What is it?
- Classroom is a brand new tool from Google that was designed hand-in-hand with teachers using Google Drive with their students to help them save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students.
- It’s like a super light version of Canvas
- Classroom = an easy to drive VW Beetle, Canvas = a Ferrari with all of the bells and whistles
- Take a look at this Classroom Overview
What can it do?
- Create classes with a click
- Add students to classes by email or a student entered code (automatically generated)
- Class ‘Stream’ for discussions
- Create assignments using 1 or multiple uploaded files, Drive docs, YouTube videos or web links
- Open discussions in assignments, or private notes/discussion on individual assignments
- Online assignment turning in, grading and returning
- Automatic Drive folder and document creation – everything is created, shared and organized automatically for teachers and students!
- Download assignment grade spreadsheet
- Lots more now, and much more to come!
Take a look at Google Classroom in action.
A few things to know first…
- Classroom has JUST been officially released… We are still figuring out the administration side.
- To start with, teachers and students must both have the same email address domain to use Classroom (this may change in the coming months)
- Let your district Tech folks know you’d like a student account!
- New to Chromebooks and Google Drive? Learn more and discover some great Chrome apps here.
How do I get started?
- Get a student Google Apps for Education account in your school district (if you are not already on the same domain as your students)
- Head to classroom.google.com
- Log in using your new student account
- You may want to use the multiple account sign in option or different web browsers for each account
- On this page, choose ‘Teacher’ as your role, and submit.
- You should now be ready to use Classroom!
- Click the ‘+’ on the top right of the page and create a class
- Give your class a name and section/period if you’d like
- Once your class is open, head to the ‘About’ tab.
- Give your class a title, description, & room number.
- Lower on the ‘About’ tab you can add any class materials like:
- Links to class Web site or other sites
- Now, head to the ‘Students’ tab
- Add a student or two to start via email address
- Students can self-enroll by using the class code at classroom.google.com
Where do I go from here?
- If you just want to see the highlights and ‘figure it out’ on your own, watch this.
- If you’d like a step-by-step tour that you can view and complete at your own pace, please watch this.
- Want to use a Google Form for a quiz/assessment? Here’s how.
Complete step-by-step instructions are here.