Google Classroom
Google Classroom:  Think of this as your "digital photocopier" for what used to be paper-based worksheets and assignments. The beauty of Google Classroom is that it will push out an individual and personally named document to each student who is in your course! When they are handed in, the student's name is hard-wired into the file name itself!

Google Classroom is a little more than a year old, and new features have been released fairly regularly.

Going through the documents to check them off can be cumbersome-- consider the feature that allows you to Preview Documents in Drive!  

Basically, you just need to:
  1. Go to "My Drive"
  2. Select "Classroom" folder
  3. Go to appropriate course, then assignment.
  4. Select All (Apple+A; ctrl+A), then select Preview (Eyeball icon)
  5. Click left, right buttons to see previous or next document.

Socrative is web-based site that allows you to give students quizzes. It will grade and summarize student performance automatically. Beyond closed-end responses, you can conduct open-response answers for discussions or skill development. The "Space Race" feature allows students to compete as teams and can be a good pre-exam review tool!  Setup is simple.

Google Forms
Google Forms allow you to collect a lot of information: this can include links to projects, short answer responses for discussions or skill development, longer entries, and more.

Google Forms can also serve as a survey tool - if you provide specific choices, answers are tabulated and a summary of responses is provided.  A relatively new feature allows for data validation. You are able to specify a minimum or maximum number of characters for a response as well as a range of answers (if numbers). This can be useful if having students find and report scale, distances, or many other things.

Eportfolios  (How To Get Started?)
Eportfolios:  Have students document and reflect upon their learning and technology skills! Eportfolios can be something that allows students to evaluate their growth over four years of high school. Students have the ability to create a Google Site, and can create unlimited pages/subpages for their courses and unit projects.  Google Sites allow students to insert and embed not only Google Docs, Maps and Videos, but other web 2.0 projects (infographics, etc.)

Google Form responses are kept in a spreadsheet: Google Documents and spreadsheets can be published as webpages.  If you do choose to have students keep an eportfolio, have them submit a link to their site via a google form. You can publish this as a private webpage and access their sites very quickly.

Plugins such as linkclump allow you to select multiple links at once, and will open them as separate tabs in your browser. This is a massive time saver!

Practical Things to Consider:
  1. How are you most comfortable in collecting assignments?
    1. You can set up/go to folders and see the work, or require that students complete a form and give you the direct link, no matter what. 
    2. You can choose to grade work only after it is placed into portfolio - ensures that the portfolio is developed and a consistent place to look for things. 
    3. Consistency is best - whatever your approach, be consistent with it!
  2. Grading
    1. Google Classroom grade book cannot and will not connect to Infinite Campus. Is it worth recording info there?
    2. If recording Classroom work in Infinite Campus, ensure that assignment names match in both to avoid confusion.
    3. Consider the commenting features of documents and portfolio pages as a grading tool - both student and teacher feedback can allow for improvement! 
  3. Eportfolios
    1. These are most effective when they are used and referenced frequently - if use is inconsistent, not as much time will be invested!
    2. Consider an end of semester reflection/project using student's existing work in eportfolio as a part of/substitute to a final exam. 
    3. A consistent naming convention for the portfolios themselves are good for year-to-year progress. Much easier to locate if a new student is in your class!  Consider having students submit URL of portfolio via Google Form, using this as a way to get to their work.