Iowa City Summit: Google Classroom

Utilizing Google Classroom to Engage Your Students

What Is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is a free management system that allows students and teachers to seamlessly utilize Google Apps for Education (Google Docs, Drawing, Slides, Forms, Sheets), websites, videos, etc., in a safe environment that allows for critical-thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration which enhance the learning environment.

Reasons to Love Google Classroom

  • Seamlessly integrates with other Google Tools
  • Gives students a safe environment to work and collaborate
  • Students can access from anywhere
  • Streamlined organization of student work
  • Reinforces critical-thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration
  • Connection capabilities
  • Easy to use

Ideas for Using Google Classroom

  • Assigning classroom work (Google Docs, Drawings, Slides, etc.)
  • Sharing videos and links for student use
  • Flipping classroom work
  • Enriching classroom learning
  • Discussions and group commenting
  • Connecting learners
  • Managing and assigning group work
  • Gathering instructional data
  • Digital Citizenship practice
  • Professional Development (groups, blended)

Additional Resources

Lynn Kleinmeyer

Lynn Kleinmeyer is a Digital Learning Consultant with Grant Wood AEA. Prior to joining the Digital Learning Team, Lynn worked for 3 years as a Teacher Librarian for 2nd-5th graders and taught 7th grade Reading for 13 years. Lynn is dedicated to supporting the integration of technology and information literacy skills in every classroom.