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Google Classroom for Teachers

teacher avatar Alex Nussbaumer

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9 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Creating the Classroom and Inviting Students

    • 3. Stream

    • 4. Classwork and Topics

    • 5. Materials and Questions

    • 6. Assignments and Quiz Assignments

    • 7. People and Grades

    • 8. Calendar and Google Meet

    • 9. Project

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About This Class

In this class, we will learn about using Google Classroom from a teacher's perspective.

During the recent pandemic, many schools nationwide were forced to make some drastic changes to keep providing quality content for students. Google Classroom was the most popular choice when it came to organizing classes, interacting with students, and providing materials and assignments. Google Classroom was the obvious choice for many schools and teachers, as Google managed to establish an easy-to-use platform that made learning and teaching accessible from everyone's home. 

While Google did indeed do a great job on the front- and back-end, handling a program or website from absolute scratch can be extremely daunting in the beginning. That is why I created this short and concise class that aims to help teachers across the world to master Google Classroom. 

As soon as the schools had to close, I saw it as my duty as a tech enthusiastic young teacher to help colleagues in the real world, as well as online!

Meet Your Teacher

I am a passionate foreign languages teacher, holding a degree in Education with several years of experience teaching in Elementary Schools and High-Schools.

Throughout the years, I have worked in the US and multiple European countries, broadening my skillset along the way.

With the implementation of Google Classroom in various schools across the globe, the need for instruction for educators, students, and parents started growing. In addition to giving lectures using Google Meet, I worked as a technical instructor for all things Google Classroom, guiding students, parents, and teachers towards a better understanding on the platform and the power of cloud based classrooms.

