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Google Classroom

The book “50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom” and “50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom” by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller is available now on Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. Bulk discounts are available for the book by contacting

Google Classroom Tutorials and Blog Posts

Here is a collection of my blog posts on Google Classroom.

Google Classroom Start Here – Type

50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

11 Things to Start with in Google Classroom 

35 Additional Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

A Tour of Google Classroom

Getting Started with Google Classroom

Google Classroom Essentials Infographic

6 Updates to Google Classroom for Fall 2015

Google Classroom: Find the Class Code (It Moved)

Google Classroom Deployment: Advice from David Malone

4 Year Olds Log into Google Classroom

Google Classroom: What do Kids do First?

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom 

Google Classroom: Student Quick-Sheet Guide

Google Classroom Essentials Infographic

Google Classroom: 8 Essential Tips Infographic

Google Classroom Chrome Extension

For STUDENTS: Chrome Extension – Classroom Split

10 Things That Students Want To Know about Google Classroom

Students 5 Steps to Google Classroom [Infographic]

10 Ways to Use Google Classroom for Higher Ed

5 Tips for Google Classroom from Teachercast

5 Things You May Not Know About Google Classroom

Google Classroom: 6 Tips to Level Up

2 Tips for Student-Centered Classrooms with Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Do Not Jump In The Deep End

Google Classroom: Middle Option = Collaborate

Google Slides: Collaborate in 40 Seconds

Google Classroom: Assign to Multiple Classes

Differentiate Assignments with Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Hear From Everyone

iPads & Google Classroom – Multi-User Device

Google Classroom: Posting a Daily Warm-Up

Google Classroom + Google Forms = Magic

Google Classroom: LMS or NOT?

Using Google Classroom with an LMS

Google Classroom: Numbering Assignments

Google Classroom: Do Not Go Digital

Google Classroom: Add Images of Analog Work

Google Classroom: Co-Teacher & Draft Assignments

Google Classroom: Save as Draft

Google Classroom: Add a Co-Teacher

Google Classroom: Viewing Rights

Google Classroom: 8 Steps Workflow to Create Files [Infographic]

Google Classroom: Make a Copy for Each Student

Google Classroom: Schedule That Assignment

New Feature! Add Topics to Google Classroom

Google Classroom: OOPS, Fixing Assignments When You Forgot to Make Copies

Google Classroom: Stop Being a Slave to the Copy Machine

Google Classroom: Private Comment as Assignment

Google Classroom: Link to An Assignment

5 Potential Mistakes in Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Submit Screenshots

Google Classroom: Have Students Create a Google Doc

Google Classroom: Add and Create

Google Classroom: Using Google Forms

Google Classroom: Assignment List

Google Classroom: Assignment Naming Conventions

Google Classroom: See Submission History

Google Classroom: Move to Top – BACKWARDS

Google Classroom: Use Someone Else’s Template

Google Classroom: Let’s Make the Grade

Google Classroom: Grading Updates

Google Classroom – Grade the Folder

Google Classroom: Return Student Work

Google Classroom: Unsubmit Work

Google Classroom – Late Work Notifications

Google Classroom: Submitting Late Work

Google Classroom: Extend the Due Date for Some

Google Classroom: Opening Multiple Student Documents Quickly

Google Classroom – Changing Grading Status on a Student Document

Google Classroom: 9 Tips For Attaching Google Drive Files

Google Classroom: Using a Writing Journal

Google Classroom: Submit Short URL’s

Google Classroom: Submitting Collaborative Google Slides

Google Classroom: Indicate Templates Attached

Using Google Classroom to Differentiate Assignments

Google Classroom: Resubmit Assignments

Google Classroom: Grab and Update a Post from Last Year

Google Classroom: Edit Slides Not Copy

Google Classroom: New Semester – Start a New Class

Google Classroom: Guardians Who Need a Google Account

Google Classroom: Self Evaluation Rubric

Google Classroom – Create Your Own Theme Image

My Google Classroom Feedback Workflow

Google Classroom: Provide Feedback Faster

Google Classroom: Leave Feedback Screenshots

Google Classroom: Use Control F

Google Classroom: Star Your Templates

Google Classroom: Workflow for Creating Documents

Google Classroom: Keep Materials in the Class Folder

Google Classroom: Locate Documents for Multiple Classes

Google Classroom: Edit Slides Not Copy

Google Classroom: Who Deleted Student Answers?!

