Google Classroom: Link Other’s Documents

In Google Classroom, you can now link documents that do not belong to you. Sometimes you may want to link a document that belongs to someone else. Previously, you had to make a copy of this document in your Google Drive or change the share settings on the document.

Now, Google Classroom gives you the option to make a copy of the document without leaving the Google Classroom site. A copy of the document will appear in your Google Drive.

Google Classroom: Access Class Drive Folder

Access Class Drive Folder


Teachers can easily access the class folder in Google Drive through Google Classroom. From the student tab, click on the “Class Drive folder” option in the top block on the left-hand side of the screen above the teacher block. This will automatically open the Drive folder for the specific class in a new tab on your browser.


Preview Files in Google Drive

Press P to Preview in Google Drive

Press P for Preview

I like to describe Google Classroom as Google Drive management. When reviewing student work on the assignment assessment screen, notice the Google Drive folder icon below the Done count.
google drive folder

This will launch Google Drive to view the student’s assignments in Drive. Opening documents can be slow depending on internet speed. Pressing P to preview the file opens it faster. Use the arrow key to preview the next student’s document.
P to Preview


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Send Google Classroom Feedback

Send Feedback

In the bottom left hand corner of Google Classroom is a question mark. This allows you to “Send feedback.” Only include one feedback each time. You can fill it out multiple times. The feedback is tagged and they will let you know if they incorporate your feedback. 2 suggestions, click “Send feedback” twice. Also, remember to send them what you love about Google Classroom.

Send Feedback

Students Email Teachers

As teachers, you get a lot of emails, and it’s easy for messages from students to get lost in the shuffle. In Google Classroom, students can easily email teachers by leaving a private comment on an assignment.

Sometimes student emails are vague and can be hard to decipher. When a student leaves a private comment in Google Classroom, the email that the teacher receives will be linked to an assignment, so that teacher will know what the student is referring to.


Copy class code in mobile Google Classroom

Google Classroom Mobile: Copy Class Code

Copy the Class Code

On the browser version of Google Classroom there is a tiny triangle next to the class code that says “Copy code.” However, on mobile there does not appear to be any way of copying the class code. Seemingly frustrating because copying the code to email to a student is very handy. No worries, you CAN copy the class code from your phone or tablet!

Long Press

No menu option is needed on mobile, simply hold your finger down on the class code in Google Classroom and it is automatically copied to your clipboard.

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Google Classroom: Sort Students By Last Name

Students Tab Sort Students

When clicking on the Student’s tab you can find a roster of your students. The default is that students are sorted by their first name.

Sort by first name

Tiny Triangle

Notice the tiny triangle next to “Sort by first name” located right above the first student listed. Click on the tiny triangle to change from sorting by first name to instead sorting by last name.

sort by last name

Add and Remove Coteachers

Sharing the responsibility of the classroom can be one of the best things to improve a teacher’s practice. Coteachers can be easily added or removed from Google Classroom.


To add a teacher click on the “About” tab and choose “Invite Teachers” on the left-hand side of the screen.


Search for your coteachers by typing in their Gmail address or Google Apps for Education Address and choose “Invite”. This will send an invitation to the co-teacher. The coteacher will need to accept the invitation before being able to access the Classroom.


As teaching responsibilities change, teachers can be removed from the class. From the About screen, click the three dots in the teacher block and choose “Remove from class”.


Google Classroom Answer the Question

Google Classroom: Students Answer the Question

google classroom answer the question

Answer the Question or Ask a Question

Using the “Create question” option in Google Classroom is a great way to hear from all students. It can be a little tricky for students at first since it seems there are 2 places to answer the question. One is the answer line that says “Type your answer.” The other is the option to “Add private comment.”

Type Your Answer

Type your answer is the first line and is the answer line. This is what is submitted for teachers to be able to view student responses.

Add Private Comment

A Private Comment goes only to the teacher, so it seems like an acceptable way to respond to the question, but this would not sort with the other students’ responses. The Private Comment would be a place for a student to ask a clarifying question.