I polled some students who have been using Google Classroom and here are some tips they came up with for students using Google Classroom.
1) Ownership Changes
When you TURN IN an assignment the teacher becomes the owner of the document. You can not longer edit the document unless you unsubmit. You must refresh the page once you unsubmit an assignment to let you type on the document.
2) Assignment Listings
You can find a list of all your assignments from all of your teachers by clicking on the menu icon in the upper left hand corner.Click Here for images
3) There is an App
Google Classroom has a mobile app that lets you view your assignments and submit work from the app. You can take pictures of your work and submit the images. Some other apps allow you to send your work from the app to Google Classroom to turn in.
4) Documents Save Automatically
There is no save button on Google Docs. All edits are saved automatically so long as you are connected to the internet.Click Here for images
Notice to the right of the help menu is a notification that your Google Document has automatically been saved.
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5) You Must Turn In Documents
Click on OPEN on the assignment in the assignment stream to choose “TURN IN.” Sharing documents is not the same as turning in the document.Click Here for images
6) Files are in Google Drive
You and the teacher will not lose assignments. Each assignment is saved in your Google Drive. It is also located in the teachers Google Drive. Documents are only shared between you and the teacher.
7) Due Dates
Assignments that are not yet due show up on the class tile on the home page and also on the left hand side. Late assignments can be found in the assignments listing from the menu icon in the upper left hand corner.Click Here for images
8) Returning to an Assignment
There are multiple ways to get back to a file to do your work. Clicking on “OPEN” on the assignment in the stream will take you to a link to the document in Google Drive. In the same way you started the document, you can link back to it directly from Google Drive. You can also search Google Drive for the document. Try clicking on “Recent” on the left hand side of Google drive to see your recently edited documents.
9) Commenting on Assignments
You can leave a question or comment about an assignment in the stream on Google Classroom. Click on “Add comment” under the assignment. This question is viewable by all of your classmates. Private questions or comments can be left on the assignment submission page. Within the document you can use the File menu and choose “Email collaborators” to send a note and a link to the document to your teacher.Click Here for images
Assignment comments in the stream are visible by all students.
10) Add Additional Documents to an Assignment
If you have documents or files to attach to Google Classroom that were not templates provided by your teacher you can “ADD” additional files on the assignment submission page. You can also turn in links to websites. Additionally, you can “CREATE” Google Docs right from Google Classroom. These documents are automatically visible to the teacher and are able to be turned in.Click Here for images
Add any file types to your assignment. You can attach multiple artifacts such as your notes, screenshots, videos, and other things you want your teacher to be able to see.
If you do not have a template, you can create your own Google Doc right from Google Classroom. Click on “CREATE.” Using this method makes sure the teacher has access to the document even before you start to work on it. It is also named correctly automatically for you.
Alice Keeler was a guest on the edufuturists podcast. Check out episode #159 for how EdTech can make life better.
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