I am a Google Certified Educator (Level 1), thanks to the UCLA TEP and Google partnership training! Google Apps are great for educators, and I want to focus on one app in particular – Google Classroom. It is meant to be super user-friendly, and once you have the tips from this post, you will be good to go!

Google Classroom (classroom.google.com)
It is a great platform for students and teacher to connect virtually. It allows teachers to make announcements, post questions, assign and grade work. Students can access the Classroom page securely with a class code. Some school network platforms have similar functions but aren’t super user-friendly, so many educators are adopting Google Classroom.

Here are a few tips I learned:
Before accessing Google Classroom, be mindful of the email domain that you’re logged into. Currently, there are restrictions on who can join your network. If you log in with a personal account, school domains cannot join your Classroom. Conversely, if you log in with a school account, personal domains cannot join. This is to protect you and your students.

Once you are on the Classroom page, you can create a classroom and will be provided a class code. This is the code you will provide your students. Class code is located in the “Students” tab (see picture). It is recommended that you create a class for each period in order to better organize work and protect individual privacy.

4 Steps to Create and Organize Assignments
Goodbye stacks on stacks of paper, goodbye jam-packed student folders, goodbye filing!! Classroom allows teachers to virtually assign work and grade student submissions. It reduces the amount of papers in the classroom, and automatically organizes things for you. Take a look!

Step 1:
 Choose “Create Assignment”.

Step 2: Fill in the specifics. The work can be in any popular formats (Google doc, Word, pdf, youtube video, etc.). You can also post the same homework to multiple classes by clicking the drop down menu at the top.

Step 3: Very important! If you upload an attachment in any format, you must select the option for student access. The option can be found by clicking the drop down menu next to the document. This option cannot be changed at the later time. 

  • Students can view file: Students can only open the document. They cannot comment or type in it.
  • Students can edit file: All students will access the same document (ie. a class of 36 students working on the same page)
  • Make a copy for each student: Each student work independently on their own copy. This is most recommended for homework or individual work purposes. Classroom will automatically assign students’ names to the documents (students must log in with their email), which will help with grading.

Step 4: Hit “Assign”, and wait for student submissions to roll in!

Grading with Google Classroom
Step 1: Simply click on the assignment, and it will bring you to the grading page.

Step 2: You will see all student submissions with their names. Classroom highlights if work was submitted late or not submitted at all.

Step 3: Click into the individual assignment and you will see student work.

Step 4: On the top of the page, you can change the total score. For example, I gave Dania 98/100. I typed the score directly next to her name.

If you would like to export the grades into a spreadsheet, you can go to Settings –> Download. Many grading platforms allow you to import grades from a spreadsheet, so that you won’t need to input them manually.

That’s it for now! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. I am also certified on many other Google Apps, message me if you would like a post on the other products. If you had success implementing Google Classroom in your class, please share your story below.

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