How I Use It
I used Google Classroom with my 3rd and 4th grade students the entire year, and 2nd grade beginning in February. I have shared a Google Doc I wished each student to complete as a means of assessment via an assignment. Students all open it and it creates an individual copy for each student. They do the work and turn it in to me. I can then grade it and have an electronic record for future reference.
3rd and 4th graders used the Classroom to post blogs written in Google Docs, and then comment to each other under each blog post. All students used it for research projects. I posted all resources as links they could use to research a topic in the assignment. As a class project, all students then worked together in one Google Slide presentation (each on their own slide) to record their findings. In addition to posting links for research, Classroom also allows you to post directions, checklists, rubrics, and reference sheets providing support for students.
Editing and providing feedback is a snap. In a lab situation where I see students once a week, it is not always easy to meet with each in a 40 minute period. Students could work during lab, help each other, I assisted when needed, and they left. I could access their work anytime, anywhere with an Internet connection and leave comments for them. Next lab, there was no wasted time. Students knew to read my comments to edit their work. This freed me to meet with the few who needed face time. The students enjoyed using the app too. They looked forward to the next assignment, and actually asked me if they could continue to work at home instead of waiting until the next lab period! I did need to take some time the first couple times using the app to teach the students how to use the features. It didn't take long before they were able to use the app with just an introduction to the new project.