Google Classroom t.i.m.e.

1. Objective

After completing this module, the professional learner will be able to:

  1. Create and populate a course in Google Classroom.
  2. Post, collect, and grade assignments in Google Classroom.
  3. Organize tasks and resources using Google Classroom
2. Support

We would like you to accomplish the tasks listed below.  If you need support, please consider the following resources:

  1. Watching the CBD video tutorial: CLICK
  2. Utilize the Google Classroom Help page: CLICK
  3. Consult the Google for Education Help Forum: CLICK
  4. Asking a colleague around you for assistance.
  5. Asking one of the CBD trainers for assistance.
3. Tasks

PART 1: Create and populate a course in Google Classroom

  1. Begin by visiting, login using your school account, and select the plus button to “Create class
  2. After entering the information, select a theme or upload a background photo using the buttons on the right
  3. Select the “STUDENTS” tab to begin populating the course
  4. Add students manually with “INVITE STUDENTS” or share the class code located on the left (students join classes the same way teachers create classes except selecting “join” instead of “create”)
    1. Remember that some aspects of this task will only be possible if you have students in the course
    2. It may be helpful to ask a colleague to join your course in order to see the student features
  5. Once students are in the course, explore the “ACTIONS” button at the top and the posting/commenting settings on the left

PART 2: Post, collect, and grade assignments in Google Classroom

  1. Select the “STREAM” tab to see the classroom feed (stream)
  2. Select/hover over the plus button on the bottom right and choose “”create assignment
    1. Notice that you can choose into which class(es) to add the assignment (i.e. multiple sections that may need the same assignment)
    2. You can also choose to which students to deliver the assignment (this is the differentiation feature of Google Classroom because only the students selected will receive that assignment)
    3. You can give the assignment a due date or select a topic (feel free to create a new one if none exist)
    4. You can also attach files from your computer, Google Drive, or external links (if you use Google Docs for the assignment, you will have additional options and features)
      1. When choosing a Google Doc, you have the option to allow students to edit or view or you can permit Google Classroom to make a separate copy of the doc for each student (without having to deal with sharing settings, etc.)
      2. When creating a separate copy, students will each only see his/her own document
      3. NOTE: Google Classroom will also add the document to both the student’s drive AND your drive (under the “Classroom” folder)
  3. After you have created the assignment, it will appear at the top of the stream (see Part 3 for organizing)
  4. Select the assignment to view and grade submissions
    1. Notice that you have two tabs to view an assignment:
      1. INSTRUCTIONS allows you to see the assignment details and original document
      2. STUDENT WORK allows you to see student submissions, etc.
    2. Select the point value at the top of the STUDENT WORK page to change the assignment’s worth (default = 100 points)
    3. You can grade an assignment on the left, see unsubmitted work, and sort by various methods
    4. To leave a private comment for a student, click on the student’s name
    5. Public comments will appear on the stream or the INSTRUCTIONS page
    6. When you have selected one or all of the students on the list you will be able to “RETURN” the assignment (remember, when a student submits a google doc in Classroom, he/she is no longer able to edit or make changes until you hit “RETURN”)
    7. You can also email a student directly in this way
    8. At this time, it may be helpful to work with a colleague to see what it looks like for a student to submit an assignment (and how the teacher receives it)

PART 3: Organize Tasks and Resources using Google Classroom

Please note that options for organizing classroom materials in this way are limited

  1. To post essential items such as syllabi or major links/course resources, go to the ABOUT tab
    1. From this tab you can:
      1. Add or edit descriptions and details
      2. Access the course Drive folder or calendar
      3. Invite other teachers to be co-teachers
      4. Add class materials
    2. Remember that when Adding Materials on this page, newest items always appear on top, and you cannot manually organize this
  2. To organize the STREAM more effectively, begin by utilizing “Topics
    1. On the STREAM page, select “ADD TOPIC” on the left
    2. Do this for things like subject areas (math, reading, writing, etc.) at the elementary level or units or chapters (or however your course is structured) at the secondary level
    3. After you have posted more than one item in the STREAM, you can always “Move to the top” any item desired (such as a key announcement or ongoing project)
  3. Within the STREAM, you can also post “Announcements” (for quick notifications) and “Questions” (for discussions) and “Reuse a Post” from a previous item
  4. Try each of these to explore the features they contain
  5. Another option for viewing and organizing items is to select the 3 lines (top left) and visit the “Work” section
    1. Here you can view all or just one of your courses’ posted assignments
    2. You can also mark completed items as “reviewed” to help clean your STREAM
    3. If you ever need to reopen an item marked as reviewed, simply visit the “REVIEWED” tab on the Work page

Feel free to explore additional features such as posting Google Forms as assignments (quizzes) and explore student views