Stepping Up to Google Classroom

New Book!

New to Google Classroom? Check out the new book “Stepping Up to Google Classroom – 50 Steps for Beginners” by Alice Keeler and Kim Mattina.

Once you’ve progressed past the basics you can go further with “50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom” available on Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.

Bulk discounts are available for the book by contacting books@daveburgessconsulting.com

Also check out “Teaching Math with Google Apps“,  “Ditch That Homework“, and “Google Apps for Littles.

Get Started Playlist

Get started using Google Classroom. These short videos help you to learn something, try it out and come back for the next step! For more go to alicekeeler.com/workshops

Chromebook- Partial Screenshot

My standard rule in my class is to "take a screenshot and submit to Google Classroom." This lets me know what the student was working on and if I need to provide any support I have screenshots I can use to give advice or go over it with a student. Students can add up...

Your Google Drive is a Hot Mess

Let's be honest, we have not from the beginning of our use of Google Drive been diligent about organizing it and now it's a hot mess! Here are a few steps to help clean it up. Create a Hot Mess Folder Let's start fresh!!! In your Google Drive create a folder and call...

Google Slides: Hide Columns in First Slide

One of my most popular non published Add-ons is First Slide. This allows you to push slides to student Google Slides and to also grab the text off of their first slide so you can quickly read and give feedback. alicekeeler.com/firstslide Spreadsheet The answer is...

Control W Close the Tab

Learn a keyboard shortcut a week!! Saving microseconds add up! As you review student work... Use Control W to close the tab. Save yourself the long trip to the top of the screen to close the tab. Make a post it. Put it at the top of your screen and remind yourself to...

Chromebook Guide for Teaching with Minecraft: Education Edition

Chromebook Guide for Teaching with Minecraft: Education Edition

This Fall I will be teaching high school Geometry on Chromebooks with Minecraft. I am very excited! I have created a guide (in Google Slides) for teaching with Minecraft: Education Edition on the Chromebook. Minecraft: Education Edition allows me to engage students...

Save Hours: First Slide to Give Slides Feedback Fast

Save Hours: First Slide to Give Slides Feedback Fast

Opening individual student docs to give feedback is SLOW! Try using First Slide to send student feeback faster. First Slide will bring in the text the student has on the first slide of the Google Slides. Additionally, you can push out new slides to the student slides....

Google Classroom Playlist

Chrome Browser: Confirm Control Q to Quit

It is way too easy to accidentally use Control Q to quit Chrome. You can prevent this by enabling a warning in the Chrome Settings. Chrome Settings In the upper right hand corner of Chrome is a 3 dots "More options" icon. Click on this and go to Settings. Appearance...

[Template] Translate Meeting Chat to ALL Languages

https://youtu.be/MqednekHQso I was talking with a teacher who is teaching students who come from a variety of backgrounds. The issue she was having while on a video meeting was the chat. The chat doesn't translate and there were more than two languages being spoken....

Chromebook Minecraft: Teaching with Minecraft

Minecraft is the perfect tool for remote learning or face to face to engage students in learning activities. Now, Minecraft: Education Edition is available on the Chromebook! To get started your school will need FREE Microsoft accounts for the students. Visit...

Essential Google Apps: Anyone With the Link Can View

Recently Google has updated the interface for how to share documents. By default documents you create are private. Changing the settings then defaults to sharing at your school. To allow parents and those outside of your domain to see your documents you need to take...

Add Bitmoji to Google Classroom Header

Bitmoji is an app you add to your phone to add an avatar that looks like you to your text messages and what not. You can also add your Bitmoji to Google Docs and Google Classroom. First, Install on Your Phone You must sign up for Bitmoji on your phone. Install the...

Push a Column to Each Sheet in Google Sheets

I had a request by a premium member that they had one Google Sheets spreadsheet with a tab per teacher to keep track of the daily contacts with students and parents. She wanted to add a column each day with the date to each of the sheets for the spreadsheet....

Essential Google Apps: Anyone With the Link Can View

Recently Google has updated the interface for how to share documents. By default documents you create are private. Changing the settings then defaults to sharing at your school. To allow parents and those outside of your domain to see your documents you need to take...

Google Slides: Use Titles

Many of us are using Google Slides to build interactive student activities. You can link to another slide in the Google Slides to help students navigate. Titles are the Slide Name When hyperlinking to a slide (Control K) you want to select "Slides in this...

Google Classroom: Share the Classwork Page

Google Classroom is designed to be organized on the Classwork page. Instead of just telling student to "Go to Google Classroom" give them the link to the Classwork page. Copy the Link Go to the Classwork page of your class. Copy the link at the top of the browser....

