Technology Presentation

Google Classroom and Smore Pages

What is Google Classroom:

"Google Classroom is your mission control for class. Create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Instant. Paperless. Easy."
Google for Education 101 (in 101 seconds)

What teachers should know:

Add students to classes you create by either directly adding them or having them register through a unique classroom code.
Create assignments and send them to your students through the Google Classroom platform, which can be accessed on any computer, tablet, or phone.

Receive, review, and grade all within Google Classroom on a single platform for organizing classrooms online.

Classroom 101

Things to note:

Google Classroom is free for a school that owns its own .edu domain. The school IT department works with Google to set up the Google Classroom account. If the school does not own a domain, the school can purchase one for $8/year for Google to host a domain to run Google Classroom through. Additional information can be found on the Google Classroom website and this essential resource guide.

Take away:

Google Classroom is a very good option for a school that owns its own domain to use for an online grade book software as well as a platform for flipped classrooms. Online grade book hosting platforms can be expensive and Google Classroom is free and appears to be user friendly for teachers, students, and guardians. Additionally, Google Classroom can be used as a flipped classroom platform as an alternative to VoiceThread.

Smores Pages

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The basics:

Smore is an online platform for creating newsletters that are attractive and easy to create.
It costs educators $59/year, which is 66% off compared to the cheapest version for non-educators.
Smore product video

How to share a Smore:

Once you create a Smore, you can share it through social media, directly through email, Craigslist, and more. As an account user, you can access detailed, real time statistics on how many visits your newsletter has had, who opened the email newsletter, as well as incoming online traffic through a simple Google search.

Your options:

With Smore, you can create a newsletter that includes: text, pictures, events, audio, embedded links, forms, titles, galleries, bios, videos, buttons, and payment options.

Take away:

Smore would be a professional platform for a music teacher to send newsletters about the upcoming marking period, performance dates, as well as newsletters to other faculty and administration about what the music program has done recently. This would also be a great tool for a band parent organization to use to reduce mailing papers home to students by having an alternative to disseminate information about events, meetings, and fundraisers online.