Manage your Classroom
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
- Sign in to Google Classroom
- Add a class to Google Classroom
- Invite students to a class in Google Classroom
- Create an assignment in Google Classroom
- Grade and return an assignment in Google Classroom
NOTE: Google Classroom is only available to teachers and students who attend a school or university with a Google Apps for Education account. If you do not have a Google Apps for Education account, please feel free to skip this lesson.
The following scenarios are examples of how educators are using Google Classroom in their schools.
Make copies of assignments
Ms. Yoeman is the only teacher in school without a teacher assistant, so she makes her own copies of assignments for her students. She currently has 220 students. Today, she makes copies of a 7-page assignment for her 220 students. While doing this, the copy machine jams. She tries to fix it and is late for her class, so the students wait unattended. She arrives, unprepared, and begins to teach. Some of the students complain, as well as other teachers who want to use the copy machine.
Thankfully, her headmaster asks her to try Google Classroom and reduce the amount of paper she uses. She tries it and amazingly she reduces her usual thirty minutes of copying time each day down to one click per assignment. She makes instant electronic copies of assignments in Google Classroom. She is so amazed she never wants to use another method of copying again.
Provide timely feedback
Mr. Tengku teaches students in their first year of secondary school. Because he speaks in several dialects of Malay, along with Japanese and Cantonese, he has more students in his classes than most teachers. It is hard for him to provide timely feedback and it may take up to one week to return assignments and give feedback.
The ministry of education starts a new program where all the public schools in the country sign up for Google Apps for Education which gives Mr. Tengku access to Google Classroom. Through Google Classroom, Mr. Tengku can tell when students have finished assignments, and he can give them immediate feedback without carrying a large bundle of papers home in various folders. Now he can access assignments and give feedback anywhere he has Internet access. He reduces his turn-around time from seven days down to two and a half days.
Monitor student progress and milestones
Mrs. Raja teaches 5th year students in a joint primary and secondary Chinese school in Malaysia. To prepare all students for university life, throughout the 13 years of education, the school gradually introduces students to a university working style and workload. Each subsequent year, the students receive less guidance from teachers and large projects are broken down into fewer assignments before the deadline. In year 5, the school still breaks projects down into small parts and requires 5th year students to turn in parts of the projects as milestones. However, this greatly increases Mrs. Raja’s workload because each project now has 5 separate assignments and 5 deadlines.
Because of time constraints she only assigns one project per term. This year, however, is the first year they are fortunate to have one laptop per child and obtain access to Google Classroom. Google Classroom makes it easy for Mrs. Raja to go into the computer and see when students have finished various project milestones. Because of this, Mrs. Raja can now assign 3 projects per term just as she is required to by her school.
Sign in to Google Classroom
To access Classroom:
- Navigate to classroom.google.com . You need your Google Apps for Education account information to sign in for the first time.
- Enter your username and password. Click Enter.
- Click Teacher. The Welcome to Classroom page opens.
- Click See How Classroom Works for a guided tour of Classroom.
Add a class to Google Classroom
To add a class:
- Navigate to classroom.google.com
- Click + at the top of the page and click Create class.
- Enter your class name in the first text box.
- Enter a short description in the second text box, such as section, grade level, or class time.
- Click Create.
Invite students to a class in Google Classroom
To invite students to a class:
- Navigate to classroom.google.com.
- Click the class to which you want to invite the students.
- At the top of the page, click Students.
- Click Invite.
- To see additional names of students to invite, click My contacts. You can select All contacts or Directory to see all accounts in your school’s domain. You can search for a student by name in the search box.
- Check the box beside a student's name to invite the student or check Select all to invite all the students listed. The names of the students selected are listed. If you want to create a group of the students to be invited, click Save as a group and enter a name for the group.
- Click Invite Students.
Create an assignment in Google Classroom
To create an assignment:
- Navigate to classroom.google.com.
- Select a class.
- Click Assignment at the top of the stream.
- Enter a title for the assignment.
- Enter a description of the assignment or any additional instructions, if needed.
- Click on the due date from the calendar. The assignment is due the next day by default. If you want the assignment turned in before midnight on the due date, click Add time to set the time to a time before midnight. Or, click again to select a time from the drop-down list.
- To attach a file, a Google Drive item, a YouTube video, or a link, click the appropriate icon.
- Locate and select the relevant item and click Add. To attach a link, enter or paste the link and click Add. If you decide that you don't need the attachment, click X next to the attachment to delete it from the assignment.
If you attach a Drive item, you have a few options on how the student can interact with the item. You set the appropriate option by clicking Students can view file next to the attached item.
- Select Students can view file if you want all students to read, but not change, the same file.
- Select Students can edit file if you want all students to make changes in the same file.
- Select Make a copy for each student to provide an individual copy of the file for each student.
Grade and return an assignment in Google Classroom
To grade an assignment:
- Navigate to classroom.google.com.
- Open the class and click the assignment in the class stream.
- To open all of the students’ assignments at once, click Folder to open the Google Drive folder where all of the work is stored. Click any item in the folder and begin reviewing the students' work. You can view an individual student’s work by clicking the student’s name and then the item. The Student Submissions page lists the students who have completed this assignment.
- To grade an assignment, click No Grade on the same line as the student’s name.
- The default point value for an assignment is 100. To change this, click Points and select the point value for the assignment. Or, click the number and enter a new number. Only whole number grades are supported at this time. You cannot enter a letter grade or a decimal point.
- Enter the grade.
- Enter grades for any additional students.
- Check the box next to the student or students whose grades you want to return.
- If you want to return an assignment without assigning a grade, simply skip the grading steps above and just check the box next to the student or students.
- Click Return. The student’s name and the grade is listed.
- Click Return. On the Student Submissions page, a message indicates that the assignment has been returned. The list on the page is updated to show the student’s work that is graded and returned.
- Add any additional feedback and click Return.
- The student receives an email telling them that you've returned their grade. Also, the student regains edit access to any Drive files that were part of the assignment.
Warning: The grades that you enter on this page will not be saved unless you return the assignments to the students.
- Contact a student - Contact a student individually to discuss performance, behaviour, or extracurricular activities.
- Give ongoing feedback - Give feedback to students as they work on assignments so that you can help correct as they go instead of waiting until the entire assignment is finished. This will improve learning sooner and improve the quality of the final draft of assignments.
- Post announcements -Make any class announcements to remind students of upcoming deadlines or special projects or field trips.
- Unenroll students - Quickly and easily update roster and class information when students change schools or classes.
- Add a class when a new class has been added to your student schedule.
- Mark an assignment done so your teacher knows that she or he can begin giving feedback.
- Ask the class a question by posting to the class stream. All the other classmates will see the question and someone can respond.
- Ask a classmate for help by sending an email.
- Help administration by unenrolling from classes when you have a change in your schedule.
- Get feedback by viewing returned assignments in Classroom.
- Stay updated on work deadlines by viewing assignments and checking the deadlines in Classroom.
Part A. Create a class and invite a student
Create a new class in the Classroom tool. Choose four students at your school, and invite them to join the class.
Part B. Create an assignment
Create a writing assignment about a topic of your choice. Write a title and a one-paragraph description. Send the assignment to the class you just created. Classroom should tell you immediately if the assignment was sent.
Part C. Practice
Now practice creating classes using students in your Google Apps for Education school. Practice creating two classes of 10 students each. After you do this, create a writing assignment about technology (you choose the specific topic), one history topic about the future (you choose the topic related to something that history predicts will occur again in the future), and one mathematics assignment (5 addition problems) for each of the two classes.
Part D. How will you use Classroom?