Google Classroom Tips and Tricks

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Here is a list of some tips and tricks to enhance your Google Classroom experience.

Number your assignments

Use the Share to Classroom Chrome extension

Share to Classroom from a mobile device

Move posts to the top of the class stream

Email a student

Reuse a post

Archive a class

Number your assignments

This is a tip from Alice Keeler. She suggests numbering your assignments to help you and your students find the work in Google Drive needed for the assignment. It might be easier for you as the teacher to say to a student, “look for assignment #035.” or “you are missing #035, #042, and #043.”

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Alice recommends recommend you start each assignment with a 3 digit sequential number. The way a computer “alphabetizes” numbers clusters 1, 11 and 110 together and 2, 22 and 210 together. Always using a 3 digit number will solve this problem. So starting your assignment title with #001, #002, etc will help you and your students organize their work. Numbering the documents that go with the assignment will also help with organization.

Use the Share to Classroom Chrome extension

If you find content on the web that you would like to share with your students in Google Classroom, you can use the “Share with Classroom” Chrome extension. It is installed by default if you are signed into Chrome with your FCS Google account.

Clicking this icon sharetoclassroom next to your address bar in Chrome will give you a listing of all of your classes.

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Each class listed has an arrow for you choose what you would like to create for your Classroom. You can Make an announcementCreate an assignment, or Push the site you are on to students. To share a webpage, click Push to students > Push. The webpage instantly appears in the browsers of all active students and co-teachers in the class. Push to students only works when students also have the Share to Classroom extension installed which means this feature does not work on an iPad.

Create details

If you are making an assignment or an announcement, it works exactly the same as if you are creating the assignment on classroom.google.com.

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Share to Classroom from a mobile device

You can upload and share material from apps to Classroom on your mobile device. You can share links from other websites to Classroom on your iOS device.

  1. Locate the link on your device you want to share.
  2. Touch Share.
  3. Swipe across the screen and touch Classroom.
  4. By default, the next upcoming assignment is selected. If you want to change the assignment, touch and select another assignment.
  5. Touch Attach.

Move posts to the top of the class stream

By default, posts in the class stream are arranged in order of the date and time they are posted. The most recent announcement you post, assignment you create, or question you ask, becomes the top item in the class stream. You can change the order of posts in the class stream by moving any item to the top of the stream. However, it only stays at the top until the next post is created.

  1. Click the item in the class stream.
  2. Click options move to top
  3. Click Move to top.Note: When you move a post to the top of the stream, students get a notification by email or on their mobile devices if notifications are set up on their devices.

Email a student

You can email a student, multiple students, or an entire class at any time.

  1. Click the class that the student is in.
  2. Click Students.
  3. Check the box next to the student’s name, and click Email.
  4. (Optional) If you want to send a message to multiple students, check the box next to each student’s name, click Actions > Email.Note: When you send an email to multiple students, the default setting adds the addresses to the Bcc field. You can move students’ addresses from the Bcc field to the To field.
  5. A new email message box opens. Enter a subject and message and click Send.

Reuse a post

You can reuse any post—announcements, assignments, and questions—from a current or previous class. The post can be modified before you reuse it. For example, you might want to change the date it’s due. You can also use the same attachments and add new ones, if needed.

  1. Click the class.
  2. Click add.
  3. Click Reuse postScreenshot 2015-12-01 at 11.19.35 AM
  4. Click the class that has the post you want to reuse and click Select.
  5. Click the post you want to reuse.
  6. By default, new copies of all the original attachments are created. If you want to reuse the post with the same attachments, click Reuse.If you don’t want to use the same attachments, uncheck the Create new copies of all attachments box.
  7. Click Reuse.
  8. (Optional) Change any information in the post and delete or add attachments as needed.
  9. Depending on the type of post you are reusing, choose the relevant option: Post, Assign, Ask

Archive a class

At the end of the school year or a semester, you may want to archive a class to preserve the class materials, any assignments, and any postings to the class stream. You can still access any class files in Google Drive, but the archived classes are moved to a separate area to help you keep your current classes organized. An archived class can be viewed by you and the students in the class. However, when the class is archived, you can’t edit or add anything to the class until you restore it.

  1. On the class card Archive class, click options and select Archive.
  2. To confirm, click Archive