Google Classroom requires that I use my Google Apps domain. This is also true for my students. I usually am logged into my personal account. My older students frequently use their personal accounts also. The dilemma is how to access your Google Classroom assignments when you are not logged into your Google Apps account.
In Google Drive for your Google Apps domain you should have a folder that says “Classroom.” The students also have a “Classroom” folder in their Google Drive.
Share the Folder
The Classroom folder can be shared with personal accounts so long as this has not been restricted by the domain manager. Sharing the folder with myself allows me to access the students work through my personal account. Students sharing the folder with themselves allows them to access their assignments even when logged into their personal accounts.
Add to My Drive
The middle icon is to “Add to My Drive.” Click on this to add it to the folder structure in your “My Drive.” From now on all of your Google Classroom documents from your Google Apps account are now accessible from your personal account. Students would follow the same steps to allow them to access their documents from their personal accounts.
Once the Classroom folder is shared any new assignments created in Google Classroom will automatically be accessible in the personal account. Since new assignments are created in a subfolder of the Classroom folder, those are automatically shared when created. No additional steps are needed.
Share with Parents
One thing I like about Google Classroom is that it is a closed environment and this protects the privacy of my students. Unfortunately this means that parents can not access Google Classroom. I am a big fan of transparency with parents in my class, however, parents should not be seeing the comments and work of other students.
In the same process for sharing with themselves, students can share the Google Classroom folder with their parent. This gives the parent access to all of the students work done in Google Classroom. Parents would simply go to their Google Drive and locate the shared Classroom folder to see their child’s work.
If you have multiple classes, or a student has multiple classes, they may not want to share all of the Google Classroom folders. When logging into Google Classroom and viewing the class tiles, a link to the specific classroom folder is available in the bottom right hand corner. Click on the folder icon to be directed to the folder in Google Drive. This class folder can be shared with the personal account (if the domain manager allows sharing outside of the domain).