Snagit for Screenshots, Video, and Animated GIF’s

I LOVE SNAGIT! I can not live without it. It is how I do almost all of my screenshots. This is how I record my videos usually. It is a one button click to create an animated GIF that I can drag into my Google Apps. It's amazing, easy, and powerful. Educator Discount...

Using the Stream on Google Classroom

The Stream on Google Classroom is your landing page for you class but it is NOT your class website. It is NOT intended to be a place to organize your work, resources or announcements. In fact, you have very little control over organizing the Stream. The Stream is your...

Google Meet Breakout Rooms – Enterprise Feature

Google Meet video chat is FREE and integrated into Google Classroom if your G Suite apps admin has it enabled. Did you know there are 2 tiers to G Suite for Education? Most features are free. However for an additional fee schools can upgrade their free G Suite Google...

Alert: Recoding Google Meet ENDS September 30 2020

In response to school closures in March G Suite for Education enabled Enterprise features of being able to record Google Meet for all G Suite for Education domains. Free Recoding Google Meet Ends September 30, 2020 More Info on Meet for Distance Learning Enterprise G...

Google Classroom: Do NOT Use Quiz Assignment

In Google Classroom on the Classwork tab you can create assignments. One of the choices is "Quiz Assignment." DO NOT USE THIS! It is an Assignment with a blank Google Form What is the difference between assignment and "Quiz assignment"? They are both assignments. You...

Delay the Start of School – Give Teachers Training

Many teachers are finding out this week that the start of school is going to be remote learning for the entire first semester. Or at least for the start. Or hybrid. It takes a lot of training to know how to teach remotely. It is folly to think teachers will suddenly...

MAGICALLY go Remote with Automagical Forms

Many schools are starting remotely in the Fall and this is going to necessitate getting some materials into Google Forms. Google Forms is an amazing way to have students submit their work digitally. You do not have to open up individual PDF's and hope that the screen...

Begin with Google Sheets: Make a Seating Chart

In my Intro to Google Sheets spreadsheets webinar I showed 6 key skills that you need for teaching with Google Sheets spreadsheets. One of the things we covered in the webinar is how to create a seating chart using Google Sheets. Resize the Cells To the left of the...

Auto Submit Google Classroom from Google Form

If you add a Google Form to a Google Classroom assignment and the student fills out the Form it will automatically mark the assignment as done in Google Classroom. Only if the Google Form is the only attachment. Only Attachment When making a Google Classroom...

Google Classroom: Find the Class Code

Use the Google Classroom class code to allow students to join the Google Classroom class. Class Header The class code is located in the class header. Students can not locate the code in the header, this is only in teacher view. Use the broken square next to the code...

Find Chat in Google Meet

When doing a video call it is pretty common to want to use text based chat to share an idea or share a link to a website. Different video platforms have the chat feature in different places along with Be Quick When someone chats in a Google Meet the chat message pops...

Make Google Sites FAST

Google Sites is a quick way to create a website. Use sites.new to go straight to a brand new Google Sites. sites.new Go to sites.google.com/new to try out a template or find your already created Sites.

Opening a CSV File in Google Drive

Personally, I find myself needing to read a CSV file a lot. What is a CSV file? Basically it's a spreadsheet that is not a spreadsheet. WHAT??? When you download your roster from your gradebook there is a good chance it downloads as a CSV file. So what do you do if...

Google Classroom: Paste a List of Students

If you have a list of emails for your students in Google Classroom it is easy to add them all at once! Copy List of Emails Take your list of emails and copy them. Notice I have a list of email addresses in a Google Sheets spreadsheet. I highlight ALL the names and use...

Google Sites: Try Shift Enter When Typing

Google Sites is a quick and easy way to make a website. In 2020 a ton of new features were added (including the ability to create a site from a Template). One thing I use a lot when typing text is SHIFT ENTER. What happens when you press Enter in a Google Doc (and...

Google Forms: Create a Branching LESSON

One way to differentiate your lessons is to use a branching Google Form to first find out if the student even needs the information. In a traditional face to face class I would get the entire classes attention to take notes on my math lesson. Now mind you, I taught...

Bring a Tab BACK! Google Chrome

In Google Chrome you can use Control W to close a tab or click on the x on the tab (practice the Control W!!!) But what if you accidentally close a tab? Control Shift T Control T creates a new tab and Control Shift T brings BACK a tab. It takes a little bit to get...

Count Up Checkboxes in Google Sheets

My favorite part of Google Sheets is inserting checkboxes! WICKED USEFUL FOR TEACHERS! My daughter is helping me with my YouTube thumbnails (check out her handiwork and subscribe to my channel 🙂 She is using a Google Sheets spreadsheet to keep track of how many...

