student progress in Classroom.

SAVE! Notice there is a save button in the upper right of the settings.

Attachments and Details

When enabled in the settings cog to be “Show attachments and details” the Stream shows the students and teacher additional information.

  1. Teacher is able to view assignments announced to the Stream.
  2. Teacher is able to see, without clicking, how many students have turned in an assignment.
  3. Teacher is able to leave a class comment about the assignment.

Student View of Attachments and Details

  1. Student can see assignments announced to the Stream.
  2. Student is able to, without clicking, view their status of an assignment.
  3. Student is able to, without clicking, view the full set of directions for an assignment.
  4. Student is able to ask a question about an assignment as a class comment.
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Classwork Tab

The Classwork tab is where teachers create assignments and organize them. The Classwork page is designed to use topics.

  1. Create assignments.
  2. Filter for topics.
  3. Assignments without a topic.
  4. Topic headings.
  5. Class Google Calendar.
  6. Class Google Drive folder.
  7. 3 Dots More menu for the topic.
  8. Due Date and time.
  9. Question assignment posted.
  10. Materials posted.

Student View of Classwork

Classwork page in student view
  1. View list of assignments and student status on each assignment.
  2. Filter Classwork by topic.
  3. View class Google Calendar.
  4. View Google Drive folder with student work for this class.
  5. View assignments without a topic.
  6. Topic headings.
  7. Due date and time.
  8. Posted question assignment.
  9. Class materials.
  10. 3 dots More menu to copy the link to the assignment or topic.

Create Button

Possibly the most important part of Google Classroom is the Create button on the Classwork tab.

Create button in Google Classroom
  1. Create an assignment.
  2. Create a Google Form with quiz settings in an assignment.
  3. Ask the class a question as an assignment.
  4. Post a non graded material.
  5. Reuse an assignment from another class or a previous class that is archived.
  6. Add a topic.

People Tab

  1. Add a co-teacher.
  2. Invite a student via email.
  3. Select all students.
  4. Email all guardians.
  5. Sort by first name.
  6. Select an individual student
  7. Actions:  Email selected student(s). Remove selected student(s). Mute selected student(s) from posting to the class Stream.

Creating an Assignment

On the Classwork page, click on the Create button and choose “Assignment.”

assignment in Google classroom


When attaching documents to an assignment there are 3 options for the document settings.

Google Classroom attachments
  1. By default documents are a view only resource.
  2. Collaboration option: Choosing “Students can edit file” allows all students to edit the same document.
  3. ‘Photocopy’ option: Choosing “Make a copy for each student” duplicates the attached template and places a copy for each student in the “My work” section of the assignment page.


blue assign button google classroom arrow
Schedule or save draft of an assignment
  1. Assign a post to the Stream. Posts immediately.
  2. Schedule a post. Set the date and time for the post to appear in the Stream.
  3. Save draft of the post. Continue editing or allow a co-teacher to edit the post before assigning to the Stream.

More Options

On a post on the Classwork page, there is a more options (3 dots) icon in the assignment stripe.

  1. More options icon.
  2. Edit the post.
    (Note: Assignments can not be edited to allow for “Make a copy for each student.” This must be done before the assignment is assigned.)
  3. Delete the post.
  4. Copy link to the assignment.
  5. Move the assignment up or down within the topic.
    (Note: you can also DRAG assignments and topics around on the Classwork page.)

Student Assignment Page

When students click on an assignment title in the Stream or click on the assignment on the Classwork page and choose “View assignment” they will see the full description of the assignment along with a section showing their work.

Student view of assignment
  1. Assignment description.
  2. Teacher linked assignment resources.
  3. Student work section.
  4. Student assignment status.
  5. Student work linked. Student clicks on document title to launch in a new tab and edit.
  6. Student can remove work from Google Classroom.
  7. Add files to the assignment.
  8. Create a blank Google Doc, Sheets, Slides or Drawing with the students name on it and add to the assignment.
  9. Student can view comments conversation with teacher.
  10. Student leaves a Private Comment only visible by the teacher.
  11. Student adds a comment that is visible to classmates.
  12. Students turn in work or mark as done if there are not any linked documents. When students submit work, ownership of the document is transferred to the teacher.

