This Tech Tuesday series is brought to you by the incredible mind of Beckie Teaches. Beckie is a Middle School Social Studies teacher in Colorado. Last week she brought you five tips for getting started in Google Classroom. Today, she is sharing five more for our advanced users. Thank you, Beckie, for sharing your knowledge with The Snarky Schoolteacher! If you are interested in sharing your wisdom with our Snarky readers, please visit our guest post page to apply.
Hopefully you are getting the hang of Google Classroom. If you are ready to spread your wings and try some more advanced features, here are some suggestions!
1. Invite other teachers or school staff.
Any educator knows the value of collaborating with their colleagues and Classroom makes that easy. You can easily invite other teachers or school staff to your Classroom from the About page. Currently, however, the functionality of this feature is limited as other teachers or staff cannot create assignments. However, they can view the Classroom and any documents uploaded by you or submitted by students.
2. Create a quiz on Google Forms and attach the link to an assignment (you can even grade it instantly)
This tip is a huge time saver. You can easily create a multiple choice or short answer quiz on Google Forms. Once you’ve made your quiz, you can attach it as a link to an assignment for your students to complete. All the data from a Google Form is automatically compiled into a Google Sheet for easy data collection. Even better, if you download the Flubaroo add-on, you can grade these quizzes with the click of a button. Once graded, you can also e-mail the results to individual students within seconds.
3. Quickly send feedback to individual or groups of students.
Let’s pretend that you have a few students who haven’t turned in a big project through Classroom. Luckily, you can quickly send an e-mail to those students encouraging them to finish the assignment or offering to help them.
4. Create a Google Site for parents to access.
Classroom can only be viewed by students, so this means parents cannot access it. However, you can easily create a Google Site that runs parallel to your Classrooms. It’s easy to upload documents or student work since Classroom already uploads everything to your Google Drive for you!
5. Give students feedback as they work on assignments.
One of the best features of Classroom is the integrating of Google Docs and Slides. When students begin working on their assignment in these apps, you can see what the students are doing while they’re working on the assignment. There is a “comment” feature which works much like a similar feature in Microsoft Word. As a result, you can provide feedback to the students while they work much like you would on a rough draft. There’s also a perk to this system: you don’t have to lug home 130 “rough draft” papers. Instead, all of these assignments are easily accessible from any computer, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection.
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