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Google Classroom: Use P to Preview Student Work

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Preview Student Work Side by Side With Google Classroom

One way to give students faster feedback in Google Classroom is to preview student work instead of opening student work.

Step 1: Open the Assignment

In the Google Classroom Stream click on the assignment title to view the assignment assessment screen.

Step 2: Click the Drive Folder

Under the Done count is the folder icon to open the assignment in Google Drive. Click on the folder icon to open the assignment folder in Drive. All student attachments are in this folder.
Google Drive Folder icon

Step 3: Side by Side Windows

Arrange the Drive folder window side by side with the Google Classroom assessment screen.

Arrange Google Classroom side by side with Drive

TIP: Use the Side by Side Chrome extension to open the Drive folder side by side. Right-click on the Drive folder icon and choose “Open Side by Side.”
Right click and choose open side by side

Step 4: Sort by First Name

Each of the Google Docs in the Drive folder starts with the student’s name, which means they are listed by first name. In Google Drive click on the “Name” header to sort the files alphabetically.
Click on name in drive to sort by name

In Google Classroom you may need to click the x in the upper right to switch from the attachment tiles to the class roster.
Click x to toggle to the student roster

By default, the student roster is sorted by Status.
Sort by first name

Step 5: Press P for Preview

Press P to preview in Google Drive

Single click on the first document in the Google Drive folder and press P to preview the document. This will open faster than double-clicking to open the document.
Leave comments in the private comments

Leave Comments in the Private Comments

While previewing the student document, leave the student comments on their work in the Private Comments in Google Classroom.

Step 6: Go to the Next Student

In Google Classroom click on the X in the upper right to go back to the roster. In Google Drive notice the icon in the middle right to go to the next preview. You can also use the right arrow key on the keyboard to move to the next preview.
Go to the next student


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