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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”.


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Google Classroom: Students Answer the Question

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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.

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Google Classroom: 5 Tiny Triangles

5 tiny triangles

5 Tiny Triangles When Creating an Assignment

When creating an assignment in Google Classroom notice there are 5 tiny triangles. Click on all of them!

  1. Assign to multiple classes
  2. Assign to individual students
  3. Set a due date and time.
  4. Add a topic
  5. Assign, schedule or save as draft.
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Google Classroom: Assign to Multiple Classes

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Assign to Multiple Classes

When creating a Google Classroom assignment you can assign to multiple classes. In the upper left where it says “For” notice the tiny triangle next to the class title. Click on this to select multiple classes to assign the assignment to.

Individual Students Disabled

When creating an assignment for an individual class you can assign to only certain students in the class. When multiple classes are selected, individual student selection is disabled.

Scheduling is Disabled

You can not schedule an assignment to multiple classes. You can save it as a draft, but not schedule. Set a calendar reminder to post the assignment at the desired scheduled time.

Download Google Classroom Data

Sometimes you need to download or move your data from Google Classroom. Visit the Google Download Data page and choose the data from the products that you would like to download.



You can also choose whether you want to receive your data through an emailed link, added to your Drive or added to Dropbox or OneDrive.


Google Classroom: Student Name First

Google Classroom student name first

Student Name Appended to Google Docs

When documents are created for students from Google Classroom the student’s name is automatically appended to the front of the document title. This makes it easier to locate student work in the Google Drive folder for the assignment. Sort your Google Classroom assignment by first name to match the order of the files in Google Drive.


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Google Classroom: To-do Link to Assignment

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Link to Assignment

In the sidebar, 3 lines menu, teachers and students can link to the “To-do” page. This shows students the list of work they have not turned in. It shows teachers the list of assignments they have not marked as reviewed.

Clicking on the assignment title launches the assignment.

Hold down Control

Tip: do not lose the To-do page, it can take awhile to load sometimes. Instead, hold down the Control key when clicking on the assignment title. This will open it in a different tab so you don’t lose the To-do page.

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Google Classroom: ONLY Attach a Google Form

Only Attach A Google Form

If your Google Classroom assignment ONLY has a Google Form attached (linked) then when students submit the Form the assignment will automatically be submitted for the student.

fill out google form

After submitting the Google Form the student will see an option to “Open assignment.” This is unnecessary since the assignment is automatically submitted, but it’s nice for the student to confirm that it submitted and it offers the student the opportunity to leave a comment about the Google Form.
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notice it is submitted

Linked Not Attached

Note that nothing is really attached in Google Classroom. We say attached, but really they are linked from Google Drive.