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10 Things That Students Want To Know about Google Classroom

10 Things That Students Want To Know about Google Classroom
Google Classroom Student tips

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.
Unsubmit in google classroom

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.

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Look for the 3 lines in the upper left. The first option is “Assignments.” You may need to scroll up to see this option. 
Google Classroom Home Icon

Google Classroom Student Assignment


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.

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Notice to the right of the help menu is a notification that your Google Document has automatically been saved.

Google Docs 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.

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See which assignments you have not turned in by clicking on the menu icon which is 3 lines in the upper left hand corner.
Google Classroom Home Icon

Choose Assignments
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Along the top are “TO-DO” and “DONE.” By default you are looking at a list of items “TO-DO.” If you see an assignment there, you have not turned it in yet. Check this often.
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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.

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The class tile on the home page shows upcoming assignments. Notice the folder icon on the tile that will take you to the Classroom folder in Google Drive.
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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.

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Comments left on the submission side are between the student and the teacher.
Private comments to the teacher


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.

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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.

Add Google Docs to Google Classroom


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.


4 thoughts on “10 Things That Students Want To Know about Google Classroom

  1. Love your blog!

    Any idea as to why 115 private comments I left for a students underneath their assignment submissions would have disappeared? I graded these using multiple devices and all of the private comments are gone. Like most teachers, I was waiting until I was done grading all of my assignments before returning the work. Will
    private comments not save unless you return an assignment at the same time you leave the comment?

    Any help is appreciated.

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