Send Google Feedback

Classroom App: Send Feedback

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 for Gmail Users

Gmail Users Can Use Google Classroom

Google Classroom for Gmail Users

For Everyone

Google Classroom is no longer restricted to users on the same domain. If you have an email address you can go to 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 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.
Set any user

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.




Create fast google docs

Quickly Add a Google Doc to Google Classroom

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.

Drive Icon

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 Drive Icon


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guardian email summaries

Guardian Summaries: Now Any Email

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.students tab in google classroom

On the  left-hand side, turn on “Guardian email summaries.”

turn on 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. invite guardians

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Taking Learning Outside the Classroom

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

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.









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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.

Interest Form

If you are interested in being notified when the book is available for sale on Amazon, please fill out this Google Form.

Schedule your Google Classroom Posts (1)

Google Classroom: Schedule Posts

Schedule your Google Classroom Posts (1)

Schedule a Post

Schedule a post to the Stream by clicking on the drop down arrow next to the blue assign box.
blue assign button google classroom arrow

Choose Schedule

Choose the schedule option from the drop down menu.
Schedule or save draft of an assignment

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.
Schedule assignment set date and time

Multiple Choice Polling Questions

Google Classroom: Poll Your Class

Multiple Choice Polling Questions

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.”
create a question in Google Classroom

Short Answer

The default question type is “Short answer.” Click on this to change to “Multiple Choice.

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. 
choose multiple choice google classroom

Locate the Assignment Folder in Google Classroom

google classroom assignment folder

Assignment Folder

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.
alice keeler google classroom click on the 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 find the assignment folder under the count

6 things to click on in Google Classroom Alice Keeler

6 Things to Click on in Google Classroom

6 things to click on in Google Classroom Alice Keeler

Google Classroom is simple to get started. Go to, 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.

Google Classroom google drive folder icon

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.

more options on a post in Google Classroom

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.

reuse post for creating an assignment in Google Classroom

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.

reset the class code in Google Classroom by clicking on the arrow

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.

Upcoming work view all link in Google Classroom

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.

Google Classroom archived classes menu