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1. Introduction: My name is Alex, and I am a teacher. At an elementary school in the middle of March, our entire curriculum had to be moved over to Google classrooms within just a few days. The challenges were endless, but everybody was ready to learn about this new formative teaching. While Google classrooms is a rather simple tool, it did take some time to get used to it. The endless number of functionalities and the overwhelming variety of options seemed like a lot of hand in the beginning. However, after just a few weeks, everybody at school got the hang of it. During this time, I work this technical support for all the teachers at the school. In addition to my regular schedule, having a tech savvy young adult school proved to come in handy during an emergency like the one we were and are still going through. I will try my best to help you when it comes to mastering a new skill, namely the seamless operation off Google classrooms with all its functionalities. Following the instructions, you will feel comfortable using Google classroom in no time. I structured this skill share class in the following way. First, we will be setting up the classroom, then we'll go over the user interface. We will have a look at the Four Important Tabs and Google Classroom, which are the stream class word people and grades. Then we will move on to posting materials, quizzes and assignments. And as a little bonus, I included a small segment where I go over Google calendar, how to use it and how to implement Google meetings for your classroom. Enjoy. 2. Creating the Classroom and Inviting Students: All right, let's begin by creating our classroom. For this, we simply click on little plus Sign and a top right hand corner. Now we go to create class way. Accept those terms. Click continue. This brings us to the screen where we can type in a class name. I will use Italian, one of one for this. Then we have section, which is basically a little message that it's gonna be displayed below our class name at all times. Let's just say welcome to the class subject for us. It's gonna be Italian and the room, if you would have one in your physical school. Ah, let's say a room. One for two we click on Create. It's going to take just a minute. There we go. This is a screen we see once the classroom as being created now for our classroom. We have four different sections. We have stream classwork, people and grades. We will go through all of those. No, the most important thing in the beginning is the class code right here. This is the code that you have to give through students so they can log into the classroom . They can sign up for your class. So let's just do that real quick. I will switch my account here to Jason Miller, which is our student scope back real quick. Copy, Class code. 3. Stream: and we are in the classroom as a student. Let's close this half for now. We are back and our teacher a town. So now we should have a student in our class room. Okay. On the left hand side, we have a section called upcoming, which is where we will be displayed. All of the upcoming assignments, Any due dates, any upcoming meetings we have in the middle. We have the stream. So as the first half here, it's called the Stream. And here we can type anything we want to. We can send it to all of the students. Let's say, um hello, students. And as we only have one class, it's only gonna be a four Italian 101 And here we could select the students we want to include or exclude from this message. So let's say we don't want tohave Jayne Miller, including on this message. We just uncheck this box, and j familiar would not get the message. We want to send it to all the students so we would click on post. We can also add some things. We can add things from the Google drive. We can add a link a file from our computer or a YouTube video on the right hand side. Next to post we see those little arrow, we click on it, and this allows us to schedule the post or save as a draft. So if we want to schedule the Post, say we want want this to be posted on Friday? Ah, 9 a.m. We can do that on schedule it and there we go Now here we have it as a saved announcement on Lee. We can see that as a teacher, that's schedule this to a different time. Let's say we changed our mind. You wanna post at 10 a.m. We can simply add it like that. Let's say we want a post something to the students right away. Please do not forget to hand and your spelling words. I want to send it out to all students and we want to do that right now. And now all the students and all the teachers in the classroom will get this message on their stream, which basically is the same thing as the Facebook feed, where everybody can always post something not only us a teacher, but also to students one more thing up here, we can select a theme. Let's say you want to change it to this map Here, click on it. Select class theme and there we go and has changed. Now you could also upload your own photo. If you have a group photo of your class, that is something that people do. Let's move on to classwork. 4. Classwork and Topics: No, this is where most of the magic is gonna happen. Classwork. Here, you can add any assignments, material quizzes, tests, whatever you want. You can created here people due date. If it's an assignment or you can just simply post material, you can get super organized with this. Where is just something that I would recommend Now here we have a bunch of options we have create. We have Google Calendar. We have the class and drive folder. So the Google Drive folder for this classroom, the Google calendar, brings us to the calendar. Here we would see all the assignments that are coming up all the meetings that we have coming up. Let's close that on the class drive folder brings us to the Google drive off the specific classroom where right now we have no files in it because nobody added any files. If we click on create, we have a number of different options to choose from. We have assignment, quiz, assignment, question material we can reuse, opposed to be previously posted on. We can create a topic. Let's start with the topic. Let's say one of our topics is literature, and now we have a section year is called or a topic that is called literature. On the left hand side, we'll have all the topics listed below one another. 