As most of the Google Classroom users in the district know two of the biggest drawbacks ti Google classroom have been that you cannot schedule when posts are available for students to see and parents do not have access to the site. Well on Tuesday May 3rd, Google announced some New Features to Google Classroom that will really help teachers and as a way to give thanks to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. to Google Classroom that will really help teachers. You can now create assignments and schedule them to be posted at a later date and in Fall 2016 Parents will have the ability to sign up for daily or weekly email notifications about their child’s progress.
Below are the original post from Google about the changes, a video from Tom Mullaney (Instructional Technology Facilitator at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, NC) on How to Schedule Post in Google Classroom and if you can’t wait until the fall to get parents involved a video from Tom Mullaney describing how to Use Google Calendar to Allow Parents to See Inside your Google Classroom.
If you have ever started a project in a Google App that you are using for the first time you know that learning all of the options can be a little daunting. To address this issue a lot of websites have been creating “cheat sheets” that give you an easy visual way to provide you and your students with all of the tips, tricks and how-to information to become a GAFE expert. Below are the two best sites for Google Cheat Sheets along with links for each cheat sheet:
- Shake-up Learning is a great blog by Kasey Bell, an award winning digital learning consultant. I believe that her cheat sheets are exceptional because they are very easy to read, include all the information you would need and are very easy to understand. In addition to an ebook Google Cheat Sheets (that you get free if you subscribe to her blog) you can also download PDF versions of each of her cheat sheets.
- Google Apps Learning Center is Google Office Training website with tutorials on all their apps and a nice “tips” section for Google Apps users. They also have cheat sheets for each application and for google mail, calendar, hangouts, etc. They do not go as in-depth as Shake-up Learning’s Cheat Sheets but they do have the advantage of being all on one page and being very clutter free visually.
Google Drawings Reviewed by Colleen Quinn-Maxwell (LMHS Health & PE Teacher)
Website: No web address it is one of the tools in the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Suite
iPad App: There is no iPad App available however you can get to Google Drawings on an iPad via your web browser
PROS: Easy to use for presentation of information, instructions, online posters, directions, etc. It is easy to use, has creative options for colors, shapes, backgrounds, is a google app. Students can collaborate & work on same drawing at same time from different computers.
CONS: Small slide/frame space to work with so limited to what you can display.
Students had difficulty entering text at first and learning to navigate the shapes I created on the drawing attachment.
Specific Teaching Activities:
Health Topic Poster
I utilized google drawings for instructions for a summative online/virtual poster project for my students to demonstrate their comprehension of our last unit where they were able to choose to make a pro or anti campaign poster on a topic that we discussed. Students had the option to continue to use google drawings to produce their poster or use a powerpoint slide.
WaWa Webquest Meal Planning
I also utilized google drawings for students to present information for their nutritional 1 day meal plan after completing a 1 day Wawa Web Quest. It provided clear formatting and display of information for students and myself for grading/submission
One issue that many teachers have encountered is that when they assign a worksheet ot return a document to students via Google Classroom the students cannot edit the doc when they open it. The best solution to the problem is to follow the steps below:
- Have the students log into the Google Docs App to open the file
- When they pull up the document they should see a pencil in a blue circle at the bottom right hand corner of their screen
- They should click the pencil to pull up the keyboard & begin editing
4. If they do not see the pencil then they need to click on the forward arrow (red box below) to pull up the keyboard and begin editing the document
Google Sites is a great tool for creating webpages. Google Sites is not only easy to use but it also brings together all of the other great GAFE services in that it allows users to embed Google Docs, Drawings, Youtube Videos, etc. It is also a great way for teachers to share student projects via a class website or to create student portfolios. For more uses, read Richard Byrne’s 5 Ways to Use Google Sites in Schools or Technology Enhanced Learning’s 10 Ideas for Google Sites in Education ways to use Creating a site is fairly easy, just follow the steps below:
- Log into your Google account
- Click on the Google Apps Waffle
- Click on sites and enter the sites page
- Click on the red “create” button on the left hand side of your screen
- Choose a template, click on:
- Browse Gallery for More- to work from an existing site template created by LMTSD or to search public templates. Some pre-made template will be hard to modify.
- Blank Template– to design your own site from scratch
- Enter a name for your site. The name and URL you choose must be unique within your domain. You can change the name later, but you can’t change the URL.
- Click on choose a theme and pick a theme for your site. Each theme comes with a preset background, color scheme, and font selection. You can adjust fonts, colors, and the background later, and you can always change the theme once the site has been created.
- Optional: You can click on more options to categorize your site or to add a site description.
- Click on Create
Now you are ready to add pages to your site
If you have ever accidentally deleted a post in Google Classroom you are probably wondering if you can recover or “undelete” it. The answer is yes & no.
You cannot recover a deleted post however it stays on a deleted posts list (left hand side of your teacher screen) so you can look at work that students handed in for 28 days. You can also go into the post and manually copy & paste the information if you want to “reuse” the post.
To look at student work follow the steps below
- Go to your google drive
2. Search for “Classroom”
3.Open Classroom folder and locate your class.
4. Find Assignment folder.
5. All student work should be present in that folder.