Student View After Returned with Score

  1. Student score, released after teacher returns the assignment.
  2. Student can view or leave a class comment on the assignment.
  3. Student status shows as “Graded.”
  4. Student can click on work documents to launch in another tab to see in document comments the teacher left.
  5. Student can resubmit the assignment.
  6. Student can continue Private Comments conversation with teacher.

Google Drive

Google Classroom organizes and works with Google Drive. Google Classroom creates a Classroom folder in each teacher and students Google Drive. Within the Classroom folder in Google Drive is a folder for each class. In the teachers class folder is a folder for each assignment that students have submitted work to.

Google Drive and Google Classroom Alice Keeler
  1. Classroom folder.
  2. Class folder.
  3. Assignment folder.
  4. Student work submitted to a specific assignment.


Google Classroom allows students to submit work. Locate student work by clicking on the assignment stripe either on the Stream or on the Classwork tab.

  1. Click on assignment title to expand out the assignment details from the Classwork page.
  2. Number of students who submitted. Click to filter and launch assignment assessment screen.
  3. Number of students not submitted. Click to filter.
  4. Number of students assignment returned to. Click to filter.
  5. Click on “View Assignment” to launch the assignment assessment screen.

Assignment Assessment Screen

  1. Select all students.
  2. Sort students: Status, Last name, First name.
  3. Select all students who have submitted.
  4. Filter tiles: All, Turned in, Assigned, Graded.
  5. Link to assignment folder in Google Drive.
  6. Student assignment tiles. Click on document to launch.
  7. Add numerical grade.
  8. Return student work. Returns editing rights.
  9. Email selected students.
  10. Edit points possible.
  11. Export student roster, grades, comments. Can be used to import to external gradebook.
  12. View assignment instructions.
  13. Clear filter to view all student work.
  14. Click on class title to return to the Stream.

Individually Assessing a Student

  1. Select individual students.
  2. Open and review student work.
  3. Assignment status. View submission history: Done, Returned, Resubmitted, Late.
    Submission history
  4. Enter student score.
  5. Add private feedback.
  6. View individual student view of all Google Classroom assignments for this student.
  7. Return work to release score.
  8. Return to student tiles.


Click the 3 lines in the upper-left corner of Google Classroom to view the menu.

  1. 3 Lines Menu
  2. Class tiles (Home).
  3. Classroom calendar. All class assignments displayed on one calendar.
  4. List of assignments assigned for all classes.
  5. Class where the user has teacher role.
  6. List of work for student.
  7. Class where the user has student role.
  8. Archived Classes.
  9. Settings: Change profile picture, set email notifications.
    settings notifications


Make universal settings changes to Google Classroom.

  1. Change your profile picture.
  2. Disable ALL email notifications from all classes.
  3. Expand to disable ALL email notifications from specific classes.


Choosing “To-do” under the menu provides a list of assignments. By default work from all classes is displayed. The work list for classes you teach only displays assignments you’ve assigned. The work list for classes you are enrolled in only displays assignments that have been assigned to you.

  1. Filter by class.
  2. Work listed is sorted by due date.
  3. Click on assignment title to open that assignment.
  4. Click on number Turned In to view students who have submitted.
  5. Click on number Assigned to view students who are still working on the assignment.
  6. Click on Returned to view students who have been graded and score returned.
  7. More options dots allows to mark the assignment as reviewed, removing it from the “Reviewed” list.
  8. Class the assignment is assigned to.
  9. Reviewed assignments.
  1. Reviewed assignments on the To-do page.
  2. Filter by class.
  3. Assignments are listed by due date.
  4. 3 dots More options menu will allow you to un-review the assignment.
  5. Click on assignment title to open the assignment.


From the class tiles page, click on the 3 dots More options icon to archive the class. This will disallow students from submitting work or making comments in the class. The class is still available for reusing assignments.

Reuse assignments from archived classes.

Reuse post

Tip: Do NOT “Create new copies of all attachments.”

 Send Feedback

In the bottom left-hand corner is an icon to send feedback to the Google Classroom team. They read every piece of feedback and your opinion matters. What do you love about Google Classroom? Please be sure to tell them! Have an idea? Submit one idea at a time. The ideas are tagged and you will receive a notification if your idea is added to Google Classroom.

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