5. Materials and Questions: If we click on create again, let's create a material. Ah, let's do don't is most import and poems and then here you can add a description. Please have a look. Don't says poems. Now we would create. We would add something from our Google drive or a link to the poems. Or we can upload the files from our computer. Or if the poems are on video, we would post a YouTube link to the video and they would see it. Let's just try that YouTube video, Danto Poems that search. Let's do the 1st 1 If they can click, add. We could also paste the specific U R L if we had. So let's do that again. Don't toe mustard until poems. There we go. Click, add and we have added a material. We could also create something to attach. We could add a Google doc slides, sheets, drawings or forms. We don't want to do that right now. Let's just say that is that That's the material. We want a post. We want to post it to all students, including J and Mentor. On the topic, we would choose literature. We could also say we don't want to add it to any specific topic or we can create a new topic. That's but this one. And then if it sure here we go once again, we can post it right away. We can save it as a draft. We can schedule it or we can discard the draft. Well, you want a poster right now and now we have a material in the topic literature. If you go back to the stream now we see that Mr Alex posted a new material. Don't is most important poems. Everybody from the class will see this right here on the C e o. Our teacher posted something new. Let's check that out. Go back to class. Worried. Next thing we can do is we can post a question. See, the question is, which one of the poems is he? Our favorite question mark. We can, ah, school students for a short answer or a multiple choice. Its new short answer. First, we can add more instructions right now. We don't need that. And here we can add a due date. Say it's due tomorrow. Ah, 12. 12 p.m. Here we go. We can once again include or exclude students. From this question, we can say this question is worth 100 points. We can change that. We can change it, Owen graded or where you can change it to a different number. Let's say this is underrated on we assign it to the topic literature. Now we have two more options here. Students can reply to each other and students can edit Answer. Now, I'm not gonna let the students at it the answer. But I will let students reply to each other. So here again, we can say post our ask. You can schedule or save as a draft. I wanna ask it right now. There we go. Let's go back to stream on here. You see that? I posted this question. Which one of the poems is your favorite? When students go to class work literature, they will find the question there, too. Back to stream here and the upcoming section. We see that there is something due on Wednesday so all the students would get this too. They will see. Okay, we gotta answer this question By Wednesday 12 PM 6. Assignments and Quiz Assignments: Let's create an assignment, click on create assignment and here we can gave the assignment a title, Let's say is, let's say on down to you can add additional instructions and a description if you feel like that's necessary for the specific task again, we can add attachments like something from our Google drive, a link, a file from our computer or a YouTube video. We can create something that we want to attach, like Google docks, slides, sheets, drawings or forms. And here, once again, we can assign into all students or just a specific group of students. We can say how many points is worth or whether it should be underrated. Then we give it a due date. Let's say this has due date. Wednesday time 1 p.m. Topic. Once again, we go to a literature on. Now we can add a rubric. So here we can add different criteria. Let's say the 1st 1 is the grammar on Dhere. For the description, I will just say I will assess you are grammar now Iraq at different levels? Let's have two levels. Say they. At one point when the students, um mostly accurate, they got two points If it's excellent, I'll say zero. If they failed, for example, now we can add a description for each of the levels as well. And here we have the option to delete the level. If we change our mind now, we can have different criteria. Let's add another one. Say punctuation on again. We could do the same stuff with the levels. All right, let's say that saying this is two points he had saved and there we go. Now we have a rubric with two criteria. Okay, on here again. We can schedule, save, draft, discard. We're going to assign it right now, and the assignment is right here in the topic. Literature, I say undone. When we go back to stream here on the stream, we can see that I posted it just now on Dhere Lawyer says Upcoming. We see that it popped up that it's due on Wednesday, came back to class work. Now last thing we can create is a quiz assignment. Now you can use this as a test for your class, so it's like, let's give it a title. Ah don t A quiz and the description or instructions if you want to and here we have the blank quiz they have for us again. All the stuff we are already familiar with now. Ah, if we want to science to all students points the due date topic topic will change that to literature. We cannot rubrics once again if we want to. Well, let's go on. Check out what the quiz is all about. So this is the page that we are confronted with and we opened the quiz and here we can give it a name. Let's do a don take with description, whatever. And let's add the first question when did down toe live question mark. And now we have different options. You can say Give me the date Andi. Google already suggested date cause Google understood. OK, when that somebody live their suggestions, Probably date. If you want to change that, we can say we want to see a short answer in paragraph. We want to make it a multiple choice. We wanna use check boxes or drop downs. We can ask the students to upload a file. We can have a linear scale. We can have a multiple choice grid or a check box cred. Then we have