Google Classroom allows you to assign work and collect it. What Google Classroom does not have (thankfully) is a gradebook. This allows you to use Google Classroom with whatever gradebook system you have. Research shows that students value high-quality feedback over simply receiving a score or letter grade. Google Classroom makes it easy to quickly provide students feedback either directly on their document by inserting comments or by leaving a comment in the grading list.
Google Classroom defaults to 100 points for an assignment. Above the list of student names is the point value for the assignment. A drop-down menu allows you to change the points possible to 1, 20, 50, 100 or mark as “Ungraded.” Click on the point values allows you to type over the default value and insert a custom value. At this time, decimal values are not possible.
Not a Gradebook
While Google Classroom allows you to enter scores for each assignment, there is not a grid where all of the assignments and points show up.
View Student Work
In the grading list, each student is listed along with the work they have submitted. Click on the submitted attachment to open the document. Comments added in the grading list are private between the teacher and student. Students can privately comment back to the teacher.
View All Student Work
Student attachments are automatically saved in a folder in Google Drive. Above the list of student names is a button to link to the folder in Google Classroom that has that assignments student work. Student work is appended with their name to make it easy to identify their work in Google Drive. You can click on individual student assignments or use preview mode in Google Drive to view multiple students quickly.
When students submit an attachment to an assignment the teacher becomes the owner of the document and the student loses editing rights. Returning work to students allows them to have editing rights. Check the checkbox next to each student you wish to return work to. This is done automatically if you insert a score for a student. Click the blue return button to return the work.
Instead of locating the assignment in the stream you can start by click on the Classroom main menu icon in the upper left hand corner. This is 3 lines stacked. From the menu, choose “Assignments” which is listed second under “Home.”
The assignment list shows all of the assignments. In the same way as if the assignments were listed in the stream you can click on the assignment title to view a list of all students or click on the number done to only view a list of students who have submitted the assignment. If you have graded or provided feedback to students you can click on the 3 stacked dots on the right-hand side of each assignment. This will reveal the option to “Mark as reviewed.” Marking as reviewed removes the assignment from the assignment list and moves it to the “Reviewed” tab.
Side by Side Grading
The trick to assessing student work in Google Classroom and entering scores in the gradebook is side by side windows. I created a Chrome extension “Gradebook Split.” This allows you to enter the URL of your web-based gradebook into the settings. See my previous blog post for directions.
Enter Google Classroom into Settings
Instead of entering the URL of your gradebook into the settings you can set the assignments page of Google Classroom. While viewing the assignments listing page, copy the URL. (https://classroom.google.com/ta/not-reviewed). Right click on the Gradebook Split Chrome extension and choose “Options.”
Clicking on the Gradebook Split icon will now open you up to the assignments page to make it quick to start giving students feedback.