5 Google Classroom Best Practices

As we enter our 5th week of working from home / teaching from home, I wanted to take a few moments to remind teachers of 5 things that might make your life a bit easier when using Google Classroom as the information hub for you at home learners.

Turn off Classwork on the Stream Notifications  
Your students will find it easier to find your assignments if you have them organized by topic on the classwork page. If you are posting only announcements in the stream your students will find it easier to find them.

Click on the gear (top right in classroom) and set Classwork on the stream to “Hide Notifications” read more

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New Google Classroom Features

When I opened up my Google Classroom to create a new assignment today, I noticed a couple of changes that I wanted to share with you.

First, the Assignment screen has a new layout. The title and directions are where they used to be, but now all of the options for the assignment are gathered in a sidebar on the right. 

I love how all these options are in one place so that you don’t miss any of them!

You can still assign to multiple classes and students, set a point value, due date and topic. There are a couple of new options there as well. You can now create and use Rubrics within Google Classroom. Rubrics can be scored or unscored. If a rubric is scored, students see their scores when you return their assignments. A future Tech Tip will showcase this feature. read more

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Add live links to Google Classroom private comments

A quick tip for you this week!

Do you use the private comments feature in Google Classroom? If not, you SHOULD! By their very nature, private comments allow for a conversation between you and the students, providing for awesome feedback opportunities!

Private comments can also be used to share links to enrichment material, videos to help reinforce the learning, and more. But in order to make the link “live” (or clickable) for the student, you need to be sure to do it correctly.

  • Wrong: nwoca.org
  • Right: http://nwoca.org

You’ll need to put the http:// or https:// in front of the URL in order for Classroom to recognize it as a live link. read more

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Add a “Parent Corner” to Google Classroom Assignments

Today’s tip comes from the amazing Alice Keeler… and as a parent, I think it’s a fabulous idea.

Alice’s idea takes advantage of Google Classroom’s Guardian Summary emails that are auto-generated and emailed to parents. Guardian summaries are a great way to share what’s going on in your classroom without giving parents direct access into your Google Classroom.

Guardian email summaries include missing work, upcoming work, and recent Classroom activity (including announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers). read more

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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

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