the date that Google suggests, or a time let's say we want to have it as a short answer so the students can give their answers here. Or let's say it's a multiple choice. Now here we can add different options. Option one, Option two on option 300 off other. You don't need that. And now we can go to the answer key and in the answer key, we can choose the correct answers. Let's say option to was correct, and now we can also add answer feedback. So if the students answer incorrectly, se the message, try again. It's going to pop up. That's a answer. Correct. Great job. No. Again, if they answer incorrectly, we can linked him. Link them to a specific home page or website. Oh, so that's the link here and a text to this play. Let's say I want to say youtube dot com Texas way. Check YouTube. There we go. Or we can link a video. What's that save? And here we have our inputs. Once again, feedback for correct answers. Great job feet quick. For incorrect answers, try again and check YouTube with a link that links them to YouTube. All right, so that's done. So that's the quiz we have here. And now we can We can change the theme. Here we see a preview off the quiz. Say click option one. Submit two responses received record. I'm sorry. Here we go. So here we have some more settings. We have general collecting addresses require sign in. Respondents can edit after submit or see summary charges and text responses. We have a presentation tab where we can show a progress bar shuffle Question order or we show the length of cement in our response. And we have one that says quizzes. So makes his a quiz. Yeah. Release great. Immediately after the submission. Or we could say that student later. We want to manually review that on Dhere. We have some more options where respondents can see missed questions, correct answers and point values. We want to leave checked here, in this case. Now, here we can move over to the responses on we see that the one that we just did, and our on the preview is also gonna pop up here. Then they give us a bunch of their front analytics, like, frequently, most questions. Ah, Did we have does this graph here where we see what popular answers where? Okay, well, we can send it. We consented to different to email addresses. We can created a link to it, and we can embedded also. And if we want to, we could collect email addresses. Then we can close the tab, Go back to our classroom. Now we have it here. So says blank quiz. When you open it, you see that? It's actually the one we just created. All right, so that's a sign that no due date that's gonna be assigned to all the students. And there we go. It's right here. It also pops up on the stream, like usual right there. And it's not gonna be any upcoming, cause we have no due date on that. Okay, so we are done with class work. 7. People and Grades: let's move on to peephole and in people we see all the different people in the class. We see all the teachers, which has just me, Mr Alex and all the students, which is just our example, student Jayne Miller. Now we can add teachers. You can type in name or email to at them if we have them. In our context, we can just type the name same with students. Now, if you work at a school, might be that you already have also set up. Let's move on to grades. There's nothing here yet because we only have one student and that one student didn't actually fill out any or do any of the assignments or fit out the quiz we assigned to him. But if we did, then we would see a class average. Here we would see all the individual points for each of the quizzes and silence the student turned in. You can even click on one student's name, and then we see whether they turned in the assignments. Right now, it says a sign, because the due date hasn't passed after doing a due date would have passed and they didn't turn it in it would say, missed. If they're training in light, it says, turn in late. And if they turn it in, it says, Turn in. And if we already had a look at it, check that graded it and it's gonna say returned. There we go. Return with great. None missing. None turned in no okay, back to the classroom. And that is it for the overview of the user interface for Google Classroom. 8. Calendar and Google Meet: One more thing I wanted to do is I wanted to to see how we can integrate Google Meats and Google Classroom. So let's say we want to add a meeting on Thursday. For that we go to class words, you go to the cat under we click on Create, it's gonna be the weekly Italian meeting. That's gonna be every Thursday from 3 30 to 4 30 it's become more options. So here we can add Google, meet videoconferencing. Will you want to do that? And if we click this, we copied to our clipboard, which we want to do it so we can paste it in later. And let's say it's going to repeat weeklies weekly on Thursdays. Now here we have the option to post it to different classes. In our case, we want to post it to the town in one on one class with the section we added. Welcome to the class. So that's our classroom. We copied the link to the meat. Let's save it. No, it's gonna pop up and everybody is calendar. You can go back to the stream to the classroom. Let's go back to stream. Say we want to tell all the students. Good morning. Please make sure to check your calendar for the weekly meeting. Use this link to join the meeting and then we paste it. Here we go. Let's posted to a stream right away. Everybody conceded. And if they were not join join the meeting. They can simply click on this link. 9. Project: for the Project on Disclosure Class. I encourage you to post your classroom coat on this video That way will be able to create a community that is ready to practice good feedback and ultimately master Google Classroom. I will try to join some of your classrooms as well and will be available for any questions that might arise along the way. Now feel free to join your co students classes and provide constructive feedback and potentially participant in any quizzes and pretend assignments. If you want to have a deeper look into what Google classroom looks likes for students, please visit the class of my profile titled Google Classroom for Students and Parents. Thank you for joining in.