Everything You Need To Know In Google Classroom (Part 1) I get lots of emails asking about Google Classroom. Oftentimes I can’t provide adequate answers to these inquiries given my limited experience with the platform. Although I educate my newsletter subscribers and the readers of this site on all things Google Apps, I have never had the task of actually managing a classroom full of students. Luckily, a reader of the site and real-life teacher was kind enough to help me put a lot of these Classroom dilemmas to rest by putting together a massive guide on everything you need to know in Google Classroom. The guide is too long to fit into a single post so I will be releasing sections on a weekly basis. I am excited to present the first part of this guide, which will take you through everything from first log in to creating classes and inviting students to those classes. 1. Here is some information to keep in mind before starting in Google Classroom. 2. This step is not lengthy, but it is very important. Go to: classroom.google.com 3. 4. 1. 2. a.
Google-Docs-Basics-A-Video-Course-for-Students-Teachers-2112819 Teaching Resources Teach yourself and your students to make the most of Google Docs with this 12-lesson video course, including printable Quick Notes and a differentiated Skills Challenge, to apply what you learn right away! If you and your students are not working in Google Drive yet, there’s a good chance you will be soon! To many people, Google Drive is just a simple online storage system, an online hard drive like Dropbox. But it’s so much more than that! Yes, you can store files in Google Drive, and yes, you can organize them nicely into folders, but Drive also has a collection of FREE built-in tools that allow you to create new projects right inside Google Drive, including Google Docs: A word processing program that does the same thing as Microsoft Word. With Google Docs, students can do narrative writing, informational writing, and argumentative writing. Sounds great, right? This course is the answer to all your questions. Skills Challenge: This may be the best part. Video 1: A Tour of Your Drive
Digital Shift News This month Chad DeAngelo is going to share his experience with Google Classroom and how he is utilizing it with students in his Biology Classes. Google Classroom is is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. Summary from Chad: Classroom is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Docs, and Drive. Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. In my Biology classes this year, I have set up Google Classroom to provide assessments online.
7 Ways Teachers Can Use Google Hangouts Using Google Hangouts is a great way to connect and collaborate with other classrooms. It’s also a powerful tool for making connections, working collaboratively and introducing the wider world to your students. Many educators have embraced Hangouts to enrich both their students’ learning experiences and their own professional development. How to Get Started on Hangouts If you don’t already have a Google account, sign up for one. 7 Ways Teachers Are Using It Form a virtual book club: Classes that are reading the same book or similar genres can discuss novels together and recommend books to one another. The possibilities of using Hangouts in education are endless. 10 Google Docs Hacks Every Teacher Should Know Google Docs is a popular word processing tool because it allows ready access to your documents and files from any internet connected device. It permits users to readily share documents and easily collaborate on materials. If you are already familiar with Google Docs, try out these 10 hacks to up your Google game! Convert a Word Doc to Google Docs Microsoft Word is still the most popular word processor in the business, educational, and private world. Offline editing You may believe that Google Docs is solely available online. If you would like to access your files offline on an iOS device (iPad or iPhone), it’s a little different. If you use an Android device (Smartphone or Tablet), open the Docs app → tap and hold the document name for two seconds. Restore an Earlier Version of a Document One of the great features of Google Docs is how readily you can collaborate on a document. Email a Google Doc as an Attachment Type with your Voice Embed a Google Doc to a web page Equation Toolbar
Google Forms: Submitting Drawings In Google Forms you may want to ask students a question that requires a visual answer. Google Forms limits student responses to text submissions. Google Drawings allow students to draw and model their learning, work collaboratively with images, create projects and provide evidence of their work. Using Google Drawings as an assignment for students can allow for easy assessment if you try these steps for combining Google Drawing with Google Forms. You will want students to submit their Google Drawings to your Google Form. Create a form that has a paragraph text box that asks for the link to the students published drawing. Instruct students to go to Google Drive and create a Google Drawing. Google Drawings are great for modeling mathematics or filling out graphic organizers. Instead of submitting the link to the Google Drawing to the Google Form, students will link to the published version of the drawing. Copy Link Students will want to copy (Control C) the link to the published drawing.
Google Keep: Send to Google Doc I use Google Keep to keep track of my brainstorms, todo lists, and to take quick notes. The app works offline which makes it great for jotting down ideas when I am on a plane. In a nutshell, Google Keep is digital “post it” notes. Google Keep is perfect for when you need quick access to your ideas. Sometimes I am using Google Keep to brainstorm some ideas on the fly. A new Google Doc is created in your Google Drive with the information from the note. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2015 Like this: Like Loading...
A Comprehensive Guide of Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google Classroom May 26, 2015 Since its release awhile ago, Google Classroom has been such a hit in the EdTech world with millions of teachers already incorporating it in their daily instruction.With this widespread use of Google Classroom, Google rolled out a host of important updates to improve the functionality of Classroom and to respond to the emerging needs of educators. All of these updates are included in this post. Today’s post is intended to help teachers and educators make the best of Google Classroom by providing them with access to some very useful resources, materials and tips on the use of Classroom in education. All of these resources are created and provided by Classroom Help Center. 1- What is Google Classroom? 2- How does Google Classroom Work? 3- Understanding the assignment flow Check out this page to learn more about how you can create and collect assignments paperlessly on Google Classroom. Teachers Students 1- Managing Classes2- Managing Assignments3- Connecting with Your Classmates
12 Tips to Make You a Chromebook Pro They're inexpensive and easy to use, but these tricks make Chromebooks even more user friendly. Chromebooks are a relatively inexpensive alternative to traditional laptops. While they don't offer the full functionality of a Windows PC or a MacBook, they are great for those who spend most of their screen time online and need some basic productivity programs. There are a lot of nifty features inside. Chrome OS recently got an update that includes the addition of Google Now to the Launcher, meaning that weather, calendar, and other info is quickly accessible, just like on an Android device. In general, Chromebooks are pretty intuitive to use right from the start, but there are lots of tips and tricks that are not so apparent and could be a huge help. If you're reading this because you don't yet have a Chromebook but are thinking about getting one, then check out PCMag's roundup of the best Chromebooks.
Getting Started with Google Classroom When we first heard about the new LMS that Google was developing there was a widespread state of excitement – hoping that those who use Google Apps for Education and Google Drive would be rejoicing in the seamless integration of their services with a learning management system interface. Well, now that people are getting access to Google Classroom, we can see that there was cause for excitement because while GC is relatively basic, what’s needed is there and done with fidelity. This article will break down the ‘Getting Started’ aspects of Google Classroom and will point out important features along the way. Logging In Only accounts that are associated with Google Apps for Education are eligible to utilize Google Classroom. Assuming you are a GAFE school, head over to to start your login and setup process. Setup a Class After logging in for the first time, Google Classroom will ask you to setup a new course. Choose a Theme Edit the About Page Update your Stream
SAMR and Google Apps - great ideas and tips SAMR stands for “Substitution – Augmentation – Modification – Redefinition”. It is a framework for using technology to transform learning. Substitution: Using new technology for an old task - good, but not the best way. For example, digital worksheets are still worksheets. Augmentation: Using additional new technology for an old task - this can make some tasks better. Modification: Using new technology to change an old task - this is good. Redefinition: Using new technology to create new tasks - this is great. Below is an infographic with some tips and ideas for using Google Apps with the SAMR Framework. Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics Here's another graphic that illustrates SAMR well. Related: Google for Education Resources Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!