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.
What is Google classroom?

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

Things to Read and Watch

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!

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!
Tutorial: A Guide to Google Classroom (2015)
The next video is showing an example of using Classroom for Flipped Learning, but may help you further understand how assignments work even if you aren't flipping.
05. Google Classroom: Flipping the Classroom

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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  • Use Google Classroom with your students! The best way to learn is to dive in!
  • If you need 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.)
  • Be sure to do more than just post announcements! Manage at least one assignment through Classroom!
  • Below are some resources to support your learning and implementation phase.

Get your badge and PGP Certificate!

Complete the form below to show what you've learned and accomplished! Once reviewed, you'll receive your badge and PGP certificate.

2 PGPs

(Sorry.... these are only available to Southwest Parke staff.)

Additional Resources

Rachel Porter

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