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.
Each of the Google Apps in G Suite have a shortcut URL that allows you create Google Apps super quick!
No Save Button
One of the most challenging things to get used to when moving to Google Apps is the lack of a save button. You create and close the doc. It is immediately available to add to a Google Classroom assignment.
All of your documents are saved in Google Drive. When creating a Google Classroom assignment, click on the Drive icon to link to the document you just created.
Google Classroom now allows parents to use any email address to sign up for guardian summaries.
To set up Guardian summary emails, go to the “Students” tab.
On the left-hand side, turn on “Guardian email summaries.”
Invite guardians by clicking on “Invite guardians” next to each student’s name. Note that once a guardian is invited it copies to all Google Classrooms on the domain. In other words, other teachers will not need to also invite the guardian.
We know that learning doesn’t stop when our students leave the classroom. Google Classroom has several new features that help us to move learning beyond the walls of our classroom and increase our connections with students.
Email Summaries for Parents
The email summaries tool automatically creates summaries to provide parents with an overview of their students work. Parents or guardians can customize how often they receive summaries. Summaries can be received each day, once a week or even once a month. The summaries include assignments, grades and missing work. Parents or guardians have the option to opt out of summaries at any time.
Draw on Documents
Now students can add their ideas – and write outside the lines – by annotating documents in the mobile app. They can draw on Google Docs, images and PDF. This lets students participate in learning beyond using online texts and images. They can write math problems and draw diagrams and create their own designs.
This provides students with more options for express their ideas and allow for teachers to better assess and gauge learning.
Google Expeditions truly expands the walls of the classroom by allowing students to participate in travel to new places through virtual experiences. The expeditions app will soon be available on iOS.
Streamline the Stream
Google Classroom has also become more user friendly for both teachers and students.
The Stream can get messy as the school year goes on. Now teachers can organize the stream by including topics to posts. This allows for you to organize your assignments and announcements. It also helps students to navigate the Stream and locate the information that they need.
Images in Google Forms
A new feature on Google Forms allows for you to include images and videos in a question. This is helpful when using Google Forms to assess student learning.
Organize your Inbox
Google Classroom can flood your inbox. When you are using a Google Apps for Education account, gmail now automatically organize your inbox by grouping emails from Google Classroom. This is useful for both students and teachers to make the workflow more efficient and sort emails into tasks.
50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach
Dr. Libbi Miller and I have finished the follow-up to our popular book “50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom.” This book helps you take Google Classroom further with 50 more tips. The book is chock full of ways to take it further with tips, resources, and templates. Libbi and I are excited about a student-centered classroom. Technology such as Google Classroom helps to provide a more student-centered classroom when previously it was very challenging. This book helps you consider ways to start moving towards a more student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Lisa Highfill, co-author of the book “The HyperDoc Handbook,” provides the foreword to give her view on shifting the classroom model.
If you are interested in being notified when the book is available for sale on Amazon, please fill out this Google Form.
Schedule a Post
Schedule a post to the Stream by clicking on the drop down arrow next to the blue assign box.
Choose the schedule option from the drop down menu.
Choose Date and Time
Select the date the post will appear in the Stream. Edit the time to determine what hour and minute the post will appear.
Ask a Polling Question to the Stream
An update to the Question style assignment now allows for asking a multiple choice question.
Create a Question
Click on the plus icon in the bottom right to choose “Create question.”
The default question type is “Short answer.” Click on this to change to “Multiple Choice.
You can ask a single multiple choice polling question. Use this for an exit ticket, formative assessment or to see who is going on the field trip.
The assignment folder in Google Classroom makes it quick to find all student documents for an assignment at once. The assignment folder icon links to Google Drive. Google Drive has a “Classroom” folder. Within that folder is a folder for each class. Within each class folder is a folder for each assignment that has attachments.
Start in the Stream and click on the assignment title.
In the assignment grading page, the assignment folder icon is located under the “Done” and “Not Done” counts. Click on the folder icon to open Google Drive.
Google Classroom is simple to get started. Go to classroom.google.com, create a class, post an assignment and share the class code with students. There is no easier way to go blended. Here are a six things to click on that are not so obvious.
1. Class Folder
The class folder is located in Google Drive. It is a subfolder of the Google Classroom folder in Google Drive. The class folder icon is located in 2 places: class tile on the home page and on the About tab.
2. More Options Icon
On each post in the Google Classroom Stream is a more options icon (3 dots). Use the options icon to edit the post in the Stream.
3. Reuse Post
When creating a post (assignment or question) in Google Classroom, the top option is to “Reuse post.” This allows you to make a copy of a previous assignment or announcement and post it to the current class.
4. Reset the Class Code
In the left sidebar of the Stream is the class code to share with students. Reset the class code or disable students from joining the class by clicking on the arrow next to the class code.
5. View Assignments
In the left sidebar of the Stream is the upcoming work (assignments with a due date). Click on “View all” to reveal a more concise list of the assignments in the Stream.
6. Archived Classes
In the Google Classroom menu, at the bottom, is the option to view “Archived classes.” To delete a class, it must first be archived and then it can be deleted from the archived classes.
Android users can now view app notifications right in the Google Classroom app. Click on the 3 lines menu in the upper left to view the option for notifications.