Google Classroom in Science

HCS Science Department

Ways to Use Google Classroom in Science

  • Create a blended classroom: Google Classroom is the perfect tool to transform a traditional class into a blended model.

  • Go paperless: There are many ways that Google Classroom can support a paperless classroom.

  • Distribute handouts: It is easy to attach files that are either in Google Drive or on the computer. Attach handouts to an announcement or assignment to allow students to easily access.

  • Collect homework.

  • Return work.

  • Digitally collect student work: Students can insert a snapshot of their paper assignment into a Google Doc to submit to Google Classroom.

  • Post answers or solutions: Students can check their work by locating answer/solution sheet attached to the assignment in Google Classroom.

  • Post scientific problem or question of the week: Google Classroom makes it easy for students to locate the problem or question of the week (POW/QOW). Participating students can submit their work in Google Classroom.

  • Link to interactive simulations: Several sites have interactive science simulations that can help students have a better understanding of science concepts.
  • Post corrections: After reviewing student work and noting common misconceptions an announcement can be posted to Google Classroom to make clarifications for students.

  • Highlight student exemplars: Work submitted to Google Classroom is saved to a folder in Google Drive. Teachers can attach student exemplars from the assignment folder in Google Drive.

  • Distribute assignments: Rather than writing assignments on the board students can have access to the assignments 24/7.

  • Provide support materials: Sometimes students need a refresher on prerequisite skills such as how to find the density of an object. As part of the lesson teachers can provide links to videos, links to websites or attach documents on prerequisite skills.

  • Provide differentiation: Science students have different ability levels and interests. Stop lecturing: Google Classroom supports a flipped teaching model.

  • Stop repeating yourself: Clearly posting announcements or important information that allows students to easily access information via Google Classroom stream.

  • Provide directions: Verbal directions or directions written on the board can be missed by students who are absent or engaged in another task. Providing directions in Google Classroom ensures that students know what they are supposed to be doing.

  • Model science with Google Draw: Create virtual manipulatives, such as cell models, in a Google Drawing.

  • Provide hyperdocs: Hyperdocs is a Google Document that structures student exploration and learning of a topic. (New webquest format)

  • Give quiet students a voice: Using the comment features in Google Classroom, students can post their question to the class stream.

  • Provide faster feedback: Using Google Classroom to collect work gives the teacher quicker access to student work. Feedback can be provided while students are working on their assignment or immediately after submitting.

  • Target struggling students: Google Classroom counts how many students have submitted an assignment. Clicking on the number of students who have not submitted provides the teacher with a list of students who may need additional help.

  • Post videos: Videos that introduce concepts, hook students into the lesson or provide support resources can be added to lesson sets to help students better understand concepts.

  • Have student critique the reasoning of others: VA standards call for students to critique the reasoning of others. Using the commenting features in Google Documents students can critique the reasoning of peer explanations.

  • Use spreadsheets: Spreadsheets are a necessary life skill. Google Classroom allows teachers to assign Google Sheets spreadsheet activities that help students strengthen their spreadsheet skills and organize data.

  • Provide class feedback: After reviewing student work, different themes or issues may become evident. Returning work to students allows the teacher to provide a global feedback comment that can help clarify common misconceptions.

  • Provide meaningful feedback: Inserting comments into a student's Google Doc can allow the teacher to give very specific feedback in response to student work.

  • Collect videos: Students can create videos through a screencast, using a mobile device or other video creation methods. Having students create videos can allow them to be more creative and demonstrate their understanding of concepts. The video can include images, videos and explanations of how a science concept is modeled in the real world.

  • Have students conduct research: Science is in almost everything. Having students research topics and explain the science involved with an issue is a great activity for students.

  • Allow students to ask questions: Rather than waiting for class to ask questions, students can post their questions while they are working on their homework.

  • Collect data: Google Forms and Google Sheets allow for data collection. Students can conduct or answer surveys and use the information to make calculations. A collaborative spreadsheet allows students to insert their data.

  • Have students explain their thought process: There are many websites and apps that will show students step-by-step how to complete a science question/problem.

  • Collaborative reasoning: students can use a collaborative Google Document or Slides presentation to reason out possible solutions to a problem. Attach a document in Google Classroom as “Students can edit file.”

  • Annotate images: Using Google Draw or Google Slides students can identify or label an image. Drawings and Slides with an image can be attached to an assignment in Google Classroom as “Make a copy for each student.”

  • Collaborate with other teachers: Google Classroom classes are not restricted to a teacher's roster. Students can participate in activities that other teachers in the department are doing. Different teachers can provide different resources and activities to divide up the teaching load.

  • Response to intervention: Different Google Classrooms can be created for students to join based on student needs. Students needing additional support or students needing additional challenges can join a Google Classroom class around intervention on a particular topic.

  • Remind students: Posting announcements in Google Classroom can remind students of upcoming tests or project due dates.

  • Celebrate success: Success builds success. Google Classroom allows the teacher to encourage students through comments in the assignment feedback or publicly in the stream.

  • Collect evidence: Students working on digital resources outside of Google documents can take screenshots to document evidence of their participation. Google Classroom allows students to attach the screenshots to an assignment.

  • Create projects: Google Classroom allows the teacher to build a lesson set with multiple elements. Posting project directions and resources to Google Classroom clearly communicates the project to the students, allows them to easily access resources, and provides students with a digital, easy to submit the project.

  • Crowdsource information: Create a collaborative Google spreadsheet in Google Classroom that allows students to find and contribute information around a topic.

  • Have students find authentic examples: The Google Classroom app allows students to submit a picture they take on their mobile device. Students can find examples in their everyday life of scientific application.

  • Give digital quizzes: Google Classroom makes it easy to link to digital quizzes.

  • Share presentations: Teachers can attach their Google Slides presentations or PowerPoint presentations to the stream. Students can follow along or access the slides later.

  • View work in a folder: Grading is easier when student work for an assignment is contained in a single folder in Google Drive. Use the preview function to view each student assignment in the Google Classroom folder.

Adapted from 60 Smarter Ways to Use Google Classroom by TeachThought, May 2015.

Google Classroom Student Handout

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Google Classroom Teacher Handout

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