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6 Great Google Classroom Tips for Teachers

Learn how new features can work for you and your students.

June 27, 2017
Emily Major Associate Managing Editor, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools
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Google Classroom is popular among teachers all over the country, and it's constantly being updated. That's why we wanted to share a current list of useful ways you can use the platform with your students. 

So, whether you're currently using Classroom or just exploring, read through the list below and consider how these features could work for you. Want to stay up to date on new feature releases and updates? Try this handy resource to track what's new in Classroom every month.  


1. Communicate with parents and guardians.

Use Classroom to keep parents and guardians in the loop. You can invite parents to sign up for a daily or weekly email summary about what's going on in their kids' classes. The emails include a student's upcoming or missing work, as well as announcements and questions posted by you in the class stream.

If you're interested in more general resources about parent-teacher communication, check out our Teaching Strategies page

2. Help students stay organized with Google Calendar.

Classroom automatically creates a Google Calendar for each class and updates the calendar with students' upcoming work and due dates. Students can also see events like test dates and field trips. The calendar view makes it easier to stay on track, and since new assignments or altered due dates sync automatically, students are always seeing the most up-to-date information.

3. Assign work to a subset of students.

Teachers can assign work and post announcements to individual students or to a group of students within a class. This functionality allows teachers to differentiate instruction as needed, as well as support collaborative group work. Check out our video below to find out how this actually works.

4. Use annotations with the Classroom mobile app.

Students and teachers can use the Classroom app on Android, iOS, and Chrome mobile devices. You can provide real-time feedback by annotating student work in the app. Students can also annotate their assignments to more easily express an idea or concept.

5. Explore Classroom integrations with other tools.

Google Classroom uses an API to connect and share information with many of your favorite tools. Hundreds of apps and websites integrate, including Pear Deck, Actively Learn, Newsela, and many, many more. If you want to learn more, check out our post about apps and websites that integrate with Google Classroom.

6. Encourage administrators to use Classroom metrics.

Although this feature is for administrators -- not teachers -- it's still worth noting here. Administrators can use the Admin console to see stats such as how many classes have been created, how many posts have been assigned, and which teachers are using the tool. Access to this information can help tailor support for teachers. 

 


If you want to dig deeper, check out Google's catalog of Classroom features and benefits. Do you have any tips or advice to add? Tell us in the comments below!


Comments

Michael Finkelstein
Classroom teacher
Trinity Episcopal Day School
Baton Rouge, LA

Great post! As teachers we cannot stand still when everything is changing so rapidly, new technologies and new opportunities appear every day which can improve the quality of our education. And how wonderful that there are people like you who educate everyone about this! Thank you! Since I'm here let me also add an advice to all the teachers who use the Google Classroom. If you need to check your work on plagiarism it is very convenient to do this in the  http://www.unicheck.com plagiarism checker. Since they are integrated with the GC and you receive notifications on the checked student submissions directly to my email. The notification briefs on the similarity rate of each student paper, lists student name, email and submission date. Excellent isn’t it?! Just wanted to share this little advice with you! Good luck to all.