Google Classroom

Self-Paced Professional Development Course

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is an online class platform that allows you to interact with your students - managing assignments and resources, posting announcements and even holding class discussions online. Check out the video below for a super quick overview of what Classroom has to offer.

Quick Overview

Google Classroom 101

How can I use it to enhance & transform my classroom?

  • Give assignments with attachments, auto copies of Drive files, links, videos, etc.
  • Reduce paper use and time spent copying, distributing, collecting, grading and returning work.
  • Hold students accountable with due dates appearing in a Google Calendar.
  • Post to multiple classes at once, or copy from a previous post, saving you time.
  • Hold class discussions.
  • Give writing prompts.
  • Increase communication student-teacher communication.
  • 20 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom (Alice Keeler)

What are other educators saying about it?

Self-Paced Training

Before you begin...

Note... you'll understand Google Classroom, and be better able to take advantage of all it's features, if you have a fundamental understanding of Google Drive and at least one of it's associated apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides or Forms). Therefore, you may want to consider completing one or more of these courses prior to diving into Google Classroom:

Ready for Classroom? Use the button below to enter Google's own Getting Started Training for the most up-to-date information! Then continue through the other materials on this page for some additional ideas of how to put it to work for you and your students!

Google Classroom Training

Always up-to-date because it's straight from Google!

Clever Classroom Creation & Rostering

Clever will now create your Google Classroom spaces for you and auto roster your students! See the FAQ document below for more information!

Other Great Guides & Training

The video below will take you through every aspect of Google Classroom - from the teacher and student side - in just 16 minutes. Don't forget that you can pause the video to explore things as you watch, and re-watch (all or part) if it goes too fast for you!
The NEW Google Classroom - Full Tutorial

You can now give different assignments to individual students! See the screenshot and blog post below for more info on how to do this!

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Cheat Sheets

I'm a big fan of Kasey Bell's Shake Up Learning resources. Below are her awesome cheat sheets for teachers and for students in using Google Classroom!

Note... these are LONG PDF documents, but it may be helpful to you if you prefer to have a reference you can print and keep handy.


Use Google Classroom with your students! The best way to learn is to dive in!
  • First Step: Get Students Connected and post something for them to reply to.
  • Next Step: Manage one assignment through Classroom!

If you want to practice something before you try it with your real class, feel free to email me and ask me to be your practice "student". (Sorry, but that offer only works for Southwest Parke teachers.)

PGP Certificate Application

Available only to Southwest Parke CSC Staff

Rachel Porter

I'd love to help you become more proficient with Google Classroom. Contact me with questions specific to your classroom!

Last Updated: August 5, 2021