Google Classroom is a popular online tool for K-12 classrooms. Teachers have figured out how to make the most of this versatile assignment manager and communication center, which has improved significantly.
I asked the Shake Up Learning community members for their best Google Classroom hints. The ideas shared by the community are fantastic! These are tips that teachers should use, and teachers have suggested them!
- Make a list of your tasks!
One of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve ever received is to number your assignments. It helps you organize lessons in Classroom, but it also keeps Google Drive tidy and organized.
- In Google Classroom, press Ctrl + F to look for numbers and phrases.
Even the most well-managed Classwork page may grow cumbersome after a few weeks of assignments. To search for keywords or assignment numbers (as previously said) on the page, press Control + F (Command + F on a mac). This method should be taught to pupils as well!
- Choose a topic-management strategy
The topics feature on the classwork page can be used to help students and instructors organize their work. There are a variety of methods to organize things. This is a question of personal taste for teachers. Choose a method that is appropriate for your sort of material and grade level. Check out this article on How to Organize Assignments in Google Class.
- Create a “Resources” topic and make it the top item on the classwork page.
Every lesson requires a storage area for resources, links, class rules, syllabus, etc. Mindy Barron advises creating a dedicated category for resources and course materials to keep them readily available at the top of your lesson. Make sure to label these files descriptively so that pupils know what they’re looking for.
Teachers have learned to make the most of this adaptable assignment manager and communication center. I asked the members of the Shake Up Learning community to share with me their favorite Google Classroom hints.
- Make a Google Classroom Class Template
If you’re just getting started with Google Classroom, you’ll probably want to start by using your notes or the notes from a colleague. Please copy the class as your template once you’ve chosen your favorite organization method for Google Classroom (and tested it!) Make a copy of each new class and already have all of
To duplicate a class in Google Classroom, go to your Google Classroom home, choose “copy class,” then click the three dots on the class card and select “copy.”
- Use Direct Links to Assignments
Did you know that you can get a direct link to a certain activity? This makes it simple for me to send students back to a specific activity. Go to the Classwork page, find the assignment, click on the three dots next to it, and copy the URL.
- Use a Google Doc as your syllabus.
Many instructors create a syllabus in Google Docs to make it a dynamic document that can be updated throughout the year. Include links to outside resources, daily activities, significant dates, etc. You may also link assignments from Google Classroom (see above) for easier student identification.
- Break down large projects into smaller tasks with separate due dates
Project-based learning is vital that, as we aim to go past the static, one-and-done activities, we must consider how we do it in our schools.
Students, especially those who haven’t learned how to manage their time, may be overwhelmed by large projects. Setting objectives and breaking down the task into smaller activities with check-ins is critical.
- Create a separate class for enrichment and extension activities.
Finishing your work ahead of schedule didn’t translate to free time or games in my class. It involved reading and intellectually stimulating activities for my pupils. Consider creating an additional Google Classroom class for extension or enrichment lessons.
You could also gamify this concept by offering digital badges for performing a duty or challenge.
- Use Private Comments to Give Students Valuable Feedback and Conversations
The private comment function is one of my favorite aspects of Google Classroom. This little tool may assist you in speeding up communication with your students and improving the feedback loop. One of the most important elements in a student’s development is teacher feedback!
Private comments are just for you and your student. (Nobody else can read these.) Keep in mind that private comments should be used throughout the project!
This doesn’t negate the influence of face-to-face talks. Still, it allows students to communicate who don’t typically speak in front of the class while also documenting to remember the feedback. There are a few different locations where you may leave private comments for students.
To add a private comment to the Student Work page, go to the Teacher Dashboard, select People, and add Private Comments.
- Select the coursework you wish to offer criticism from the Classwork menu.
- Click on “View Assignment.” Select the assignment you wish to view by clicking on it.
- Select the student from the roster on the left.
- To the bottom of the right-hand panel, you will see “Add Private Comment.”
- Click to compose and submit your comment for your child.
You may also send private feedback using the new grading functionality in Google Classroom from within the student’s document. To post a personal remark utilizing the Grading Tool:
- Select the assignment for which you’d want to offer feedback from the Classwork menu.
- Click the “View Assignment” button.
- Click the student’s file for which you wish to provide feedback.
- To leave a private message, use the right-hand panel.
Google Classroom is an excellent tool for educators looking to move beyond the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to education. It offers a variety of features that allow teachers to customize their instruction and better meet the needs of their students. Google Classroom also makes it easy to provide timely feedback and have meaningful conversations with students.