Author: Chris Malanga (page 1 of 8)

To-do is back in Google Classroom!

Guess what’s back?
Back again.
To-do’s back.
Tell a friend.

(with apologies to Eminem)

One not-so-good thing about the new Google Classroom is that you can’t see if students have submitted work unless you click on the assignment on the Classwork page. One of the most requested features was that the To-Do list be brought back and now it has!

Click on the 3 lines in the upper left of the Classroom window to reveal the side menu. Then, choose “To-do” from the menu.

The To-Do list shows assignments from all your classes by default. At quick glance, you can see how many students have turned in each assignment. read more

Develop Your Personal Learning Network

Every educator should have a PLN – that’s a Personal Learning Network. Each person should develop their own network of leaders, educators, and resources to assist you with questions, ideas, and support. In this Tip, I am going to share with you some ways to develop your own PLN.

A PLN doesn’t have to be something fancy… it’s just developing links with other local and non-local educators to share ideas and best practices and to call upon for teaching advice. Educators that you follow on Twitter and blogs that you read are part of your PLN. (You do use Twitter, right? If not, next week’s Tech Tip will get you started!). read more

Two highly-requested Google Classroom features are now live

Before I get to the new features, I want to point out a change to functionality with regard to announcements and the stream. To add an announcement, you used to hit the plus sign at the bottom. Well, the plus sign is gone and now there is a box at the top to enter your announcement.

New announcement screen

Starting to type in that box will bring up the familiar Announcements screen. Also, if you’ll note that icon on the far right… that is the new way to reuse posts.

Now on to the new features!

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about the new Google Classroom was that the About page was missing. Many teachers used the About page to add resources like video files, documents, audio files, and other digital handouts such as a syllabus or class rules. With the new Google Classroom, the About page was gone and teachers had to resort to kludgy workarounds to mimic this feature. No more. read more

Split Text to Columns Easily

Sometimes the simplest features can be the lifesavers! Today’s tip is no different.

Have you ever had a list of names or other data that need split? In my example, I have a roster of students’ full names. This is not ideal, because I’d like to have them split by first and last so I can sort and perform other operations.

Previously, you would have to use something like the Power Tools add-on. I LOVED this add-on, but alas, it’s no longer free. But don’t fret… because this feature is now built-in to Google Sheets! read more

Google Classroom is getting even better!

Late this summer, Google Classroom entered a public beta phase with a bunch of new changes. Last week, these changes went live to everyone. There are some major workflow changes that will occur as part of the new Google Classroom. This tech tip (which is longer than many of the others we will do) will introduce you to some of the changes that have occurred over the summer. Clicking on a screenshot will open it in a larger window.

The Google Classroom updates were designed to help teachers save time and spark creativity in their students. There are several changes: read more

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