One thing I love about Google Classroom is it’s simplicity. Almost any teacher can be up and running with a blended classroom in 30 minutes. However, Google Classroom is not a learning management system (LMS). You are not able to reuse classes and parents can not view the stream of assignments. When creating assignments the directions space is not a rich text editor. This means you can not bold text, change font size, insert images or embed video.
I recommend you create your directions in a Google Doc and attach it as the first asset in Google Classroom. This has many advantages.
Directions created in a Google Doc can be inserted into any Google Classroom assignment. They can be used semester after semester.
Google Docs can be made visible to parents through your classroom website. The directions documents can also be shared and collaborated on with other teachers.
If you create an assignment in Google Classroom and assign it to multiple sections, you have to edit each section individually if you need to edit or update the directions. Keeping the directions in a Google Doc allows you to make edits in one place but be updated in all of your Google classes.
Get in the habit of always providing your directions in a Google Doc. Students will look for the first asset in your lesson set to find the directions.
Rich Text Editor
While you can not embed a video in a Google Doc, you are able to insert images and screenshots into your directions. You can also vary the font size, type and color. Directions in a Google Doc can be more detailed.
Lengthy directions in the Google Classroom stream can clutter the stream. Make it easier to find assignments in Classroom by limiting the amount of text in the description section of an assignment.
Instead of listing the full directions for an assignment in the description area, give a brief overview of the learning objective and procedural directions for how to submit the assignment.
If you attach a document where every student receives a copy, the document is not visible in the stream. Include in your description box “Click on the OPEN button and locate the Google Doc template. ”
For this assignment, you will be adding a slide to the collaborative presentation attached. Open the directions document for full details. When you have added your slide, come back to Classroom and click on OPEN. Use the Add button to link to the slide you contributed. Click on the blue ” TURN IN ” button.
For this assignment, you will be writing an essay explaining the challenges of world peace. Open the directions document below for full details. Click on the OPEN button and click on the “Create” button to create a Google Doc for your essay. Click on the blue “TURN IN” button after completing your essay.