Google Classroom to the basics and beyond!

A couple of months ago, Google added in the ability to assign work to selected students instead of the whole class. They also added in notifications for late submissions.

Check out these great updates in action plus many more creative uses of Google Classroom on “Fennovation Using Google Classroom.” Not ready for creative? That’s okay, you can also catch up to speed as well!

Check out fennovation.org for all things Google!

Google Classroom – The Basics & The Extras

…all in one presentation! We recently asked all of our teachers to create classes in Google Classroom, whether they used all of Classroom’s features or not. The idea behind this was to create a consistent interface for students. For our teachers who use a hybrid of GSuite apps and Moodle, we asked that they place a link to their materials in the “About” page of Google Classroom. Now, when a student needs to access work, they only need to go to one spot – Google Classroom.

In helping all of our teachers get on board, I added some new tricks to the “Fennovation – Using Google Classroom” presentation. Check it out and other Googlicious resources at Fennovation.org!

Moving on with Google Classroom

Google Classroom

In case you didn’t read my last post, Google Classroom got many new updates over the summer! While I’m still waiting for the ability to move items around on the About page, add sub groups, change ownership of items (so teacher retains ownership of tests, etc. after returning) and permanently pin items to the top of the stream page, I am even more excited about Google Classroom.

Today, I share with you those updates along with Kasey Bell’s fabulous resource on app integration into Google Classroom.  Did you know that was a thing?

In the independent school I work in, it is often difficult to declare one item that everyone most use. However, this year, I have been persuading teachers to use Google Classroom as the one consistent platform by which all students access their work. This is not to say a teacher much use this platform as a learning management system or content management system, but it does provide a starting point. If you think about the number of platforms we ask teachers to remember, you will release it is a lot. Now, add that to students who are still developing. Is that an added challenge that they need to master? For me, that answer is ‘no.’ And, what’s great about Google Classroom is it provides a custom start page for every student. All a teacher has to do is to link their materials into Google Classroom. We use Websites only for public information like a syllabus. Boom! Win-win for both students, teachers, and parents/guardians.

How are you using Google Classroom?

Check out Getting Automated with Google Classroom for all that you can be with Google Classroom. And, consult fennovation.org for all things Google.

Back to school with Google Classroom

Google Classroom got many new updates over the summer! While I’m still waiting for the ability to move items around on the About page, add sub groups, change ownership of items (so teacher retains ownership of tests, etc. after returning) and permanently pin items to the top of the stream page, I am even more excited about Google Classroom.

Over the summer, Google added the ability to:

  • See Guardian summaries
  • Add topics to the Stream (for better organization)
  • Annotations on mobile devices (would love for this to be on Desktops/Chromebooks!)
  • And several other smaller features
Check out Getting Automated with Google Classroom for all that you can be with Google Classroom. And, consult fennovation.org for all things Google.

Google Classroom – my favorite uses!

It’s almost time for summer break and what better time to explore some uses of Google Classroom than now?! Once school starts, the year often gets too busy to check out and integrate new uses, so why not start now?

Today, I gave my Classroom presentation a major face-lift. I also added a few updates including:

  • Wizer.me – I discovered this during #txgoo this past weekend. This site allows you to create and browse interactive classroom resources that share nicely on Google Classroom.
  • Schedule posts – if you haven’t heard, you can now do this on Google Classroom
  • Guardian access – coming this fall
  • Polls – in addition to the Q&A feature on Google Slides, you can get immediate feedback on Google Classroom. Hip, hip, hooray!
  • Google Calendar – you get a Calendar for every class. You can share these calendars for anyone with the link to see and put them on your Website. This gives others access to view assignment due dates. 

Check out fennovation.org for more Googleness and check out Getting Automated with Google Classroom for 50 slides worth of ideas!

Happy Monday!

Google Classroom: The short of it

While I’m a fan of the long lists of uses of Classroom (I frequently consult them and have a few of my own), it’s nice to a short version, too – for easy access.

In case you missed December’s post on Google Classroom updates, you should check it out. Now, you can export grades directly to Google Sheets. And, with the new explore feature in Google Sheets, that means you can get graphical representations of that data quickly. And, my favorite – you can use your keyboard to move from one grade entry to the next. I despise using my mouse so, anytime I can use the keyboard, the better!

Check out Google Classroom: Year Two for my favorite uses of Google Classroom and then, some.

And, go to fennovation.org for all things Google!

The best of #google #classroom

A year and a half into Google Classroom, it is becoming the go-to tool in the classroom. What started out as a very basic product, is still simple in design, but more complex in it’s abilities.

To help keep track of the innovative things you can do with Google Classroom as well as the updates, I’ve organized some of my favorites into one presentation: Google Classroom: A Year Later. Check out more Google goodness at fennovation.org.

Today’s updates include two from +Alice Keeler :

  • Small Group Maker for Classroom Assignments
  • Show Me All the Docs script to show all files in a Classroom folder in one place! 
Enjoy!

Using Google Classroom 1 year later

Last year, a fellow Round Rock ISD teacher, +Jennifer Rubin and I prepared a presentation on using Google Classroom (reflections after a year) at ISTE. Since then, I have added additional observations to the presentation. Though not a how-to-use Google Classroom presentation, it is full of ideas and uses you may or may not have thought of.

Updates include:

  • Google Calendar integration
  • Google Forms integration
  • Split Screen – Alice Keeler
  • Make a copy of a question – Michael Fricano II
  • Awesome Tables integration

Check out more Googleness on fennovation.org.

The best of Google Classroom

Google Classroom has grown a lot since it was born just over a year ago. In fact, in the past two weeks, it has endured some major updates. What does that mean for you?

  • Alice Keeler’s Discussion Board spreadsheet
  • Best practices Google Drive folder
  • Organize Google Classroom Home screen
  • Use RosterSync to import roster from BlackBaud
  • Essential Tips from Educational Technology (Michael Fricano II)
  •  Ways to use newest Classroom features (Ditch that Textbook)

I’ve compiled some of my favorite resources as well as best updates into one presentation. Credits to Jennifer Rubin for helping with some of the classroom integration. Check it out! And, check out fennovation.org for more resources.

Enjoy!