Google Classroom: Students Need Side by Side Windows

Google Classroom: Feedback Faster with Chrome Extension Open Side by Side

Google Classroom: Change Docs to Can Comment

Google Classroom: Quick Share and Peer Comment

Google Classroom: New Way to Create a Post

Google Classroom: Make EVERYTHING an Assignment

Google Classroom Assignment: Click On Attachment Title to Edit

Google Classroom: Reuse an Assignment

Google Classroom: UNCHECK Duplicate Attachments

Google Classroom – Using RubricTab to Assess Students

Google Classroom: Sharing Student Work Exemplars & Peer Evaluation

Google Classroom: Office Hours or Video Tutoring

Google Classroom: Viewing Student Work in Google Drive [infographic]

Google Classroom: Grading with Drive’s Preview Mode

Google Classroom: Grading with Zero or One

Google Classroom: Check In with Students

Google Classroom – Go Mobile

Unleash the Power: A Quick Look at Google Classroom for the iPad

Google Classroom: Share Assignments with Parents/Reuse Assignments Next Year

Google Classroom: Understanding the Classroom Folder

Google Classroom: Find Student Files in Google Drive

Google Classroom: Writing Assignment Directions

Google Classroom: Assigning to Small Groups

Google Classroom: Create Group Documents

Google Classroom: Turning in Group Work

Google Classroom: Link to Other Google Classes

Put a Hashtag in the Google Classroom Assignment Title

Google Classroom: Filter Gmail for Private Comments

Google Classroom: Guardian Emails – Only One Teacher Enters Email

Google Classroom: Find Classes Faster

Google Classroom: Add a Class Hashtag

Google Classroom: No Student Email

Google Classroom: Share Classroom Folder

Google Classroom: Create a Shared Folder

Google Classroom: Point Values

Google Classroom: Creating a Discussion Board

Google Classroom: Change the Class Code

Google Classroom: Class Code Badge

Google Classroom: Work with Other Schools – Whitelist a Domain

Go Further with Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Pin All Your Classes

Google Classroom: Collaborate with Aww Web Whiteboard

New Google Sites + Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Summer EdTech Challenge

Remind App + Google Classroom = Teacher Tip Tuesday

10 Reasons to Introduce Google Classroom to Blackboard

Google Classroom: Use This Image for Students Turning in Work

Google Classroom: Sharing or Submitting a Google Drive Folder

Google Classroom: Provide Links

7 Hacks for Google Classroom

Google Classroom: Video Playlists in a Video Library

Google Classroom: Add Other Documents to Class Folder

Google Classroom: List ALL Your Student Files

Google Classroom: Clean Up Your Folders

Google Classroom and Newsela

Google Classroom in Transitional Kindergarten

Google Classroom: Pull Student Paragraphs and Give Feedback

20 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

15 MORE Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

10 Additional Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

Cool Teacher Show: 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom


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66 thoughts on “Google Classroom

  1. Can you change the name of a “class” once you have created it in classroom, and have students enrolled?!

    1. Yes you can. Go to the home screen and click on the 3 stacked dots to edit. This does NOT change the name in the folder. You can change the folder name right in Google Drive.

      1. Great, and if I change the name of the folder, they are still “linked” together? So any changes in classroom, will go to the newly named folder?
        Thanks so much!

        1. You can change any of the folder names, including the “Classroom” folder and not have any problems. You can also move folders around.

  2. Hi Alice,
    Your blog has been a great resource for implementing Google Classroom. Thanks so much for all the clear instructions.

    I have a question about end-of-the-year digital organization of Google Drive for my students. I was thinking about having them rename the Classroom Folder which includes most of their assignments from this year, so next year they can start with a fresh Classroom Folder. For example, what if I had them rename the folder Grade 5 Assignments and also had them move assignments created before I used Google Classroom into the renamed folder. Would this be a good way to organize their Drive? Might it create problems?

    Thanks again,

  3. Is it possible for a Google Classroom teacher to also be a student in the same domain? I want to use Google Classroom for professional development at our school. So the faculty would be members of my Google classroom as students. Then they would create/manage Classrooms with their students.

  4. Schoology can integrate a google drive in the site, can google classroom do the same for schoology? The grading system in classroom seems cumbersome requiring additional steps.

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  6. Hi Alice,

    I love your ideas for using Google Classroom, and I can’t wait to get started with my 5th Grade class. My students are obviously under 13. How do I get them Google email addresses that are COPPA compliant? Can I sign them up to Classroom without unique email addresses?

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  8. I worked a bit in classroom last year. I also love the ideas in the book. But, one question: how can I see what the students in my class see – the assignments I make, etc.? Do I have to create a “dummy” student? I tried that last year but had trouble with the “dummy” email.

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  12. When grading and posting assignments I am having to select each one individually. I have a lab of 50 Students. So utilizing the check all to review them and post the grades back is causing an error. Is there an easier way to handle mass grading?

    1. I agree, the workflow for grading could use improvement. Please click the question mark in the bottom left and choose “send feedback” and fill that out often. ONE suggestion per feedback. The feedback is tagged and counted.