Google Slides: Create a Venn Diagram

In Google Slides or Google Drawing you can create a Venn Diagram by creating 2 circles and adjusting the transparency of the fill color. Perfect Circles The trick to a perfect circle is to hold down the Shift key when you draw the circle. Fill Color - Reduce Opacity...

Google Drawing: Create a Drop Shadow

I think I have an addiction to creating drop shadows in Google Drawing (and Google Slides.) It just adds a little pop to all of my text. Notice the two images I created in Google Drawing. The one on the left ,the Control W (which closes a browser tab by the way) has a...

Embed Video in Microsoft Forms

When using a Microsoft Form you can add a YouTube video or Microsoft Stream video to a question. This allows you to ask the responder to view the video and answer a question about the video. Microsoft Forms Playlist Microsoft Stream Playlist Microsoft Stream is a...

😍😍Google Sheets Multiple Hyperlinks in the SAME Cell

Today someone asked me if they could hyperlink parts of the text within a cell in Google Sheets and I responded with no. Literally minutes later I was editing a spreadsheet cell that happened to have a hyperlink in the cell and all of a sudden the link became live. I...

Mexican Rice in the Instant Pot

I own 3 Instant Pots (to be fair, I have 5 kids). One is R2-D2 and another is BB-8. Since yesterday was Star Wars Day Cinco de Mayo rice is even better with a Star Wars Instant Pot 🙂 Some of my favorite things to make in the instant pot are Carnitas...

Tip: Create a New Class in Google Classroom

Buy on Amazon: alicekeeler.com/books Creating Topics on the Classwork Page Google Classroom is designed to be organized on the Classwork page with topics. On the Classwork page, click on the Create button to choose "Topic." Topics can only show 10 items at a time....

Google Classroom: Call it Submit Button

In Google Classroom students see either a "Mark as done" button or a "Turn in" button. The difference is whether or not the student is submitting an attachment. No attachment = "Mark as done." Notice in the animation below that the student has a "Mark as done" button...

Google Search by Date Range

I use this a lot. Depending on my search, I don't want old information. I filter my search results to be within the last year or last month. google.com Click on Tools After doing your initial search in Google Search locate "Tools" on the right hand side. This toggles...

Use the SAME Google Form to Poll

During a live session with students there are several options for how you poll students. A quick and dirty is to reuse the same Google Form repeatedly. Steps Create a Google Form with one multiple choice question.It can be generic "Answer the question" and "A, B, C,...

Using Meet in Google Classroom by @markloundy

Mark Loundy has been on top of reporting how the new Meet integration works in Google Classroom. Follow him on Twitter: @markloundy He's the guy to ask for Meet questions!!! Super helpful. Check out his short video on using video chat Meet in Google Classroom. I just...

Google Slides: Share Templates

If you create a Google Slides template and want to share it with others you can modify the end of the Slides URL to turn your slides into a template. /template/preview JigSaw Template Change the Sharing Permissions By default the sharing permissions on any file is...

SELF GRADING – Google Form

"If it is low critical thinking, a robot should grade it." Teaching critical thinking is hard and time consuming. So you have to give something up so you can spend time working with students on a feedback loop on higher critical thinking tasks. Tip: Make the WHOLE...

Code Break Wednesdays 10am

Code.org is hosting a weekly Code Break on Wednesdays at 10am PST. This week I am a guest on Code Break along with Mike Krieger the co-founder of Instagram. Register to join in! Students at home? Take a #CodeBreak with special guests @mikeyk (@Instagram founder),...

Video Meeting: Get Out of Full Screen

Regardless of the platform you are using for video meetings GET OUT OF FULL SCREEN MODE! Full screen is awesome if you're just having conversations, but not so awesome if you say "Go to whiteboard.fi" and visualize a negative number. Now the students have to be on the...

Now: Meet IN Google Classroom

Google Meet Video Conferencing now integrates with Google Classroom classes. Generate a unique meeting link for each class. Subscribe to Alice Keeler YouTube Channel Settings Cog Go to the settings cog in the upper right of your class. The ability to add a Meet will...

Free Voice Typing in Google Slides

John McGowan is a GENIUS!!!! He is the inventor of g(Math) Add-on (which is now EquatIO), and he recently released Automagical Forms that turns your PDF worksheets into a Google Form. He has now coded adding voice typing to Google Slides and made it FREE!!! John is a...

