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Google Classroom

Overview

Classroom is a tool created by Google to allow teachers to push assignments out to students and for students to turn those assignments back in to the teacher. 

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Here is the basic workflow:
  1. Teacher creates an activity / template in Docs, etc.
  2. Teacher then creates an assignment in Classroom.
  3. Students receive that assignment.
  4. When finished they turn it in through Classroom.
  5. Teacher can check to see who has submitted them and can open each document to grade it.
  6. When finished, the teacher can return it to the student.
Key Features
  • Teachers can assign a Google Doc, Presentation, Spreadsheet, Drawing, a link, a YouTube video, an attachment, OR can just give a text description. Plus, you can add multiple items to an assignment.
  • Students can attach additional items to an assignment, including other Docs and links.
  • When students turn in a Doc, editing privileges are revoked for the student. They cannot see comments until the teacher returns it.
How it Works
  • Classroom manages folders in Google Drive. It copies files to teacher and student folders.
  • In Drive, a folder called Classroom is created. Individual class folders are copied into that.
What does Google Classroom look like from the student's point of view?
  • It's a good idea for you to have an idea as to how students interact with Google Classroom. You can do this by joining a a colleague's class or you can join the Sample Class described below.
  • Before viewing the sample class on Google Classroom, please be sure you have completed these steps:
    • Go to classroom.google.com.
    • Scroll down and activate your account (as a teacher) if you haven't already done so.
  • Once you have completed the above steps, join the Sample Class. This will enable you to see how students view assignments in Google Classroom. Here are the steps to join the Sample Class:
    • Be sure you are logged in to classroom.google.com.
    • Click on the "+" icon in the upper right corner.
    • Click "Join Class"
    • Enter the class code: nilnt9
  • You can "work" on sample assignments, see how documents are attached/copied, see links to other resources, and see how the Announcements feature can be useful.
Practice
  1. Create a class
  2. Add students
    • Sample students: 969696@guhsd.net, 979797@guhsd.net
  3. Create an assignment
Screencast Tutorials
Watch the following videos to learn how to implement Classroom into your Classroom today!
  • Interface Overview (2:40)
    A general overview of all the elements in Classroom, including the Classroom dashboard, the stream, the students page, and the about page. 

  • Activating Classroom (0:55)
    Using Classroom for the first time? Here is how you activate your teacher account.

  • Setting up a Class (2:09)
    How to create a class, select a theme, and add information to the About page.
     

  • Adding Students (3:00)
    This screencast reviews how to add students directly and how to have students join the class with an special add code.
     

  • Adding Assignments (5:19)
    Items covered (student and teacher views):
    • Adding an assignment to your class stream
    • Attaching a Doc, link, video to an assignment
    • Allowing students to attach additional items to the assignment, including creating new documents
    • Check progress on any assignment
    • Check who has completed an assignment
    • The naming convention used by Classroom
    • How students turn in assignments

  • Collecting Assignments (2:55)
    Items covered (student and teacher views):
    • Checking who is Done or Not Done
    • Students creation of additional documents
    • How students turn in assignments
    • Submission history and the unsubmit feature by students
    • Editing rights

  • Announcements (2:27)
    How to add an announcement to your stream and how students can respond to it.

  • Collaborative Assignments (3:42)
    Currently Classroom does not support collaborative assignments, here is a workaround.

  • Giving Feedback to Students (1:45)
    Once you have collected an assignment, provide feedback via comments on the document itself or through Classroom.

  • Drive and Classroom - Teacher Accounts (3:21) 
    A look at how Classroom and Drive interact in a teacher account.

  • Drive and Classroom - Student Accounts (1:47) 
    A look at how Classroom and Drive interact in a teacher account.