Google Classroom 101
Learn to Access & Use Google Classroom
Google Classroom Introduction Video
Setting Up a Google Classroom
1. Navigate to http://www.classroom.google.com.
2. Look in the top right corner of the screen to make sure you are logged in with your "@spartanburg3" account. If you aren't logged in with that account, do so now.
3. Scroll down the screen and choose "Teacher" as your role.
4. Click the "+" sign in the top right corner.
5. Select "Create Class" and give your class a name (i.e. Mrs. Jeter's 2nd Grade) and a section (i.e. 2015-2016).
6. Your classroom page should appear.
7. Under the "Stream" tab, click "Start Tour" to take an introductory tour (Optional).
8. To change the header image, click "Select Theme" in the bottom corner of the current header image.
9. Under the "Students" tab to the far left of the blue "Invite" button, click the drop down arrow beside "Students Can Post & Comment" and change it to "Only Teacher Can Post or Comment" (Optional).
10. Your "Class Code" that students will need in order to join your class is located under the "Stream" tab in the bottom box on the left side of the screen.
11. Under the "Stream" tab, click the "+" sign in the bottom right corner of the screen to post announcements, assignments, and/or questions to your students.
12. Under the "About" tab, you can invite another teacher to join your class and/or add more detailed information about your class.
Adding Students to a Google Classroom
2. Have students open their Chrome browser and navigate to the Google Classroom page by pressing the green Google Classroom icon that appears to the right of the address bar in the top right corner of the screen.
3. Have students click the "+" sign in the top right corner of the screen and select "Join Class".
4. Have students type in the "Class Code" for your Google Classroom to join your class.
Click the "Google Classroom Tutorial" link below to access more information on:
- How to Edit/Delete a Class
- How to Create an Assignment
- How Students Complete & Submit Assignments
- How to Grade & Return Assignments
Additional Resources (Part 1):
YouTube Video from friEdTechnology that Outlines & Demonstrates the Basic Steps of Getting Started with Google Classroom
Google for Education Article Explaining How Over 10 Million Students & Teachers Are Using Google Classroom Worldwide
What is the "Share to Classroom" Extension?
Teachers can also use this extension to post announcements, create assignments, or save webpages to post to their Google Classroom page later.
Using this extension, students can also push webpages directly to the teacher.
Installing & Using the "Share to Classroom" Extension
Installing the "Share to Classroom" Extension
1. Make sure you are logged in with your "@spartanburg3" account. If you aren't logged in with that account, do so now.
2. Navigate to the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps).
3. Type "Share to Classroom" into the search box located in the top left corner of the screen and press "Enter".
4. Then, select "Extensions" under the search box.
5. The "Share to Classroom" extension should be the first choice to appear.
6. Click the blue "Add to Chrome" button (located on the right of the extension).
7. If you agree to the extension's Terms of Service Policy, click "Add Extension".
8. A green Google Classroom icon should appear in the top right corner of your screen (to the right of the address bar).
Using the "Share to Classroom" Extension
***This extension has already been enabled on all of our student devices.***
1. Make sure you are logged into the Chrome browser on your tablet with your "@spartanburg3" account. If you aren't logged in with that account, do so now.
2. Navigate (in the Chrome browser) to the item you want to share.
3. Click the green Google Classroom icon located in the top right corner of your screen (to the right of the address bar).
4. Select the name of the class you want to share with. If you haven't created a class yet, you'll get an error message. You need to have your class(es) created before you can share with them.
5. Select 1 of the following options:
- To share a webpage - Click "Push to Students" & then "Push" - The webpage will appear instantly on student devices. ***Note that students will need to have their Chrome browsers pulled up for the "Push" to appear instantly.***
- To create an announcement - Click "Make Announcement", enter your announcement, & click "Post"
- To create an assignment - Click "Create Assignment", then create your assignment, & click "Assign"
6. Click "View" to view the announcement or assignment in the class stream (Optional).
7. See the "Share to Classroom with Chrome Help Page" link below to access additional information on how to view websites that were recently shared and how to mute notifications of webpages shared by students.
Share to Classroom Chrome Extension Video Tutorial
Additional Resources (Part 2):
Detailed Tutorial on How to Use the "Share to Classroom" Extension
Detailed Tutorial on How to Use the "Share to Classroom" Extension on a Mobile Device
Google Classroom Tips & Tricks
- There are 2 options when it comes to adding students to your Google Classroom: 1. You can "Invite" them to join by inputting their email addresses. OR 2. You can have them navigate to the Google Classroom site and put in the Class Code. I have found that using the "Class Code" method is the easiest.
- I like to set my classroom up so that only the teacher is allowed to post to the classroom "wall" or "stream". That way, you don't have to worry about students posting inappropriate statements or comments. To enable this feature in your Google Classroom, navigate to your classroom and under the "Students" tab choose "Only Teacher Can Post or Comment".
- When creating an assignment for students in Google Classroom, you have 3 options for sharing content from your Google Drive: 1. "Students Can View File" - which means students are only able to view the file & they can't change it in any way. 2. "Students Can Edit File" - which means students are able to edit & work on the same document. OR 3. "Make a Copy for Each Student" - which means the Classroom will make an individual copy of the file for each student that they will be able to edit.
- As of right now, Google Classroom doesn't offer any type of differentiation feature that enables you to send certain assignments to particular students. All students included in a classroom get the same assignment. In order to differentiate using Google Classroom, you will need to create a different "classroom" for each differentiated group and distribute assignments accordingly. However, making it easier to differentiate assignments within one classroom is a feature that Google is currently working on and they hope to provide this feature within the near future.
If you have a Google Classroom/Share to Classroom Extension tip or trick that you'd like to share, feel free to leave it in the "Comments" section below.