Google Classroom is a closed environment. This means that the assignments and discussions in Google Classroom are only available to students in the class. I view this as a positive thing to protect the privacy of students in our classes. Earlier I had published a blog post on Backupify on this topic. However, we still want our parents to be able to see the assignments students are doing. It is important to have transparency as to what is going on in our classroom.
Make a Directions Document
Currently Google Classroom does not have the ability to duplicate assignments or copy them over to another class. I recommend that you always create a Google text document that has the directions for the assignment. This will allow the directions to be reused and shared efficiently.
Google Drive Folder
Keep your directions documents in a single Google Drive folder. This folder can be shared with parents through a class website. Any new assignment will be easy for parents to locate right in the shared Google Drive folder. You may wish to create a subfolder that does not have viewing rights for parents for assignments which are upcoming.
Number Your Assignments
One of my recommendations for Google Classroom is to number your assignments with a 3 digit number. Click here for my blog post on this. This will make it easy to locate the assignment next year to reuse the assignment. This will also make it easy to direct parents to the assignment since the assignments are numerically alphabetized in the order you assigned them.
Create a Template
I recommend you create a template Google Document to provide consistent formatting. Include at the top of the document a set of quick directions that can be copied and pasted quickly into the assignment text on Google Classroom. At the bottom of the template include the additional resources you used to build your lesson set in Google Classroom. Hyperlink to the Google Docs you attach right in your document.
Click Here for a sample template.
First in Lesson Set
When building your lessons sets have the first item you attach be the directions document set as Students can view. Copy and paste the abbreviated directions into the Google Classroom text box.
Classroom Website or Blog
I highly encourage you to have a website that shows parents what is going on in your classroom. Use a blog style to daily or weekly post pictures from class activities, celebrate student success, post classroom goals, post supplies wish list, list of questions to ask their child, and links to the directions documents you created that are posted in Google Classroom.
Have a link in the sidebar of your website to the assignments folder in Google Drive. Make sure the folder is set that anyone with the link can view. Parents now have one place to locate all of the directions for the assignments all year.
Next year when you have a new class all of your directions documents are neatly organized in one folder. Since you numbered the documents it is easy to locate which assignment comes next. When you create your new Google Classroom class you can easily copy and paste the directions from the Google Document and attach the file.
9 thoughts on “Google Classroom: Share Assignments with Parents/Reuse Assignments Next Year”
What are your thoughts on using Google Sites to create a classroom website? Pros and cons for sharing access to other Classroom related files on your Drive?
I highly encourage using a website for your class, Google Classroom supplements that nicely. I have used Google Sites for my classroom website and I like it a lot because I can have multiple “blog” pages, unlike other platforms. You have to use the “Announcements” style page.
Hi Alice: For end of the year procedure, couldn’t you re-name the class and have students un-enroll giving you a empty classroom with all the assignments in tack?
I suppose you could, I would not recommend that. You want to always update your course based on the students you have. Students first, content second. I love that Google Classroom only allows you to reuse a post at a time and not a class at a time. I am sure that public outcry will cause them to do otherwise, but I wish they would not. You thoughtfully add each assignment one at a time with the opportunity to edit the assignment. Genius!
My students use Google classroom for all of their writing assignments in my class. They are graduating in two weeks and would like to take copies of their work with them. However, their Google email addresses will be deleted after they graduate. Is there a way that this can be done?
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