Organization can be a barrier for student learning and engagement. Google Classroom has been updated to provide easy links to access the Classroom Calendar and the students’ personal Google Calendars.
On the left-hand side of the screen, click the “Classroom Calendar” button to be taken to the the calendar overviewing the class assignments.
Underneath, you can access your personal Google Calendar by clicking the “Google Calendar” link.
Google Classroom makes it easy to see an overview of students work. Click on the “Students” tab to open up the class roster.
From the “Students” tab, you can email individual students by click on the three dots. You can also click on the student’s name to access a complete list of assignments.
From the assignment sheet, assignments are marked as missing, assigned or turned in. The due dates are clearly posted. You can click on the assignment title to be linked directly to the assignment page. This list can also be filtered to make it easy for you to view student work.
Reset it Until You Like It
My goal is to never hear “Keeler, the code is not working.” Oh… it’s working. You just typed it in wrong. On the Student’s tab is the ability to reset the Google Classroom code. Click on the tiny triangle next to the code and choose “Reset.” I reset it until it is almost a word. No L’s, zeros, O’s, 1’s, and not too long.
Look at this code, it has an o in it. I ask myself… is there a chance a student will type this in wrong? RESET!
Is it a word? The code zcx6vh is fine… it’s short and no funky numbers. But there is no pattern I can discern to make it easier for me when helping students. RESET!
Seventy Two Brown
This code speaks to me. It is almost 72 brown. I’ll keep it.
This code has the word fail in it!! I love it!
Google Classroom Stream Updated
A few things have been moved around in Google Classroom. They are minor changes but worth noting. The most notable for the Stream is that the “Students can post and comment” has been moved from the Students tab to the Stream.
A quick rundown of the Stream
- The Stream is where students view assignments.
- The Students tab contains a roster of the students as well as the ability to invite students or display the class code.
- The About tab allows you to post important information about the class or invite a co-teacher.
- Add assignments to the Stream by clicking on the plus icon.
- Upcoming assignments that have a due date will be displayed in the Stream sidebar.
- Topics act as filters. Click on the topic in the sidebar to filter the Stream.
- When students delete items from the Stream they are still visible to the teacher. The teacher can also choose to allow or disallow students from commenting in the Stream.
- Change the header image in Google Classroom.
- The 3 lines menu allows you to access other classes, archived classes, or change your settings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.