Google Classroom: Reuse an Assignment

Google Classroom Reuse Post

The Google Classroom team is always listening to teachers and in response to feedback they have added the feature to be able to reuse a post in your stream.

Plus Icon

To add an assignment, announcement, or question to the stream click on the plus icon now located in the bottom right-hand corner.
Plus Icon in Google Classroom

The top option is to “Reuse post.” This will allow you to choose which class you wish to pull the previously posted assignment or announcement from. You will have the option to reuse posts from classes that have been archived.
Which Class

You can then choose which assignment out of the stream of that class you wish to post to the current class. Notice the option to “Create new copies of all attachments.” Be aware that this will duplicate your originals in your Google Drive. You can toggle the checkbox to link to the original documents instead. I recommend you UNCHECK the “Create new copies of all attachments” option.
Select post to reuse

Note: Using Google Docs is a paradigm shift. Unlike using Office you do NOT make copies of your files. You want 100% confidence that you’re using the right version. If you make copies you have version confusion. Do NOT “Create new copies of all attachments.” Instead, when editing the reused assignment, click on the document title in the attachment and EDIT it. Edit instead of copy. Use the revision history if you need to restore the document.

Edit and Assign

After choosing the assignment you wish to reuse, you will be able to edit the assignment, create additional attachments and assign to multiple classes.
Assign post to Google Classroom

 

Digital Filing Cabinet

Being able to reuse posts is great for many reasons. Sometimes I have to redo an assignment and the ability to re-post to the same class helps when I make an error. I get a little nervous with the ability to reuse content in the sense that there is the danger that it makes it too easy to just reuse materials that may not be appropriate for the current class of students.

I strongly feel that your lesson plans should reflect the interests and needs of the students you currently have. Teaching is not about delivering content, but rather designing an engaging learning environment that meets the needs of the current students enrolled in a class. Almost every class I teach I adjust my lesson plan as student questions or needs come up.

I remember when getting my teaching credential being warned about simply having your curriculum in the filing cabinet and pulling the lesson out of the folder each year. The same is true for digital materials.

What is fantastic about reusing posts in Google Classroom is that you are prompted to edit the post when reusing. This gives you an opportunity to reflect on and adjust the assignment.

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