The Ins and Outs
Create a Class
1. Create a classroom.
- Use the “+” button in the top right.
- Select “Create a class.”
- To add students, have students log in to Classroom and enter your class code.
2. Set up the “About” tab.
- Fill in the details about the class.
- Add files that students will need all year long.
- Don’t overload your “About” tab!
3. Start posting to your classroom.
- An announcement posts information to your classroom without a grade.
- An assignment posts to your classroom and has a grade.
- A question lets students answer a multiple choice/short answer question without a grade.
ADD AN ANNOUNCEMENT:
ADD AN ASSIGNMENT:
Provide a Link:
GRADE AN ASSIGNMENT:
After you’ve added an assignment and students have turned work in, it’s time to grade it.
Click the title of the assignment to open it. Click on a student’s name to show any files attached that you need to view and to reveal a text field where you can type a comment to the student. Classroom flags every assignment as “not done,” “done,” “late” or “done late”. Classroom doesn’t change student grades if assignments are late, but you can.
Once you’ve viewed assignments, you can assign a grade by clicking where it says “No Grade.” If you want to change the number of points an assignment is worth, find the “Points” section at the top of the page and change it. Use the button at the top of the assignment screen to download student work to your Google Drive or to view the Google Drive folder where the student work is being stored. Be sure to click the blue “Return” button to finalize all of the grading you’ve just done.
Note: Once students turn work in using Classroom, they won’t be able to make changes to those files until you return them to the students after grading them.
Above and Beyond
Create exit tickets and bellringer activities:
Create new assignments from templates
Post a quiz or test.
Use the class photo as a bulletin board
Tips and Tricks
Use some tips and tricks to make life easier and better.
☞Access files students turned in to you in your Drive. There’s a folder called “Classroom” where those files live.
☞Turn your classroom header image into a class bulletin board. Create an image in Google Drawings (Go to File > Page setup … choose “Custom” … 2000 x 400 pixels). Add info, pictures, etc. that students will need to access regularly
☞Add a co-teacher in your classroom. Click the “About” button and click “Invite teacher.
☞Provide an example of the work you’d like them to do. Within the description of an assignment, provide a link to an example you want students to emulate (and again, remember the http:// so it’s clickable).
☞Let Classroom send automatic email notifications to parents/guardians. (Click here to see the Google support page about parent/guardian emails. Or see the screenshot below.)
☞Toggle your e-mail notifications on and off... This is a nice feature if you don’t want an e-mail every time something happens in Classroom. Change it under “Settings” when you click the menu button at the top left of your class (the three lines button … sometimes called the “hamburger button”).
☞Track student progress with submission history. Follow the changes students made to their assignments by clicking a student’s assignment in the “Assignment Status” section (after you click on the assignment) and “See submission history.”