Google Classroom is Not Assigning to All Students

TL;DR Google Classroom DOES make a copy per student I code Google Apps Script. I code Google Classroom. I have a little insight as to how Google Classroom works on the backend. When you create an assignment where you use "Make a copy for each student" there are two...

Automagically PDF Worksheet to Google Form

Upgrade your PDF by making it a Google Form. Former math teacher John McGowan, the creator of g(Math), EquatIO, Form Creator and more has developed a Drive Add-on Automagical Forms on to take your PDF and turn it into a Google Form!! THIS WILL SAVE YOU HOURS!! Install...

Google Classroom: Reuse Multiple Assignments at once

Creating copies creates a giant mess of your Google Drive. I understand the reason we copy an entire Google Classroom class but I warn you this is a BAD IDEA. This copies EVERYTHING in every assignment, including videos, directions documents, things you are...

Remotely: Push Slides to Students Slides

Using Google Slides for Remote Learning is a great idea!! I have seen a ton of people posting choice boards and agendas using Google Slides. You can create ONE Google Slides and share the link to that. Update your Slides (new ones at the TOP) and automatically...

Share a Google Keep Note

Collaboration is what Google does best. Google Keep allows you to share your notes. Click on the collaborator icon at the bottom of your note. If you are on your phone, click on the 3 dots in the bottom right to find the collaborator icon. How many times have I sent a...

Google Forms: Attendance for Remote Learning

How do you take attendance for remote learning? Lots of ways. One way for Google Classroom is to use the ask a question feature. I can easily from Classroom see a count of how many have submitted. But Google Forms is probably a better choice so you can use the same...

The GENIUS of Drive Linking in Google Classroom

A tough paradigm shift when you use Google Classroom is understanding that there are NO ATTACHMENTS. There are only links from Google Drive. If you upload something to Classroom, look more carefully, it actually says you are uploading to Google Drive. Classroom...

Yes, Your Google Classroom Banner Dims

If you upload your own photo to Google Classroom it darkens. No one likes this. It is not your imagination, you are not doing something wrong. THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT THIS! Apparently it has something to do with the rules for material design. What I really...

8 Google Classroom BUMMERS

I am obviously a big fan of Google Classroom. No product or platform is perfect and it takes time to add new features. Here are 8 things I am frequently asked about that I have to respond with "Unfortunately no." 1. Schedule to Multiple Classes You can NOT schedule an...

Game Changer – Add a Feedback Slide

In Google Slides, Add a Feedback Slide "Do not use Google Docs" This is my tongue in cheek thing I like to say. Of course I use Google Docs, but I try not to assign my students to use a Google Doc. Fill out this Google Doc. This is my cheeky example, it' s not fun to...

Google Classroom: Change Your Profile Picture

By default the image on your Google Classroom is a letter to match the first letter of your name. However, what if you want to add your own photo. Note that your Google profile photo IS your Google Classroom profile image. If you change it in Classroom, it will update...

5 Things To Know About Teams Meeting

Microsoft Teams Meeting is Video Conferencing I am a fan of Teams Meeting. I ask people, set up a Teams Meeting and send an invite. The video quality is excellent and it's intuitive to use. In partnership with Microsoft I have been creating a playlist of videos about...

Google Classroom: Have Students View Their Work

Ask Students to "View Your Work" On the Classwork page students will see a "View your work" icon at the top. This brings them to a list of their assignments for the class and their status. Right click on this image and "Save Image As" and include in your assignments....

Book On Amazon: Stepping Up to Google Classroom

After nearly 2 years Kim Mattina and I are excited to have our new book "Stepping Up to Google Classroom - 50 Steps for Beginners to Get Started" available. Order Book on Amazon YouTube Playlists Kim and I also have a lot of helpful videos we've been working on. Check...

Microsoft Teams Meeting: Setting Students as Attendees

By default when you add participants to a Teams Meeting they are added as presenters. This poses an issue since students can mute each other, remove each other from the Meeting and stop the recording. Use Calendar When creating a Meeting with your students go to...

Teach Math Remotely with Pear Deck

Stacey Roshan is the master of teaching math. I was going to put "with Pear Deck" but she's an awesome math teacher so I just want to end the period after the word math. She teaches both face to face math and an online AP Calculus class. Now that she is remote...

Zooming In On Distance Learning by @4PamBradley

Guest blog post by Pam Bradley Like so many of us, my school is closed due to COVID19 quarantine, leaving teachers groping for effective distance learning strategies and how to get content to students. In about 24 hours, I went from having never heard of...

Free Writing Lessons on Instagram with @kellyyanghk

Kelly Yang, NYT bestselling author of FRONT DESK, THREE KEYS (2020) & PARACHUTES (2020), Winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature has offered FREE writing classes through Instagram. Many of my high school students are already on Instagram so...

