Copying Google Classroom

FCS teachers have asked the FCIT several times both last year and again this summer if one can copy a Google Classroom class page. The answer is yes. Google Classroom added this feature last Fall and many undoubtedly will find it useful.

A word of caution, only use this If you are sure you want to teach this year’s course with very few changes to last year’s course.  If you are making even moderate changes, it may be easier to reuse posts from last year’s class or use this terrific idea.


Installing Apps

The App Store icon on your iPad is one way to find apps for your iPad. Another great way to find app is to use Google.

For example,if you want to find the best puzzle games, doing a search on Google for “best ipad puzzle games” will yield better results than going through page after page of apps in the App Store. Simply go to Google and put “best iPad” followed by the type of app you are interested in finding. Once you’ve targeted a particular app, you can search for it in the App Store. (And many lists will contain a link directly to the app in the App Store.)

Once you find the app you are looking for, tap the button that has the cost inside of it(e.g. $.99) or tap the “get”(get means it is free or has in-app purchases) button. After it finishes downloading and installing, the icon for the app will appear on the last page of your iPad screen. You can rearrange its location on your iPad by holding your finger on any app until you see the app icons start to jiggle. Once they are jiggling, you can move any app you’d like to any other location you want for organization purposes. Apps can be placed into folders by moving an app over another app. Once the iPad recognizes that you are hovering over another app, a folder will appear that will insert your app inside a folder. There is no limit to how many apps you can place in a folder.

To get back to normal iPad use, press the Home button.

To uninstall an app, press any app on your screen until the apps start to jiggle. Once they are jiggling, a small “X” will appear at the top right of any app that Apple will allow you to uninstall. Press the “X” and the app will be removed from your iPad. Sometimes you will have to uninstall apps if you are low on space or you have an app that is misbehaving and one way to fix it is to uninstall and reinstall the app.

Once you have removed the app, pres the Home button to resume normal iPad operation.

How to Import Your Class Schedule Into Your Google Calendar

It’s the beginning of the year and you would like to import your class schedule into your Google calendar. You subscribed from the Veracross calendar subscription page and subscribed to your class calendar. Then you realized that the imported schedule wasn’t really in your calendar. You wouldn’t get notifications for when you next class was about to start or you couldn’t see if you were busy or free because that calendar isn’t actually in your calendar. This post will show the steps needed to import your schedule into your personal Google calendar. These steps will not work on an iPad.

Step 1

Go to the calendar in your Veracross portal and choose the subscribe tab. Continue reading

Google Classroom For Students


Now that you have your Classroom setup and you have created assignments for your students, it is time to go over the Google Classroom interface as a student.

Students will login at the same adress that teachers use. You can enroll in our Employee Training class using this code to experience Classroom as a student: q742a5p. Students and teachers should download the iPad app or Android app. After logging in, students will see any classes that have been activated for them by teachers that used the classes FCIT created or the classes teachers created themselves and provided a code for them to use.


  1. Title of class. The 3 dots allow a student to unenroll from a class. If a student is not showing in your Classroom list all of a sudden, they may have unenrolled.
  2. The teacher’s name and profile photo. You should upload a profile photo to make your class more inviting.
  3. The student’s Google Drive folder for the class. All the work a student turns in goes in this folder.

Student assignments

As soon as you create an assignment, announcement, or question, it will show up in the class stream for students to see and complete their work.


  1. The Stream shows everything a teacher has assigned to the class.
  2. The About tab shows any classroom materials students may need. This is a great place to put a syllabus or link to a Google Drive folder that contains resources for the class.
  3. For every type of post, the time it was created is displayed. This provides students and teachers with proof of when an assignment was posted.
  4. The date the assignment is due. When a student has turned in the work, they will see a green checkmark with the word Done next to it.
  5. Any attachments(Google Docs, YouTube videos, web links, uploads from apps on the iPad, etc) that go along with the assignment, announcement, or question are visible here.
  6. If enabled by the teacher, students and teachers can leave comments about the assignment.

Turning in an assignment

When a student clicks the title of the assignment or the Open button, they are taken to a page where they can turn in their work.



  1. The details of the assignment. Includes, the title, details, and any attachments associated with the assignment.
  2. The list of any files the student is turning in.
  3. The Add dropdown gives students a chance to upload their work from Drive, provide a link to their work, or upload any type of file from their computer.
  4. The Create dropdown allows a student to create a Doc, Slide, Sheet, or Drawing. Choosing this option creates those document types with the title of the assignment and the student’s name.
  5. Students may leave a private comment that only the teacher can see and respond to. Teachers will get a notification when a student leaves a comment.
  6. When the student has turn in their work, a green checkmark and the word Done will appear here.
  7. Students use this button to turn in their work.

When students click the Turn in button, they are shown exactly what they are about to submit as their work.

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After turning in their work, students can unsubmit their work if they made a mistake and submitted the incorrect file(s). However, as soon as students turn in their work, they are no longer owners of their document. The teachers become the owner until the work is returned to students.


  1. The score, if any, the student received on their assignment.
  2. The notification that the student’s work has been returned to them.
  3. The Resubmit button allows a student to submit work again. This could be used for students who need to make corrections or to turn in draft work.

The student view and assignment workflow is exactly the same on both the web and in the mobile app.

In the final Google Classroom post, we will go over some best practices, tips, and features to make using Google Classroom more efficient.