Resources, Tips & Tricks
Why Use Google Classroom?
- It's Free!!!
- There is no extra username or password for you or your students to remember.
- You can control when the students post, comment, or respond to a discussion.
- The Conversation can continue OUTSIDE of class.
- The Discussion can be graded.
- Google Classroom is SUPER EASY to use!
Recent Updates to Google Classroom
Major Updates to Include:
1. New Tabs! - We currently see Stream, Students, and About. In this update we will see Stream, Classwork, and People.
Stream = Announcements and posts/comments from students, plus notifications if something has been added to Classwork.
Classwork = Where teachers go to teach! Now divided by topics, teachers can create assignments, add questions, create topics and reuse posts.
People = Where you go to manage all the "peeps" in your class, including students and co-teachers.
2. No More About Tab! It's gone from it's usual spot and is now located to the bottom right corner of the header. It's function has also changed so you'll need to adjust how you use it in the future.
3. Classwork section is now focusing more on topics. Topics are big and bold in this section, so it's best to really try to implement them for organizational purposes. Bonus - you can now reorder this page by topic just by clicking the three dots!
4. Done & Not Done are ONLY visible on the Assignment Page (boo, hiss...). You will have to click on the assignment to see how many are done or not.
5. New Class Settings Page where you can edit your Class name and description, time, section and all of those other pertinent details. This is also where you find the class code, set posting restrictions for students and choose how you want to show deleted items.
That's the basic rundown of what's coming. For a full blog post complete with screen shots, check out Kasey Bell's ShakeupLearning post here.
Apps that Play Nicely with Classroom
Extensions to Make Your Life Easier
Alice Keeler's Classroom Split
Alice Keeler's Gradebook Split
Click to view Kasey Bell's (Shake Up Learning) Google Classroom Pinterest Board