  13. Love your blog site, watched you on teachercast…excellent! Now I have a question, we have the google for education domain, I can sign in and develop a classroom, now can I have students sign in under their own google email addresses or must they have assigned email addresses under the google domain? Our IT and district doesn’t want to manage email addresses under the google for education domain. Any suggestions?

      1. Does that mean that students will be able to get email from outside of the google for education domain and sent email outside the domain? I think that’s what my district is concerned about students having email accounts in Google for education.

  14. There are some great articles on this site. I never realized how much could be done with Google Docs. I need to bring up Classroom and take a look at its features. I inherited Office 365, so I stayed after reading around here, I’m thinking I perhaps should look at moving the student email.

  15. Is there anything I can use in Google Classroom that is like the opposite of a Google Form? I have all my band kids upload video attachments of their playing tests to me under each assignment. I want a form that I can check off feedback from a list (without being a formal rubric) that I can attach with my feedback/mark for each video submitted. I am greatly appreciative of any direction you can lend me! : )

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    1. There are many Kindergarten teachers using Google Classroom! I recommend you follow the hashtag #googleclassroom on Twitter. Many great examples being shared.

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  23. I HATE that I didn’t stumble upon your blog until the LAST day of Spring Break! Or maybe that’s for the best, as I would have spent the entire week online….
    Thank you for this terrific resource! I cannot wait to dig in. It’s people like you that inspire this 30+ year veteran teacher to get even more excited about teaching.

  24. I know you can’t go into great depth in this format, but maybe you could provide a “quick” answer as well as a pointer to information in greater depth. I teach in a Catholic K-8 school. We have a GAE account, but have not implemented it yet. Admin and parents are “paranoid” about kids being able to send or receive mail, or to end up on “questionable” destinations. Many sites require an email to log in. It seems as though “Laws” say kids under 13yo cannot utilize various platforms without tons of disclosures and permissions. So… Since so many schools are using Google, I must assume that there is/are easy work a rounds/ solutions, and that we are just terrified of The Feds and our own shadow. Your soothing comments?…

    1. Schools can disable email or restrict it to the domain. I highly encourage the later. It is important students can receive notifications from teachers.

  25. Just familiarizing myself with your site today. What a terrific resource for quick google tips written in a succinct manner!

  26. Hi Alice, thank your for the great blog posts about Google Classroom! I’m currently studying education science and will graduate soon and work as a teacher. I’m quite interested in various kinds of teaching methods but I don’t really have experiences with Google Classroom. I was wondering if it could also be used for situations in which students have to pass an exam for example?

  27. I am a 6th grade math teacher, hoping to use google classroom next year. I have some great ideas, but am concerned about how the students will “show me their work”. Any ideas how math teachers are handling this?

    1. Paradigm shift let that go. Literally go type math problems into Google. Not only spits out the answer, but the steps. Wolfram Alpha does the same thing. Photomath… same thing. Technology has replaced “show your work.” Instead, we move to “Show your thinking.” Have students do rote drill on websites such as but this is not the emphasis on the class. Look at the 8 mathematical principles ( not one says “show your steps.” The mathematical principles are what students DO with the math standards. They are supposed to use it in a real context, to critique the reasoning of others, to choose tools strategically (they should realize they need a spreadsheet). Have students USE tools that show the steps and then compare and contrast the solutions. USE DESMOS! Have students work with spreadsheets. Use REAL DATA. Critically think about it. Pretty much all the math problems in the textbook are a) who cares about that and b) DOK level 1. Showing steps is NOT critical thinking, it is procedural. Have students focus on UNDERSTANDING. Truth: most adults can not apply the math we taught them in school. Survey came out that 85% of adults can not calculate the price of carpet given the price per square foot and the dimensions of the room. We need to move away from rote memorization of algorithms to deeper understanding. We do NOT have enough time to add another brick, so we have to let things go. Our approach to teaching math has to be different. Stay tuned, writing a book with Diana Herrington on Teaching Math with Google Apps.

  28. What is the best/most efficient way for grading student work and then returning the grade and comments/feedback to students using Google Classroom and/or Google Drive?

    1. I prefer to NOT put grades in Google Classroom. Use side by side windows to enter grades into your gradebook. Research shows the value of your comments is LESS when you put a grade next to it.

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  30. I have been using Google Classroom for a year now with my 3rd graders. We have an assignment that will have each student add a paragraph and a picture over the course of a month (a different student each day) I would like to have all the paragraphs and pictures within the same assignment and also have the ability for the other students to comment. Very similar to a blog, but I don’t want to start a new program at this point. Is there a way to do this?

  31. I would like for students to make changes to my slides, however is there a way to lock in the template so that they cant change my template but make additions or type on the provided template. Please help or refer me to a link that you already have.

    Thanks so much for your hard work

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