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!
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.
Complete step-by-step instructions are here.
Welcome to Beaver County School District! I don’t have a set agenda for today, so we’ll let your questions guide where we go and what we do. Below are links to other posts and presentations from my site that will help after and go beyond what we cover today:
This is an exciting time in Beaver County. It will be amazing to see just what you, your teachers and students can accomplish with 24/7 access to Chromebooks, Google Drive, the Internet, and the World. We have a LOT to cover today – here’s our ambitious agenda. All of the information and resources we will cover today are accessible from the presentation below:
Thanks for joining me today to go beyond the basics of your SMARTBoard and the Notebook software. Here’s what we will cover today:
- Lesson Activity Toolkit review
- Activity Builder
- Linking to websites & other resources
- Animate Objects
- Page Recording & Floating Recorder
- Balloon Pop
- Timer with Transparent Background option
- Using Video
- Free Student Response Systems (if time permits)
You can download the Notebook files that we will be working with today:
Day 1 Resources:
- Please take a moment and fill out the Class Roll (Google Form)
- Classroom Assessment Techniques for formative assessment in the classroom (download the CAT Outline (PDF))
- SAGE Assessment System Overview
- SAGE Portal: sageportal.org
- SAGE Formative Training Documents
- Introduction to Formative Tools (PPT from USOE SAGE Formative Training at Rural Schools Conference)
- Morning Session Minute ‘Paper’
- “Inside The Black Box” Formative Assessment research article
- A great online equation editor
Day 2 Resources:
- PowerGrade Reports – Thanks WCSD Tech Team!
- PowerTeacher Login (works for desktop and mobile devices)
- PowerTeacher Admin Login (works for desktop and mobile devices)
- PowerTeacher iOS App (free)
- USOE Data Display – Login & Notes (download PDF below)
- Data Display site (works best with the Firefox browser)
- Data Display Quick Users Guide (PDF below)
- Data Display Self Assessment Questions (assignment)
- Data Display School Data Audit Guide (PDF below)
- Get the message out with Remind
- Formative Classroom Assessment with BYOD and InfuseLearning, Mentimeter, & Poll Everywhere
- No devices? Use Plickers (paper clickers)
- Google Docs in the Paperless Classroom and for Digital Portfolios
- SUU Credit Information:
- 10:10 am: Paperless Classroom? ePortfolios? Easily Accomplish Both with Google Docs & Drive, Ed Building, Room 203
- 2:40 pm: Project Based Learning Activities on the iPad (repeat), Ed Building, Room 203