Use Google Classroom to build relationships, provide more students a voice, and choice. Technology provides opportunities that are difficult or impossible to recreate with traditional paper methods. However, paperless is not a pedagogy. Being paperless does not improve learning. Use paper when appropriate and extend learning opportunities with digital resources when appropriate. Taking paper tasks and making them digital (ie: writing on a PDF worksheet) does not improve learning and can be worse for learning since it was designed for paper. Use paper for paper tasks. Use technology to do what paper can not do.
Start your journey with Google Classroom by going to classroom.google.com. If you are logged into your Google Account use the apps chooser (waffle)
Classes (Home) Page
After going to classroom.google.com the landing page is the Classes page (Home page.) This displays a tile of all the classes you are teaching and enrolled in.
- 3 Lines menu
Opens the main menu, allows you to navigate between classes.
- Create/Add a class
Use the plus icon in the upper right to add a new class or to join a class with the code.
- Assignments to complete (Student)
This is only visible if you are enrolled in a class as a student.
- Assignments to grade
Find a simplified list of all your assignments to grade (review).
- Filtered view of calendar with assignments that are due.
Shows a week view of assignments for all classes on the due date.
- Enter class
Click on the class title to go to the class.
- 3 Dots menu of class options
View more options for the Google Classroom class.
- Assignments due this week
Assignments due within the week will show on the class tile.
- Grades grid
Go to a grid of scores for the class.
- Class folder in Google Drive
All classes have a folder in Google Drive where student work is organized.
3 Dots Menu
On each class tile is a 3 dots menu. This provides more choices for each class.
- Move the order of the tile
Note: You can also DRAG the class tile into a different position.
- Copy class link to your clipboard
Easily invite students by pasting the class link into an email invite or onto your website.
- Edit class information
- Copy the entire class
DO NOT DO THIS!!!! IT IS BAD! DO NOT USE COPY CLASS! Copying copies all videos, screenshots, directions documents, everything! It makes a hot mess of your Google Drive.
After the class is over, archive the class to restrict students from submitting work.