The best teachers collaborate, but we don’t always collaborate with the same people or in the same ways. Google Classroom has made it easier to stay flexible when we work with other teachers. Now you can transfer ownership of your classes to your co-teachers.
In order to transfer ownership of a class, the new teacher must first be listed as a co-teacher in Google Classroom. From the About tab, find the teacher that you want to make the owner of the class. Click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the teacher tile. This will open up a drop down menu. You can choose to make this teacher the owner of the class or remove this teacher from the class.
Once you click “Invite”, the new teacher will receive an email to confirm the change of ownership. You will remain the owner until the invitation is accepted.
On the class tiles page you can now move the tiles by clicking on the 3 dots and choosing “Move.” You can also drag the tiles around as you would like.
Google Classroom just made it much easier to share your class code with your students!
On the student screen, click the down arrow next to the class code. This will show a list of new options. Click clicking the down arrow on next to the class code, you will find a list of new options. Click “display” to enlarge and project your class code.
This will open a new popup window that projects the class code in large, easy to read letters!
Google Classroom now makes it easier to track student progress and monitor work. From the student list, click on an individual student name. This will take you to a new page where you can view all of the assignments that the student has submitted.
You can also use the filters options to quickly organize the student work folder. This makes it easy for you to see which assignments have been turned in and which are still outstanding or needing revisions.
On the Students tab, click on the tiny triangle next to the Class code. Choose “Copy” to copy the code to your clipboard.
Click on the About Tab along the top and find in the sidebar an option for “Class Drive folder.” Anything in the folder is private to the teachers. Suggestion to create your documents in this folder for organization purposes.
When in the Stream of Google Classroom you can find the topics listed on the left-hand side. Click on the topics in the listing to filter assignments for that topic.
You can add a topic by clicking on “Add topic” in the sidebar.
Alternatively, you can add a topic when creating an assignment. By default an assignment has “No topic.” Click on the tiny triangle next to “No topic” and click on “Create topic” at the top.
Think outside the box of the traditional topics you would have used in your gradebook. Instead, think… how will students FILTER the Stream. Create topics around what would make filtering useful, not simply by category. You’ll likely change your mind and need to edit your topics. In the sidebar on the left, hover over a topic to reveal the 3 dots options. Click on the 3 dots to either “Rename” or “Delete” a topic.
Launching the Google Classroom app you will see the tiles of the classes you are teaching. Notice 3 dots on the tile. Tapping on these provides the option to “Edit” or “Archive.” Edit allows you to edit the class title. Note that this does NOT edit the folder title in Google Drive. Archive hides the tile from you and students. Students can no longer interact with the course but they can see course materials. All files were never in Google Classroom; all files are and still are in Google Drive. Locate archived classes by clicking on the 3 lines menu icon in the upper left.
If you are using Google Classroom the mobile app is a MUST!! The Google Classroom team listens to feedback. Notice in the upper right hand corner of the app is 3 dots. This provides the option to “Send Google feedback.” Use this often. Share what you love or suggestions!
Google Classroom is no longer restricted to users on the same domain. If you have an @gmail.com email address you can go to http://classroom.google.com and create a class. You can also join a Google Classroom class by using your personal Gmail account.
For Everyone But…
This does not mean that you can use your personal Gmail to join anyone’s Google Classroom. You can if the teacher made the class in Gmail but not necessarily if it was created on a school domain. School accounts are managed by the G Suite admin. In order to join a school Google Classroom class the G Suite admin will have to have checked some checkboxes in the admin panel to allow it. This is highly unlikely to happen at most schools.
G Suite Admin
If your G Suite admin is willing to allow personal Gmail users to join the domain they will need to go to http://admin.google.com and under Apps, choose G Suite, and then expand the settings for Google Classroom. They will want to choose “Any user” for both who can join classes and for classes you can join.
Go Slow Workshop
Alice Keeler has Go Slow online workshops that take place through Google Classroom. You can join with your personal Gmail accounts. If your G Suite admin will check the “Which classes can users in your domain join” option “Any G Suite class” then you can use your school account for the Go Slow online workshop training.