A Quick Guide to Google Classroom

You can use this blog post as a reference when navigating through Google Classroom. This a brief step by step guide on how to setup and navigate through your own Google Classroom. If you have any further questions, you can contact us here:


Step-By-Step Guide on Google Classroom

Using Google Classroom for your students can be extremely beneficial when it comes to assigning tasks or assignments, communication within the Classroom and effective feedback (i.e. providing private comments and marking work within the Classroom).

Step 1: Accessing the Training Class Google Classroom externally

You can access Google Classroom by using the Google Search.

google classroom search

Google Classroom will most likely be the first result, if not, look for the URL https://classroom.google.com

Step 2: Create your own Google Classroom

You can create your Google Classroom by going to the ‘+’ icon next to your email address in the top left. If you click on this, it will give you the option to join a class or to create a class. If you click on ‘Create Class’ then fill in the information it gives you in the sections and click ‘Create’ you will be sent to your brand new Classroom. 

CREATE A CLASSROOM

Step 3: What is ‘Stream’, ‘Students’ and ‘About’?

STREAM, STUDENTS, ABOUT

The Stream

The Stream is where all of the assignments, announcements and questions will appear. This is where everything to do with the front-end of the course will appear. Both Teachers and Students can post and comment on the Stream – this feature for Students CAN be turned off in the ‘Students’ tab (this will be further explained later).

The ‘Topics’ section allows you to filter and organize your Classroom Stream. You can create Topics by clicking on the ‘Add Topic’ option as shown below. 

  • Topics

ADD A TOPIC

The ‘Topics’ section allows you to filter and organize your Classroom Stream. You can create Topics by clicking on the ‘Add Topic’ option as shown below. You will be using ‘Topics’ further when creating assignments, announcements or questions. 

  • Announcements

CREATE AN ANNOUNCEMENT

The ‘Announcements’ options allows you to update your students without students needing to upload anything to the post. This can be for room changes, new topics or just to share information. You can create Announcements by going to the ‘+’ icon at the lower, left-hand corner and moving your cursor up and clicking ‘Create announcement’. 

  • Assignments

CREATE AN ASSIGNMENT

The ‘Assignments’ feature allows you to set assignments for your students. This option allows you to attach files from your Google Drive and your computer, attach YouTube videos and other links. You can also set due dates here and set the topic for your assignment. 

Hint: To get your students to have their own copies of the attached files, set the option from ‘Students can view the file’ to ‘Make a copy for each student’. 

  • Questions

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‘Questions’ is essentially a questionnaire for your students. You are able to ask your students questions and get their answers without having to leave the application. You can organize your questions by topic and set due dates. 

  • Due in

view all

Your students will be able to see when the next assignment due date is coming up by the little notification that pops up in the screen to the left. Students can ‘View All’ to see all work they have been set and have to complete. 

Students tab

STUDENTS TAB

The students tab is self-explanatory and allows you to see all of the students enrolled in your Classroom. You are also able to add students here using the code generated for you or you can add students manually with their email address. There is also an option to allow your students to be able to post and comment on the announcements, questions and assignments which you can toggle on and off. You can use ‘Actions’ to email, mute or remove a student if their name is checked.

The About Tab

  • Details

ABOUT TAB - DETAILS

The ‘About’ tab allows you to put in more information about your course. Here, you can include the name, the room number and description of the class. It will also give you a Google Drive folder that collects up all of the resources that were attached to the assignments, announcements or questions – for students, this will show the teachers attachments as well as their own. The ‘About’ tab will also self-generate a Google Calendar which you will be able to access through the link or through the ‘My Calendars’ section on Google Calendar.

  • Inviting Teachers

ADD TEACHERS

On the left hand side, you will appear as the teacher with your email address underneath and avatar in the centre. Under this, there will be a box giving you the option to invite teachers. Much like adding students, you would type in the teachers email address and send and soon enough, the teacher will accept and appear in this column as well as on the header of the Google Classroom. 

  • Adding Class Materials

ADD CLASS MATERIALS

This section allows you to add materials that will always be available to students – anything you do not want to get lost in the Stream, add here. It is wise to put any unit help, timetables or course details here as students will have immediate access. 

Step 4: Marking assignments

  • Student Work 

MARK ASSIGNMENTS

When a student has submitted work and it is time to mark their work, you can access it by clicking on the ‘Done’ option on the Classroom post. Here you will see a list of students who have submitted and who have not submitted the assignment, you will also have the details of who they are, a thumbnail of their first attachment as well as how many attachments they have and whether or not it was submitted on time or submitted late. 

  • Add a grade

HOW TO GRADE WORK

In this section, you are able to add a grade (at the moment, this is a point system that will allow you to mark their work out of 100 points) next to their name on the left-hand side, view their work and write a private comment.

  • Add private comments

ADD A PRIVATE COMMENT

Private comments mean that no other student is able to see the comments on the students work, it is also worth noting that students cannot see another students submission, and only the Teachers of the Classroom will be able to leave private comments on a students work and a student can only leave private comments on their own work. You can access private comments by clicking on the students work or by clicking on their name on the left hand side. This proves useful to students as it gives you a chance to thank them for their submission as well as they can leave any comments that they may be too shy to leave in person. 

  • Sort students

HOW TO SORT STUDENTS

You can sort the students depending on their first name, their last name and their status which simply means whether or not they have submitted the work. 

  • Return the assignment + feedback

HOW TO RETURN ASSIGNMENTS

Once you have finished marking the students work, remember to ‘Return’ the assignments so they are able to edit and continue for the resubmission. You are also able to email students separately using the mail icon next to the return option. 

  • Copy and download the marks

COPY AND DOWNLOAD SHEETSThere is a settings cog to the right of the assignments, which allows you to copy all of the marks to Google Sheets or download the marks as CSV. 

Step 5: To Review or not to Review

Google Classroom has made a handy little tab available to you through the three horizontal lines at the top left hand corner. If you click on here and go down to ‘Work’, Google have neatly split this into two so you can clearly see the work you need to review and that has been reviewed – this is handy for students to see what assignments or questions they need to submit. 

Step 6: Customize your Classroom

CHANGE THEME (1)

You can customize your Google Classroom by adding a picture to the header which overall changes the theme colours. You can either upload your own picture or choose one from the Google gallery accessible through the Google Classroom. 

Step 7: Enjoy your new Classroom!

Now you have your Google Classroom set up and ready to go with your students – let us know how you get on and if you need any more assistance or are stuck with anything, tweet me @CharlieLecuyer9 on Twitter!

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