Remote Learning with Google Classroom – Start Small

After this week of talking with many many teachers and of course seeing how my own 5 kids schools handle this crisis I have observed many many different things schools are doing for remote learning. What is the right way to do this? SMALL! You can not throw students,...

Remote Teaching with Student Google Sites by @TeacherWinters

Link to Google Form to submit blog post Guest blog post by Matthew Winters When I first learned that my school was going to distance learning, I immediately had a great idea.  I teach English classes and our fourth quarter project is to choose a topic in the...

Engagement if You Have to Move to Real-Time Virtual Lessons:

Link to Google Form to submit blog post Guest blog post by Jack Czajkowski My name is Jack Czajkowski and I teach MS school students science at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, one of two virtual public schools in Massachusetts. Our 750 students come from all...

Obviously The Internet Will Break

As Expected, Tech Products Can Not Keep Up With High Demand It is unsurprising that many EdTech (or just tech) products are experiencing glitches, crashes, and slow customer service response. No one would predict that a global demand of video, meeting apps, and other...

Voice Dictate in Microsoft Word

Let Students Voice Their Ideas In Microsoft Word students can voice type using the dictation icon in the toolbar. This works in not just English, but a selection of languages. Translate From Languages If students are not native English speakers they can voice their...

Warning – Crowd Sourced Google Documents

Your Collaborative Document Can Be Hijacked I am loving how many people are being so generous with their resources to share when we are having a crisis. Crowdsourcing is helpful and plentiful. However, let me give you a caution. I have been creating crowdsourcing...

CHECK OFF Student Participation

Keep Track of Students Completing Work in Google Sheets You've asked students to complete several things digitally. Digital, unlike paper, can be completed at different times. This can make it challenging to keep track of what students have and have not done. Google...

Free & Ready to Use Google Applied Digital Skills

Meaningful Learning with Free Lessons From Google Applied Digital Skills Google provides free lessons on 21st century skills. If you are looking for meaningful things that students can complete on their own time check out Google's Applied Digital Skills lessons. Link...

Jamboard is a Google Apps File

Find and Access Your Jams in Google Drive Did you know you can create a collaborative space with the Jamboard software? This is a Google tool. It is a document file that you can find in your Google Drive just like any Google Doc, Sheets, or Slides. Jamboard is really...

FREE Minecraft Education Edition Until June

Take Advantage of Free MinecraftEDU Offer By Steve Isaacs and Alice Keeler  Make Minecraft part of your plan for distance learning. Microsoft is offering FREE Minecraft Education Edition licenses through June. Students CREATE and EXPLORE and BUILD their learning with...

Prepare with a Google Voice Number

Stay Connected with Google Voice One of the keys to distance learning is being present. You can not just throw things online and walk away. If students are unable to come to school they will likely have questions. Email and chat are one of several ways for students to...

Distance Learning with Google Slides

How Will You Deliver Online Instructions? Kasey Bell has some great tips for if your school has to be closed for an extended period of time. One of her pieces of advice is to not start new tech! Google Slides or Google Classroom? If you currently deliver digital...

Sharing a Google Drive Folder

Share a Folder in Google Drive An essential collaboration skill for G Suite users is sharing a folder. Give view or edit access to the files in the folder. http://drive.google.comClick the New buttonChoose folderName the folderRight click on the folder Choose...

Giving Feedback Wastes Your Time

Do You Waste Your Time Giving Feedback? Feedback is effective for learning. Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development basically says you can only get yourself so far and you need someone to push you further. This is what we do as teachers, we help kids get further. This...

script.new TRY IT

Try Coding Google Apps Script You can code Google Apps. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc... (Currently Google new Google Sites you can not). script.new Like the other Google Apps products you can use dot new to quickly make a new file of the product. Once...

Google Classroom – Assignment Templates

Create an Assignments Templates Bank I have a style. There are certain ways I write my directions. Certain resources I use all the time. Certain assignment types I like to do over and over again. This means I am also typing the same thing over and over and over again....

Google Classroom: Click on the 2nd Icon

Use the 2nd Icon in the Feedback Tool In Google Classroom when you click on student work in an assignment it opens in the feedback tool. Sidebar The sidebar has 3 icons on the edge. The default is the files icon. This is where you can see what files students have...

Google Forms: Auto Collect Email Addresses

Set Your Preferences to Always Collect Email Addresses We've all done it, sent out a Google Form and forgot to ask for the email address or name. How do you fix that... you can't. So the best way to avoid being in this situation is to set your preferences to always...

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